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World Athletics Championships: Greta's Nightmare


Chilled stadiums, barely spectators, a marathon at midnight and Usain Bolt is no longer there. What makes the World Athletics Championships in a bad mood. And even more.

Where, when, how?

Starting on Friday, Doha will spend ten days looking for the world's fastest, most enduring, jump and throwiest women and men. Athletics, the queen of sports, is honored. It is World Cup and there are more than 2,000 athletes from more than 200 countries. ARD and ZDF broadcast daily afternoons and evenings for several hours, also in livestream.

What is special about this World Cup?

We are in the year 2 nB. Usain Bolt ended his career in 2017 and until today it is not clear who can take the place of the Jamaican as a superstar of his sport. For athletics begins with the World Cup a new era. Bolt was the only one whose prominence could match those of the big football, tennis and basketball stars. Pessimists therefore say that at some point this sport will no longer interest anyone. Optimists hope for new, more modern disciplines and, above all, for new personalities.

Who could be the new Bolt?

Noah Lyles. Remember this name. The man is only 22, but already runs for 9.86 seconds over 100 meters and 19.50 seconds over 200 meters, so he is at this distance ever the fourth fastest runner in history. But Lyles is not only fast, but can also show. He likes backflips right on the tartan track, has ever modeled on Paris Fashion Week and would like to release a rap album soon. Lack of self-confidence is also not an issue. After a fast race he wrote on Instagram: "Bolt who?"

Which athletes should you still pay attention to?

  • to the US-American Dalilah Muhammad and the Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who could each come very close to the world record over 400 meters hurdles
  • to the pole vaulters Armand Duplantis, Renaud Lavillenie and Sam Kendricks, who will deliver the perhaps highest-class competition of the World Cup
  • on the high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim, the gold hope Qatar
  • on the triple jumper Yulimar Rojas, 2017 first Venezuelan World Champion, who recently dropped the second-longest record in history
  • on the sprinting mothers Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (100 yards, Jamaica) and Allyson Felix (4x400 yards and mixed relay)

What are the Germans doing?

Everyone is hoping for Malaika Mihambo. No jumper is currently as close to her as she is. Mihambo also opens his mouth, commented on the topics guest workers and climate desaster. The new German running miracle Konstanze Klosterhalfen has at least a medal on her mind, she only has to decide if she will compete in the 1500m or 5,000m. Medalists also have the high jumper Mateusz Przybylko, the decathlete Kai Kazmirek, the obstacle runner Gesa Felicitas Krause, the traditional and literally strong German javelin thrower Johannes Vetter, Thomas Röhler, Andreas Hofmann and Julian Weber and javelin thrower Christin Hussong and maybe even the women's sprint relay , The discus Olympic champion Christoph Harting has his back, hopes for a lucky litter.

Why does the marathon take place at midnight?

Because it is too hot otherwise. It is 38 degrees in Doha in autumn. That's why the marathoners and goers dodge the night. Since the biorhythm is happy. All other competitions take place in a refrigerated stadium. At Khalifa International Stadium, a cooling system will not warmer than 26 degrees with the roof open. Sounds like Greta's nightmare. However, the Qataris emphasize that much of the energy will be renewable. However, if you had the World Cup in Paris, Moscow or Mexico City, you would not even need energy that is renewable.

Source: zeit

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