Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev stormed to win 200m gold at the World Championships in London, as 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk settles for silver.
With no Usain Bolt, Andre De Grasse or Justin Gatlin, the 200m world title was up for grabs. After a quick start and as the field came off the bend any of six could have won, but it was Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev who had the strength over the final stretch to clinch the win in 20.09, ahead of South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk in 20.11, with Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago taking bronze in 20.11.
It was Turkey’s first gold medal at a World Championships, but Guliyev, who was born in Azerbaijan celebrated his gold medal with both Azerbaijani and Turkish flags.
After his 400m gold earlier this week, Van Niekerk was denied a gold double, but after struggling yesterday in the semi-finals, the 400m record holder was pleased to have found something between yesterday and today to take the silver.
After making a great start, fan favourite Iaasc Makwala had to settle for sixth, with this week’s fatigue clearly taking a tole on the Botswanan.
GB’s Nathaniel Mitchell-Blake fought hard to finish strongly and seal fourth place in 20.24.
In the women’s 200m heat’s, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands crusied into Friday’s final, with Bahama’s Shaunae Miller-Uibo also looking comfortable winning her semi-final. Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith also advanced to the final, sprinting to a second place finish in 22.73, just behind 100m world silver medalist Marie-Josée Ta Lou with 22.50.
In the women’s 400m hurdles final it was a USA one and two.
25-year-old Kori Carter went out hard from lane nine and didn’t look like she would loss after her start. Compatriot and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad tried her utmost to close the gap, and at one stage looked like she might, but just couldn’t muster enough, settling for silver in 53.50.
Carter won in 53.07, and Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey takes bronze with a personal best 53.74.
Britain’s Eilidh Doyle finished eighth in 55.71, a battling performance from the GB team captain.
In the triple jump, USA’s Olympic champion Christian Taylor won his third world title with 17.68m. Compatriot Will Claye won silver with 17.63m, while Nelson Évora of Portugal sealed bronze with 17.19m.