Guliyev wins 200 in stun­ning up­set at worlds

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

LON­DON — It wasn’t Wayde van Niek­erk and it wasn’t Isaac Mak­wala.

In­stead, Ramil Guliyev of Turkey earned the up­set at the world cham­pi­onships on Thurs­day when he matched Van Niek­erk stride for stride and won the 200-me­ter ti­tle by lung­ing at the line just ahead of the fa­vored South African.

Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago took bronze, while Mak­wala faded down the stretch and fin­ished sixth.

Guliyev, 27, a lit­tle-known sprinter who trans­ferred na­tion­al­ity from Azer­bai­jan six years ago, was not even among the top-10 per­form­ers this year be­fore he stunned his ri­vals and the 60,000-sell­out crowd at the Olympic Sta­dium, which had come to see Van Niek­erk and Mak­wala fight for gold.

Guliyev fin­ished in 20.09 sec­onds, .02 sec­onds ahead of both Van Niek­erk and Richards. The South African took sil­ver by .001 sec­onds.

It was the slow­est fi­nal since 2003.

In the first 200-me­ter fi­nal with­out Usain Bolt since 2009, it was wide open from the start.

Guliyev had the sec­ond-slow­est start of the eight fi­nal­ists but he quickly surged among the lead­ers. Van Niek­erk was slightly ahead com­ing off the bend but could not make his flu­ent stride count as Guliyev stuck with him all the way.

Mak­wala, at the end of the saga that started with a stom­ach virus early in the week fol­lowed by a forced quar­an­tine and belated en­try in the 200 heats, failed to sus­tain the early pace and quickly fell out of con­tention.

As shock­ing as the 200 turned out to be, the triple jump was pre­dictable — an­other great fight be­tween Amer­i­can team­mates Chris­tian Tay­lor and Will Claye.

As usual, Tay­lor came out on top. The two-time Olympic cham­pion won with a leap of 17.68 me­ters. Claye, the run­ner-up be­hind Tay­lor at the last two Olympics, was 5 cen­time­ters be­hind for sil­ver.

On an­other good day for the U.S. team, the Amer­i­cans also got a 1-2 fin­ish in the women’s 400 hur­dles.

Run­ning in the out­side lane, Kori Carter picked up speed af­ter 100 me­ters and never wa­vered, win­ning in 53.07 sec­onds. That was .43 sec­onds ahead of Dalilah Muham­mad. Ris­tananna Tracey of Ja­maica got bronze.

With three days to go, the United States has 19 medals over­all. Kenya is sec­ond with seven. In the gold-medal rank­ings, the Amer­i­cans lead with six, while Kenya has three.

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