The Events You Won’t Want To Miss Each Day At The World Athletics Championships

by Chrös McDougall

(L-R) Noah Lyles and Josephus Lyles celebrates after going 1-5 in the men's 200-meter final at the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships on June 26, 2022 in Eugene, Ore.


The World Athletics Championships begin Friday in Eugene, Oregon, marking the first time the sport’s marquee event will be held in the U.S.
American athletes will be at the center of several events taking place at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
The U.S. led all countries with 26 medals at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 last summer, and 29 medalists are set to compete in Eugene — with gold medalists and world record holders Ryan Crouser (men’s shot put) and Sydney McLaughlin (women’s 400-meter hurdles) among them.
Meanwhile, nine Americans are back to defend their world titles from 2019 in Doha, Qatar. They are Nia Ali (women’s 100-meter hurdles), Donavan Brazier (men’s 800-meter), Christian Coleman (men’s 100-meter), Grant Holloway (men’s 110-meter hurdles), Joe Kovacs (men’s shot put), Noah Lyles (men’s 200-meter), Dalilah Muhammad (women’s 400-meter hurdles), DeAnna Price (women’s hammer throw) and Christian Taylor (men’s triple jump).
The world championships, which run through July 24, feature event finals each day, and several days include both a morning and evening session. There’s no shortage of intriguing events to follow, but here is one event each day you won’t want to miss.
All times are in Pacific Time (PT).

Allyson Felix reacts after finishing the women's 400-meter final at the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships on June 25, 2022 in Eugene, Ore.


Mixed 4x400-Meter Relay, 7:50 p.m.
Witness what is expected to be the final world championships race of the most decorated woman in track and field history. Allyson Felix made her world championships debut as a 17-year-old in 2003, and she’s gone on to win 11 Olympic medals and 18 world championships medals. At 36, she’s planning to retire after one final meet this summer in her hometown of Los Angeles.
Other finals: Women’s 20K race walk, men’s 20K race walk (morning session)

Men’s 100-Meter, 7:50 p.m.
Always one of the marquee events, the men’s 100-meter sees the return of defending world champ Christian Coleman, who missed the Olympics due to a suspension. He’ll go up against surprise Olympic champ Marcell Jacobs of Italy, with fellow American Fred Kerley, the Tokyo silver medalist and easily this year’s fastest man, among other top contenders.
Other finals: Men’s hammer throw, women’s 10,000-meter (morning session), men’s long jump, women’s shot put (evening session)

Men’s Shot Put, 6:27 p.m.
A native of Boring, Oregon, Ryan Crouser is one of many Team USA athletes with a hometown connection this month. And the hometown fans will have an opportunity to watch one of the all-time greats. The world record holder and two-time defending Olympic champ is going for his first world title after finishing second in 2019. That 2019 world title went to fellow American Joe Kovacs, his second. Kovacs finished second to Crouser at both the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. Crouser and Kovacs are Nos. 1-2 in the world again so far this year.
Other finals: Men’s marathon, women’s hammer throw, men’s 10,000-meter (morning session), heptathlon first day (morning and evening session), women’s pole vault, men’s 110-meter hurdles, women’s 100-meter (evening session)

Women’s Marathon, 6:15 a.m.
Molly Seidel, last year’s Olympic bronze medalist, pulled out of the world championships due to injury. That opened the door for Keira D’Amato, who ran an American record in January in Houston but got the call for Eugene just three weeks ago. She’s insisted she’ll be ready. Speed certainly shouldn’t be an issue after the 37-year-old won the BAA 10K last month in Boston. Emma Bates and Sara Hall join her in the lone morning final.
Other finals: Heptathlon second day (morning and evening session), men’s high jump, women’s triple jump, men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, women’s 1,500-meter (evening session)

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles, 7:50 p.m.
Rai Benjamin, last year’s Olympic silver medalist, and fellow Americans Trevor Bassitt and Khallifah Rosser come into Eugene ranked Nos. 2-3-4 in the event this year. One glaring omission from that list, however, is Karsten Warholm. The Norwegian world record holder, defending Olympic gold medalist and two-time defending world champ has yet to finish a race in 2022, but all signs point to him racing here. Warholm, Benjamin and Brazil’s Alison dos Santos went 1-2-3 in Tokyo, making them 1-2-3 all-time in the event.
Other finals: Women’s high jump, men’s discus throw, men’s 1,500-meters (evening session)

Valarie Allman celebrates winning the women's discus final at the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships on June 24, 2022 in Eugene, Ore.


Women’s Discus, 6:30 p.m.
Valarie Allman traded in her dancing shoes to throw the discus, and all it got her was an Olympic gold medal last year in Tokyo. The 27-year-old continues to build her resume, and her massive throw of 71.46 meters in April was not only the best in the world this year by more than three meters, but it was also an American record. She’ll face stiff competition from Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champ who has traded spots with Allman atop the podium this season in the Diamond League.
Other finals: Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase (evening session)

Men’s 200-Meter, 7:50 p.m.
Noah Lyles isn’t quite ready to give up the spotlight. The defending world champ showed that at the U.S. championships, when he roared down the straight to catch 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton, the world’s fastest man to that point in 2022. The rematch between the 2020 Olympic teammates will be hot, with defending Olympic champ Andre De Grasse of Canada and silver medalist Kenny Bednarek of Team USA ready to spoil the party.
Other finals: Women’s 200-meters (evening session)

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles, 7:50 p.m.
Since making her Olympic debut in 2016 as a 17-year-old, Sydney McLaughlin has been raising the game in the 400 hurdles. Her most recent feat was breaking her own world record in the event three weeks ago at the U.S. championships. She now owns four of the five fastest times ever—but not yet a world title. U.S. teammate Dalilah Muhammad, the former world record holder and 2016 Olympic champ, won in 2019. After missing the national championships, Muhammad, the Tokyo silver medalist, is set to face off against McLaughlin again in Eugene.
Other finals: Women’s 35K race walk (morning session), women’s javelin throw, women’s 400-meter, men’s 400-meter (evening session)

Women’s and Men’s 4x100-Meter, 7:30 and 7:50 p.m.
Let the relays begin! Jamaica’s all-star team held off the Americans for gold in Tokyo and should be the favorites again, though Aleia Hobbs leads a strong U.S. women’s sprint group. The American men bungled a handoff and failed to advance to the finals in Tokyo, as Marcell Jacobs and Italy went on to win their first Olympic gold medal in the event. With Christian Coleman back in the mix the U.S. team should be in strong position to defend its 2019 world title.
Other finals: Decathlon first day (morning into evening session), men’s triple jump, men’s 800-meters, women’s 5,000-meters, men’s javelin throw (evening session)

Women’s 800-Meter
Athing Mu stunned the field with her frontrunning dominance in winning the Olympic gold medal last year in Tokyo, setting a new American record in the process. Still just 20 years old, Mu is the world’s fastest in the event this year. Teammate Ajeé Wilson, the 2017 and 2019 world bronze medalist, is ranked No. 2, and Tokyo bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers is No. 5.
Other finals: Men’s 35K race walk (morning session), decathlon second day (morning into evening session), men’s pole vault, women’s long jump, men’s 5,000-meter, women’s 800-meter, women’s 100-meter hurdles, men’s 4x400-meter, women’s 4x400-meter (evening session)

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic Movement for since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.