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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 August 2005, 19:20 GMT 20:20 UK
Day five round-up
Tonique Williams-Darling wins gold in the 400m
Tonique Williams-Darling adds the world title to her Olympic 400m crown as she edges out favourite Sanya Richards.

American Tianna Madison is the surprise winner in the long jump and compatriot Bryan Clay is rewarded with decathlon gold after a dominant two days.

Estonia's Andrus Varnik grabs a shock gold in the javelin and Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi takes the 1500m title.

Britain's Tim Benjamin reaches Friday's 400m final as a fastest loser and Jo Pavey makes Saturday's 5,000m final.

Estonia's Andrus Varnik grabs a shock gold in the javelin and Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi takes the 1500m title.

DAY FIVE DETAILS

Men's triple jump qualification

British medal hope Nathan Douglas misses out on a place in the triple jump final after a poor set of jumps in qualifying.

Triple jump qualification should have taken place on Tuesday but it was one of several events washed out by the storm that hit Helsinki late in the afternoon session.

When it finally begins, the Briton is well short of the qualification mark of 17 metres with his best just 16.53m.

"I felt like I was ready to jump but for some reason it just didn't work," Douglas tells BBC Sport. "Obviously I'm a bit depressed."


Men's decathlon

Clay has a 54-point advantage over Sebrle in the 1500m and so just takes his time completing the gruelling final event.

The American falls to his knees after finishing in five minutes, 3.77 seconds as the Czech, who came home in 4:39.54, shakes his hand.

Clay wins the gold with 8732 points - 211 points clear of Sebrle - while Hungary's Attila Zsivoczky comes through to take bronze.

Earlier, Clay edges closer to gold with a personal best in the penultimate event the javelin.

The 25-year-old Texan lands 72.00m while chasing Czech Roman Sebrle manages 63.21m.

Russia's Aleksandr Pogorelov maintains his third place on 7707 points.

Clay clears 4.90m at his second attempt in the pole vault to keep up his title challenge.

Sebrle also goes over at a season's best 4.80m but goes on to fail all three failures at 5.00m.

Pogorelov is the first man over at 5.00m which lifts him into the bronze medal position.

But the competition belongs to German Andre Niklaus, who goes over in a personal best of 5.30m to move up the standings.

Earlier, Clay clocked the fastest time in the men's 110m hurdles - 14.43 seconds - and then topped the field in the discus.

Sebrle's time of 14.71 left him 49 points behind his rival before a lacklustre discus competition.

The Olympic champion could only manage 46.85m in his only legal throw - almost three metres off his personal best - while Clay reached 53.68m.


Men's 200m quarters/semi-finals

Christian Malcolm finishes back in last place in the first semi-final in a disappointing race.

The Welshman makes a strong start but fades badly, clocking 21.09 some way behind winner John Capel (20.45) and favourite Wallace Spearmon (20.49).

Marlon Devonish runs almost a carbon copy of Malcolm's race in the second semi-final.

The Coventry athlete gets out of the blocks well but loses momentum to finish in seventh in 20.93.

American Tyson Gay impressively wins the second semi-final in 20.27 ahead of world 100m champion Justin Gatlin.

"I'm confident but I have to go out there and give 100%," Gatlin tells BBC Sport.


Men's 110m hurdles heats

Britain's Allan Scott fails to to make it into the quarter-finals as he finishes sixth in his heat.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on American hurdling great Allen Johnson, who opens his account to be the first track athlete to win five world titles in the same event by qualifying comfortably from heat one.

Perhaps the biggest threat to Johnson's quest is China's Olympic champion Liu Xiang, who also easily qualifies.


Women's 200m heats/quarters

American teenager Allyson Felix is hotly tipped to add the global title to the Olympic silver medal she won in Athens last summer.

And the 19-year-old looks relaxed as she slows down over the line to finish second in her heat.

At last month's London Grand Prix, she handed Olympic champion Jamaican Veronica Campbell her first defeat in five years and she has clocked the two fastest times of the season so far - her best being 22.13 in California in June.

But Campbell also qualifies, judging her heat well, which is won by Christine Arron.


Women's 400m hurdles heats

World record holder Yuliya Pechonkina of Russia wins the first heat in a dominant 53.77.

British debutant Nicola Sanders struggles against such a high quality field and finishes back in sixth spot.

"It was very hard out there," Sanders tells BBC Sport. "It was the worst possible conditions for hurdling."

Also through the opening rounds are Poland's Anna Jesien (55.79), American veteran Sandra Glover (55.31), American number one Lashinda Demus (56.63) and Ukranian Tetiana Tereschuk-Antipova.


Women's hammer qualifying

The qualifying mark for the hammer is set at 70.00m and in Group A Cuban defending champion Yipsi Moreno easily clears that with 72.67m.

Russian Tatyana Lysenko also reaches Friday's final with a mark of 71.14m as does Poland's Kamila Skolimonwska (70.28m).

But Britain's Shirley Webb misses out - her best throw of 64.16m leaves her down in 12th place in qualifying group B - and only the top six of each group go through.

Russian Olympic champion Olga Kuzenkova tops Webb's group, easing through with a throw of 71.97m.


Women's pole vault final

Russian Yelena Isinbayeva must wait until Friday to attempt to add the world crown to her Olympic title.

Organisers reschedule the final because of high winds at the Olympic stadium


Women's long jump final

Britain's Kelly Sotherton finishes in eighth place as she reaches 6.42m at her third attempt.

American Tianna Madison lands a personal best of 6.89m to take a surprise gold ahead of Russian Tatyana Kotova (6.79m).

Heptathlon silver medallist Eunice Barber takes the bronze medal position with her final leap of 6.76m.


Men's 400m semi-finals

Britain's Tim Benjamin contends with pouring rain to finish third in the second semi-final.

And the Welshman goes through to Friday's final as a fastest loser with a time of 45.66.

"It was really tough in this horrible weather," said Benjamin. "I ran pretty poorly, went off too hard and kicked too soon. It's all down to luck now."

Canada's Tyler Christopher looks strong to win in 45.47 in front of Darold Williamson in 45.65.

American Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner wins the final semi in 45.65 ahead of Chris Brown of the Bahamas.

British debutant Robert Tobin comes home a creditable fourth in 46.69.

"It's so windy coming up the home straight that you can't move," Tobin tells BBC Sport. "But at least I've learnt that I can cope at this level." Jamaica's Brandon Simpson wins the first semi-final in 45.53 ahead of American Andrew Rock.


Women's 400m final

Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling adds the world title with a powerful late surge to deny favourite Sanya Richards.

Richards looks comfortable for much of the race and eases round the bend ahead.

But the Bahamian spurred on over the last 50m to edge the American in a season's best of 49.55 seconds.

Defending champion Ana Guevara also clocks a season's best 49.81 to take an unexpected bronze.

"I really wanted victory but it just wasn't for me," Richards tells BBC Sport.


Women's 100m hurdles semi-finals

Defending champion Perdita Felicien fails to reach the final of the 100m hurdles after finishing back in fourth place in the first semi-final.

Jamaica's Delloreen Ennis-London comes home in first spot in 12.79 while Linda Ferga of France falls badly after the first hurdle.

Olympic champion Joanna Hayes (12.76) advances in the second semi-final behind Brigitte Foster-Hylton (12.65).


Men's javelin final

Outside qualifier Andrus Varnik grabs a shock gold with his massive fourth-round throw of 87.17m.

The Estonian had only snuck into the final, just pipping Britain's Nick Nieland to the last qualifying spot.

Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen, wearing a knitted hat, settles for the silver medal with a best throw of 86.18m.

Defending champion Sergey Makarov, who had led early on, takes bronze with his final throw of 83.54m.

Home favourite Tero Pitkamaki is cheered on by the local crowd but stays out of the medals with 81.27m.


Women's 5,000m heats

Britain's Jo Pavey moves to the front of the pack to push the pace on with 600m to go and finishes in third place to advance to Saturday's final in 14 minutes, 51.49 seconds.

Defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba, who has already won the 10,000m in Helsinki, wins in 14: 50.98.

Fellow Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu comes through in second spot and Kenya's Prisca Jepleting Ngetich takes the fourth automatic qualifying spot.

Olga Kravtsova led after the first 3,000m but takes a tumble with three laps to go and is forced to battle back - but she does well to finish in sixth.

In the second heat, Meseret Defar keeps up the Ethiopian dominance with a winning time of 15:13.52.


Men's 1500m final

With 600m to go American Alan Webb unleashes a tactical sprint finish down the back straight but the field quickly catch up him by the bell.

Bahrain favourite Rashid Ramzi assumes the lead with 300m left and kicks away hard.

Ramzi holds on to claim gold in three minutes, 37.88 seconds.

Morocco's Adil Kaouch delivers a strong finish to take silver in a season's best 3:38.00 while Portugal's Rui Silva completes the podium places.




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