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World Athletics: What you must not miss tonight!

August 15, 2013 02:33 IST

Michael TinsleyHaving taken a night off on Wednesday, fortuitously timed for Yelena Isinbayeva's emotional pole vault victory to soak in, the action comes thick and fast again at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday with six gold medals up for grabs.

It could be regarded as "barrier night" on the track with both 400 metres hurdles finals as well as the men's steeplechase.

On the infield, there is the men's high jump (2030 IST) and women's triple jump (2110 IST), with the women's 1,500m (2250 IST) finishing off the action.

The men's one-lap hurdles (2230 IST) has produced some great finals in recent years and Thursday's race could be another as American Michael Tinsley starts favourite but faces a stiff challenge from Puerto Rico's Javier Culson, compatriot Kenny Clement, Cuba's Omar Cisneros and the evergreen Felix Sanchez.

It is a different story in the women's race (2215 IST), where Czech Zuzana Hejnova looks a class above the field, who should be scrambling amongst themselves for silver.

Abeba Aregawi will be similarly favoured in the 1,500m after winning all five of her Diamond League races this season, but the Ethiopian-turned-Swede was caught out tactically in last year's Olympic final and needs to show she has learned from the experience.

Check out the night’s programme:

TIME (IST)

EVENT

ROUND

20:30

Men's High Jump

Final

20:35

Men's 4x400 Metres Relay

Heats

21:10

Women's Triple Jump

Final

21:15

Women's 200 Metres

Semi-Final

21:50

Men's 3000 Metres Steeplechase

Final

22:15

Women's 400 Metres Hurdles

Final

22:30

Men's 400 Metres Hurdles

Final

22:50

Women's 1500 Metres

Final

Image: Michael Tinsley

Photograph: Reuters