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World Athletics Championships 2011 day eight as it happened

Schedule from day eight in Daegu (external link from official website)


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By Phil Dawkes

1355: In the meantime, this very website will bring you reports, further reaction and, in an hour or two, highlights from today, given the analytical treatment by Steve Cram. In honour of the energetic efforts of Bolt, Pearson and co I'm going to go for a concerted bout of sitting. See you all tomorrow.

1349: In addition, there's the women's 800m final featuring Caster Semenya, the women's hammer throw and the men's and women's 4x100m relay finals. Why don't you join me for that. Join me.

1344: Thanks principally to Pearson and Bolt it's been a cracking start to the final weekend of the Championships in Daegu, but what can we look forward to tomorrow's last day? Well, it's potentially a bonanza for Britain's medal hopes with Mo Farah starting as favourite going into the 5000m at 1140 BST and defending triple jump world champion Phillips Idowu will be hoping to match his achievement in Berlin when he once again bids for gold at 1105 BST.

1342: As if Bolt's list of achievements isn't already substantial enough, he is the first man in 24 years to defend 200m World title. My cap is well and truly doffed. In awe.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Walter Dix on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think I got real close. I'm closing in. I'll come back determined and make sure I have all the tools in place to win that gold next year."

1333: Little bit of extra info on Sally Pearson's time in the women's 100m hurdles: not only is 12.28 a Championship record, but it's the fastest time ever at ANY major championships.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Darren Campbell on BBC Radio 5 live: "You can see how uncomfortable he looked with those big long strides in lane three but Usain Bolt is the class act. Anything is possible, that's why he's the one everyone wants to see."

1330: So Bolt came in at 19.40secs, with Dix second in 19.70 and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre finishing third in a national record of 19.80. Those are rapid times for silver and bronze medals, but quite simply Bolt has changed the rules in this event.

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Allison Curbishley on BBC Radio 5 live: "If Bob Marley was here he'd be singing the redemption song. That's one way to redeem yourself at the world championships."

1327: Before the race, Patrick Anderson, the head of sport at Radio Jamaica, told 5 live that a huge crowd had gathered around a jumbo television in one of the big squares of Kingston to watch. After the 100m faklse start, Anderson admitted: "It was a quiet day in Jamaica, not withstanding the fact another Jamaican won gold. Everybody wanted to see Usain Bolt win." The place will be rocking now.

1324: Quite simply breathtaking. No false starts this time as Bolt bursts out of the blocks and storms to victory, whilst the others, Dix included, are powerless to prevent him. The American ran a season's best but it's simply not good enough. Bolt is the world champion once more and he celebrates in typically energetic fashion, sending photographers one way, then another with cheeky feigns. The man is a true entertainer.

Gold medal

1319: So we come to the main event, the last of the night, the men's 200m final, featuring that man Bolt. He looks his usual relaxed self on the track lapping up the crowd's adoration. American Walter Dix also gets a big cheer and is possibly the one man who could stop Bolt'. Will that false start in the 100m be in the Jamaican's mind to throw him off here, or we about to see history made again?

BBC Radio 5 Live
Tiffany Porter on BBC Radio 5 live:"I've always said anything can happen so you just have to learn from it and move forward. I'm proud with everything so I can't be too upset."

1316: In all the excitement of the track, the men's javelin has had to take a back seat, but we're back on it now. After a shaky start Andreas Thorkildsen gave himself a chance of gold, but a final throw of 80.28m means he must settle for silver behind German De Zordo, who did all the damage in round one with a monster chuck of 86.27m. Cuba's Guillermo Martínez took bronze with a throw of 84.30.

Gold medal

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Allison Curbishley on BBC Radio 5 live: "Sally Pearson is the most beautiful hurdler I've ever seen. That was phenomenal."

BBC Radio 5 Live
Darren Campbell on Tiffany Porter on BBC Radio 5 live: "The two Americans ran PBs so she would have had to have run faster than she had ever run before to get a medal. It was just too hot to handle but the beautiful thing was she tried to go all or nothing."

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GB women's 4x400m runner Lee McConnell on BBC Radio 5 live: "We're better than we were in Osaka. We've got better girls here, we're growing up and maturing and hopefully we can do better in front of our home crowd in London."

1304: It is a first gold medal of the championships for Australia thanks to Sally Pearson in a new Championship record time of 12.28. She simply blew the competition away, including Tiffany Porter, who was in competition for silver up until the ninth hurdle but clipped it and dropped out of the medal spots to finish fourth. American duo Danielle Carruthers and Dawn Harper were both given the same time of 12.47, but the former took silver. This is all about Pearson though, who has given us one of THE performances of Daegu.

Gold medal

1300: Track time again, and the last chance for Britain to claim a medal today. Tiffany Porter is in lane five. But the woman she and all the others have to beat is Australian Sally Pearson.

1258: Vlašic gave it a real good go, but it's just too much and the Croatian must concede to the Russian for gold.

Gold medal

1256: Chicherova can't clear 2.05m in the women's high jump, but it'll be gold if Vlašic can't clear it either. Here we go...

1254: Apologies folks. In all my excitement at the 1500m, I mistakenly gifted a gold medal to Silas Kiplagat instead of Asbel Kiprop. I've let Silas down, I've let myself down, but most importantly I've let you down. I've now corrected my error further down the commentary so if you could refresh that would be grand.

1250: It is a truly dominant display from the USA, who storm home in 3.18.11, well ahead of Jamaica, who pipped Russia to the silver medal. Shakes-Drayton has a good first leg for Britain and handed over to Nicola Sanders with the team in fourth, but they were never in contention to challenge for a medal and came home in 3.23.63.

Gold medal

1242: Down on the track and it's relay time. Women's 4x400m relay time to be precise. The British women need to be on top form here if they are to edge into the medal positions with the likes of the USA, Jamaica and Russia all fancied for podium spots. Perri Shakes- Drayton leads off for Britain, followed by Nicola Sanders, Christine Ohorougu and finally Lee McConnell bringing them home.

1238: Second attempt at 2.05m for Chicherova. It's a better jump, but still a failure as she clips the bar off with the back of her legs. Vlašic lines up her second go, but also scrapes off the bar. One more jump for the Crotian to deny her Russian rival gold.

1234: Chicherova fails for the first time this evening at 2.05m. Not a bad height to get your first cross. Vlašic also fails. Chicherova still leads. And out on the track, Mr Bolt gets rubbed down as he prepares to burn up the track like a time-travelling Delorean in the 200m final.

1231: Di Martino fails in her third attempt at 2.03m, meaning we know our bronze medallist. Over to you Chicherova and Vlašic.

1228: The women's high jump final is reaching it's business end. Italian Antonietta Di Martino is over at 2.00m and into the bronze medla position. But it's Russian Anna Chicherova who again clears at the first time of asking, this time at 2.03m. She's the woman to beat now. What can Blanka Vlašic pull out of the bag? I'll tell you what, the Croatian is over at 2.03 herself at the second time of asking. She's still in the hunt and dancing to show it.

1221: It's New Zealand's Nicholas Willis who takes an early lead though, looking to dictate the pace, with O'Lionaird back down the chasing pack. In the final lap, the fastest man this year Silas Kiplagat makes a charge but is passed by Asbel Kiprop for a Kenyan 1-2. The Olympic champion is now the world champion in a time of 3.35.69. That's a sixth gold medal for Kenya. Kiplagat came in at 3:35.92, with Matthew Centrowitz of America third in 3:36.08.

Gold medal

1217: Back on the track, we switch to the men's 1500m final, with Ireland's Ciaran O'Lionaird - sporting a truly glorious mullet - running. It was only last year that he was told to retire due to injury. What a story it would be if he snatches himself a medal here. Plus, to see that mullet blowing gracefully in the wind on the podium would be a moment to treasure.

1213: Disappointment for Irish athlete Deirdre Ryan who fails at 1.97m in the high jump and bows out of the final. Anna Chicherova and Blanka Vlašic are both over 2.00m, the former with a clear scorecard. It looks increasingly likely it's going be down to the Russian and Croatian, as we kind of knew it would be.

1210: Three rounds complete in the men's javelin. Thorkildsen needs omething here from his fourth throw. He's well over the 80m mark. It's 84.78m and into second place. Rhythm looked much better there. Finally, the big Norwegian joins the party.

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Ruth Williams in Neath: "Wow.. Tiffany Porter.. Poetry in motion..! Bring on the 100m hurdles final..! Surely a medal opportunity..?! Congrats to Dai Green.. You made us Welsh very proud..!"

1203: Another Brit in action down on the track: Michael Bushell in the Paralympic men's 400m T53 class. Unfortunately, he is unable to challenge and Richard Colman of Australia romps to victory in 49.36secs. That was a crushing win. Koreans Byung-hoon Yoo and Dong-ho Jung came in second and third respectively with Bushell sixth in 51.70.

1159: As it stands in the men's javelin, double Olympic, European and World champ Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway is currently out of the medals. If that stays at it is it will be a huge shock. In truth though, he looks well out of sorts, throwing roughly 10m shorter than his own personal best of 91.59m.

1155: The full line-up for the women's 100m hurdles final is sorted: Tatyana Dektyareva of Russia, Nikkita Holder of Canada, Sally Pearson of Australia, Phylicia George of Canada, Tiffany Porter of Britain, America's Danielle Carruthers, Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper.

1148: On the track we switch to the Paralympic women's 800m T54 class, which features Britain's Rochelle Woods. She makes a decent start and finds herself third early doors, behind Wakako Tsuchida of Japan. However, the Brit gets boxed in midway through the second lap and is unable to mount a challenge for gold. It's a respectable bronze medal though for the Brit with Canada's Diane Roy claiming gold in 1.50.91, ahead of Tsuchida in second. We may well have just seen a future star of the 2012 Paralympics though in Woods. Cap doffed.

1142: More screaming over at the men's javelin. We get 78.76 from veteran Russian Sergey Makarov. Not a peep though from Turkey's Fatih Avan, who launches to 83.34. That's a bronze medal spot so far. Meanwhile, Anna Chicherova sails over the 1.97m height in the women's high jump. It's likely to be between her and Blanka Vlašic, who gets a clapping beat built by the crowd before easing over 1.97 herself.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1138: For those of you keen to know when BBC Radio 5 live's coverage of the athletics kicks off I can confirm that it is 1200 BST. Be sure to tune in.

1134: To wrap up the women's 100m hurdles semis, we have heat three, featuring our very own Tiffany Porter (well, American-born, but all ours now), running in lane six. And Tiffany storms it with a new British record of 12.56secs. Now that is good news after yesterday's disappointments. She led from the front and powered her way to victory to become the first Brit in 28 years to reach a world 100m hurdles final. We've got ourselves a medal hope for later people. Danielle Carruthers of America also through to the final with a second-place finish.

1129: Also underway is the men's javelin final. Matthias de Zordo of Germany sets an early marker, screaming his face off and launching it to 86.27m. Fair play son, now go ease those temple veins back into place.

1125: All eyes on Australian Sally Pearson as she makes her appearance on the track, ready to tackle her heat of the 100m hurdles semi-final. She's the clear favourite for this. She's away superbly and canters home in a time of 12.36secs. A new PB. Awesome. On that form she's pretty much unstoppable. Olympic champion Dawn Harper is second, way back in 12.74, with Tatyana Dektyareva of Russia third.

1121: Deirdre Ryan of Ireland clears the bar at 1.93m in the women's high jump after needing two attempts at 1.89. Still in the game.

Paul H on Twitter: "Any medals for Team GB today will be a bonus, big ask for the relay girls. Down to Phillips and Mo to make it to 7 tomorrow"

1118: On the track we have the first of the women's 100m semi-final heats. Phylicia George in 12.73secs takes it, but largely because favourite Kellie Wells smashed the penultimate hurdle and lost all momentum when she looked to be cruising. The American has qualified though. Lisa Urech of Switzerland was third. She will have to wait along with Lina Flórez to see if a final spot is there's as fastest losers.

1112: To keep you up-to-date with the Brits on show today: while we're not replete with a plethora of podium potential from athletes from Blighty, we do have one or two irons in the fire. American-born Tiffany Ofili-Porter competes in the third heat of the 100m hurdles semi-final at 1131 BST, hoping to make the final at 1300, while the British women's 4x400m relay team will be hoping to better their male equivalents in the final at 1240.

1108: The action is just kicking off in the stadium now with the women's high jump and it's Blanka Vlasic first up, who clears 1.89m with ease. She's the world leader and that's a solid start. Bigger - or should that be higher - battles to come though for the Croatian.

Britain's 400m hurdle gold medallist Dai Greene on Twitter: "That was amazing. So proud! "

1103: Bit of news with regard to that medal ceremony. Apparently, the British team had tried to postpone it as Dai is not feeling too well. However, South Africa's LJ van Zyl, who took bronze leaves tomorrow so the request was denied. Despite the illness, Greene managed an understandable grin or too though. Mr Greene, I salute you, your supreme intermittent jumping while running ability and also your ability to keep your lunch down at key moments.

1059: However, one of our success stories from these championships is in the stadium right now basking in the glory of his gold medal in the 400m hurdles yesterday. A very proud day for the Welshman who salutes the crowd and punches the air in celebration, just before Seb Coe places the medal round his neck. Cue the national anthem.

1056: But what about our brave boys and girls, I hear you cry. Tell us about the Brits and their Union-Flag adorned antics. OK then, I will. But you may not like it. Yesterday was a disappointing day all-in-all with all three women competing in the 800m went out in the semi-finals, including 2009 bronze medallist Jenny Meadows, while Chris Tomlinson and Goldie Sayers struggled in the long jump and javelin finals, and Christian Malcolm could not progress from his 200m semi. In addition, GB's 4x400m team, who were hopeful of a bronze despite 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene's absence, came seventh. Bet you're glad you asked now.

1053: Back in the stadium and the medal ceremony has just taken place for the men's 4x400m relay, with the Americans revelling in gold, one step up from the South Africans, for whom Oscar Pistorius gets a silver for his role in the semis, but doesn't get a podium spot after missing out on the final. Jamaica took bronze.

1049: Speaking of finals, we've only gone and had one already today. At 0800 Daegu time the men's 50km race walk started, and precisely 3 hours, 41.24 minutes later Russian Sergey Bakulin crossed the line victorious, to confirm his status as world leader in what, by anyone's standards is one seriously gruelling discipline. Bakulin's compatriot Denis Nizhegorodov - the world record holder - was second, over a minute behind the winner, with the superbly-named Australian Jared Tallent third.

1045: Hello and welcome to another delightful day of Daegu drama (hopefully). Well, there should be because we've got a big fat bunch of finals to point your senses at, including the women's high jump, men's javelin, women's 4x400 metres relay and the men's 200m metres, featuring a certain Usain Bolt, undoubtedly with the bit between his teeth following his 100m false start faux pas.

see also
Pearson lands 100m hurdles gold
03 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Greene hopes to match gold in 2012
02 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Greene 'well set for 2012 gold'
03 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Idowu reaches final with one leap
02 Sep 11 |  Athletics
England targets 2012 Olympic gold
02 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Pistorius wins relay silver medal
02 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Brits suffer Daegu disappointment
03 Sep 11 |  Athletics
World Athletics day-by-day guide
04 Sep 11 |  Athletics

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