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World Championships day five as it happened

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By Pranav Soneji

2104: So that concludes day five of the World Championships. Thursday sees Usain Bolt aiming to break his world record in the 200m final, Britain's William Sharman aims to reach the men's 110m hurdles final, Christopher Tomlinson is in action in the long jump qualifying rounds, along with the final of the women's 400m hurdles. Mark Ashenden will be back in the text hotseat tomorrow.

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From alfie on 606: "Semenya was outstanding. What can you say? Unfortunately she is going to be the subject of huge controversy. At least it makes a change from drugs."

2048: Just got the times through for the 800m, which Semanya won in 1:55.45 mins. However, the South African was accompanied by IAAF officials as she was herded away from the awaiting media in the mixed zone. Meadows finished in a time of 1:57.93 mins, a personal best and only two other British women have bettered that time. Silver goes to 2007 champion Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei of Kenya.

2042: Caster Semanya absolutely obliterates the field in the final 130m, striding away as if she's nipping out for a pint of milk. Meanwhile, it's all kicking off 15m behind as Jenny Meadows steams in from the outside lane, using her 400m strength, to earn Britain a bronze. Take a bow.

Bronze medal boost for Britain
2038: JENNY MEADOWS (GBR) WINS BRONZE IN THE WOMEN'S 800M

Gold medal
2037: CASTER SEMANYA (RSA) WINS GOLD IN THE WOMEN'S 800M

2034: Moving swiftly on to the track and it's the women's 800m final, a race which includes the controversial Caster Semenya, who has been asked to take a gender test, according to athletics' governing body. Two British athletes to keep tabs on - Jenny Meadows and Marilyn Okoro.

2032: The home crowd are sent absolutely ballistic as Robert Harting summons every last molecule of strength in his herculean frame to throw 69.43m with his final throw of the event, usurping Poland's Piotr Malachowski, who looks aghast as his final attempt lands short of the new top marker. That's probably the second biggest noise you will hear in this stadium. Unless Usain Bolt breaks that 200m record...

Gold medal
2029: ROBERT HARTING (GER) WINS GOLD IN THE MEN'S DISCUS

2025:CORRECTION - Priscilla Lopes-Schliep takes silver while Delloreen Ennis-London finishes in third. Foster-Hylton finishes with a season's best time of 12.51secs.

2020:Brigitte Foster-Hylton holds off Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, with Olympic champion Dawn Harper taking bronze. Quite brilliant performance from Ireland's Derval O'Rourke, who finishes in fourth place with a new national record.

Gold medal
2018:BRIGITTE FOSTER-HYLTON (JAM) WINS GOLD IN THE WOMEN'S 100M HURDLES FINAL

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From supersammy808 on 606: "Why does Caster Semanya improving by 8 seconds make her suspect? Being either male or female does not mean you improve by 8 seconds. The improvement is of time so it is regardless of which gender she is. She did not change from female to male three weeks ago."

2010: Time for the women's 100m hurdles final.

2000: Ukraine's Oleksiy Kasyanov has moved into a 31-point lead over Hardee with a personal best of 2.05, but the event is still going on so the women hurdlers may be kept waiting.

1951: American Trey Hardee's lead in the decathlon is under pressure as Andrei Krauchanka, Leonel Suarez and Mateo Sossah keep pushing the bar higher.

1947: The decathlon high jump event is overrunning, so the women's 100m hurdles final has been postponed until 2015 BST.

1935: What a cracking race - Ethiopia's Deresse Mekonnen leads going into the final 100m and attempts to turn on the burners, but Bahrain's Yusuf Saad Kamel stretches out his ridiculously long and svelte legs and dips for the line. Kenya-born Saad Kamel is also the son of two-time 800m world champion Billy Konchellah, so there's definitely something in the genes.

Gold medal
1931: YUSUF SAAD KAMEL WINS THE MEN'S 1500M GOLD

1922: Unfortunately there's no British interest in the men's 1500m final, which begins in approximately three minutes. Defending champion Bernard Lagat faces some decent competition in this race.

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From Alfie on 606: "Well hasn't been a great day for GB athletes yet today but Emily Freeman was quietly impressive there."

It's good news for GB
1918: Super race from Emily Freeman, who runs a smooth bend to finish in second behind Campbell-Brown, who clocks a time of 23.01. Not rapid, but who cares when you're inked in for the next round? Freeman finishes with 23.10secs.

1913: Time for the sixth and final first-round heat of the women's 200m, where Britain's Emily Freeman lines up in lane seven alongside two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown.

1859: Defending champion Allyson Felix looks in awesome shape as she cruises into the next round of the women's 200m with 22.88secs, with New Zealand's Monique Williams setting a personal best in second place.

1847: If you're just tuning in after a hard day of sunning yourself silly on the hard shoulder of the M1, you may have missed the story of the day. South Africa's women's 800m favourite Caster Semenya has been asked to take a gender test just hours before the final.

Tom Fordyce
From Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "Stung twice on foot by an angry German wasp. Smashed it into oblivion with flip-flop. Zero tolerance policy - controversial but satisfying."

1845: Emily Freeman is Britain's sole representative in the women's 200m heats, which have kicked off. She runs in sixth and final heat alongside Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown.

It's bad news for GB
1838: Marlon Devonish makes a competent start, right in the mixer at the bend before the elastic band takes over in the final 60m as Wallace Spearmon finishes in a time of 20.14, while Azerbaijan's Ramil Guliyev takes fourth to secure a surprise place in the final. Plenty of guys want to "de-throne the king" says Spearmon about beating Bolt in his post-race chat with Phil Jones. Devonish finishes a disappointing seventh place.

1829: Shawn Crawford gives Bolt some competition at the bend on the first 100m but then that swagger takes over, the languid stride opens up and Bolt is clear by some distance. The 22-year-old eases up about 80m from the line, but still manages to finish in a time of 20.08secs. He tells Phil Jones he had a decent night's kip before another two-fingered peace salute to the camera. When you can outrun a Bullet train, you can do whatever you want. Britain's Marlon Devonish runs in the next heat.

1824: Usain Bolt peels off his training top, points his two index fingers inwards to indicate who his favourite for the first 200m semi-final is, while Shawn Crawford opts for a bizarre axe-slicing motion after he is announced to the crowd. Just the first four to qualify for the final.

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From dualtamac on 606: "Very good day for the Irish so far. David Gillick makes the 400m final and O'Rourke in the 100m hurdles. Just need Hession to go through in the 200m and I think it will be a good result from an Irish perspective. Medals were never on the cards."

1812: If you're windows have just rattled unexpectedly, don't worry, it's just the crowd greeting Usain Bolt's arrival at the Olympic Stadium for the men's 200m semi-finals, the first of which begins at 1825 BST. He just can't resist a bit of showboating, this time a two-fingered salute (no, not that type of two-fingered salute) to the cameras. The venerable Tom Fordyce spoke to 200m legend Michael Johnson about the sprint king. You can read the results here.

It's bad news for GB
1806: Olympic champion Dawn Harper owns the race from start to finish, clocking a personal best of of 12.48secs to boot. Sarah Claxton's feint hopes of reaching the final are ripped to shreds as she is blown away by the rest of the field, finishing in joint seventh/last, depending on which way you view your pint glass. However, a superb race from Ireland's Derval O'Rourke, who clinches a fastest loser spot to claim her place for the final, which will take place at 2015 BST this evening.

1757: Explosive skills from Jamaican Brigitte Foster-Hylton, whose reactions are timed at 0.108 seconds at the gun as she powers to victory in the second of the women's 100m hurdles semi-finals. Doubt you would ever see West Indies cricket captain and professional Jamaican Chris Gayle move that fast. Canada's Perdita Felicien takes the second automatic berth for the final. The final heat sees Britain's Sarah Claxton in action.

1748: The first of the three women's 100m hurdles semi-finals sees Canadian powerhouse Priscilla Lopes-Schliep win in 12.60, with Jamaica's Delloreen Ennis-London finishing in second. American Ginnie Powell will have to wait and see if she qualifies as one of the two fastest losers for the final.

Tom Fordyce
From Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "These rumours about SA 800m female athlete Caster Semenya have exploded into life - IAAF have requested an official gender test..."

Triple jump gold medallist Phillips Idowu on BBC Two: "Gold suits me."

It's bad news for GB
1736: Chris Brown, the 400m runner from the Bahamas, not the velvet-voiced soul singer in a recent spot of bother, eases to victory with 44.95secs, but disappointment for Britain's Rob Tobin, who admits to Phil Jones he had a bit of a stinker, finishes in seventh with 45.90secs. So Michael Bingham will be Britain's sole representative in Friday's final, although Ireland's David Gillick has qualified as a fastest loser. For those who don't know, Bingham was born and brought up in America but qualifies for Britain through his father Norris, a retired professor, who lives in Nottingham.

Tom Fordyce
From Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "Hello - no mistaking that giant frame - it's Javier Sotomayor. Big up to the big man."

It's bad news for GB
1727: Unfortunately, Martyn Rooney will not be competing in his second major final in two years after finishing in seventh place in his 400m semi-final way behind Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, who lays down an intimidating marker with his 44.37secs, the fastest time of the year so far.

It's good news for GB
1720: Wahoo! Absolutely sensational run from Britain's Michael Bingham way out in lane eight. The 23-year-old is studiously composed over the first 200m before stepping on the petrol in the final 200m, finishing just behind defending champion Jeremy Wariner in second place with a personal best of 44.74secs. So Britain number one through to Friday's final.

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From ShuBob on 606: "I think it's disgraceful that the IAAF have released that statement today! According to Cram, those rumours had been circulating for some time so why leave it till FOUR hours before the final to release the statement? If it is confirmed beyond doubt that Semanya has no case to answer, I hope the SA athletics federation don't let it lie!"

1713: Coming up at 1715 BST we have the first of the men's 400m semi-finals, with British interests Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney attempting to secure a berth in the final. Oh, and don't forget to send me snippets via the 606 website (link above) or text 81111 (with the word athletics before your message). Bingham to run first in the first semi-final, along with Ireland's David Gillick and defending champion Jeremy Wariner of the USA.

1703: Some incredible news breaking in Berlin - The IAAF has asked the South African athletics federation to conduct a gender verification test on 18-year-old 800m favourite Caster Semenya, due to run at 2035 BST, amid concerns she does not meet the requirements to compete as a woman. "It's a difficult scenario," reflects BBC commentator Steve Cram on BBC Two. "The IAAF cannot do anything unless one of the other competing nations lodges a protest."

1656: It's time to bask in the glory of Phillips' performance on Tuesday as the three triple jump medallists amble down the stairs at the Olympic Stadium. Replays of Idowu's medal-winning jump are transmitted and out pops the tongue stud - the base shares the same colour as his cherry-stain hair colour - as the 29-year-old watches the Union Jack hoisted above for the second time of the championships.

1651: Hands up, who's nursing leg injuries attempting to triple jump various street objects (broken pavements, litter bins, dog's do etc) in honour of Phillips Idowu's gold medal? So we've reached the half-way stage of the World Championships and Wednesday has British interest in the women's 800m final with Jenny Meadows, the fourth quickest athlete in the eight-woman line-up, and Marilyn Okoro at 2035 BST. Oh yeah, some dude called Usain is running in the men's 200m semi-finals at 1825 BST



see also
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Superb Ennis wins heptathlon gold
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Bolt sets record to win 100m gold
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
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