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Storylines to know as track and field returns with indoor worlds – CBC Sports

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Track and field season is getting off the blocks

The world indoor athletics championships may not be the biggest event on the calendar, but it does provide an entry point to what promises to be a fascinating season in track and field.

The meet begins on Friday in Serbia with sessions at 3:35 a.m. and 11:55 a.m. ET on CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app. Watch all the action through Sunday here. Canada is sending a team of 12 women and six men — a list highlighted by Olympic decathlon champion Damian Warner but missing fellow medallists Andre De Grasse and Moh Ahmed.

Beyond this weekend, the next key event comes when season-long Diamond League action begins in May. The crown jewel of the season arrives in July with the more coveted outdoor world championships, set to take place for the first time ever at the home of Nike in Eugene, Oregon. Because of pandemic-induced schedule changes, it’s also the start of back-to-back years featuring world championships for the first time ever.

Here are some storylines you should know heading into the season:

The men’s 100 metres remains a mystery. This was the case before the Tokyo Olympics, where Italian longshot Lamont Marcell Jacobs took the gold medal, immediately faced doping questions and didn’t race again until February. Now, things are even more muddled. American Christian Coleman was the pre-Olympic favourite before missing the Games due to a doping-related suspension, but he’s back now and set to go head-to-head with Jacobs in the 60m at indoor worlds, where the 100m won’t be contested. There’s also De Grasse, who won 100m bronze at each of the last two Olympics. The Scarborough, Ont., native seemed to find his stride in the distance after Tokyo, posting a pair of wind-aided times that would have been Canadian records en route to completing the 100-200 double at Diamond League Finals. American track veteran Justin Gatlin, who didn’t make the Olympic team, and rising star Trayvon Bromell, who flamed out in Japan, are also names to watch. In the women’s 100m, Sha’Carri Richardson is well past her brief marijuana ban and looking to shake up the Jamaican trio of Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson that shared the Olympic podium. Of that group, only Jackson is racing the 60m at indoor worlds.

The Olympic decathlon record-holder is looking for another first. After claiming his first Olympic gold medal with a record-breaking performance in Tokyo, Canada’s Warner aims for his first indoor heptathlon title in Serbia. The seven-event heptathlon features slight variations on some of the 10 decathlon events, but Warner, who took silver in 2018, remains a leading contender for gold. The 32-year-old took a few months off after the Olympics and told CBC Sports his initial return felt “terrible,” before he regrouped for a solid performance at a meet in London, Ont., a couple weeks ago. But Warner, like most athletes, is likely aiming to peak in time for Oregon, where he could cement his status as one of the greatest decathletes ever with another gold medal. Read more about Warner’s outlook in this piece by CBC Sports’ Doug Harrison.

Canadian records are on the line. De Grasse seemed poised to break Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin’s longstanding shared 100m record of 9.84 seconds by the …….

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/the-buzzer-newsletter-world-indoor-athletics-championships-1.6388777

This is an excerpt from The Buzzer, which is CBC Sports’ daily email newsletter. Stay up to speed on what’s happening in sports by subscribing here.

Track and field season is getting off the blocks

The world indoor athletics championships may not be the biggest event on the calendar, but it does provide an entry point to what promises to be a fascinating season in track and field.

The meet begins on Friday in Serbia with sessions at 3:35 a.m. and 11:55 a.m. ET on CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app. Watch all the action through Sunday here. Canada is sending a team of 12 women and six men — a list highlighted by Olympic decathlon champion Damian Warner…….

This is an excerpt from The Buzzer, which is CBC Sports’ daily email newsletter. Stay up to speed on what’s happening in sports by subscribing here.

Track and field season is getting off the blocks

The world indoor athletics championships may not be the biggest event on the calendar, but it does provide an entry point to what promises to be a fascinating season in track and field.

The meet begins on Friday in Serbia with sessions at 3:35 a.m. and 11:55 a.m. ET on CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app. Watch all the action through Sunday here. Canada is sending a team of 12 women and six men — a list highlighted by Olympic decathlon champion Damian Warner…….

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