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World Championships day four as it happened


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By Pranav Soneji

2013: So that ends another superb day for Great Britain, take a bow Phillips Idowu, the freedom of Hackney awaits. Tune in tomorrow when Usain Bolt returns for the men's 200m semis while Briton Marilyn Okoro goes for a medal in the women's 800m final.

1958: Steffi Nerius has caused a right old rumpus in the women's javelin, out-performing four of the longest throwers in history to win gold with a distance of 67.30m. What a way for the 37-year-old to sign off her career.

Gold medal

1956: Defending champion Kerron Clement clings on to his title, pushed all the way to the finishing line by Puerto Rico's Javier Culson in lane eight, with American Bershawn Jackson sneaking bronze. No shame in David Greene's performance, the Swansea Harrier finishes seventh in a time of 48.68secs.

Gold medal

1948: Do my sepia-tinted eyes deceive me or is that Kris Akabusi winning a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo on TV right now? Fortunately we're spared the lung-busting laughs as Dai Greene, the third fastest man on the 2009 men's 400m hurdle final takes a huge swig of his bottled water as he lines up in lane six, with defending champion Kerron Clement in lane two, while 2004 Olympic champion Felix Sanchez takes the middle berth in lane four.

1942: Time for David Greene in the final of the men's 400m hurdles. Dai is attempting to become the first Welshman since Colin Jackson in 1993 to win gold at the Worlds. The final starts in about eight minutes time as Sanya Richards goes absolutely ballistic on the podium as she receives her first individual 400m gold medal at the championships.

1937: Unsurprisingly, Lashinda Demus, the 2005 silver medallist, wins the second semi-final, where Eilidh Child misses out on the final after finishing in sixth place.

1933: The second heat of the women's 400m hurdles sees 20-year-old Londoner Perri Shakes-Drayton miss out on a place in the final, finishing seventh 57.57secs. A flash of the pearlers in her post-race interview with Phil Jones says she'll be back soon. Meanwhile, Eilidh Child is in action in the next heat up against the rapid Lashinda Demus.

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From Anon, text 81111: "Actually, we won three golds in '93 - you forgot our Colin Jackson."

Tom Fordyce
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "Jonathan Edwards officially delighted with Phillips' gold. He's asked me to Tweet to tell you so."

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Franmerida on 606: "Re: my post at 17.16, I apologise Phillips. You've done us all proud and you'll get a rip-roaring celebration when you get back to East London! I take IT ALL BACK!"

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From Damian, London, text 81111: "Disappointed Phillips didn't take his last jump. Would've been good if he'd gone flying down the runway with the Union Jack flag on his shoulder s before launching himself into the pit."

1912: Idowu's gold medal is the first at the World Championships by a British male since Jonathan Edwards' success since 2001 in Edmonton. It's also the first time since 1993 that Britain has won more than one gold medal at the championships (Linford Christie won the men's 100m, Colin Jackson in the 110m hurdles while Sally Gunnell took top spot in the women's 400m hurdles in Stuttgart). Idowu's gold medal ceremony should be coming up in 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Nelson Evora has just pocketed a load of sand as a souvenir. Beats a bookmark and a rubber I guess.

1905: Kemboi, the 2004 Olympic champion, holds off compatriot Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong, while France's Bouabdellah Tahri breaks up the Kenyan love-in by pipping Brimin Kiprop Kipruto on the line for bronze.

Gold medal

1858: Nelson Evora outstretches his arms, turning to the crowd one last time for that extra slice of inspiration before thundering down thrunway for his last jump in the men's triple jump final, the only man who can take gold away from Idowu. It looks good....but not good enough as the defending world champion relinquishes his title to the man whom he beat to gold at the 2008 Olympic Games. Idowu, Union Flag draped around his neck like Superman's cape, takes a moment to soak in his achievement. Yes mate, you're world champion.

It's good news for GB
Gold medal

1853: The men's 3000m steeplechase is off and running, with South African Ruben Ramolefi leading proceedings, with three Kenyans in the front six. Meanwhile, over at the triple jump runway, dangerous Cuban duo Alexis Copello and Arnie David Girat will not threaten Phillips Idowu's lead at the top of the standings.

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alfie on 606: "Why should anyone rubbish Ohuruogu for being unable to win today? After the interrupted season she has had fifth is pretty damn good - hats off to Sanya Richards today for a super run but CO produces a season's best in the final and I think she deserves only praise for that. She'll be back."

1847: Shelly-Ann Fraser flashes a cute smile, exposing her excellent orthodontics work, as the Jamaican flag is once again raised high above the track after her success in the women's 100m final on Monday. She can't stop giggling, bless her although compatriot Kerron Stewart, who finished with silver, is not quite as amused.

It's bad news for GB
1842: Richards controlled that race from the b of the bang, running a composed first 200m before attacking the final 200m, finishing dead on 49seconds, with Shericka Williams taking silver and Russia's Antonina Krivoshapka hanging on for third behind Novlene Williams-Mills. Christine Ohuruogu was well and truly beaten in the final 100m, finishing in 50.21secs in fifth position.

Gold medal

1833: Whoops! The women's 400m final starts at 1835 BST, not 1840 as I said in my previous update. Expect fireworks as Sanya Richards acknowledges her presence to the crowd.

1829: Time to turn our attentions to the women's 400m final, where Britain's Christine Ohuruogu will defend her title against the in-form Sanya Richards, while the rapid Shericka Williams will be representing for Jamaica. The final starts in about 10 minutes at 1840 BST.

1823: Ethiopian 10,000m legend Kenenisa Bekele is presented with his fourth successive gold medal as Nelson Evora messes up his fourth jump. Anger flashes across his face, the pressure is mounting.

1820: Cuban Alexis Copello is apoplectic with rage as his enormous fourth-round leap is red-flagged for overstepping the board. That was huge, the kind of jump that will make Phillips Idowu's ticker pound a few beats faster on the sidelines. However, if that jump had any effect on Phillips' mindset, he isn't showing anything - he looks as cool as an Eskimo's icebox right now.

It's bad news for GB
1814: No double medal success for Great Britain in the triple jump final after Nathan Douglas messes up his third and final attempt. The poor lad says he had no rhythm on the runway this evening. However, awesome stuff from his team-mate Idowu, who missed the board by some distance at take-off for his competition-leading jump. BBC commentator and Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards believes Phillips could attack the board a smidgeon more. Good news for Ireland, Paul Hession has qualified for the semi-finals of the men's 200m, finishing third behind Steve Mullings.

It's good news for GB
1807: Britain's Marlon Devonish just about sneaks through to the semi-finals of the 200m, finishing third behind 2004 Olympic champion Shawn Crawford in a time of 20.66secs. Next up is Ireland's Paul Hession, along with Jamaica's Steve Mullings.

It's good news for GB
1801: Wallop! Phillips Idowu has just produced the longest jump of the year in the men's triple jump final. The Hackney-born athlete sails past Evora's opening 17.54m jump to record 17.73m. And it's a personal best to boot. A wry grin on Evora's face. As paulcamilleri predicted on 606 below, we could be in for a Powell/Lewis long jump-style showdown.

1757: After the trademark fist pumps and mouthing "GOOO!!" to the camera, Usain Bolt, running in lane three, makes a textbook start, marmalising Martial Mbandjock of France on his outside on the bend before easing off the gas to finish first in a time of 20.42secs.

1752: "Boy, am I tired." Not the words of an incessant insomniac but the words of Usain Bolt as he passed Phil Jones in the mixed zone. However, those orange spikes as sharp as Jamaican hot sauce are on for the first heat of the second round of the men's 200m.

It's good news for GB
1746: Sarah Claxton safely reaches the next round of the women's 100m hurdles final after finishing fourth in the heats with a season's best of 12.86secs. The Colchester-born sprinter, who reached the final of the Olympics in Beijing last year, told BBC Sport's Phil Jones: "It feels all right. My start was all right and I'm happy I got near my personal best. There's more to come so I'll rest and come back stronger tomorrow. Me and my coach were trying to get it right so I peaked here - not before - and it's working."

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paulcamilleri on 606 "Blistering start to the triple jump, lets hope that this will be a Powell/Lewis style face off."

1738: The silver cross around Idowu's neck vibrates as he pounds down the runway, along with various other bits of jewellery which adorn his head. However, the disappointment across the Londoner's face as he shakes off the sand tells the story - 17.44m. Still, four more attempts to go.

1733: Over on the track, the heats of the women's 100m hurdles are under way, although no Jessica Ennis for Britain after the heptathlon gold medallist pulled out of the event. Ireland's Derval O'Rourke finishes second in her heat behind Australia's Sally McLellan.

1727: Evora, shoulders as wide as the Algarve, hangs like a bloodthirsty bird of prey in the air, surpassing the computer-generated yellow line indicating his first-round jump which leads the final, only to see the dreaded red flag raised. Replays show the 25-year-old overstepped by about five centimetres. A wry smile suggests he's going to nail it next time.

It's bad news for GB
1722:Nathan Douglas makes his bow in the triple jump final, but his first effort is a disappointing 16.78m. The lad looks as if someone has put concrete in his socks.

It's good news for GB
1716 The handclaps start, the cherry-hued head begins to bob and Phillips Idowu is set to launch himself into his first jump of the final. A voice from behind me says he has lost speed on the runway, only to land right on the yellow line which indicating Evora's early marker. The board reads 17.51m, just three centimetres separate the top two.

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FranMerida on 606 "Idowu wont be getting gold - silver at best."

1707: Brilliant first effort from defending champion Nelson Evora, who nails the board perfectly to open up with 17.54m jump, just 12cm off his personal best for 2009.

1703: First up we have the men's triple jump final, which starts at 1705 BST. Britain has Phillips Idowu, the Olympic silver medallist, and Nathan Douglas leaping for medals, while Olympic champion Nelson Evora is searching for the double. Let's have your sage-like thoughts and opinions via the medium of 606 (link above) or text 81111 (with the word athletics before your message) on their chances, along with everything else Tuesday evening has to offer.

1659: If you missed the morning session at the Olympic Stadium, you can read a summary of what happened here. Unfortunately for Britain, Charlene Thomas and Stephanie Twell crashed out of the women's 1500m heats, leaving Lisa Dobriskey as the sole British representative in Friday's semi-finals. Poor Thomas lost a shoe during her heat when one of her rivals fell.

Tom Fordyce
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce on Twitter "Walking to stadium for evening's fun. Memorable stonewash denim/ mullet combos abound."

1649: Bolt this, Bolt that, everyone's gone Usain in the membrane. The Jamaican has already cruised into the second round of the 200m, albeit with a tired morning run in the heats at the Olympic Stadium, although he could have at least let Rondell Sorrillo or Sam Effah win so they could tell their grandkids about the time they beat Usain Bolt in a race. He's back in action at 1755 BST. So it's about time someone else muscles in on Lightning's Berlin Love Parade, namely Phillips Idowu and Christine Ohuruogu, who will be leaping/running for gold in the men's long jump and women's 400m final.

see also
Bolt storms through to 200m semis
18 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Athletics World Champs photos
17 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Superb Ennis wins heptathlon gold
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Bolt sets record to win 100m gold
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Athletics World Champs photos
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Ohuruogu and Idowu reach finals
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics

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