World Athletics Final Marks End Of European Season

Usain Bolt will run the 200m. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Usain Bolt will run the 200m. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Big names headline the final major European meet.

The IAAF World Athletics Final will be held this weekend in Thessaloniki, Greece, marking the end of the European track season. Some of the biggest names in track and field will headline the meet, including Jamaican Usain Bolt, Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, Russain Yelena Isinbayeva and American Sanya Richards.

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As is customary since his rise to stardom in Beijing 2008, Usain Bolt will certainly be the main attraction at the World Athletics Final. The Jamaican superstar will compete at the 200m and will certainly be the overwhelming favorite. American Wallace Spearmon has had a fantastic season, including a silver medal in Berlin, and should certainly be considered a favorite for a podium position.

On the other end of the spectrum is Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele who will look to stay undefeated on the season in the distance events. Bekele is entered in both the 3000m and 5000m at the World Athletics Final. His main competition will likely come from American Bernard Lagat in the 3000m and Kenyan Micah Kogo in the 5000m.

There is a fantastic contingent of American athletes competing in Greece, many of which have a great shot at making the podium. LaShawn Merritt and Sanya Richards will look to continue their success in the men’s and women’s 400m.  1500m world bronze medalist Shannon Rowbury is joined by Anna Willard and Christin Wurth-Thomas in the 1500m final. Fast finishing Nick Symmonds will run the men’s 800m and Anna Willard will double back in the women’s 800m with Maggie Vessey.

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