IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 medal tally: Wayde van Niekerk wins 400m gold; USA on top

London: Wayde van Niekerk retained his world 400 metres title in dominant fashion on Tuesday as he stormed to victory in 43.98 seconds.


South African van Niekerk, the Olympic and defending champion and world record holder, ran a controlled race and was even able to ease down over the final strides as he secured the first half of what he hopes will be a 400/200 metres double. Steven Gardiner, 21, of the Bahamas was a clear second in 44.41 and 20-year-old world junior champion Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar blasted through at the end to snatch bronze in 44.48 seconds.

Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Men's 400 Metres Final - London Stadium, London, Britain – August 8, 2017. Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa reacts after winning the final. REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTS1AYGI

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa reacts after winning the 400m final. REUTERS

Fred Kerley had scraped into the final as a fast loser but finished last as the United States failed to medal in the event for only the second time since the championships began in 1983.

While American Sam Kendricks capped his memorable, unbeaten season by wining the pole vault final, the title once again eluded world record holder and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.

Poland's Piotr Lisek, joint bronze medallist in Beijing two years ago, and Frenchman Lavillenie, who also won silver in 2013, both cleared 5.89 but the Pole took silver on countback.  Titleholder Shawn Barber of Canada struggled all evening and never looked in contention.

There was an emotional reunion in the women's javelin throw final as Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic regained the javelin world title she first won 10 years ago at the World Championships.

"At this stadium, I am unbeatable. There must be something in the air about London. I cannot explain it but when I enter this stadium, I always feel so calm and relaxed. I believed I could really win it today, I was so focussed and confident," she said.


China's Li Lingwei, twice Asian champion, threw a personal best of 66.25 to clinch silver and her compatriot Lyu Huihui, who came second in Beijing two years ago, claimed bronze with her penultimate throw of 65.26.

Here is the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 medal tally after Day 5

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1United States of America35311
2Kenya3137
3South Africa2024
4Poland1215
5Ethiopia1203
6Venezuela1012
6Jamaica1012
6France1012
9Bahrain1001
9Belgium1001
9Greece1001
9Czech Republic1001
9Great Britain and N.I.1001
9New Zealand1001
9Lithuania1001
16People's Republic of China0213
17Uganda0101
17Sweden0101
17Authorised Neutral Athlete0101
17Morocco0101
17Germany0101
17Bahamas0101
17Colombia0101
17Cote D'Ivoire0101
25Netherlands0022
26Croatia0011
26Tanzania0011
26Hungary0011
26Cuba0011
26Kazakhstan0011
26Qatar0011

With inputs from Reuters


Published Date: Aug 09, 2017 12:57 pm | Updated Date: Aug 09, 2017 02:22 pm



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