Going to London

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The 2017 IAAF Outdoor World Championships will commence this Friday as over 2,000 athletes from over 200 countries will descend on London to determine who is the best in the world.  Six Seven HepsNation athletes will be included in that crowd.

Kate Grace will be the first HepsNation athlete to compete, as she will race in the women’s 1,500m heats on Friday 2:35pm ET.  The semifinals will be held the next day at 2:35pm ET, while the finals will be on Monday 8/7 at 4:50pm ET.  Grace was a Rio Olympian finalist in the 800m.  The IAAF event preview is already calling the women’s 1,500m as one of the most competitive events at this year’s championship as six women have already gone under 4:00 this year and there are another five women who have a lifetime best under 4:00.  If the race is right, Grace could join this sub-4:00 club.

The men’s 1,500m is usually more tactical than raw speed, so that final will be a nail-biter regardless who toes the line.  Even the IAAF event preview cannot really peg a favorite as they note nine men who could contend for the win.  We hope that two of our own make it – Robby Andrews and John Gregorek. The men will first run on Thursday 8/10 at 3:25pm ET.  The semifinals will be held on 8/11 at 3:10pm ET while the finals will the last contested individual final of the championships on 8/13 at 3:30pm ET.

Rudy Winkler and Julia Ratcliffe were late additions to the IAAF hammer throw qualification fields as they both earned invitations from IAAF to compete based on the world descending order lists. Ratcliffe is the New Zealand national record holder in the hammer throw and this will be her first senior-level world championships.  Ratcliffe will begin throwing on Saturday 8/5 at 5:35am ET in the hammer throw qualification rounds, with the women’s final to be held on Monday 8/7 at 2pm ET. Winkler – a Rio Olympian – has the best mark for an American during the qualification window.  He will compete in his qualification round on Wednesday 8/9 at 2:20pm ET and hopefully make the cut for the finals, which will be on Friday 8/11 at 3:30pm ET.

Columbia’s rising senior Akua Obeng-Akrofi will once again represent Ghana on the major stage as she has been selected to compete in Ghana’s 4×100 relay.  Obeng-Akrofi previously ran on Ghana’s 4×100 relay team at the Penn Relays and was among their relay pool for the Rio Olympics.  The 4×100 races will take place on Saturday 8/12, with the preliminary round at 5:35am ET and finals at 4:30pm ET.

Our final HepsNation competitor will be Nadia Eke, who will compete in the triple jump for Ghana.  The Ghanaian record holder and 2016 African Champion made headlines last month for her plea for financial support so she can travel to international meets such as the World Championships. We hope she got the funding she needed so we can see her compete in the qualification round on Saturday 8/5 at 6:00am ET and finals on Monday 8/7 at 3:25pm ET.

While HepsTrack will primarily focus on our HepsNation athletes, you can follow the championships on television, online, radio and social media – check out this summary page from Letsrun.com.  And while you’re there, if you’re feeling lucky, join the Letsrun.com World Track & Field Championships Prediction contest– free to join and great bragging rights if things go your way.

Good luck to all athletes.

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