The stage is set in Moscow, Russia for the marquee event in track and field, surpassed only by the Olympics, as the IAAF World Championships begin this Saturday (late Friday here in Seattle). The figurative Husky torch will be carried by Brad Walker and Jeremy Taiwo, who both begin their competitions in the morning session on day one.
The World Track & Field Championships run for nine days at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Walker and Taiwo will be wrapped up early in the week. Taiwo's two day decathlon competition run takes place over the first two days out of the nine, while Walker has pole vault qualifying on day one, then the final would be this Monday, day three of the competition.
This is Walker's fourth trip with Team USA to the World Championships. He captured the gold medal in 2007, and also won silver in 2005. Taiwo is on his first U.S. national team, stepping up to the biggest competition of his career. This will be his fourth decathlon competition since the Pac-12 Championships in May. Taiwo took second in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships in June in his final meet as a Husky, then took third at the USA Championships to secure his spot at Worlds. Walker made the team by winning the USA pole vault title for the fifth time.
Taiwo becomes the sixth different former Husky since 2007 to suit up for Team USA at the World Championships.
Universal Sports and NBC will be the places to follow the World Championships on television. The first morning session, which starts at 10:30 p.m. Pacific time tonight, is scheduled to air live on Universal Sports.