LOOK BACK AT LONDON: PART TWO – WOMEN
AN exciting race was slightly marred by Lu Xiuzhi being disqualified within 100 metres of the finish.
China still won gold though through Yang Jiayu. It was China’s ninth women’s walking medal and their fourth gold.
The winner’s 5km splits were 22:22, 21:48, 21:23 and 20:45 as she set a PB of 1:26:18.
Bethan Davies, who was 29th, also paced it well and was the top Commonwealth athlete and was easily Great Britain’s most successful walker – male or female – at the London world champs.
European: 1 A Palmisano (ITA); 2 A Cabecinha (POR); 3 L Garcia-Caro (ESP)
Commonwealth: 1 R Lamble (AUS); 2 B Davies (WAL); 3 J Ching (HKG)
INES HENRIQUES was probably the luckiest athlete in London. Her 4:05:56 world record was a superb performance but with such little opposition here (four finishers!) and with no history to the event, plus its very late inclusion, some question the fairness of her pocketing $160,000 for her win and world record. She was the sole European competitor and there were none from the Commonwealth.
USA WON the heats in a world-leading 41.84 which they improved to 41.82 in the final with 100m champion
Tori Bowie’s inclusion not making as much difference as had been expected.
Britain had the same squad in both but was two metres (0.19) slower after pushing the Americans closely in the heat. It was only Britain’s third medal, equalling their best from 1983.
Jamaica, without Elaine Thompson, were third and that was their 14th medal in 16 championships.
Britain’s proximity to the top two is remarkable if you take into account individual times.
On 2017 100m marks, note Jamaica’s top four total 43.52, USA 43.64 and GBR 44.50. European: 1 GBR; 2 GER; 3 SUI
Commonwealth: 1 ENG; 2 JAM; 3 TTO
Great Britain: much closer to the Americans in the sprint relay than in the 100m
Yang Jiayu: took ninth Chinese walk gold