1st day: Two finals, first time held preliminary rounds, hammer midnight, late end for decathletes
DAEGU (KOR): On Saturday the 13th World Championships are starting. Two events will know their best athletes. In the morning women marathon and in the evening women 10 000 m. In both races Kenya and Ethiopia are having the strongest runners. Also decathlon starts with gruelling timing, first day ending at around 11 pm and second day starting at nine am. A debut at Worlds: Preliminary round in women and men 100 m will be staged for runners without standards. World record holder David Rudisha will be in the action in the midday 800 m heats. In the morning also women discus and men pole vault qualifications and in the evening women long jump and men hammer qualifications. Also in the programme women 3000 m steeple heats and women 400 m heats. Special experience for hammer throwers who will end their B-group around midnight local time. Usain Bolt runs 100 m heats in the evening, start lists will be known only after the preliminary round.
SOUTH AFRICA: Caster Semenya's manager says the global 800m champion will only defend her title in Daegu, South Korea next week if she can handle the emotional difficulties with which she is faced. “It's whether she handles the emotion that will determine how she does,” Jukka Harkonen was quoted.
DAEGU (KOR): London 2012 boss Sebastian Coe claimed that he did not believe the decision to hold a judicial review into the decision to award West Ham United the Olympic Stadium after London 2012 would compromise Britain's bid to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships. London's main rivals are expected to be Doha and their campaign received a boost when Qatar's Dahlan Jumman Al Hamad finished ahead of Coe in the voting for the four IAAF vice-president positions.