Turkey's Guliyev stuns field to win 200 metres

11 August, 2017, 16:58 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Turkey's Guliyev stuns field to win 200 meters

The 25-year-old South African 400 metres world record holder just missed out on emulating Johnson's feat of the 200/400m world championship double, which the American achieved in the 1995 championships, when he took silver in the 200 metres on Thursday behind surprise victor Ramil Guliyev of Turkey.

Makwala was denied entry to the stadium on Tuesday for the 400m final as the IAAF tried to contain an outbreak of the norovirus, but returned on Wednesday to run a solo time trial and qualify for the semi-final before reaching the final - where he finished sixth.

It was very much Guliyev's night, defying the odds to win Turkey's first World Championships gold.

But those efforts may have taken their toll in the least preferred of his two events, and he exhausted down the home straight to finish sixth in 20.44, his slowest time all week.

"I've shown enough dominance, hard work and performances to start building my own image and brand".

Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago was given the same time but was relegated to third by one thousandth of a second.

The South African will have to quickly regroup for Thursday's final if he is to have a real chance of completing a first world 200/400m double since Michael Johnson in Gothenburg in 1995, a feat the American also repeated a year later in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

"It's been a tough week", Van Niekerk said. "I've got time to recover now and give it my all in the final".

He did show his champion's mentality in twice coming back to better Claye's marks and leave his 26-year-old rival to add another silver to his ever growing collection in his trophy cabinet. I have proven over and over I deserve what I have achieved.

Guliyev was left with the last word, hailing the "best moment of my career". I don't think I will ever face this again.

"I think it's great for my career", the 400-meter Olympic and world champion said.

"When I got into the race I was feeling good, but the last 50m I was feeling exhausted".

"Maybe at the next competition everyone will look at me instead".

But Dina Asher-Smith is into Friday's 200m final after running a season's best of 22.73 to finish second behind Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou in her semi-final, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo looking unsafe as they dominated their semis.

"I wanted to win and this year I thought it was possible and I made it".

Eilish McColgan ran a personal best of 15 minutes 0.38 seconds to make the 5,000m final, and she will be joined by fellow Scot Muir, who squeaked through as a fastest qualifier despite ending the heat in obvious physical distress.

Guliyev held his hands over his mouth in sheer disbelief after the slow race - the slowest final since 2003.

"I felt good out there apart from that last lap", said Muir.

Van Niekerk can only be disappointed with gold and silver.



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