Highlights, IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017, Results, Day 1 in London: Mo Farah wins gold; Usain Bolt qualifies

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Highlights, IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017, Results, Day 1 in London: Mo Farah wins gold; Usain Bolt qualifies
  • 04:07 (IST)

    And that's all from us for tonight's coverage of 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships. It was an incredible day for Britain as the legendary Mo Farah captured his 10th successive global title with a gold in the 10,000m event. The double-double is on! 

    Meanwhile, Usain Bolt too had a good outing in his 100m heat race. All eyes will be on him in the semi-finals. 

    Hope you enjoyed our live coverage. We will be back tomorrow to provide all the updates. Till then, take care! 

  • 04:03 (IST)

    Here's what Mo Farah had to say about his win: 

  • 03:56 (IST)

    Mo' Farah, Mo' Medals

    The MO-MENT of the night! 

  • 03:34 (IST)

    Here are the results from the men's 10,000m race:

    Winner? Mo Farah 

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    Not to forget, this man was incredible too! 

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    While we were busy watching Farah win the gold medal, Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania with 67.01m, the second best of the evening, and Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres, who managed 64.82, has progressed to the final round. 

    Meanwhile, Greece's Olympic pole vault champion Ekaterini Stefanidi needed just one vault, clearing 4.60m, to be top qualifier for the women's final. US vaulter Sandi Morris, who cleared 5.55 will join Ekaterini and Britain's Holly Bradshaw, who managed 5.50. 

  • 02:51 (IST)

    Farah hungry for MO!

    What a dramatic end to the night! Just at the start of the final lap, Farah struggled to retain his balance after getting his heels clipped by a chasing runner. Despite all the extra pressure of being a crowd favourite, the mentally-strong runner ran towards a third consecutive world 10,000m gold.

    What's next for Farah? The 5000m race, as he seeks his FOURTH consecutive world title! 

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    That's it! MO FARAH WINS GOLD!

    What a great moment this is Mo Farah, who wins the 10,000m in  26:49.53, exactly five years on from his 2012 London victory. The crowd is still roaring. Surely, the greatest long distance runner of all time! 

  • Eight kms done as Tanui leads with Kamworor. The pace has slowed but Mo Farah is now 3rd. Four laps left.

    Mo Farah in the lead. The roar is deafening. They are sprinting...

    Can he do it once again? 

  • 02:14 (IST)

    The noise is beginning to grow and with 11 laps to go, Kamworor leads, with 2017 fastest Hadis of Ethiopia. The paced has slowed but what's important is that Farah is still in the mix, easing along in the eighth place. Between three Kenyans, Ugandans and Ethiopians, Mo is the only Briton.

    Nine laps to go. 19-year-old Kifle takes the lead

  • 02:09 (IST)

    Another upset! 

    Jenn Suhr, who won the Olympic pole vault title at the 2012 London Olympics five years ago, is out after a failure in her final qualifying attempt. Tough luck! 

  • 16 laps to go. Mo Farah right at the back. But is working is way back into the middle. Lead getting stretched. Ethiopians gathering at the top of the field with the Ugandans. 

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    How often do you see an athlete ask the crowd to fire up? As the pace slows, Farah from nowhere moves forward and gestures the crowd to cheer louder. It's all happening here! 

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    Good question though. 

  • Huge roar from this packed arena as Mo Farah comes in with 23 other athletes. 25 laps in the 10,000. In the pack is also Abadi Hadis who has the best time this year with 27:08.26. Farah's best this year has been 27:12.09. But can the reigning champion pull off another world title? 

  • 01:54 (IST)

    After Bolt, it's time for Sir Mo Farah to steal the thunder.

    The 10,000m athletes are out on the track. Mo Farah comes out of the tunnel, looks at the crowd, who just cannot stop chanting his name, and gets ready for the race. 


  • 01:47 (IST)

  • It's BOLT. But he had work to do. It's a slow time of 10.07. He didn't get a great start. And then in the middle, he starts and does his best running in the end again. BOLT IN THE SEMIS.

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  • Gatlin wins Heat 5 but the roar is for Bolt who has entered the stadium for Heat 6. Timings have been slow. Will Bolt do a number here? Not likely as they are cantering through. Meanwhile, Thando Roto of South Africa was disqualified in the 5th Heat.

  • 01:39 (IST)

    We are into the last heat of the men's 100m. All eyes are on the man of the moment – Usain Bolt. Again, there's a huge roar. Alright London, we know you love him. Time for the race.


    Same old story, same old result. Bolt, who started slowly has finished first. He makes it look so easy there. Dasaolo comes second, and Vicaut third.

  • 01:32 (IST)

    The penultimate 100m heat will be underway now. USA's Justin Gatlin and Thando Roto of South Africa receive boos from the crowd. Strange! 

    Oh well, Roto has been disqualified for a false start. The referee sends him off


    Gatlin responds strongly and wins the race. Korea's Kim Kukyoung comes second. With Roto disqualified and Chavaughn Walsh pulling out with an injury, out of the six racers, three go through

  • 01:32 (IST)

    And Usain Bolt is out in the middle and the crowd is loving it. WOW! But, can he do it, can he deliver? 


  • 01:32 (IST)

    The penultimate 100m heat will be underway now. USA's Justin Gatlin and Thando Roto of South Africa receive boos from the crowd. Strange! 

    Oh well, Roto has been disqualified for a false start. The referee sends him off


    Gatlin responds strongly and wins the race. Korea's Kim Kukyoung comes second. With Roto disqualified and Chavaughn Walsh pulling out with an injury, out of the six racers, three go through

  • While the fans wait for their favourite Mo Farah to start the 10,000m final, they did applaud Chijindu Ujah who finished 2nd in Heat 4 of the 100m which was won by China's Su Bingtian. Next up is Justin Gatlin in Heat 5 who has done 9.95 this season and a personal best of 9.74.

  • Olympic Champion Jeff Henderson of the United States has crashed out of the Long Jump Qualifying. He won Gold in Rio. His best effort of 7.84m not good enough for a place in the top 12.

  • 01:20 (IST)

    It's time for Heat 3 in the men's 100m. But everybody waiting in the stadium for Usain Bolt who runs Heat 6, the last of the qualifying for the semi-finals. USA's Justin Gatlin is in Heat 5. While Heat 3 won't see Canada's Andre De Grasse as he pulled out earlier.
    Let's see what's in store for us! 


    Forte starts well and wins the race. Meite and Prescod too have qualified. 

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    USA's Jeff Henderson, the winner of the men's long jump gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, produces his best effort of the qualifying round - 7.84m but unfortunately, it is not enough to earn him a place in the top 12. 

  • Yohan Blake, 'The Beast' also tipped to run Bolt close in a possible final is 2nd in Heat 2. The winner is Japan's Abdul Hakim Sani Brown.

  • 01:07 (IST)

    The second 100m heat features Yohan Blake and Sani Brown, who have been in great form recently. Let's see how they perform. 


    Abdul Hakim Sani Brown of Japan wins the men's 100m first round heat in a personal best of 10.05, finishing ahead of Jamaica's 2011 world champion Yohan Blake. The Jamaican clocked 10.13, with China's Zhenye Xie being credited with the same time in third place. Despite the decent result, Blake – who started terribly – could have done much better. 

  • Christian Coleman, fastest this year with 9.82 has won a place in the semi-finals with 10.01, easing down in the last 10-15 seconds.

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    The men’s 100m heats will begin in a moment. Christian Coleman’s 9.82sec makes him the fastest this year in the first heat.

    Boom! Coleman crosses the line first in 10.01 comfortably. Jak Ali Harvey comes second. 

    Bolt will contest in heat six.

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    South Africa's Rushwahl Samaai joins compatriot Luvo Manyonga in the men's long jump final with an effort of 8.14, two centimetres further than Manyonga. He will be joined by USA's Jarrion Lawson, who has exactly hit the qualifying mark of 8.05. 

  • In two of the women's 1500m qualifying, one of the slowest timings to qualify was Germany's Hanna Klein with 4:09.32 and she was 6th. Jessica Judd was 6th in the 1st group with 4:03.73. In the 3rd group, the slowest qualifier in 6th spot had a time of 4:03.60. PU Chitra won the Asian Championships gold with 4:17.92. No way, she would have qualified, unless she would have cut her timing by 10-14 seconds! But stranger things have happened in athletics.

  • 00:43 (IST)

    Take a look at the results from the men's discus throw qualifying round:

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    Meanwhile, at the Long jump event:

    Czech Republic's Radek Juska has just jumped to the top of the men's long jump jumpers with an incredible effort of 8.24. 

  • 00:39 (IST)

    So, the results are out: Third women's 1500m prelims

    As expected Kipyegon is through and so are Meraf Bahta, Besu Sado and Laura Weightman, followed with Klosterhalfen, who was leading throughout but looked tired at the end. 

  • 00:35 (IST)

    London is beautiful, without a doubt.

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    Time for the last 1500m heat, featuring the Kenyan Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon. It will be interesting to see who will be the top six

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    In the second women's 100m heat, Sifan Hassan, Muir Gudaf Tsegay, Malika Akkaoui, Jennifer Simpson and Hanna Klein are all through.

  • Beautiful running by reigning World Champion Genzebe Dibaba ensures a first place in the qualification of the 1500m with Caster Semenya, the 800m Olympic Champion coming in 2nd. Caster is running the 1500m for the first time in a WC. Both are in the semi-finals. 

  • 00:19 (IST)

    Check out the women's 1500m heat one result: 

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    On the other hand, the men’s long jump qualifiers will begin in about a minute. Jump beyond 8.05m and you go through. 

    South Africa's Luvo Manyonga has done it. Incredible! Done and dusted in the very first attempt.

  • 00:14 (IST)

    Blink, and the moment's gone! That's how fast things are at the Athletics Championship. 

    Interestingly, five women have taken over Judd as she finishes sixth, which should be enough. It was very, very tight at the end but Dibaba wins the race, followed by Semenya.

  • Guess there is more excitement on the warm-up track outside the stadium where the likes of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah are warming up. Bolt for the 1st round of the 100m while Farah goes for a 3rd World title in the 10,000m.

    Inside the stadium, the women's 1500m 1st round qualifying about to start. The first group has Caster Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion along with reigning champion Genzebe Dibaba in a group of 14 athletes. 

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    Britain's Jess Judd leads from the start and looks in superb touch there.

    We are into the final lap and Judd still leads, with Dibaba breathing down her neck. The crowd has gone bonkers! Why not? Crowd favourite.

  • 00:05 (IST)

    Moving on from the men's 100m, it's time for the women’s 1500m heats. In total, there will be a total of 14 runners in the first heat and 15 in the next two; the first six in each race go through, and the six fastest losers.

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    And here are the results of the 100m preliminary round:  

Day One Preview: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and distance-running legend Mo Farah would like to finish their careers on a high by winning the World Championships golds in their events.

The IAAF World Athletics Championships that begins on 4 August will see both these Bolt and Farah in action on Day 1 in the 100 metres 1st round and the 10,000 metres final respectively.

While India has gone with a 25-athlete contingent to the event, the entire selection came under immense scrutiny. With Asian Athletics winning athletes left out of the squad, there is added pressure on the rest of the Indians to deliver.

Day 1 will see Lakshmanan Govindan, who won the long-distance double in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships, trying to prove his mettle on a bigger stage when he takes to the track alongside Mo Farah.

Britain's Laura Muir also kick-starts her quest for the 1,500 metres-5,000 metres double. Though she is recuperating from a foot stress fracture, Muir is confident of her chances in winning both races.

Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 04:07 AM

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