5 star athletes to watch at the World Athletics Championships 2019

The World Athletics Championships are set to kick-off in Qatar with athletes primed for the start gun in Doha on Friday.

It will be the first city in the Middle East to host the event, with 205 countries and 3,500 athletes set to take centre stage.

Last time out in London two years ago saw Justin Gatlin race clear in the men’s 100 metres, Mo Farah retain his 10,000 metres gold, and Caster Semenya dominate the track in the women’s 800 metres.

USA are looking to continue their impressive record in the medal table as they aim to better their haul of 30 across the 2017 championships, while Great Britain will hope to improve on a sixth-placed finish.

And as the athletes bid to be crowned world champions in their respective fields, we take a look at five of the biggest stars to watch.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo



Miller-Uibo has an impressive winning run

The 400m Olympic champion has not lost a race for two years and is expected to take the 400m crown in Doha.

She has been in imperious form and it would be a shock not to see the 25-year-old win.

In a huge boost to Dina Asher-Smith Miller-Uibo will not run in the 200m because the schedule is too tight.

Karsten Warholm



Warholm has proven his pedigree

The charismatic Norwegian produced the second-fastest 400m hurdles performance of all time at the Diamond League final last month.

He ran 46.92 seconds to become the third man to crack the 47-second barrier.

Warholm will be seen as the favourite for the title even if Rai Benjamin and home hero Abderrahman Samba will challenge him for gold in Doha.

Christian Coleman



Coleman came second in the 100m in 2017

The favourite for the 100m comes into the championships under a cloud.

He has been cleared to run after the US Anti-Doping Agency withdrew its case after the 23-year-old was charged with missing three drugs tests and faced an automatic one-year ban.

Coleman, who came second behind Justin Gatlin in the 100m two years ago, has always denied the charge.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce



Fraser-Pryce will rival Brit Dina Asher-Smith

The Jamaican remains the biggest threat to Dina Asher-Smith in the 100m – even if the Briton did beat her in the Diamond League final.

She ran 10.73 seconds in June and is a double Olympic champion, having taken the 2008 and 2012 100m titles.

World championship victories in 2009, 2013 and 2015 underline her lasting quality and, at 32, she could become the oldest woman to win a world title.

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Nafi Thiam



Thiam is defending her heptathlon crown

The defending heptathlon champion, who also holds the European and Olympic title, remains the one to beat.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is pushing her close but Thiam remains ahead of all challengers so far.

The 25-year-old beat Johnson-Thompson by 57 points at the Europeans in Berlin last year and has been just out of reach.

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