Fans’ expectations


As tickets go on sale for the 2013 World Championships, superfans Jody and Bayo Furlong list five things to watch out for in Moscow (SPIKES Magazine)

Sally’s WR

It’s surely about time that Sally Pearson lowered Yordanka Donkova’s 100mh record and where better to do it than the premier event of the year. She came mightily close in Daegu so maybe next year’s world champs in Moscow is the place.

Sanya v Christine

Early in 2012, Sanya Richards’ coach Clyde Hart dismissed reigning champ Christine Ohuruogu’s Olympic chances; “I have never considered her as a rival.” We of course thought differently. Her silver medal proved that she should never be discounted in a major final and we can’t wait to see if she can go one better next year. Sanya of course will have other ideas.


Phillips and Teddy were out of the reckoning this year and despite winning Olympic gold Christian Taylor didn’t improve on his 2011. Moscow will be the first time all the big boys have competed together at a major champs. Throw in Will Claye, Donato, El Sheryf, and any number of CUB including 2011 junior sensation Ernesto Reve, this should be the comptish we were hoping for in London.

Tamara Press

Every year we manage to unexpectedly meet a legend of the sport. In Munich we met Armin Hary. In Melbourne Raelene Boyle. We bumped in to Collette Besson in Paris, Marlies Gohr in Berlin, Iolanda Balas in Budapest and in Daegu Kip Keino and Valerie Brisco Hooks. Jody cried when he met Mary Rand this year. There are very few people left on our list, but right at the very top isTamara Press and Moscow is the only likely place for this to happen.


The last time we were in Russia for the European Cup in 1998 we discovered that imbibing their favourite tipple made the meeting twice as much fun. Not wanting to insult our hosts, I suppose we’ll have to do the same this time.



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