World Athletics Championships 2015: Dates, schedule, live TV coverage

All you need to know about the World Athletics Championships, which begin on Saturday 22 August in Beijing.

WHEN DO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS START?

On Saturday 22nd August. They run for nine days, finishing on Sunday 30th August.

WHERE ARE THEY BEING HELD?

In Beijing, at the famous Bird’s Nest Stadium which was the host venue for the athletics at the 2008 Olympic Games.

WHO ARE BRITAIN’S BIGGEST MEDAL HOPES?

Britain has some great chances of glory, not least via Mo Farah, who will be trying to win gold at both 5km and 10km – just as he did in Daegu two years ago, and at London 2012.

ATHLETICS Mo Farah wins the 5000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu
ATHLETICS Mo Farah wins the 5000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu – AFP

2012 Olympic and 2014 European long jump champion Greg Rutherford also has a superb chance of a medal in the long jump if he has a good day – though his PB of 8.51m is one centimetre short of 2015’s best jump so far, set by America’s Jeff Henderson in July. Rutherford has a great knack of producing his best in big events, but Henderson’s 8.52m came at the at the Pan-Am Games, suggesting his big event mentality is strong.

Potentially the most exciting event for British fans, though, will be the heptathlon –Jess Ennis-Hill and Katharina Johnson-Thompson both have high hopes of glory. Ennis-Hill hasn’t been in a big event since London 2012 – indeed, she’s only participated in one hepthathlon anywhere since London 2012, and only decided to take part a couple of weeks ago. KJT has had some injuries this year, but was in great form earlier in the season, was the best in the world in 2014 and will fear nobody. If all goes well and they’re both fit, it’s possible that they could have a fantastic head-to-head battle. Though Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton produced a stunning win in Gotzis back in May and could well steal the thunder.

Jessica Ennis-Hill (r) and Katharina Johnson-Thompson
Jessica Ennis-Hill (r) and Katharina Johnson-Thompson – Reuters

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR?

All eyes will be on the men’s 100m, where Usain Bolt will be hoping to claim his third 100m World Championship title after having won the event in 2009 and 2013 (in 2011 he false-started in the final). But the odds are stacked against him: his season’s best is 9.78s, making him only the sixth quickest man in the world this year.

Former drug cheat Justin Gatlin, meanwhile, has been untouchable at every big meeting he’s attended this year and is odds-on to win both 100m and 200m gold.

Usain Bolt (l.) and  Justin Gatlin (r.)
Usain Bolt (l.) and Justin Gatlin (r.) – AFP

Gatlin ought to be odds-on favourite to win the double – yet bookies, no doubt reflecting where the money is going, have installed Bolt as favourite to win both:

100m odds

Usain Bolt – 9-10

Justin Gatlin – Evens

Alonson Edward – 25-1

200m odds

Usain Bolt – 9-10

Justin Gatlin – Evens

Alonson Edward – 25-1

HOW CAN I WATCH THE ACTION?

The entire thing will be broadcast live on British Eurosport and Eurosport Player.

You can get the full TV schedule here.

And you can sign up for Eurosport Player right here to watch online, on tablets, mobiles and some connected TVs.

CAN I GET TICKETS?

You can still order tickets from the official website, here.

WHERE CAN I SEE THE FULL WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR?

You can check out our day-by-day interactive calendar on this web page.

And here’s a full list of all the events:

Day 1: Saturday 22 August

01:35 : Men’s Marathon – Final

03:00 : Women’s 100 Metres Hurdles – Heptathlon

03:30 : Men’s Hammer Throw – Qualification Group A

04:10 : Women’s Shot Put – Qualification

04:20 : Women’s High Jump – Heptathlon

04:25 : Men’s 3000 metres steeplechase – Heats

04:55 : Men’s Hammer Throw – Qualification Group B

05:15 : Women’s 1500 metres – Heats

05:50 : Men’s 800 metres – Heats

06:40 : Men’s 100 metres – Preliminary Round

12:30 : Women’s shot put – Heptathlon

12:35 : Men’s 400 metres Hurdles – Heats

12:40 : Men’s Pole Vault – Qualification

13:10 : Women’s Triple Jump – Qualification

13:20 : Men’s 100 metres – heats

14:05 : Women’s Shot Put – Final

14:15 : Women’s 200 metres – Heptathlon

14:50 : Men’s 10,000 metres – Final

Day 2: Sunday 23 August

02:30 : Men’s 20 Kilometres Race Walk – Final

03:30 : Women’s Long Jump – Heptathlon

03:10 : Women’s 100 metres – Preliminary Round

04:05 : Men’s Shot Put – Qualification

04:25 : Women’s 400 metres Hurdles – Heats

04:50 : Women’s Javelin Throw – Heptathlon Group A

05:10 : Men’s 400 metres – Heats

06:00 : Women’s 100 metres – Heats

06:05: Women’s Javelin Throw – Heptathlon Group B

12:30 : Men’s Hammer Throw – Final

12:40 : Men’s 400 metres Hurdles – Semi-Final

13:10 : Men’s 100 metres – Semi-Final

13:30 : Men’s Shot Put – Final

13:40 : Women’s 800 metres – Heptathlon

14:15 : Men’s 800 metres – Semi-Final

14:45 : Women’s 1500 metres – Semi-Final

15:15 : Men’s 100 metres – Final

Day 3 : Monday 24 August

03:30 : Women’s Pole Vault – Qualification

03:35 : Women’s Discus Throw – Qualification Group A

03:45 : Women’s 3000 metres Steeplechase – Heats

04:00 : Men’s Long Jump –Qualification

04:45 : Women’s 400 metres – Heats

04:55 : Women’s Discus Throw – Qualification Group B

13:00 : Men’s Javelin Throw – Qualification Group A

13:05 : Men’s Pole Vault – Final

13:10 : Women’s 400 metres Hurdles – Semi-Final

13:30 : Women’s Triple Jump – Final

13:40 : Women’s 100 metres – Semi-Final

14:25 : Men’s Javelin Throw – Qualification Group B

14:35 : Women’s 10000 metres – Final

15:15 : Men’s 3000 metres Steeplechase – Final

15:35 : Women’s 100 metres – Final

Day 4 : Tuesday 25 August

13:00 : Women’s Discus Throw – Final

13:05 : Women’s 400 metres – Semi-Final

13:25 : Men’s Long Jump – Final

13:30 : Men’s 200 metres – Heats

14:25 : Men’s 400 metres Hurdles – Final

14:35 : Women’s 1500 metres – Final

14:55 : Men’s 800 metres – Final

Day 5 : Wednesday 26 August

03:30 : Women’s Hammer Throw – Qualification Group A

03:35 : Men’s 5000 metres – Heats

04:00 : Men’s Triple Jump – Qualification

04:25 : Women’s 800 metres – Heats

04:55 : Women’s Hammer Throw – Qualification Group B

05:20 : Men’s 110 metres Hurdles – Heats

13:00 : Women’s Pole Vault – Final

13:05 : Men’s Javelin Throw – Final

13:15 : Women’s 200 metres – Heats

14:10 : Women’s 400 metres Hurdles – Final

14:30 : Men’s 200 metres – Semi-Final

15:00 : Women’s 3000 metres Steeplechase – Final

15:25 : Men’s 400 metres – Final

Day 6 : Thursday 27 August

03:30 : Men’s Discus Throw – Qualification Group A

03:35 : Women’s High Jump – Qualification

03:40 : Women’s 5000 metres – Heats

04:20 : Women’s Long Jump – Qualification

04:35 : Men’s 1500 metres – Heats

04:50 : Men’s Discus Throw – Qualification Group B

05:15 : Women’s 100 metres Hurdles – Heats

13:00 : Women’s Hammer Throw – Final

13:05 : Men’s 110 metres Hurdles – Semi-Final

13:10 : Men’s Triple Jump – Final

13:35 : Women’s 200 metres – Semi-Final

14:05 : Women’s 800 metres – Semi-Final

14:40 : Women’s 400 metres – Final

14:55 : Men’s 200 metres – Final

Day 7 : Friday 28 August

02:30 : Women’s 20 kilometres race walk – Final

03:00 : Men’s 100 metres – Decathlon

03:45 : Men’s High Jump – Qualification

04:05 : Men’s Long Jump – Decathlon

05:55 : Men’s Shot Put – Decathlon

10:15 : Men’s High Jump – Decathlon

13:00 : Women’s Javelin Throw – Qualification Group A

13:25 : Women’s 100 metres Hurdles – Semi-Final

13:50 : Women’s Long Jump – Final

13:55 : Men’s 1500 metres – Semi-Final

14:20 : Men’s 400 metres – Decathlon

14:25 : Women’s Javelin Throw – Qualification Group B

15:00 : Women’s 200 metres – Final

15:20 : Men’s 110 metres Hurdles – Final

15:35 : Women’s 100 metres Hurdles – Final

Day 8 : Saturday 29 August

01:30 : Men’s 50 kilometres Race Walk – Final

03:00 : Men’s 110 metres Hurdles – Decathlon

04:05 : Men’s Discus Throw – Decathlon Group A

04:15 : Women’s 4X400 metres Relay – Heats

04:40 : Men’s 4X400 metres Relay – Heats

05:20 : Men’s Discus Throw – Decathlon Group B

06:00 : Women’s 4X100 metres Relay – Heats

06:20 : Men’s 4X100 metres Relay – Heats

07:15 : Men’s Pole Vault – Decathlon

11:00 : Men’s Javelin Throw – Decathlon Group A

11:35 : Women’s 400m Masters – Final

11:45 : Men’s 800m Masters – Final

12:20 : Men’s Javelin Throw – Decathlon Group B

12:30 : Women’s High Jump – Final

13:15 : Women’s 800 metres – Final

13:30 : Men’s 5000 metres – Final

13:50 : Men’s Discus Throw – Final

14:10 : Men’s 1500 metres – Decathlon

14:50 : Women’s 4X100 metres Relay – Final

15:10 : Men’s 4X100 metres Relay – Final

Day 9 : Sunday 30 August

01:30 : Women’s Marathon – Final

12:30 : Men’s High Jump – Final

12:45 : Women’s Javelin Throw – Final

13:15 : Women’s 5000 metres – Final

13:45 : Men’s 1500 metres – Final

14:05 : Women’s 4X400 metres Relay – Final

14:45 : Men’s 4X400 metres Relay – Final