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Athletics seeks Usain Bolt's successor

Athletics prepares to sweat in the high temperatures and high humidity of Doha, where tomorrow begins the seventeenth edition of the World Cup, the first since the withdrawal of Usain Bolt.

Since Bolt limped off his last World Cup race, that of the 4 × 100-meter relay, athletics has not stopped thinking about which media figure can follow in the Jamaican's footsteps, with American sprinters Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman as the main contenders. be the star of this edition.

But beyond the battle on the track or on the asphalt, the Doha-2019 World Cup is a particularly unusual event, due to the particular conditions of an event of this type in Qatar, a small but very rich emirate of the Gulf, which will be 2022 headquarters of the soccer World Cup.

The high temperatures have forced the World Athletics Championship to be displaced from its usual dates, traditionally in the month of August, and to take special measures to combat the hardness of the thermometer, which at this time of year can be around 40 degrees Celsius, with humidity rates of approximately 85%.

All this in an athletics that for years had Bolt as a locomotive and that since the withdrawal of the 'Lightning' seeks a successor almost desperately.

Many look to that responsibility to Noah Lyles, the great American sprinter who at 22 is the great favorite of the 200 meters.

Lyles will not be in the 100 meters. His absence leaves his compatriot Christian Coleman (100 years old) the clearest path in the 23 meters, the fastest man of 2019 in the queen event (9.81, by Lyles' 9.86) and current world runner-up.

Venezuela will have six representatives led by tripler Yulimar Rojas, who will seek to exceed the world record of 15,50 meters. The others are Robeilys Peinado, Lucirio Garrido, Génesis Romero, Ahymara Espinoza and Georni Jaramillo.

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