World Athletics Championships – 11th Gold medal for Felix, her 16th World Championships medal in total

Allyson Felix claimed her 11th World Championships gold medal when the USA won its 10th gold of London 2017 in the Women’s 4x400m Relay on Day 10. The Americans stormed to a comfortable victory in 3:19.02, finishing well clear of Britain (3:25.00) in second and Poland (3:25.41) in third.

Not alone has Felix 11 gold medals from the IAAF World Athletics Championships, matching Usain Bolt’s gold medals haul, but she is also the most medalled athlete in the Championships’ history with an incredible total of 16.

The Men’s 4x400m relay saw another upset at these Championships when Trinidad and Tobago defeated the hot favourites, the United States, winning in 2:58.12. The US took silver (2:58.61) and Britain the bronze in 2:59.00.

Mutaz Essa Barshim, unbeaten all season in the High Jump, claimed his first world title outdoors, with a clearance of 2.35m on his first attempt. The Qatari later had three close attempts at 2.40m but each failed. Danil Lysenko’s 2.32m was enough for silver, while Majd Eddin Ghazal won an historic bronze medal on countback for Syria with 2.29m. He became his country’s second medallist in World Championships history after Ghada Shouaa, who won a gold medal in the heptathlon in 1995 and bronze in 1999.

Croatian Sandra Perkovic is now a dual World Champion as well as two-time Olympic Champion as the four-time European Champion’s second-round throw of 70.31m secured her the gold medal.

Australian Dani Stevens set a new PB and Oceania record with her sixth-round throw of 69.64m, almost 2 metres better than her previous best, to win silver, with France’s Mélina Robert-Michon’s 66.21m was enough for the bronze medal.

Elijah Motonei Manangoi claimed the 1,500m World Championship in 3:33.61 ahead of his fellow Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot (3:33.99). Norway’s Filip Ingebrigtsen won bronze in 3:34.53.

Women’s 1,500m silver medallist Caster Semenya of South Africa regained her 800m World Championships title clocking a world leading time of 1:55.16, the second fastest winning time in the history of the Championships. Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba (1:55.92) and Ajee Wilson from the USA (1:56.63) claimed the other two podium places.

Hellen Onsando Obiri, who won silver in the Rio Olympics, tracked race favourite Almaz Ayana throughout the Women’s 5,000m, only to burst clear during the final lap to claim the gold medal in 14:34.86. Ethiopian Ayana who was bidding for the 5,000m/10,000m double at the Championships had to settle for the silver medal in 14:40.35. Sifan Hassan (NED) in 14:42.73 was the best of the rest for the bronze.

Three-time European Champion Frenchman Yohann Diniz won the Men’s 50k walk in a championship record of 3:33:12, a time second only to his world record of 3:32:33. Japan took silver and bronze through Hirooki Ari (3:41.17) and Kai Kobayashi (3:41.19) respectively.

In winning, the 39 year-old became the oldest man to win a gold medal in World Championships history.

In the first edition of the women’s 50km race walk at the World Championships, Ines Henriques of Portugal set a world record time of 4:05:56, with China’s Yin Hang improving the Asian record to 4:08:58 while taking the silver medal. Another Chinese walker, Shuqing Yang, collected the bronze (4:20.49).

China’s Yang Jiayu won the Women’s 20k walk in 1:26:18, just one second ahead of Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico (1:26.19), while Italian Antonella Palmisano claimed bronze in 1:26:36.

Twenty-four year-old Colombian Eider Arevalo set a national record of 1:18:53 in winning the Men’s 20k walk, silver went to Sergei Shirobokov (1:18:55) and Brazil’s Caio Bonfim (1:19:04) won the bronze.


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