McLeod takes title, Merritt comes fifth
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