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Meet the stars of this year's Athletics World Championships

The 2011 World Athletics Championships begin this Saturday in Daegu, South Korea. Get to know the athletes who’ll likely be providing the week’s most compelling storylines.

THE IAAF WORLD Championships are a bi-annual showcase of the very best the track & field world has to offer.

This year’s event, less than eleven months removed from the commencement of the Olympics, will act as a prelude to its bigger, more iconic cousin. Expect some some new narratives to be set in place, others to be elaborated and a couple to be unexpectedly brought to a close.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the athletes most likely to cause a stir in Daegu.

Meet the stars of this year's Athletics World Championships
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  • Usain Bolt

    Source: Lionel Cironneau/AP/Press Association Images
  • Asafa Powell

    Source: Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association Images
  • Andreas Thorkildsen

    Source: LIONEL CIRONNEAU/AP/Press Association Images
  • Blanka Vlašić

    Source: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Allyson Felix

    Source: Markus Schreiber/AP/Press Association Images
  • Kenenisa Bekele

    Source: Robert F. Bukaty/AP/Press Association Images
  • Mo Farah

    Source: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
  • Yelena Isinbayeva

    Source: Nikolas Giakoumidis/AP/Press Association Images
  • Caster Semenya

    Source: Anja Niedringhaus/AP/Press Association Images
  • Jessica Ennis

    Source: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
  • Teddy Tamgho

    Source: Christophe Ena/AP/Press Association Images

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