McLeod takes ti­tle, Mer­ritt comes fifth

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Faith Kipye­gon of Kenya added the world ti­tle to her Olympic crown af­ter sprint­ing to a thrilling vic­tory in the women's 1,500m on Mon­day as Caster Se­menya snatched bronze.

In a fan­tas­tic race that erupted on the fi­nal lap, Kipye­gon held off all­com­ers, in­clud­ing dou­ble-hunt­ing Se­menya, down the home straight to clock four min­utes 02.59 sec­onds.

"I knew it would be fast, it is such a qual­ity field," Kipye­gon said. "The best was go­ing to win here. It was al­ways go­ing to be quick and com­pet­i­tive. I'm

look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing this with my fam­ily."

Amer­i­can Jen­nifer Simp­son claimed silver, at 0.17sec, with South Africa's 800m spe­cial­ist Se­menya tak­ing bronze (4m:02.90s).

De­fend­ing world cham­pion Gen­zebe Dibaba fin­ished 12th and last, more than four sec­onds off the win­ning pace.

Se­menya, who will now turn her at­ten­tion to win­ning a third world 800m ti­tle, added, "It was like mu­sic to me com­ing back to Ja­maica's Omar McLeod added the world 110m hur­dles ti­tle to his Olympic crown on Mon­day and jointly ded­i­cated it to his mother and su­per­star Usain Bolt. How­ever, world record holder Aries Mer­ritt's dream of win­ning at least a medal two years af­ter a kid­ney trans­plant were dashed as the Amer­i­can 2012 Olympic cham­pion fin­ished fifth.

McLeod, 23, led from start to finish to take the ti­tle in 13.04 sec­onds from de­fend­ing cham­pion Sergey Shubenkov with Balazs Baji of Hun­gary tak­ing a sur­prise bronze.

"It's crazy, it's my mo­ment," said McLeod. "I had to win tonight as my mother (Ar­nella Knight-Mor­ris) was watch­ing in the stands. I ded­i­cate this win to my mother."

McLeod pro­vided Ja­maica with a much needed boost af­ter both Bolt and women's dou­ble Olympic sprint cham­pion Elaine Thomp­son failed to bring home gold in the 100m.

"I re­ally wanted to come out here and keep the Ja­maican flag high," said McLeod.

"Usain Bolt he's still leg­endary, this is also for you! His le­gacy to Ja­maican ath­let­ics he de­serves such a trib­ute!"

McLeod dom­i­nated the race leav­ing the oth­ers to fight it out for the mi­nor medals with Mer­ritt in con­tention un­til the fi­nal hur­dle.

How­ever, he weak­ened and Rus­sian Shubenkov, who was run­ning as an au­tho­rised neu­tral ath­lete be­cause of his coun­try's ban over a mas­sive dop­ing scan­dal, burst through to take sec­ond with 2016 Euro­pean silver medal­list Baji edg­ing French­man Garfield Darien for the third spot on the podium.

Mer­ritt said it felt "great to be back in Lon­don where I won Olympic gold". "The crowd greeted me very warmly. Of course, I am not happy to be in lane nine but just be­ing in the sta­dium is enough for me," he said.

"I am not even meant to be run­ning, so I'm more happy to be here than not be here. I am back on the world stage, that's the main thing."

Wlo­dar­czyk grabs third ham­mer gold

Poland's Anita Wlo­dar­czyk won her third world gold af­ter leav­ing it late in the women's ham­mer throw.

The 31 year old Pole, dou­ble de­fend­ing Olympic cham­pion and four-time world record breaker, man­aged a best of 77.90m on her fifth at­tempt.

China's Zheng Wang claimed silver with 75.94m and an­other Pol­ish woman, Mal­wina Ko­pron, took bronze (74.76m).

Ro­jas wins triple jump

Venezuela's Yuli­mar Ro­jas up­staged Colom­bia's Olympic cham­pion Ca­ter­ine Ibar­guen to claim gold in the women's triple jump on Mon­day.

Ro­jas, world in­door cham­pion and silver medal­list at the Rio Games be­hind Ibar­guen, man­aged a best of 14.91m on her fifth ef­fort.

"What great pride to see the vic­tory of our Yuli­mar Ro­jas, a glo­ri­ous ath­lete of the golden gen­er­a­tion," tweeted Venezuela Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro.

De­fend­ing world cham­pion Ibar­guen was just 3cm short in silver, with Kaza­khstan's Olga Ry­pakova tak­ing bronze (14.77m).


Kenya's Faith Kipye­gon is emo­tional as she cel­e­brates win­ning the women's 1,500m race at the Lon­don Sta­dium on Mon­day


Ja­maica's Omar Mcleod cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the fi­nal of the men's 110m hur­dles

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