Track & Field

Evening Recap Day 7: Scintillating Schippers, Hurdle Heroics, Eaton’s 400m Fireworks

Morning recap here.

Women’s 200m Final

Wow. Dafne Schippers not only took the world 200m title, but smashed the European record in the process. Elaine Thompson of Jamaica lead the race for all of 195m before the Dutch sprinter surpassed her on the line taking the title in a time of 21.63 seconds to Thompson’s 21.66. Those time’s move both women to number 3 and 6 on the world all-time 200m list. Veronica Campbell-Brown took the bronze medal with a time of 21.97, while Candyce McGrone set a PB of 22.01 in fourth. Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith ran a national record of 22.07 seconds in fifth. What a race.

Men’s 110m Hurdles Final

Sergey Shubenkov claimed the world title with a suberb race and a national record of 12.98 seconds, his first sub-13 second run. World record holder Aries Merritt, who will be having a kidney transplant in a couple of days time, ran a seasons best of 13.04 for bronze, with Jamaica’s Hansle Parchement snatching silver by 1/100th of a second. Reigning champion David Oliver finished down the field in 7th after being handed an outside lane draw.

110m Hurdles Final

Women’s 100m Hurdles Final

Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter lead for most of the today’s final before being upstaged by Jamaican Danielle Williams who took the title in 12.57 seconds, with German Cindy Roleder and Bugaria’s Alina Talay taking silver and bronze respectively. Former world champion, and number 3 in the world this year, Dawn Harper-Nelson bowed out in the semis earlier today as she crashed off the second hurdle. Sharika Nelvis and Brianna Rollins lined up for the final as two of the fastest hurdlers of all-time but couldn’t get among the medals.

100m hurdles final

Men’s 1500m

All the main contenders are safely through to Sunday’s final with Asbel Kiprop looking supremely comfortable in winning his semi-final. Kiprop will be joined by Kiplagat, Willis, Centrowitz, Manzano, Manangoi, Makhloufi, Iguider, Grice and Cheruiyot with auto Q’s for the final. Andrews and Wote will make up fastest loser spots.

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 2

Women’s Long Jump

USA’s Tianna Bartoletta took the long jump world title thanks to a final effort of 7.14 metres. Bartoletta, who previously won the world title 10 years ago in Helsinki was sitting third going into the final round. Britain’s Sarah Proctor claimed silver with 7.07m and Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic bronze 7.01m.

Tianna Bartoletta 7.14 PB

Shara Proctor 7.07m NR

Ivana Spanovic 7.01m NR

Women’s Javelin

Christin Hussong threw the farthest in the women’s javelin qualification (65.92m) and will be joined in the final by the likes of Christine Obergfoll and Barbora Spotakova. Eight women achieved the automatic qualifying mark of 63.50m

Hussong

Obergfoll

 

Decathlon Rolls On

Ashton Eaton sits comfortably clear at the top overnight with 173 points to spare over Canada’s Damian Warner, with Rico Freimuth in third. Eaton set a decathlon world record in the 400m with a blistering run of 45.00 seconds. His USA teammate Trey Hardee has withdrawn from the competition after sustaining an injury during the long jump this morning.

400m

 

Full results here.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, a coach, and a business management graduate. A former youth international, he represented Ireland in sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and relays. He is current senior 60m & former 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the events. Years of battling and finally overcoming injuries have led to his keen interest in strength and conditioning for athletes, as well as his current course of study: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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