LONDON, August 9, 2017 - A torrential day of rain at the IAAF Championships in London saw a total of nine events, three gold medals and the return of Botswanan sprinter Isaac Makwala to the track after IAAF quarantine. Two new countries joined the ‘Golden club’, China and Norway, bringing the total number of countries who have won gold medals at the World Championships to 17.
The Perfect Comeback
Botswana’s Isaac Makwala - a man who many believed, could challenge the current world and Olympic champion, South African Wayde van Niekerk for 400m gold medal, was not able to run the final race yesterday. The reason according to IAAF was, because he had to finish his 48 hours quarantine period, to prevent a further outbreak of the norovirus, which has seen more than 30 athletes in London affected.
After deliberation from the governing body of athletics, had allowed him to run alone in a repeat of the qualification for the 200m race.
His sole run of the half lap race, in lane seven was the first event of the day. Makwala’s, task was to run under 20.53. And he did not disappoint, swiftly making the final with a time of 20.20, and even finding the strength to do some pushups after his race to show to the rapturous crowd that had urged him on in support – and to the IAAF - that he was all fine. Later in the 200m semifinal his time was even quicker, seeing him qualify automatically for tomorrow’s final second behind USA’s Isiah Young. That makes the expectations worthy to see both Makwala and Van Niekerk competing at tomorrow’s final.
The men’s 5000m Heats
It was one of the big moments, where the stadium had an electric atmosphere throughout the whole 12 ˝ laps, when home favorite Mo Farah through to Saturday’s 5000m final after finishing heat one between Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha and Muktar Idris, which the latter’s joined by 17-year-old compatriot Solomon Barega, who register the fastest time of the heats at 13:21.50.
The competition that showed on today heats, will make the 5000m final to be waited very eagerly. Will Mo Farah finish his Career high, or someone will spoil it, like Usain Bolt’s, Time will tell.
Gong Lijiao of China brought the world’s most populous country, the first Gold Medal of this Championship at Women’s shot put, throwing 19.94, leaving Hungary’s Anita Marton 19.49, and Olympic champion USA's Michelle Carter 19.14, for Silver and Bronze respectively.
Meanwhile another country, Norway, were add to the lists of countries in this championships, who won gold medals, thanks to Karsten Warholm for his heroics in Men’s 400m Hurdles final to win it at 48.35. Next to him were Yasmani Copello of Turkey who ran 48.49, while USA’s Kerron Clement settled for third place with 48.52.
The women’s 400m race was the final race of day six, the race that many thought will be a race between the Bahama’s Shaunne Miller-Uibo and former world champion Allyson Felix of the USA, but it was another US athlete Phyllis Francies - 49.92, who took the gold with her personal best time, to add her country’s short distance dominance in this Championship, while the first was faded just 15-20m to cross the line and finished fourth, whereas the later took the bronze. Meanwhile Bahraini athlete Salwa Eid Naser wins the silver medal with national record-breaking time of 50.06.