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Highlights, IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017, Results, Day 5 in London: Niekerk defends 400m gold, targets 200m next

Catch all the live updates and results from Day 5 of the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk eyes a double, while Tori Bowie hopes to shine again.

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Highlights, IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017, Results, Day 5 in London: Niekerk defends 400m gold, targets 200m next

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Aug 09, 2017 - 03:06 (IST)

And that brings us to the end of an entertaining Day 5, coupled with a handful of glorious performances. Wayde van Niekerk was definitely one of them as he seals yet another 400m gold at World Championships. There's more to come, which means a chance to win the 200m and clinch the double at a global event. Meanwhile, Kendricks, Kipruto, Spotkova and Bosse were outstanding as they all claimed gold in their respective events. 

Hope you enjoyed our live coverage as we will be back tomorrow to provide all the updates from the prestigious event. But, do check the medal tally before you leave. Good night! 

Aug 09, 2017 - 02:51 (IST)

Sam Kendricks bags first world pole vault title! 

Brave effort from France’s Renaud Lavillenie but he couldn’t make 6.01m in his final attempt. Poland’s Piotr Lisek should be happy with silver. Sam Kendricks, the only man to have cleared 5.95, has a first global gold. 

Aug 09, 2017 - 02:42 (IST)

Aug 09, 2017 - 02:39 (IST)

Aug 09, 2017 - 02:36 (IST)

Wayde van Niekerk wins gold! 

South Africa's Niekerk defends his 400m title at the World Championships with another impressive run, clocking the distance in 43.98. The South African was dominant throughout. Steven Gardiner of The Bahamas, who clocks 44.41 takes silver, while Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar, who moves from sixth to third in the final 30 metres claim bronze in 44.48. 

Aug 09, 2017 - 02:26 (IST)

And the 400m runners are out in the middle! South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk takes the centre stage in the absence of Makwala. Can he defend his title?

Aug 09, 2017 - 02:25 (IST)

Pierre-Ambroise Bosse 'bosses' the 800m and the Kenyans, Ethiopians to take Gold in a super race. And now the Big One. The 400m Final. Wayde Van Niekerk. Steven Gardiner. Fred Kerley. Issac Makwala is missing as he isn't well. 

Aug 09, 2017 - 02:24 (IST)

France's Pierre-Ambroise Bosse bosses 800m; wins gold! 

Now, this is what we call a dramatic race! 

Bosse comes out from nowhere with a brilliant surge past Nijel Amos to take the lead. The Frenchman further speeds away and kept driving. His rivals, including Amos, had no answer whatsoever! He wins it in 1:44:67 ahead of Poland’s Adam Kszcot, who takes silver with 1:44:95.Surprisingly, it's Kyle Langford and not Amos who takes the bronze medal. 

Aug 09, 2017 - 02:03 (IST)

Stunning silver medal performance from Soufiane El Bakkali in the 3000m steeplechase. World Jr no 4 in 2014, 4th at Rio 2016 Olympics and now silver at Worlds. He is simply stunning! 

Aug 09, 2017 - 02:02 (IST)

Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto wins men's 3000m gold!

Well, it wasn't that easy for Kipruto as Soufiane Elbakkali was on his shoulders, but the Kenyan, the Olympic champion, holds on to continue his country’s dominance in the steeplechase event. Morocco’s Elbakkali bags silver, while USA’s Evan Jager settles for bronze.

Preview of Day 5: Given that it was only a preliminary round and Wayde van Niekerk would hate to be a rude guest, he slowed up just enough for a sprinter from Britain to finish even with him at the line.

Almost worked.

But there will be no slowing down now for the South African sprinter, who is going for the 200-400 double at the world championships this week. He made it through the first round of the 200 on Monday, easing up at the finish and sharing a smile with British runner Daniel Talbot, who lost to Van Niekerk by .001 seconds and shook hands after.

Highlights IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 Results Day 5 in London Niekerk defends 400m gold targets 200m next

File image of Wayde van Niekerk. Getty Images

It was all part of Van Niekerk's plan to conserve energy. He has the 400 final on Tuesday.

"That's not easy," Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake said of Van Niekerk's double. "The 400 is no joke. You have to have a lot of guts. He's my friend and I wish him my best."

The last time Van Niekerk was in a 400 final on this sort of stage, a record was shattered. He broke American sprinter Michael Johnson's mark last August in Rio de Janeiro. Van Niekerk finished in 43.03 seconds that night — 0.15 seconds faster than Johnson ran on Aug. 26, 1999, in Seville, Spain.

A repeat may be far-fetched.

In Brazil, Van Niekerk wasn't attempting this kind of double. He's had a busy week chasing after two titles, running heats to advance in the 400 on Saturday and Sunday, along with the 200 prelim on Monday. He had a little fun even as he approached the finish line. Talbot closed the gap almost all the way as the sprinters shared a grin.

"He's a great guy, great athlete," Talbot said. "It's nice he's doing so well and he wants me to do well. We're competitors. I've got to try to beat him."

A look at Day 5 of the world championships:

High note: The pole vault world-record holder from France isn't the favourite in the final. Renaud Lavillenie started his season a little late because of an injury. That promotes Sam Kendricks of the United States to the role of vaulter to beat. He captured silver at the world indoors and an Olympic bronze in Brazil. "I want to complete the full set here," Kendricks said. His biggest challenges will be defending world champion Shawn Barber of Canada and Swedish teenager Armand Duplantis, who has one of the world's best marks this season. Don't overlook Lavillenie, either.

Power Czech: At 36, Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic is still going strong in the women's javelin. She's a two-time Olympic gold medalist, including a win at this stadium during the 2012 London Games. But there's a new thrower in the ranks — 22-year-old Sara Kolak of Croatia. She won Olympic gold in Rio.

Here's the steeple: American steeplechaser Evan Jager looks to become the first runner not from Kenya to win the event since 2005. It won't be easy with defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi in the field. Jager captured a surprise Olympic silver last year, when he lost by a second to Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya.

Two Laps: With defending 800-meter champion David Rudisha of Kenya not in the field, the race is wide open. It could be just the opening for Nijel Amos of Botswana. He won three races on the Diamond League circuit last month.

Return to the track: Tori Bowie's scrapes are healing after her dive to win the 100 meters. In this case: No pain, no gold. Now, it's time to turn the page. The American sprinter is listed on the entry sheet for the 200. Bowie has the top mark this season. The defending champion is Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands.

With inputs from AP.

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