The finest athletes from across the globe travel to Moscow hoping to produce a gold medal performance at the 2013 IAAF World Championships and BBC Sport and British Eurosport will broadcast comprehensive coverage.
Just over a year since the success of the London Olympic Games, the stars of 2012, including Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, return to the world stage in Moscow for what’s set to be nine days of track and field drama.
Farah and Bolt will be hoping to repeat their outstanding achievements at the London Olympics at this year’s event at the Luzhniki Stadium.
The IAAF World Championships are second only to the Olympic Games in prestige and this year’s staging in the Russian capital is set to be the biggest ever.
With a total of 1974 athletes having been entered (1106 men and 868 women), the record number of participating athletes is on course to be broken.
The undisputed king of sprinting Usain Bolt will aim to regain the 100m world title in Moscow after being dramatically disqualified for a false start in 2011 and allowing his compatriot Yohan Blake to take the title.
Leading the British charge for medals in Russia will be double Olympic champion Mo Farah in the 5000m and 10000m.
Farah showed he is as hungry for silverware as ever when he beat his 5,000 metres rivals at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix in Birmingham in June, including Ibrahim Jeilan, who outkicked the Brit to win 10,000m gold at the 2011 World Championships.
Farah will be attempting to become the first Briton to retain a world title whilst Olympic silver medallist and British Championships 400m winner and Team GB captain Christine Ohuruogu will look to regain the title she won in 2007.
Ohuruogu, who won the London’s Anniversary Games 400m by clocking a winning 50.00sec time, looks to be on track to achieve another medal winning performance.
The current Olympic silver medallist is looking well poised in the days prior to her opening round heats on August 12.
Ohuruogu’s sister Victoria is also named as a member of the 4x400m squad making them the first sisters to feature together in a world championship team.
Having not competed since her London heroics last summer to the recent Anniversary Games, Jessica Ennis-Hill will sadly be missing from Great Britain team in Moscow.
The Sheffield-based athlete has had Achilles and heel pain since the start of June, and together with her coach and medical team decided that time has run out to get her into the position to be as competitive as they would like in just two weeks.
Elsewhere, Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford is part of the Great Britain team after declaring his fitness shortly before the championships, despite recently pulling his hamstring.
Olympic men’s high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz is part of the GB team, as is defending world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene.
In the battle for places in the men’s 100m, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Dasaolu join British Championships winner Dwain Chambers on the flight to Moscow, while Adam Gemili lines up alongside James Ellington over 200m.
There are men’s GB senior debuts for Delano Williams in the 200m, Chris O Hare 1500m and European Under-23 400m Hurdles medallist Sebastian Rodger.
In the women’s team, Asha Philip is rewarded for her stellar British championship win with an A standard with the sole 100m berth, whilst Anyika Onuora, one of only three women globally to hold A standards over 100m, 200m and 400m in 2013, is selected in the 200m and the 4x400m relay.
Shara Proctor is named in the long jump, while in the women’s 800m, joining British Championships winner Marilyn Okoro are youngsters Jessica Judd and European Indoor Championships 1500m representative Laura Muir.
Judd, who had been named for the GB & NI team for the European Juniors in Rieti, Italy this week has withdrawn from the age group championships to concentrate on her preparations for Moscow.
All nine days of the 2013 IAAF World Championships will covered extensively on BBC TV and British Eurosport. Full details of both broadcaster’s live coverage below.
The IAAF World Athletics Championships returns to BBC TV in 2013 with extensive coverage of all nine days.
BBC Sport will screen almost 60 hours of output across BBC One and BBC Two – as well as in high-definition – direct from Moscow’s Luzniki Stadium.
Former triple jump world champion Jonathan Edwards will present live coverage of the morning sessions, with the BBC’s main presenter Gabby Logan taking over for the afternoon and evening sessions.
Expert analysis in the studio and from the commentary box will come from Olympic gold-medallist Michael Johnson and marathon and world record-holder Paula Radcliffe, along with former double world champion sprint hurdler Colin Jackson and gold medal-winning heptathlete Denise Lewis.
1983 world champion 1500m runner Steve Cram leads the commentary team alongside Paul Dickenson, Andrew Cotter and Brendan Foster, while Phil Jones conducts the trackside interviews with the key athletes.
Coverage begins on Saturday, August 10 at 6.00am with extensive live coverage twice daily until the Championships come to a close on Sunday, August 18.
Viewers who missed any of the day’s action will be able to watch the World Athletics Championships Replay each evening on the BBC Red Button after 7pm, except on Wednesday when a half-hour highlights show featuring action from the morning session will be broadcast on BBC Two at 6pm.
Mark Pougatch is at the helm for BBC Radio 5 live and he will be joined by double Olympic champion Donovan Bailey, who is new to the BBC Radio 5 live team for 2013, bringing his gold medal-winning experience to the highly anticipated sprinting events.
Mark will co-present the Saturday and Sunday sports shows and bring regular updates across 5 live programmes throughout the Championships.
Joining him will be Allison Curbishley, Sonja McLaughlan, Mike Costello and Steve Backley.
All TV and radio coverage will be available to watch/listen online via the BBC Sport website and app, as well as via the BBC iPlayer for seven days following each day’s events.
The website is available via desktop, mobile, tablet and app, giving fast and easy access to the live stream, text commentaries, news, reports, schedules, videos as well as highlights of day’s action.
Viewers with Connected TVs will be able to access BBC online content for the latest news, videos, interviews and highlights from the Championships.
After recently extending the broadcast agreement to show top class athletics until 2020, the event in Moscow marks the continuation of national and international track and field action on the BBC.
The corporation bought the rights to the 2013 IAAF World Championships off Channel 4 following a deal struck between the two broadcasters earlier this year.
Channel 4′s coverage of the last IAAF World Championships from Daegu in 2011 received mixed reviews from TV critics and viewers after presenter Ortis Deley was replaced midway through the event after a series of on-air blunders.
The BBC is now the firm home of all major athletics events on UK television, including the Olympics (until 2020), the World Championships (until 2017) and regular Diamond League meetings.
Barbara Slater, BBC’s director of sport, says: “The future for athletics on the BBC is an exciting one, with coverage of the next three World Athletics Championships, next year’s Commonwealth Games and the Olympics in Rio in 2016 just some of the top class track and field events on offer.
“The World Athletics Championships will see the return of those athletes who made themselves household names last summer and the BBC will be there to capture it all.
“We can’t wait to cover the World Championships in 2017 when they come to London and we will continue to broadcast British athletics events until at least 2020.
“The sheer amount of coverage on offer, across all platforms, is evidence of our commitment to Olympic sports and our determination to satisfy our audiences’ desire for coverage on the go.”
British Eurosport will also broadcast extensive live coverage of the 2013 IAAF Athletics World Championships from Moscow.
The pan-European channel intends to showcase every session live in its entirety from the Luzhniki Stadium and in high-definition.
Leading the British Eurosport commentary team will be Martin Gillingham.
Coverage will also feature reaction and analysis from the Eurosport International team of experts, including former 100m world record holder Maurice Greene.
Located on a platform position inside the stadium overlooking the field, Greene who will interview former athletes and other main athletics experts for the live ‘Greene Light’ show, which will be broadcast at the conclusion of live coverage from each evening session.
DAY 1 – Saturday 10th AugustMorning Session
LIVE: 6.00am-9.30am BBC One
The 14th IAAF World Championships begins with the first morning session at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Day one sees Olympic finalists Andrew Osagie and Steve Lewis begin their World Championship campaigns in the 800m and pole vault respectively.
The preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s 100m will feature on the track from 7.10 and 7.45, alongside the heats in the men’s 800m from 8.20, while the decathlon also gets under way with the 100m from 6.35, long jump from 7.35 and shot put from 9.20.
Afternoon / Evening Session LIVE: 10.30am-11.15am BBC Two 11.15am-6.30pm BBC One
The action continues with women’s marathon, which starts at 11.00am, followed by the first evening session at the stadium.
Sonia Samuels and Susan Partridge have been selected to represent Great Britain in the 26-mile event which spans across Moscow.
Then in the afternoon, Mo Farah bids for more global glory on the opening day of the World Championships in the 10,000m at 3.55.
Farah became a double Olympic champion at London 2012 with victories in the 5,000 and 10,000m and it is over the longer distance that he goes for gold.
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt and British medal hope James Dasaolu take to the track for the first time in the 100m heats, former world champion Christine Ohuruogu is in 400m action, while British record holder Shara Proctor makes her bid to reach the long jump final..
DAY 2 – Sunday 11th AugustMorning Session
LIVE: 6.00am-10.00am BBC One
Reigning world 1500m silver medallist Hannah England begins her quest for another global medal in Russia.
A surprise medallist two years ago, England runs in the first round from 7.30, plus fellow Brits Nigel Levine and Asha Philip feature in the men’s 400m and women’s 100m heats respectively.
LIVE: 3.30pm-7.05pm BBC One
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is the headline act on day two at the World Championships as he goes for 100m gold in Russia.
The Jamaican was disqualified for a false start in the last World Championship 100m final in South Korea and will be eager to make amends in Moscow.
Great Britain have not won a medal in this event for 10 years but James Dasaolu propelled himself into contention by running 9.91 seconds at the British Championships in July.
Another British medal hopeful is World Indoor Championship bronze medallist Shara Proctor in the women’s long jump.
The action also features the finals of the women’s discus and 10,000m, plus the men’s 20km race walk and the conclusion of the men’s decathlon..
DAY 3 – Monday 12th AugustMorning Session
LIVE: 6.15am-10.35am BBC Two
Welshman Dai Greene begins his world title defence in the 400m hurdles, with medal contender Perri Shakes-Drayton among three Brits in the women’s equivalent race.
Rising star Katerina Johnson-Thompson is the sole British representative in the heptathlon following the withdrawal of Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill.
The European Under-23 champion begins with the 100m hurdles and high jump.
LIVE: 3.30pm-7.30pm BBC Two
Olympic silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu goes for gold in the 400m final, while Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the woman to beat in the 100m final.
The medals are also decided in the men’s pole vault, hammer and 110m hurdles and women’s shot put..
DAY 4 – Tuesday 13th AugustMorning Session
LIVE: 6.15am-10.35am BBC Two
It is the second day of the heptathlon, with former world youth champion Katerina Johnson-Thompson flying the flag for Britain in the absence of Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Also, the 20km women’s race walk world champion will be decided.
LIVE: 3.30pm-7.30pm BBC Two
Great Britain’s Olympic finalist Andrew Osagie will hope to challenge for the medals in the 800m.
It’s also the finals of the men’s 400m and discus, and women’s pole vault and 3,000m steeplechase..
DAY 5 – Wednesday 14th AugustMorning Session
LIVE: 6.30am-9.00am BBC Two
Only one session takes place on day five of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
There is British interest in the qualifying round of the men’s long jump and women’s hammer, featuring 2012 Olympic champion Greg Rutherford and former world junior champion Sophie Hitchon.
On the track, Chris O’Hare competes for Great Britain in the 1,500m first round, and Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot begins her defence of the 5,000m title.
The only gold medal of the day will be awarded in the men’s 50km walk..
DAY 6 – Thursday 15th AugustMorning Session
LIVE: 6.30am-9.05am BBC Two
Rising British female runners Jessica Judd and Jodie Williams make their World Championship bows at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Judd won on her senior international debut earlier this summer and then dipped below the two-minute benchmark of top-class 800m runners to earn her maiden Diamond League victory in Birmingham.
She is joined in the heats by British champion Marilyn Okoro and Laura Muir.
Much-vaunted teenage sprinter Williams begins her campaign in the 200m, in which she recently became European Under-23 champion.
Anyika Onuora also competes for Great Britain. It’s a busy morning in the field too, with qualifying rounds taking place in the men’s javelin and shot put and women’s high jump.
LIVE: 3.35pm-7.00pm BBC Two
Six more world titles are decided under the lights of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on day six of the championships.
Great Britain will expect to have medal ambitions in several of the finals, including the men’s 400m hurdles in which Dai Greene is defending world champion.
Perri Shakes Drayton has been in good form this summer in the women’s 400m hurdles, while 1,500m runner Hannah England and high jumper Robbie Grabarz are vying to repeat their medal-winning exploits of recent major championships..
DAY 7 – Friday 16th AugustMorning Session
LIVE: 6.30am-9.15am BBC Two
More British and global stars look to progress to the next round of their events on day seven in Moscow.
British sprint hurdler Tiffany Porter was on course for a medal at the last World Championships before clipping the penultimate hurdle and finishing fourth.
She will be expected to qualify comfortably from the day’s heats, along with Australia’s Olympic and world champion Sally Pearson.
World junior champions Adam Gemili and Delano Williams compete for Great Britain in the 200m heats, along with team-mate James Ellington and global superstar Usain Bolt.
LIVE: 3.35pm-7.00pm BBC Two
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah goes for what he hopes will be his second World Championship gold medal, this time the 5,000m at 5.45.
Farah is attempting to become the first Briton to retain a world title and will face a formidable challenge as ever from the Kenyan and Ethiopian contingent.
There could be British interest too in the men’s long jump and women’s hammer finals, while Olympic champion Allyson Felix of the USA attempts to retain the world 200m title..
DAY 8 – Saturday 17th AugustAfternoon / Evening Session
LIVE: 12.15pm-1.00pm BBC Two 1.00pm-5.25pm BBC One
Usain Bolt lines up in the men’s 200m final as he searches for another double gold at a major championships.
The Jamaican sprint sensation defends his title (if he qualifies) at 5.05, which will be the final event the penultimate session in Moscow.
Beginning the day’s action will be the men’s marathon, then attention turns to the action inside the stadium at 3.00.
There will be plenty of British interest on Saturday, including in the semi-finals and final of the women’s 100m hurdles where Tiffany Porter hopes to impress.
Later in the evening, British athletes will be aiming for more silverware in the women’s 4x400m final.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the day will be the men’s 200m final, which is expected to feature world record holder Usain Bolt.
British trio James Ellington, Adam Gemili and Delano Williams could also feature depending on their performances in the semi-finals..
DAY 9 – Sunday 18th AugustEvening Session
LIVE: 12.45pm-4.30pm BBC One
The curtain falls on the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow as the six remaining gold medals are decided.
Britain’s Chris O’Hare will hope for a place in the 1500m final, while Jessica Judd, Laura Muir and Marilyn Okoro could all feature in the 800m final.
Bringing the championships to a close, as always, will be the men’s and women’s 4x100m relays.