Pawel Fajdek starts his quest for his fifth straight hammer throw world title on Saturday in Eugene, Ore.

He lobbed an 80.09-meter throw during qualifying today at this event which is being hosted by America for the first time ever.

There were no surprises among the competitors,

Paweł Fajdek

with fellow Pole Wojciech Nowicki rolling through to Saturday’s final with 79.22 meters—about one year after taking home Olympic gold in Tokyo.

Haugh won the shot put event at the USATF Outdoor Championships in June with a personal best throw of 263-1/2 feet.

Nowicki won this event at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

Tomorrow evening, the top 12 athletes will compete in the finals.

USATF competitors Rudy Winkler (5th), and Alex Young (12th) also qualified for this day’s final round.

The eagerly awaited appearance of America’s finest track star, Allyson Felix, in the 400m relay will be a spectacle worth waiting for on Friday.

She is expected to retire after this year’s World Championships in London – her final race before retiring from competition.