Athletics Weekly - - Iaaf World Champs 2017 -

20km WALK

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)

50km WALK

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.

4x100m RELAY

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

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