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Friday, September 28, 2018
Countdown to 2019 World Championships Underway
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have released the timetable and qualification system for the 2019 World Championships in Doha, with a year to go until the event.

The 10-day competition will begin at the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar on the evening of Friday, September 27th next year, with events often going on late into the evening to try and combat the local heat.

On day one proceedings will start with the women's marathon at midnight.

The event will then finish on Sunday, October 6th with the Men's and Women's 4x400 meter Relays, as is tradition.

The Men's 100m Final will go ahead on the evening of September 28th, with the Women's Final the day after.

The Men's High Jump Final, meanwhile, which is likely to feature Qatar's Olympic Silver Medallist Mutaz Essa Barshim, will go ahead at 8.15pm local time on October 4th.
As another means to combat the heat in Doha, there will be no morning sessions.

On day eight, October 4th, the last event of the Heptathlon, the 800m has been scheduled for 12.05am, which will be followed at 12.15am by the last event of the decathlon, the 1,500m.

The qualification system will combine athletes' positions in the world rankings, wildcard invitations and entry standards, while like at the last two World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games, the IAAF has set a target number of athletes for each event.

There will be three separate ways for athletes to qualify.

This is by being among the best ranked athletes in the world at the end of the qualification period, by wildcard through various means including as the reigning outdoor world champion or a winner of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, or by achieving the entry standard within the qualification period.

Entry standards for each event will be established on November 1st of this year, though as is usually the case, there will still be some special qualification opportunities for member federations without any qualified athletes.

The last World Championships went ahead at the London Stadium in the English capital in 2017, with the United States topping the medal table with 10 golds, 11 silvers and nine bronze medals.
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