Eaton raring to go in Moscow
American decathlete Ashton Eaton aims to cement his title as the world's best all-round athlete when the World Championships begin in Moscow.
The Olympic champion will kick off his bid for another gold medal on the opening day of competition at the Luzhniki Stadium as athletics looks to lift the gloom brought on by this summer's drug scandal.
The 25-year-old married heptathlete Brianne Theisen in July, with the Canadian starting her competition on Monday.
Talking about his year so far, Eaton said: "Off the track I got married, so I'm very excited about that. On the track, I had a lot of personal bests earlier this year, so training was going awesome.
"Then I had a slight injury before the Gotzis (meeting in May), which is a big heptathlon and decathlon, but we resolved that, so now I feel good. My preparation feels good. Am I the same as I was last year? I think physically I actually feel a little more worn down.
"But this being my first year after an Olympic year, to see all of us sitting up here is actually good because you see a lot of Olympic champions not at this meet. I think it does take a toll on your mind and your body. I would say I'm ready to go."
The sport is certainly keen to get matters focused back on the track after the spate of positive drug tests, highlighted by sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, which have rocked the sport.
Even Usain Bolt has had to justify his own record-breaking feats, with the Jamaican opening his campaign in the heats of the 100m tomorrow evening.
The self-proclaimed "living legend" sprinted away from waiting journalists at yesterday's open training session, having earlier been seen laughing and joking with his team-mates.
Bolt's best time this year is 9.85 seconds, set at the London Anniversary Games, rather sluggish by his own stratospheric standards, but he will expect to make amends for two years ago in Daegu when he was disqualified for a false start.
The final this time is on Sunday night, with American two-time former doper Justin Gatlin likely to provide the stiffest opposition.
Michael Clarke, the head coach of the Jamaican team, said of his star sprinter: "I believe that he will do as well as he did in the past."
Only two champions will be crowned on the opening day, with Great Britain's double London 2012 gold medallist Mo Farah favourite for the 10,000m crown.
The 30-year-old was pipped at the line by Ibrahim Jeilan in the event in Daegu, admitting he had never heard of the Ethiopian before the race.
Farah, though, has come on leaps and bounds even since then.
"I am definitely a different athlete in terms of what I've done, in terms of confidence," he said.
"Daegu was the start and to come back in 2012 and win that and now 2013, I've been sort of mixing and matching a little bit."
Tomorrow's race will be Farah's first 10,000m on the track since London 2012, with he and his American training partner Galen Rupp, the Olympic silver medallist, looking to resist the challenge of a gaggle of Kenyans and Ethiopians.
Farah added: "I am just that bit stronger, I've been injury free, that's the most important thing. Your body allows you to do 100 plus miles week in, week out. You have done that base so I am just stronger."
The only other medal decided tomorrow is in the women's marathon, Kenya's Edna Kiplagat is bidding to become the first woman to land back-to-back world marathon titles.
Olympic gold medallist Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia is set to be her main rival.