26 Aug 2011

C4 ready for World Athletics Championships

As the fastest men and women on the planet gather in South Korea, sporting legends are preparing off-track to bring Channel 4 viewers exclusive coverage of the World Athletics Championships.

C4 prepares for World Athletics Championships (Getty)

World records could tumble; new stars could be born. The much anticipated World Athletics Championships begins on 27 September in Deagu.

The British team is aiming for four gold medals with Heptathlete Jess Ennis leading the charge.

Off the track the Channel 4 team covering the event consists of Olympic and World Champions including the man many consider to be the greatest athlete of all time – Michael Johnson.

World Championship relay gold medallist Iwan Thomas, Olympic medal-winning 400m sprinter Katharine Merry and World Championship and Commonwealth Games multi-medal-winning decathlete Dean Macey will also be commentating.

Almost 65 hours of coverage will be broadcast with live streaming on the Channel 4 website.

The event begins on Saturday morning with the women’s marathon, the decathlon and the preliminary rounds of the women’s 100m.

Read more: Channel 4 's coverage of the IAAF World Championships

Usain Bolt, the fastest human being on the planet, will make his first appearance on Saturday evening in the heats for the 100m.

Also making headlines at the event is double amputee Oscar Pistorius.

The man dubbed the blade-runner is the first Paralympian to compete against able-bodied athletes at the World Athletics Championships.

His appearance is a source of some controversy among those who believe his blades give him an advantage over able-bodied runners.

Briton’s best hope of gold, Jess Ennis begins her bid for glory on 29 August with the final heptathlete events the following day.