World Championship athletics: Five team GB athletes to watch

Last Updated: 02/08/13 1:50pm

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James Dasaolu: Team GB's new sprint hope

James Dasaolu: Team GB's new sprint hope

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The World Athletics Championships gets underway next week and after the huge highs of the Olympics there will be a lot of pressure on Team GB to try and keep the feel-good factor going.

Jess Ennis-Hill has had to pull out through injury while fellow Olympic champion Greg Rutherford will travel to Moscow but has also had his own injury problems.

There should still be plenty to shout about though, with some new names joining the big success stories and up-and-comers all looking to make a name for themselves.

Here's our top five Brits to watch in Moscow.

James Dasaolu (100 metres)

A month ago it was a case of James Who? Now, after an out-of-the-blue 9.91 seconds at the British Championships in Birmingham, he is Britain's new sprint hope.

The second-fastest from these shores in history after Linford Christie, he is now the one to watch ahead of Moscow.

Such times meant he was licking his lips at lining up in the next lane to Usain Bolt at the Anniversary Games in London's Olympic Stadium, but injury forced him to pull out just before the race.

Hopefully over his problems, Dasaolu will be hoping to get to race with the great Bolt in Moscow.

Mo Farah (5,000m and 10,000m)

The man behind the 'Mobot' will look to back up his gold medal double at the Olympics by adding the respective world titles to his resume.

Farah has stated he will be looking to focus on the marathon after these championships, so these races may ultimately be his track swansong.

He looked in fine touch at the Anniversary Games and should be good for one, if not two, golds.

Christine Ohuruogu (400m)

Ohuruogu always saves her best for the biggest stage. She took gold in Osaka in 2007 and has won medals at the last two Olympics, taking gold in 2008 and then silver in London.

Expect her to dig deep when it matters again, in light of pressure from Botswana's Amantle Montsho.

Perri Shakes-Drayton (400m hurdles)

Shakes-Drayton missed out on a home Olympics - literally, as she lives just a stone's throw from the London stadium - due to injury, so has some ground to make up.

She has been in fine form on the flat and over the hurdles this year and will be ready to add a major title to a CV that includes several European honours.

Hannah England (1500m)

England is the defending silver medallist, but the competition should be tougher this time round, with Abeba Aregawi, now running for Sweden, leading the field.

She won the national title last month and the challenge is now to go one better than last time.

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