This is our 39th day of previews of the 2023 World Outdoor Athletics Championships, in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19-27, 2023. I found my hotel , which costs 1/3 of the price that we were charged in Eugene, Oregon, last year! Great airfares to Budapest (Lufthansa, Swiss Air, TAP, and Air Baltic are all good). You need to be there!
We have six more days of previews in our 45-day preview series of Budapest sponsored by the LOC in Budapest!
Today, we will speak about Days 2 .
The World Championships will be a lot of fun. Many people can not stay the entire championships, so we thought that we would give you some of the fun each and every day of the World Champs.
Day 2, Morning session:
Women’s 20k: The women’s 20k race walk will be held in the Center of Budapest at 7.15 AM. Grab a coffee and a pastry and watch the top race walkers in the world race for about 85 to 95 minutes. We can tell you now that this race will be widely watched and could give you a world record, which would surely be a lot of fun to see. The race will be held on a closed loop and walked 20 times.
Women’s Discus Throw, A and B. 9 and 10.30AM. The top women’s discus throwers in the world will be trying to use as little energy as possible to qualify for the finals. See Valeria Allman, Sandra Perkovic, and Yaime Perez, among others, compete in one of our sport’s most iconic events.
Women’s 400-meter heats at 9:35 AM. Who will compete in the one-lapper? Marileidy Paulino, Femke Bol, and perhaps Sydney McLaughlin? Someone will be surprised; the one lapper is thrilling to watch. Athletes can run about 300 yards all out, and the 400-meter race is about managing your energy. Watch the best women in the 400 meters.
Women’s heptathlon, Event 5, 9:50 AM. The fifth event of the heptathlon begins day 2 for the multi-eventers. Nafi Thiam, Olympic and World Champion, Anna Hall, WC bronze medalist, and Katerina Johnson Thompson, GB, are among the stars starting day 2 in this tough event.
Men’s High Jump, Qualification, 10:30 AM. The high jump will be one of the most popular events in the World Champs. Mutaz Essa Barshim, 3 time World Champion, Olympic gold, and two-time silver medalist, will be in Budapest, with athletes like Giamarco Tambieri, Italy, and JuVaughn Harrison, USA, battling to qualify.
Men’s 400m hurdles, 11:25 AM. Karston Warholm, Rai Benjamin, and CJ Allen all will be in Budapest to move on to this challenging event. Ten hurdles are placed around the 400-meter track, and many who have run it swear that the last three hurdles are higher than the first seven! That is not a fact, but it sure feels like it as your body ties up, and you still have to hurdle three hurdles prior to the finish. Watch this race; it is fascinating!
Javelin, Heptathlon, Event Six. Groups A and B. 12 noon and 1. 05 PM. . The penultimate event in the grinding heptathlon, who will throw what? This is a big event for Nafi Thiam and Anna Hall; who will be leading this one?
Women’s 100m heats, 12:10 PM. This is a fun event. Many countries have small teams, and World Athletics encourages those countries to bring their young sprinters. They still have to qualify for a top place to move on to the next round. Who will be the next stars? This is always one of my favorite events, as I love seeing the new stars.
Men’s 110m hurdles, 1:10 PM. The first round of the sprint hurdles should be fun. You will see Grant Holloway, Hansle Parchment, Devon Allen, and many others who will fight to be the fastest over the ten hurdles in 110 meters. This round should be exciting!
After the 110m hurdles, you will have about three hours to check out central Budapest.
Day 2, Evening Session
Men’s 100 meters, Semi-finals, 4:35 PM; this is always a tough round. To make it to the finals is an athlete’s dream. Watch for some fast times and some tight finishes! Will Fred Kerley continue to impress? How about Olympic champ Marcell Jacobs? How about Kenyan star Ferdinand Omanyala.
Women’s Long Jump, Final, 4:55 PM. This event will get people excited as top Europeans could win the entire thing. Malaika Mihambo, Jazmin Sawyers, and Ivana Vuleta.
Women’s 1,500 meters, Semi-finals, 5:05 PM. Running well in the semi-finals is an art form, and Laura Muir, Gudaf Tsegay, and Faith Kipyegon could all do clinics in this event. Who will join them? You will just have to wait and see. Watch this event close; it is terribly tough to manage the rounds.
Men’s 1,500 meters, Semi-finals, 5:35 PM. Who will join Mr. Ingebrigtsen, Timothy Cheruiyot, Ollie Hoare, Yared Nuguse, and many others? The men’s 1,500-meter semi-finals is a tough race and fascinating to watch. How do you get through this round without using all of your energy? Watch this round closely!
Men’s Hammer Throw Final, 5:50 PM. Budapest promised finals in evening sessions except for road events. The hammer throw is a highly competitive event. Expect Rudy Winkler of the US, Wojciech Nowicki, Poland’s Olympic champ, and Pawel Fadjek, Poland’s five-time World Champion, hoping for his sixth. To win this event, an 80-meter to 82-meter throw will probably be required to take the gold.
Heptathlon, 800 meters, Event seven, 6 PM. The scores could be very close, and at least one or two medals, if not all three, are up for grabs in this event. Anna Hall has run an 800m here in just over 2:02, and Nafi Thiam will gut it out to keep her title. A resurging Katerina Johnson Thompson could be a surprise. This event will be very tough, and the fans of multi-events love the honesty and grit of the event.
Men’s 10,000 meters, Final. 6:25 PM, The 25 Lapper is one of the most popular events in our championships. I like to call it, a chess game on the track. Lots of tactics. Joshua Cheptegai, Selemon Barega, Jo Klecker, and Paul Chelimo should all be there, and this one will be a hum-dinger (that is what we Midwestern North Americans sometimes say, don’t get scared!).
Men’s 100 meters, Finals, 7:10 PM. Who will be crowned the World’s Fastest Man? Fred Kerley told me that his secret was he loved to compete. Will Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs come around and thrill Italy in this event? Ferdinand Omanyala, Akani Simbini, who will spoil? You will just have to wait until 20 August!
To read all of our earlier stories in Witness the Wonder, numbers 1-38:
1. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 1; Welcome to the World Champs! https://runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-1-welcome-to-the-world-champs.html
2. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 2, Meeting the Stars of Hungarian Athletics! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-2-meeting-the-stars-of-hungarian-athletics.html\
3. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 3, Why you should go to Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-3.html
4. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 4, Mondo Duplantis & Nafi Thiam are Europe’s finest; how will they do in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-3-mondo-duplantis-nafi-thiam-are-europes-finest-how-will-they-do-in-budapest.html
5. Witness the Wonder, World Championships Budapest 2023, Day 5, Just What Will Faith Kipyegon Do in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-championships-budapest-2023-day-5-just-what-will-faith-kipyegon-do-in-budapest.html
6. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 6, Mutaz Essa Barshim. Will he take a 4th straight title in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-mutaz-essa-barshim-will-he-take-a-4th-straight-title-in-budapest.html
7. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Outdoor Champs Budapest 2023, Day 7; Noah Lyles wants to burn up the track in Budapest in August! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-outdoor-champs-budapest-2023-noah-lyles-wants-to-burn-up-the-track-in-budapest-in-august.html
8. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 8, all About the National Athletics Center https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-8-all-about-the-national-athletics-center.html
9. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 9: Meet Anita Marton, Hungarian star shot putter with deadly last-round throws! What will she do in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-9-meet-anita-marton-hungarian-star-shot-putter-who-has-deadly-last-round-throws-what-will-she-do-in-budapest.html
10. Witness the Wonder, 2023 World Athletics Outdoor Championships, Day 10: Karsten Warholm is back; what will he do in Budapest over the 400-meter hurdles? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-2023-world-athletics-outdoor-championships-day-10-karsten-warhold-is-back-what-will-he-do-in-budapest-over-the-400-meter-hurdles.html
11. Witness the Wonder World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 11; Wayde Van Niekerk is coming to Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-11-wayde-van-niekerk-wr-holder-olympic-champions-two-time-world-champion-at-400-meters-has-returned-and-he-wants-to-run-a-sizz.html
12. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 12, Neeraj Chopra, India’s Javelin star, will he move up to gold in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-neeraj-chopra-indias-javelin-star-will-he-move-up-to-gold-in-budapest.html,
13. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 13: Ryan Crouser overcomes a rainy day at the Drake Relays! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-13-ryan-crouser-overcomes-a-rainy-day-at-the-drake-relays.html
14. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Outdoor Championships, Budapest, Day 14: Five Reasons to Go to the World Championships in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-outdoor-championships-budapest-day-14-five-reasons-to-go-to-the-world-championships-in-budapest.html
15. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 15, Old and New Stars in Hammer could shine the first weekend of World Champs for Hungary! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-old-and-new-stars-in-hammer-could-shine-first-weekend-of-world-champs-for-hungary.html
16. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships, Budapest 2023, Day 16: Five Ways to Better Enjoy the Budapest World Champs! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-15-five-ways-to-better-enjoy-the-budapest-world-champs.html
17. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 17; Ferdinand Omanyala wants to be on the 100m medal podium this summer! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-17-ferdinand-omanyala-wants-to-be-on-the-100m-medal-podium-this-summer.html
18. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 18: What will Sifan Hassan do in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-18-what-will-sifan-hassan-do-in-budapest.html
19. Witness the Wonder World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 19; Tomas Walsh is from New Zealand, and you better watch him in the Men’s Shot Put final in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-19-tomas-walsh-is-from-new-zealand-and-you-better-watch-him-in-the-mens-shot-put-final-in-budapest.html
20. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 20; Grant Holloway wants to Three-Peat in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-20-grant-holloway-wants-to-three-peat-in-budapest.html
21. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Budapest 2023, Day 21, Five Big Stories for the World Champs in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-budapest-2023-day-21-five-big-stories-for-the-world-champs-in-budapest.html
22. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Budapest 2023, Day 22, Six Stories on Hungarian Athletes and their Dreams for Budapest 2023! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-budapest-2023-day-22-six-stories-on-hungarian-athletes-and-their-dreams-for-budapest-2023.html
23. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships, Budapest 2023, Day 23: Femke Bol What Will She do in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-23-femke-bol-what-will-she-do-in-budapest.html
24. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Budapest 2023, Day 24, What Plans Does Joshua Cheptegai Have for Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-budapest-2023-day-24-what-plans-does-joshua-cheptegai-have-for-budapest.html
25. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Budapest 2023, Day 25, LiJao Gong will again battle for the gold, this time in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-budapest-2023-day-25-lijao-gong-will-battle-for-the-gold-once-again-this-time-in-budapest.html
26. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 26, Sha’Carri Richardson is running towards Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-26-shacarri-richardson-is-running-towards-budapest.html
27. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 27, What you need to know about Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-27-what-you-need-to-know-about-budapest.html
28. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 28: Budapest, where everything is within easy reach! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-28-budapest-where-everything-is-within-easy-reach.html
29. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 29: Dina Asher-Smith focuses on Budapest https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-29-dina-asher-smith-focuses-on-budapest.html
30. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 30: Mary Moraa dreams of a podium finish in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-30.html
31. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 31: Fred Kerley has some decisions to make before Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-31-fred-kerley-has-some-decisions-to-make-before-budapest.html
32. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Budapest 2023, Day 32: What we will find on Day One at Budapest 2023! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-budapest-2023-day-32-what-we-will-find-in-session-one-day-one-at-budapest-2023.html
33. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Budapest 2023, Day 33: Who will be the stars in Budapest? Seven Deep thoughts! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-budapest-2023-day-33-who-will-be-the-stars-in-budapest-seven-deep-thoughts.html
34. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 34, Who Could Set World Records in Budapest? Five Deep Thoughts. https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-34-who-could-set-world-records-in-budapest-five-deep-thoughts.html
35. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 35: Here are Five European Athletes Who Can Medal in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-35-heres-five-athletes-who-can-medal-in-budapest.html
36. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 36: Five African athletes can med medal in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-36-heres-five-african-athletes-who-can-medal-in-budapest-this-coming-august.html
37. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Budapest 2023, Day 37: Here are five Asian Athletes Who should medal in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-budapest-2023-day-37-heres-five-asian-athletes-who-should-medal-in-budapest.html
38 Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Budapest 2023, Day 38: Five athletes from the U.S. who should be on the podium in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-budapest-2023-day-38-five-athletes-from-u-s-who-could-be-on-the-podium.html ,
The World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, will be held August 19-27, 2023, and tickets are available now! Click here to learn more about ticket sales: https://tickets.wabudapest23.com/
RunBlogRun suggests a wonderful book on Hungary, The Hungarians, A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat, by Paul Lendvai, Translated by Ann Major, Princeton University Press, www.pupress.princeton.edu.
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