Dutch sprinter beats Ivorian Marie-Josee in 200m in a tight finish
LONDON “It’s great, especially with a gold medal, I am very pleased.”
Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, who in the space of 20 metres fell from clear leader to finish fourth in the 400m, had the consolation of claiming bronze in 22.15sec.
For all the excitement of the sprint, the most dramatic race of the evening was the women’s 3000m steeplechase.
It had everything, from one of the four Kenyans actually running past the first water jump to a fall to smart tactical racing that had the crowd on their feet.
Olympic bronze medallist Emma Coburn finished the final 150 metres strongly for a first American steeplechase gold in a championships record 9min 02.58sec, with team-mate Courtney Frerichs taking silver ahead of Kenya’s defending champion Hyvin Jepkemoi.
“Oh my goodness, what a race to be part of!” Emma said.
In the field, American Brittney Reese claimed a fourth world title in the long jump, having previously won in 2009, 2011 and 2013, and Poland’s Pawel Fajdek a third consecutive gold in the men’s hammer throw.
“It has been an emotional few weeks for me after my grandfather passed away two weeks ago,” said Reese, who won with a best effort of 7.02 metres.
In a compelling hammer competition, Fajdek defended his title with a best of 79.81 metres.
“Three times world champion – I made history, what more could I expect?”
There were also two silver medals for Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag as their country’s federation remains banned by the IAAF over a widespread state-sponsored doping programme.
Dariya Klishina split the Americans in the women’s long jump, with veteran defending champion Tianna Bartoletta taking bronze, and Valeriy Pronkin was sandwiched in between Fajdek and bronze medal winner Wojciech Nowicki in the hammer.
“This is my first medal from a world championships, and, for me, it’s my most important result,” said Klishina. AFP
Dafne Schippers celebrates winning the 200m final in London on Friday.