If allowed to, Briana Williams will compete in the 100m at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, according to her coach Ato Boldon.

Jamaican teen star Briana Williams has been issued a reprimand without any period of ineligibility by the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel.

The globe's finest track and field stars have descended on Doha for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, as the competition enters a new era.

The sport's grandest outdoor event outside the Olympics is being staged in the Middle East for the first time in its 36-year history, with 1972 competitors - including all 30 Diamond League champions - from 210 teams in action from Friday until October 6.

The next 10 days will also bear witness to the first world championships since 2005 where Usain Bolt, the man who set world records over 100 and 200 metres 10 years ago in Berlin, will not be competing.

In Qatar, there will be pretenders to Bolt's throne, not only as the fastest human being in history but also as the sport's most charismatic champion.

There will be past winners - including the event's most decorated athlete in history - and old rivalries renewed in the Doha heat in what could be a championships to make or break the IAAF's commitment to putting athletics firmly back on the minds of the masses.

With the Olympics less than a year away, who will take the world by storm?


It sometimes sounds trite to talk of Bolt's 'successor', but athletics may well have found its newest poster boy in American Noah Lyles.

The 22-year-old clocked 19.50 seconds in Lausanne – the fourth-fastest 200m time in history – and will have his eye on Bolt's record of 19.19.

Indeed, this could be Lyle's best chance to go under that remarkable time from a decade ago, as the 2014 Youth Olympics champion plans to double up in the 100m and 200m from next year. In Doha, he will not have so many distractions.

It means defending 100m champion Justin Gatlin, who has gone under 10 seconds four times this season at the age of 37, will face his toughest competition against 2017 silver medallist Christian Coleman. Cleared to compete after United States anti-doping authorities withdrew charges relating to missed drugs tests, Coleman ran a world-leading time of 9.81 in June and is many people's favourite for gold. Nigeria's Divine Oduduru and in-form Akani Simbine cannot be discounted, though.

Perhaps the most enthralling battle comes in the women's 100m, though, where two Jamaican Olympic champions over the distance, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson, will go head-to-head. They share the world-leading time of 10.73 for 2019 and know how to handle the spotlight of athletics' most demanding events, although Dina Asher-Smith and defending world champion Tori Bowie must be considered major threats.


Allyson Felix, the most decorated athlete in world championships history, will seek to add to her 16 medals in the 4x400m relay following the premature birth of her daughter last November.

In the individual race, all eyes are on Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who has put her sole focus on the 400m and whose 49.05 time in Gainesville this year has not been beaten.

With defending champion and world-record holder Wayde van Niekerk absent, expect Michael Norman and Fred Kerley to stage a spectacular showdown in the men's event – although perhaps 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James, beset by injury troubles in recent seasons, could spring a shock.

The real intrigue lies in the one-lap hurdle events, though. 

Dalilah Muhammad broke Yulia Pechonkina's 16-year world record at the US Championships with a time of 52.20 and the Olympic champion is now hoping to add world gold to her collection by withstanding the pressure of rising star Sydney McLaughlin.

Karsten Warholm might be the second-fastest man in history in the 400m hurdles, but Rai Benjamin is ready to push him all the way in Doha, the two having both gone beneath 47 seconds in a thrilling race in Zurich. Abderrahman Samba is also a huge threat.

Warholm, backed by maverick coach Leif Olav Alnes, has compared himself to fictional financier Gordon Gekko of the motto "greed is good", as he targets back-to-back world golds. Benjamin's response? "If Karsten is Gordon Gekko, then I am the IRS."


Juan Miguel Echevarria's 8.65m broke the Diamond League record for the men's long jump in Zurich, a distance bettered only by a massive wind-assisted 8.92m he managed in March.

Mike Powell's world record of 8.95m has long been considered out of reach, but Echevarria could at least leap closer to that mark.

Belgium's record-holder in the women's long jump is, of course, the indomitable Nafissatou Thiam, who is favourite to defend her heptathlon title after setting a world-leading 6819 in Talence this year despite having an elbow injury.

Having leapt to within nine centimetres of Inessa Kravets' 15.50m from 1995, defending world triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas is another targeting a world record - assuming the hi-tech cooling system in the Khalifa International Stadium can keep the intense heat at bay.

The conditions in Doha have prompted concerns around athlete welfare and there will be extra medical staff, water stops and ice baths available for the marathon races that get underway at 23:59 local time (20:59 GMT) to avoid the worst of the weather.

It takes more than heat and humidity to put off Jesus Angel Garcia, though. Spain's maestro race walker will become the World Championships' oldest ever competitor at the age of 49 when he gets going in the 50-kilometre event on September 28.

The Olympic Games must have the better hype man because the World Athletics Championships is often perceived as an inferior cousin in the prestige stakes.

However, since its first staging at Helsinki in 1983, the track and field global gathering has seen scores of jaw-dropping performances - and delivered some of the most famous world records.

Usain Bolt ran the fastest 100 metres and 200m in history at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Mike Powell's Bob Beamon-beating 8.95m long jump came at Tokyo 1991 and Jonathan Edwards' mind-blowing triple jump of 18.29m was achieved in 1995 in Gothenburg.

Those records still stand, and more stunning achievements are sure to come at Doha 2019.

Athletics greatness need not hinge on winning an individual gold medal at the Olympics, and these 10 past track and field stars serve as proof that World Championship glory can just as easily help secure a place in the pantheon.



Unlike the legendary Beamon, whose staggering leap of 8.90m came in 1968 at Mexico City, Powell could not jump to Olympic gold: he took silver behind Carl Lewis in Seoul '88 and Barcelona '92. But Powell banished Beamon from the world-record lists at the 1991 World Championships when the Tokyo crowd saw him leap 8.95m with his penultimate attempt. Lewis, for once, had to settle for second best in the sandpit. Powell successfully defended the world title two years later in Stuttgart.


Jamaican Ottey competed in seven Olympics - her last in 2004 was representing Slovenia at the age of 44 - and won nine medals, but there was not a gold among them (three silver, six bronze). There is no doubt she ranks among the greatest sprinters of all time, however, claiming fourteen World Championship medals including 200m golds in 1993 and 1995 and a 1991 sprint relay triumph with Jamaica.


Name a more iconic Namibian in sport. We'll wait. Fredericks won Olympic silver in the 100m and 200m at both the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Games, and three world silvers over 200m (1991, 1995 and 1997). Michael Johnson was his long-time nemesis at 200m, but Johnson only entered the 400m at the 1993 Worlds, and Fredericks took advantage by running a then championship-record of 19.85 seconds to snatch gold, powering ahead of John Regis and Carl Lewis.


The 'Jarrow Arrow' could not follow his great rivals Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett to Olympic glory, yet he was a formidable rival to both in an era when British men ruled the middle distances. Cram took silver in the 1500m at Los Angeles in 1984, but a year earlier he had landed World Championship gold in Helsinki when he outran American Steve Scott, Moroccan great Said Aouita and Ovett to take the glory. Cram also held world records at 1500m and the mile.


United States star Decker was famously favourite for 3000m gold at the Los Angeles Olympics, before tangling with Zola Budd and falling, to the horror of watching American spectators. She had been judged the likely champion having triumphed in both the 1500m and 3000m at the Helsinki World Championships. Because of the controversial nature of the Budd incident, the twin triumphs in Finland and multiple world-record runs have been largely overshadowed, but they attest to her greatness.


Kipketer would have been a gold-medal hot favourite for the 800 metres at the 1996 Olympics, but a citizenship dispute rendered him ineligible as he switched from representing Kenya to Denmark. Talent-spotted by Kip Keino, he won world titles in 1995, 1997 and 1999. In 1997 he obliterated Coe's long-untouchable 800m world record, set 16 years earlier. He later landed Olympic silver and bronze medals but the World Championships was where this remarkable athlete shone brightest.


Chicago-born Foster fought a fierce rivalry from the likes of Renaldo Nehemiah, Roger Kingdom and Colin Jackson, and there was simply not enough gold to go around at a time when the 110m hurdles was a standout event. Foster took silver behind Kingdom at the LA OIympics, yet at the World Championships he incredibly won consecutive golds at Helsinki '83, Rome '87 and Tokyo '91.


Cuba's boycott of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, out of solidarity with North Korea, denied Quirot a likely 400m and 800m golden double, given her form that year. Quirot, a remarkable athlete, suffered devastating and scarring grade three burns on much of her body in a domestic accident in 1993. A favourite of Fidel Castro, she won bronze and silver over 800m at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics but pocketed world titles over the same distance in 1995 - on Castro's birthday - and 1997.


The Norwegian was formidable on the track and on the road, winning the London Marathon four times along with triumphs in Boston, Chicago and New York, while also landing a world cross country title. She could finish only fourth, however, in the marathon at the 1984 Olympics and a foot injury forced her out of the Seoul 10,000m when leading the race for gold. At the World Championships, she topped the podium at Rome in 1987 in the 10,000m.


Smith was unfortunate to hit his sprint peak around the same time as Lewis, his fellow American and the dominant athlete of the 1984 Olympics. Smith still scooped 200m gold glory at the 1983 and 1987 World Championships and broke the 100m world record at a domestic event in 1983, also landing bronze over the latter distance in the controversial 1988 Olympic final, having been promoted from fourth after Ben Johnson was thrown out. He won an Olympic relay gold but never topped the podium on his own.

The World Athletics Championships get under way in Doha on Friday, with the sport's leading stars battling for glory 12 months out from the Olympics.

A select few among the elite have an extra special gold medal in their sights – the rare kind that arrives courtesy of a new world record in their event.

These are often the wins that live longest in the memory, with Usain Bolt's sprint double to establish new horizons in Berlin a decade ago a prime example.

But could one of the Jamaican great's all-time marks be under threat? Here we look at five athletes going for gold and a place in the record books.

Noah Lyles (Men's 200m)

Bolt's astonishing 19.19 seconds in the German capital back in 2009 took the breath away and looked set to stand for generations. Anyone going quicker remains a long shot but, as Bolt himself proved by going under Michael Johnson's apparently unassailable 19.32, even the most celebrated records are there to be broken.

"I have a strong chance of winning and I also have a strong chance of trying to break some records," American sensation Noah Lyles told BBC Sport when reflecting upon a superb 2019 to date. "I might not get another chance like this again because I plan to be doubling after this."

Lyles, 22, will only compete in the 200 meters in Doha, having broken Bolt's Paris Diamond League meeting record last month in a time of 19.65. His 19.50 in Lausanne in July is the fourth-fastest time in history. Gold looks assured – the question is just how impressive that gold might be.

Karsten Warholm (Men's 400m hurdles)

In Zurich last month, Norway's Karsten Warholm ran the second fastest 400m hurdles of all time, powering home in 46.92. However, gold is far from a formality for the world's leading performer.

Warholm was pushed all the way to the line by Rai Benjamin and the American's time of 46.98 made it the first race ever to have two men go under 47 seconds.

Consider the fact that Qatar's Abderrahman Samba also has a 46.98 on his record and Kevin Young's celebrated mark of 46.78 has never felt more under threat since it was set way back in 1992.

Dalilah Muhammad (Women's 400m hurdles)

Unlike the other competitors on this list, Dalilah Muhammad has already scaled the mountain.

The Olympic champion won the USA Track and Field title in Iowa this year with a blistering time of 52.20, shaving 0.14 off Yuliya Pechonkina's 2003 world record.

The 29-year-old will now aim to repeat those heroics on this year's biggest stage.

Yulimar Rojas (Women's triple jump)

Defending the world title she won in London two years ago, Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas heads to Doha peaking at just the right time.

At the start of this month, she leapt 15 metres 41 centimetres in Andujar, just 9cm shy of Inessa Kravets' 1995 record, which was established on the way to world championship glory.

Repeating that piece of history would round off a stellar year for Rojas, who put an injury-ravaged 2018 behind her to triumph at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Juan Miguel Echevarria (Men's long jump)

On the same Zurich evening Warholm and Benjamin went toe to toe, Juan Miguel Echevarria obliterated the competition in the long jump.

His 8.65m was the longest in the world this year and broke the Diamond League record. The Cuban star also thrilled a home crowd in Havana with a huge 8.92m in March, although his wind-assisted effort was not eligible for record purposes.

The latter leap was close to Mike Powell's imperious world record of 8.95m, which remains unlikely to be challenged in settled conditions.

Jamaican sprinter Rasheed Dwyer has pulled out of the men’s 100m at the 2019 IAAF World Championships set to get underway in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

The 17th IAAF World Championships of Athletics, set for Doha, Qatar, begins on Friday with many wondering how the tiny island nation of Jamaica will perform, bearing in mind the absence of a number of athletes from the country's richest era on the track to date. The absence of a certain Usain Bolt, arguably the greatest sprinter of all time, is the most notable absence. Can Jamaica bounce back. The Commentators, Donald Oliver and Ricardo Chambers certainly seem to think so.  

The anti-doping hearing involving Jamaica’s teenage track star Briana Williams concluded on Tuesday without the independent disciplinary panel setting a time or date for their decision, a development that has caused concern for the athlete’s representatives.

Professor Wayne McLaughlin testified today before a Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel that the amount of hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) found in Briana Williams’ sample was not consistent with someone who was taking a diuretic to conceal the use of more serious substances, SportsMax.TV sources said.

When it comes to the triple jump there were two women who stood head and shoulders over everybody, now there are three.

Shanieka Ricketts has emerged this season as a serious medal contender in the triple jump and should be one of the three to take home silverware from Doha in Qatar.

This season, Ricketts has taken her personal best from 14.61 metres to 14.93 metres when she won the Diamond League trophy last month.

But more than just having those one-off leaps, Ricketts has maintained a level of consistency she hasn’t in seasons past, landing in the sand at more than 14.5 metres with some regularity.

That movement means Ricketts can challenge the relative dominance of Yulimar Rojas and the potential comeback of Caterine Ibarguen.

In truth, Rojas stands on her own if she’s really feeling it.

Only one woman, world record-holder Inessa Kravets, has ever triple jumped farther. Considering the company the 23-year-old Venezuelan is now keeping on the world all-time list, she'll be difficult to stop as she seeks to successfully defend her title and join Caterine Ibarguen, Yargelis Savigne and Tatyana Lebedeva as a two-time (and back-to-back) world champion.

Rojas has won six of her eight outdoor competitions this year, sailing beyond 15 metres in half of them. Her most impressive performance came in her most recent outing when she bound to 15.41m in Andujar, Spain, on 6 September, the second farthest leap of all time. She went beyond 15 metres twice in that competition, shaking out the rust out with a 15.03m effort in the second round.

Rojas has struggled with her consistency in the past, but has improved on that front as well this season, adding to the difficulty her competitors can expect in Doha.

She has lost twice this season, once to Ibarguen, whom she succeeded as world champion in London two years ago, and to Jamaican champion Shanieka Ricketts at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich. Both have the capabilities to throw serious challenges at the Venezuelan.

Ibarguen, the 2018 World Athlete of the Year, has competed sparingly, choosing to divide her attentions between the long and triple jumps, competing four times in each. She reached 14.79m in Oslo and a season's best of 14.89m in Lausanne to secure a pair of Diamond League circuit victories, but she hasn't contested the triple jump since 11 July when she finished a distant sixth in the port-side competition in Monaco, reaching just 14.33m. But considering her war chest of medals, we can expect she'll arrive in Doha ready.

After the season's big three, others will have to spring a fairly big surprise to figure in the medal hunt.

Leading that charge is rising Cuban star Liadagmis Povea who improved her lifetime best to 14.77m to finish third in Lausanne. She also finished second in Monaco with 14.71m and third at the Pan-American Games and the Diamond League final.

US champion Keturah Orji improved her career best to 14.72m to finish third in Paris but more recently was a distant fourth in Zurich.

Spain's world indoor bronze medallist Ana Peleteiro leads the European charge. But the 23-year-old will need to do considerably better than her 14.59m season's best to challenge for the podium. Likewise for Jamaican Kimberly Williams, the world indoor silver medallist and finalist at this championships in 2013, 2015 and 2017, who has reached 14.56m this season.

Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas-Dodd is one of the three best shot putters in the world but this season she has struggled for consistency.

The same cannot be said of the two women who are likely to battle for the number-one spot in Doha, Qatar this weekend.

Gong Lijiao of China has been on top of almost every podium this season, only failing once, when United States star, Chase Ealy usurped her on debut in the 2019 Diamond League.

That blip meant Gong won 12 of her 13 competitions in 2019, producing the four best throws this year, capped by her 20.31m effort to win another IAAF Diamond League title, her third straight, in Zurich last month.

With a gap of more than 60 centimetres on her nearest competitor, Gong will start as one of the heaviest favourites at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics. A medal of any kind will be her sixth at the World Championships, a record for the event.

Thomas-Dodd, on the other hand, despite throwing 19.48 metres in April, a national record, before erasing the mark in August with 19.55, cannot say she has been in the best form heading into the championships.

Ealy’s statistics puts her ahead of Dodd, the World Indoor silver medallist, after she blasted onto the scene in April this year, throwing 19.67 metres and going on to show it was no fluke with nine of her next 12 competitive marks going over the 19-metre mark. Her best this season and over the course of her career, came in Zurich during the Diamond League final, which suggests she’s peaking at the right time. She threw 19.68 metres for second at the Diamond League final.

Behind that trio, the picture is less clear. Five other women have thrown beyond 19 metres outdoors this season, Maggie Ewen, another US thrower on the rise, the most recent. The 25-year-old produced the best throw of her career, 19.48m, to win the US-Europe match on 10 September. But that was the only 19-metre-plus effort of the season for the multi-talented thrower who won NCAA titles in the shot put, discus and hammer during her collegiate career.

Christina Schwanitz, the 2015 world champion, is still showing solid form, and can't be discounted in the chase for podium spots. The 33-year-old German has reached 19.37m this season.

Brittany Crew (19.28m) of Canada, Aliona Dubitskaya (19.21m) and Sweden's Fanny Roos (19.06m) have also breached 19 metres this season but will have to produce breakout performances to be a factor.

Others to watch include Hungary's world indoor champion Anita Marton, European champion Paulina Guba of Poland, and Olympic champion Michelle Carter of the US.

For someone who has landed a trio of major javelin titles over the past three months, it is perhaps little surprise that Anderson Peters has long known of his ability to throw things far.

Yet what may be more of a surprise is the first indication he had such a talent came from pelting rocks at mango trees as a youngster growing up on the small Caribbean island of Grenada.

“To me it was always a natural thing to throw,” says Peters. “As kids, we used to regularly throw a rock to get mangoes and golden apples. Our mango trees were really high,” he adds with a smile.

Since those early days, his right arm has been reprogrammed to throw more for length than height and now the 21-year-old is among a crop of younger javelin throwers poised to take on the world.

Based in the US, the Grenadian has this year mounted a successful defence of his NCAA crown, won the NACAC U23 title, and hurled the spear to a national record of 87.31m en route to gold at the Pan American Games.

A tilt at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 awaits, where the Mississippi State University athlete should not be dismissed, despite his relative lack of international experience.

Picking up a javelin for the very first time at the age of 10, he set a school record. However, this did not prompt Peters to immediately pursue throwing; instead he initially preferred the allure of sprinting.

“Usain Bolt was also on the scene at that time, so I wanted to be a sprinter,” says Peters, who clocked a wind-assisted 10.89 as an U20 athlete in 2016 and was good enough to compete in the 4x100m for his country at the Carifita Games that year. “But in form two I picked up a few injuries so in form three (around the age of 14) I returned to javelin.”

Erasing thoughts of following in the rapid footsteps of Bolt or indeed his compatriot Kirani James, the 2011 world and 2012 Olympic 400m champion, Peters focused his thoughts on becoming the next Keshorn Walcott, the 2012 Olympic javelin champion from Trinidad and Tobago.

 “Keshorn has had a big impact on my life,” he says. “For years I’ve compared his stats against mine.”

Facilities for throwing the javelin in Grenada – also known as ‘Spice Island’ – were limited. Peters typically trained on a grass field without a track and he only had access to two or three javelins.

“Coach used to joke that regularly retrieving the javelins was good fitness training,” he adds with a laugh.

And it was Peters’ good fortune that coach happened to be the highly respected Paul Phillip, the man who also guided Grenadian decathletes Lindon Victor and Kurt Felix to javelin PBs in excess of 70 metres.

“Paul has been a big influence on my career and he still has a big influence in my life,” says Peters. “He is more than just a coach; he is also a father figure. We still have a really close relationship and are in daily contact.”

His first big moment on the international stage came when finishing ninth with 67.98m in the final of the 2013 IAAF World U18 Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine. It was a promising debut performance on the global scene and more importantly it gave the Grenadian exposure to the world’s best for the first time.

“It was first time I was up against the Finns,” recalls Peters of the nation regarded as the world’s pre-eminent javelin force. “I didn’t beat them, as they finished fourth and fifth that day, but the experience was pretty useful.”

He continued to make a steady improvement in 2014 and 2015, before his career was elevated to a higher plane under Phillip’s wily guidance in 2016.

The pair had targeted the twin goals of the Carifta Games and World U20 Championships as the principle targets for the year and Peters successfully delivered.

Competing in front of his home fans at the Carifta Games, he set a national senior record of 78.28m to strike gold. Then, at the World U20 Championships, he extended the mark by a further 1.37m to take the bronze.

“It was an enjoyable moment (to earn bronze) but I was also a little disappointed,” he explains. “I remember throwing 79m but then a South African (Johannes Grobler) guy added six metres to his best and took silver with 80m.”

Attracted to the US collegiate system by their extensive medical support and competitive opportunities in January 2017, he started life at Mississippi State University, where he came under the coaching wing of April Thomas.

Thomas had first watched Peters compete at the 2015 Pan-American Junior Championships in Edmonton, where he won silver, and she was hugely impressed.

“He was awesome,” she recalls. “Watching him throw, he had a lot of pop and clearly lots of ability. I said to myself, ‘I’d love one day coach this kid’.”

Redshirting his first summer, he nonetheless made more gains in 2017. Still aged just 19, he set three national records including a best of 84.81m and finished 20th in the qualifying round on his World Championships debut in London.

Under Thomas’ official coaching from August 2017 – although he is also co-coached by Phillip – Peters continues to thrive. The 2018 season delivered a Commonwealth Games bronze medal with 82.20m and a first NCAA crown with 82.82m.

Once again he demonstrated an unerringly ability to produce his best when it counted.

“A lot of the preparation is done by my coaches April and Paul (Phillip),” he explains. “They decide the best road and options for me as an athlete. They focus on which meets are important and plan very seriously around those meets.”

Juggling six days’ training a week with his school commitments, the business administration major made a number of technical advances during the winter months which have contributed to his best season to date.

In March he hurled the spear out to a national record of 86.07m – a performance which he felt he could improve upon by at least two metres.

At the NCAA Championships in Austin he unleashed an 86.62m effort for gold to lead home a Mississippi State clean sweep of the podium before going on to climb to the top of the podium at the Pan American Games with a national record of 87.31m in Lima, where he claimed a memorable scalp.

“It was my first time beating Keshorn Walcott (who picked up silver with 83.55m), which was an honour and one of my long-term goals.”

Peters, who cites his arm as his great strength, now moves on to the World Championships in Doha confident he can still be at his best after starting his season back in March.

His coaches have organised his training schedule to reach a second peak for the year at the World Championships, where he has realistic expectations.

“At my first World Championships I did not make the final, so for me to firstly make the final in Doha is most important,” he explains. “Once I make that final, then anything is possible.”

In the longer term the Grenadian boasts some big ambitions.

“What I love about the javelin is the uncertainty of how far it can really go,” he says. “The world record is 98m but I still think a javelin with the current specifications could go further. This drives me to work even harder, to see if one day I could throw over 100m.

It is a possibility his coach has not dismissed.

“Watching the way he throws and knowing Anderson is such a student of the sport, what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg,” adds Thomas. “I definitely believe with his dedication he has the possibility to one day break the world record.”

On Monday, Briana Williams flew to the Bahamas to do her part in the ongoing relief efforts there after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Abacos Islands and claimed several lives.

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