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Highlights, IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017, Results, Day 6 in London: Mo Farah reaches final, Phyllis wins 400m gold

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Highlights, IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017, Results, Day 6 in London: Mo Farah reaches final, Phyllis wins 400m gold
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    That's all folks! Another brilliant day of 2017 World Athletics Championships has come to an end. USA are swiftly bagging medals to top the standings with 15 titles. Kenya are second with seven, South Africa are third with four. Wayde van Niekerk, Isaac Makwala and Mo Farah all qualified for their respective final events, however, there were a few surprises.

    Hope you enjoyed our live coverage of the prestigious world event. Make sure to visit tomorrow. Good night! 

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    The USA's Phyllis Francis wins 400m gold!

    What just happened! Shaunae Miller-Uibo started well and maintained her lead until the final 20m, where she pulls up out of nowhere. Oh, and it looks nasty. USA's Phyllis Francis cruises past others to take gold. Salwa Naser of Bahrain wins silver and Allyson Felix, the defending champion, settles for bronze. She faded in the final stages. What a win this is for the young American. 

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    Time for the final event of the evening session – the women’s 400m final. USA’s Allyson Felix looks favourite to take the gold but is there an upset? 

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    Norway's Karsten Warholm wins men's 400m gold!

    The Norwegian track and field athletes cannot believe it as he becomes the world champion! In just his second full season at the event, Norway's Warholm stayed focused from the sound of the gun and held on to claim the title in 48.35 ahead of Yasmani Copello (48.49). The USA’s Kerron Clement, a two-times Olympic champion, was left behind. The veteran of the field at 31, takes bronze in 48.52 seconds.

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    China's Lijiao Gong wins women's shot put gold!

    Lijiao's throw of 19.94m proved to be enough as Anita Marton of Hungary and Olympic champion Michelle Carter failed to match the Chinese putter's best throw. 

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    In the third and final 200m semi-finals, Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev finishes first in 20.17 seconds ahead of USA’s Ameer Webb who happily takes the second place in 20.22 seconds. Wayde van Niekerk looked fatigued after last night’s 400m final but manages to make it to the final by finishing third in 20.28 seconds. 

    Van Niekerk and Mitchell-Blake make the final as faster losers. 

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    Heavy rains during 200m semis.

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    And now time for Heat 3.

    Christophe Lemaitre's personal best is 19.80 seconds ahead of Wayde Van Niekerk's personal best of 19.84 seconds, while Ameer Webb has a personal best of 19.85 seconds. 

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    Alright then! The second men’s 200m semi-final was something different. Trinidad & Tobago’s Jereem Richards breezes past other sprinters in 20.14 seconds, while Japan’s Sani Brown takes the second spot and a place in the final in 20.43 seconds. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake struggled and finished third in 20.52 seconds, which won't be enough to qualify for the final. 

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    Isaac Makwala qualifies for final! 

    In his second 200m run in a space of 2 and a half hours, Isaac Makwala has impressed all of us with his dedication and willingness to prove the IAAF wrong. Mitchell-Blake and Makwala started well but it was USA’s Isaiah Young who wins it in 20.12 seconds. Makwala finishes second in 20.14 seconds, a faster time than his time trial, and Mitchell-Blake has to wait to see if his 20.19 seconds is enough.

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    It's the 200m semi-final. Isaac Makwala with a personal best of 19.77; Akani Simbine with 19.95, while Isiah Young too is a threat to others with an impressive personal best of 19.86.

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    And we are just five minutes away from the men’s 200m semi-finals. Isaac Makwala makes his second appearance of the day in heat one. He’s is warming up in a black hoodie.

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    Heat 2 of men's 5000m results: 

    The 17-year-old Ethiopian Berega wins a physical race in 13:21:50 minutes. An impressive show by the teenager makes him one of the top contenders to win the 5000m final. Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew is second, Kenya’s Cyrus Rutto is third, Australia’s Patrick Tiernan is fourth and the USA’s Ryan Hill is fifth.  Andrew Butchart and Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed are the fastest qualifiers. 

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    We are in the final stage of the Heat 2 of men's 5000m where a couple of runners have suffered nasty falls due to the slippery surface. The 17-year-old Selemon Berega has shown immense maturity here to lead. 

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    After easing through his 5000m heat, crowd favourite Mo Farah acknowledges the fans who have braved the conditions to watch him run. 

    “I want to thank everyone who has come out - amazing support,” Mo Farah tells IAAF.

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    Here's India's Lakshmanan Govindan who finishes the 5,000m heat with a personal best of 13:35.69 minutes. 

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    Mo Farah qualifies for 5,000m final!

    After the usual slow start, Farah manages to speed up after the 7-minute mark to take the second spot in 13:30:18, with the top five making it through. Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha wins in 13:30.07 minutes. Muktar Edris finishes third, Canada’s Justyn Knight is fourth and Eritrea’s Aron Kifle is fifth.

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    It's the final lap and time for some pushing and shoving. Mo Farah is surging ahead.....he pips Edris and is still speeding. He is second now.....

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    We are halfway through and can see Farah inching ahead as fast as he possibly can. He is running really well. 2500m done! 

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    Britain's Mo Farah is at the back of the pack at the moment. Is he saving all his energy? Probably waiting for his moment.

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    5000m coming up and G Lakshmanan, the Asian Champion, is the one to watch out for!

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    Meanwhile, one would wonder why the crowd suddenly roared out of nowhere?

    Mo Farah is out on the track ahead of his 5,000m heat. 

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    Lakshmanan has a personal best of 13:36.62 minutes and season's best of 14:02.90 mins. On the other hand, crowd favourite Mo Farah has a personal best of 12:53.11 mins. Ethiopia's Muktar Edris's personal best is 12:54.83 mins.

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    Heat 3 results:

    Yes, this was tiring. Celliphine Chespol of Kenya takes the first spot in  9:27.36 minutes, USA’s Emma Coburn follows the Kenyan to finish second and Genevieve Lacaze is third.

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    Wayde van Niekerk wishes he could give his 400m gold to Isaac Makwala 


    South African runner Wayde van Niekerk said he felt disappointed when he learnt about Botswanan runner Issac Makwala's exclusion and that he wished he could give his gold medal to Makwala.

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    Heat 3 coming up! 

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    Heat 2 results

    Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech dominates lives up to the expectations and dominates the race, and Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet, who finished second. Courtney Freirechs of USA qualifies in third with Jamaica’s Aisha Praught.

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    Heat 2, 3000m steeplechase: Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya with a personal best of 9:00.70 and USA's Courtney Frerichs with a personal best of 9:19.09 are the ones to watch out for.

    Heat 2 also has an Olympic champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain. Personal best? 8:52.78

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    Heat 1 results:

    ​Gesa Krause of Germany wins the first women's 3000m steeplechase heat in 9:39.86 minutes. Hyving Kiyeng of Kenya finishes second in 9:39:89 ahead of third-placed Purity Cherotic Kirui.  

    Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa, a silver medallist from the 2012 London Olympics, missed out in the sprint, finishing fifth in 9:40.88. 

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    Looks tight. The first three qualify for the semi-finals

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    Seven and a half laps begin in the 3000m steeplechase for women. Rains are like an extension of the water jump. 

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    Take a look at today's schedule as Mo Farah, Wayde van Niekerk, Allyson Felix & Isaac Makwala will be in action shortly. 

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    HE HAS DONE IT. MAKWALA RUNS THE 200m IN 20.20 seconds! 

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    Makwala wins his race against time! 

    Isaac Makwala runs 20.20 in rain on his own in lane 7 to qualify for the 200 semi-finals later tonight. Oh well, he celebrates it by doing several pushups. 

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    Huge News! 

    Botswana's Isaac Makwala has been declared medically fit by the IAAF to take part in the 200m and in order to qualify for the semifinal, he is required to run 20.53 on his own from lane seven in order to advance to the semifinals. 

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    Here's the evening session schedule: 

    23:35 - Women's 3,000m steeplechase first round

    23:40- Women's long jump qualifying

    23:50 - Men's hammer throw qualifying

    00:35 (10 August) - Men's 5,000m first round

    00:55 (10 August) - Women's shot put final

    01:20 (10 August) - Men's hammer qualifying

    01:25 (10 August) - Men's 200m semi-finals

    02:03 (10 August) - Men's 400m hurdles final

    02:20 (10 August) - Women's 400m final

London: The scrapes for Shaunae Miller-Uibo have no doubt healed. The scars from the loss for Allyson Felix have not.

Miller-Uibo used a head-first dive at the finish to beat her American rival in the 400-meter final at the Rio de Janeiro Games last August.

Britain's Mo Farah poses after winning the 10,000m race in London. AFP

Britain's Mo Farah poses after winning the 10,000m race in London. AFP

Felix is very much looking forward to the rematch Wednesday at the world championships as she tries to defend her title. Defeats are rare for Felix and never sit well with her, especially the way this one unfolded. Miller-Uibo, who is from the Bahamas, jumped out to an early lead, then held off Felix's charge along the straightaway. Side-by-side with two steps to go, Miller sprawled and tumbled across the line to win by 0.07 seconds.

Miller-Uibo and Felix had two of the fastest times in the semifinals. The top time, though, belonged to Salwa Eid Naser, who represents Bahrain and set a national record in 50.08 seconds.

Felix will be chasing after her 10th gold medal at the worlds. She's also planning on being a part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads.

A look at Day 6 of the world championships:

Big hurdle to clear: American runner Kerron Clement stays motivated by thinking about history. Should he win the 400-meter hurdles final, Clement would become the only person to win three world golds in the event. His other titles were in 2007 and '09. "I'm just more hungry," said the 31-year-old Clement, who captured Olympic gold in Brazil. "Those young guys, they motivate me so much. I have to stay on top of my game. They're chasing me. I'm excited to have another opportunity."

Taking their best shot: With Valerie Adams of New Zealand and Christina Schwanitz of Germany both on the sideline this season, there are no past world champions in the mix for the women's shot put title. Among those who could take the top spot are Michelle Carter of the United States, who is the Olympic champion, and Gong Lijiao of China. Those two led the way in qualifying Tuesday.

Hammer on: The top nine hammer throws in the world this season all belong to defending world champion Pawel Fajdek of Poland. Still, he's carrying some baggage heading into the qualifying round Wednesday. Fajdek struggled at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and stunningly didn't advance to the final. He said he had low energy in Brazil. The final is Friday and Fajdek's top challenger in London may be teammate Wojciech Nowicki, who beat Fajdek at the Polish national championships.

Mo Power: The Kenyans and Ethiopians could scheme against British runner Mo Farah to keep him from winning the 5,000 meters. The field tried that sort of tactic for the 10,000 earlier in the championships and Farah still won. He's going for his fourth straight 5,000 title, with the prelims Wednesday and the final set for Saturday. His plan after this season is to go to the marathon.

No Bolt: Still a little hard to believe — the 200-meter semifinals will go off and Usain Bolt won't be in the mix. The Jamaican great has captured four straight titles in the event, but decided to sit this one out. That leaves Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa as the favourite.

Updated Date: Aug 10, 2017 03:00 AM

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