The biggest non-Olympic Olympic sports event is upon us …

Live from Daegu (assuming you don’t sleep during normal hours in U.S. time zones), it’s the 2011 IAAF World Championships. (That’s track and field/athletics.)

Given the time difference, soccer duties and the uncertainty of having power by the time Hurricane Irene has finished with the East Coast, I won’t be live blogging or anything like that. But as long as I’m able, I’ll post daily recaps and previews.

Not that Day 1 has much to offer. It has the first five decathlon events and a lot of qualifying for later in the week. The only finals are in the women’s marathon and women’s 10,000 meters, both of which should give East African countries an early lead in the medal count.

A few things to watch:

Top Americans in finals: Shalane Flanagan took bronze in the 10,000 in 2008, and her season and personal bests stack up well against the rest of the group.

Other finals: The women’s marathon, as Track Super Fan points out, draws a better start list than the men’s marathon, but not by much. The big names aren’t here.

First glimpses: Usain Bolt gets a bye past the preliminary round of the 100 meters, and the way his challengers are dropping out with injuries and other problems, he might as well save his strength for one good shot at the record. Surprise Beijing gold medalist Stephanie Brown Trafton is in the women’s discus qualifying rounds.

VITAL INFO: Results, live streaming, predictions, etc.

– Live streaming and a lot of news coverage at Universal Sports. Webcasts cost $14.99 for the whole nine days or $3.99 per day.

– Predictions and previews at

– My 2012 medal projections include a quick look at the top athletes in each event: Men’s running events, women’s running events, field events.

– More coverage at ESPN, espnW, USA TODAY, somewhere on SI’s site — and for a more worldly view, the BBC and Eurosport.

– A Twitter list that I may revise as the competition goes on.

Happy running, throwing, jumping and walking.



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