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World Athletics Championships 2011 day nine as it happened

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


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By Phil Dawkes

1331: So that's all from me. As always we'll have plenty of reaction to today's competition and lots of follow-up on the Championships over the coming days. There will be highlights of today, given the once over by Steve Cram, in a few hours time. I'm going to go and catch my breath. I'll see you when I see you.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1321: One of those medals was won by Phillips Idowu in the triple jump. He told BBC 5 live: "It wasn't my day today. I felt I had that distance in my legs but it never came. I jumped two season's best. It wasn't enough today but hopefully I can do it next year and get gold. Happy birthday to my daughter. Daddy got you a silver medal."

1325: But this has been just one-ninth of what has been a fantastic event. Overall, the USA will walk away with team glory having topped the medals table with 25 (12 of which were gold). Russia's 19 medals gives them second, with Kenya third with 17. Britain will be bringing back seven medals, the target set for them by coach Charles van Commenee.

1321: We've also seen Russian Tatyana Lysenko upset the odds to win the women's hammer, Caster Semenya's return to the World Championships arena with a silver medal in the 800m behind Russian Mariya Savinova, the USA win the women's 4x100m and Jamaica win the men's relay in a world record time. That enough for you?

1317: So, to look back at this day in isolation, it's been one of ups and downs (literally in the final event) for Britain, but it has showcased some truly superb athletics, deserving of the world stage. Mo Farah's display was supreme, Phillips Idowu's great but not quite enough, our relay team a disappointment.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1314: Craig Pickering on 5 live: "Marlon said he couldn't catch Harry but, secondary to that, Darvis Patton hit Harry and fell into Poland's lane. It's inexcusable. We should have got the baton round, we should have got a medal. It's really disappointing."

1313: France took second in 38.20secs, with Saint Kitts and Nevis third.

1310: Let nothing get in the way of Jamaica's stunning victory, initially built by Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, before being motored on by Yohan Blake and finished supremely by Bolt. Technically and physically brilliant. The Jamaicans are now lapping up the crowd's love, draped in national flags and dancing. Thay've earned it.

1307: Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable! The Jamaicans fly through in 37.04secs, a new world record time. They quite simply blew everyone else out of the water. There's your headline, but there are so many other smaller stories to tell. In the final changeover, Great Britain's Aikines-Aryeetey set off and made contact with American sprinter Darvis Patton, thus causing him to tumble. It also threw off Britain though, with Aikines-Aryeetey failing to collect from Devonish. A comedy of errors.

Gold medal

1301: Here we go...

1259: Britain are in lane three and will be led off by Christian Malcom, followed by Craig Pickering, Marlon Devonish and finally Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

1255: So we come to the final event of the Championships. And what a way to finish. The men's 4x100m relay, in which your attention will no doubt be split between two competing factions: in one lane four young Brits looking to give Britain it's eighth medal, and in another (well, for 100m of it) Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, who will run the final, glory leg for his country. Expect fireworks. Big ones. But not Catherine Wheels. I don't consider them real fireworks.

1253: Hats off to American athlete Allyson Felix in these Championships. If she were a country she'd have finished seventh on the medal table. Gold in the relay makes up to some degree for missing out on the double she was aiming for - she took bronze in the 200m, silver in the 400.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1251: Caster Semenya, who wasn't expected to do well here, having had a difficult season after a year out following gender testing. She was in dominant form in the heats, raising expectations, but could not quite do it in the final. She tells 5 live: I'm very happy. It's good to get back to normal standards. I've been training so hard to get to this level so I'm very satisfied. Now I have to train hard and go for a world record - maybe in two or three years' time."

1249: Britain may have missed out in the triple jump, but down on the track, we are given chance to revel further in the achievement of Mo Farah as he receives his gold medal for the 5,000m. A superb athlete who deserves all the plaudits he will receive over the weeks to come.

1246: Heartbreak for Idowu, who loses his world crown, but a superb result for Taylor, who makes one last attempt to better his already gold-medal winning distance of 17.96m. He fluffs it, but cares not as he stands to take in the crowds adoration.

Gold medal

1244: ... But he's just short. It's silver for Idowu and Britain.

1244: And so it comes down to Idowu, who needs to beat 17.96m with this jump...

1243: Before we turn ourt attention to Bolt, and the British boys in the men's 4x100m relay, we've got business to take care of in the triple jump. Will Claye had a monster jump earlier on with 17.50, but he can't beat it now and takes bronze.

1239: A lightning time of 41.96secs for the American team as they power to gold, despite a late push on the final leg from Jamaica. Veronica Campbell-Brown put up a great fight for the Jamaicans, but Carmelita Jeter saw the Americans home. Ukraine take bronze.

Gold medal

1234: We switch back to the track for the women's 4x100m final. The USA will be confident following their great qualifying time. Jamaica and Russia won't make it easy for them though.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1233: Sharon Hannan, coach of Aussie 100m hurdler Sally Pearson, whose win last night is considered the most impressive of these championships, has been chatting to 5 live. "She's an amazing kid to coach. She has great self-belief. As she's got older we've set time targets so she knows she's improving. We've had a couple of ups and downs. It was a very difficult year in 2010, first a back injury then a very long season through to the CGs so this was our first chance to peak. The one thing I think I bring to this gold-medal performance is absolutely knowing the athlete, eye-balling her day-to-day for 13 years, knowing what works and what doesn't."

1231: No Brit has ever successfully defended a World crown. And at the moment Phillips Idowu won't be doing so either. He tries again to hunt down Taylor's 17.96, but he is short at 17.48. He needs a monumental effort to get back on top of the podium, to beat his own personal best by 16cm. Only two men have ever jumped over 18m, one of them being our very own Jonathan Edwards.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Mo Farah on BBC Radio 5 live: "I can't quite believe it. I came so close in the 10k and got there in the 5000. It's been hard work and a lot of sacrifices. I have to thank so many people who've been behind me. I was picturing the 10k and came down the last lap thinking, I came so close then I'm not going to let anyone pass me. You can't get carried away. It's a long way [to 2012] The aim is to stay injury free. Anything can happen in long distance. "

1223: Idowu trying to hit back in the triple jump after seeing the lead ripped from his grasp by American Christian Taylor. It's a great jump, landing at 17.77m, his best of the season. But Taylor has shifted the goalposts here, and it's going to need even more from Idowu to beat him.

1221: It was a very fast 800m race and looked to be Caster Semenya's going down the final straight, but she was pipped to the line by the Russian, who takes gold in a time of 1.55.87, a new personal best for her. Semenya clocked 1.56.35. Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei was third.

Gold medal

1216: And we switch quickly to the women's 800m. Caster Semenya running.

1215: Oh. Wow. Phillips Idowu could be in trouble. Christian Taylor of America has just landed 17.96m, a personal best.

Gold medal

1208: It's the final round of the hammer. Pole Anita Wlodarczyk can only land 72.65m. That's her out of the reckoning. China's Wenxiu Zhang's last throw is 74.79. Good enough for bronze. German Betty Heidler has one last throw to stop Russian Tatyana Lysenko taking gold. She spins, releases, but it doesn't register and she must settle for silver. Lysenko's third round throw of 77.13 wins sees her top the podium.

1208: So we switch focus to the triple jump again - being led, remember by Phillips Idowu, with 17.70m. His nearest challenger is American Will Claye with 17.50m.

1206: Farah's winning 5,000m time: 13:23.36. Bernard Lagat of America was second, with Ethiopian Imane Merga third.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Mo's wife, Tania Farah tells 5 live: "I'm speechless. I'm still shaking. It's a huge relief because I know he wanted this one. I think he learned from last week. He saved that little bit extra for the final 100m and that obviously worked. Moving from one side of the world to the other is a big change. [Mo and family moved to Oregan last year so he could work with coach Alberto Salazar.] Life as we know it has changed completely but it's been worth it."

1201: We've just seen one British gold. Are we about to see another? Phillips Idowu has just nailed a big jump. A very big jump. He's beaten his earlier distance. It's a huge 17.70m. A season's best and only 11cm off his personal best. Wow. Awesome last minute for Britain. And Portugal's Nelson Évora can only shake his head.

1159: What a run from Farah. he cements his place as Britain's greatest distance runner by holding off American Bernard Lagat to take the race. He left just enough in the tank to power himself over the line. It's a second gold for Britain.

Gold medal

1155: What a race. Final stretch. It's Farah...

1154: Kuma, Lagat, Farah, Alhamdah all in the reckoning. The Brit moves to the front. Is he going to give it a shot from a long way out? Lagat won't let him pull clear though, chasing him down as he has done all race. The other American Galen Rupp is also there.

1153: Farah is up to third and looking strong for a final flurry. However, with a mile to go American Lagat is also in the frame for a big finish. Hussain Jamaan Alhamdah still leading.

1150: Farah goes wide to move up the field. It's starting to hot up now though after a break from Saudi Arabian Hussain Jamaan Alhamdah stretches the pack.

1148: Bit of a slow down in the 5,000m. Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech is out front but running a slow pace. Farah well down the pack, with Bernard Lagat ominously well-placed for a challenge.

1146: Back in the triple jump and Idowu, who launches from well behind the board falls short of his first jump in a distance of 17.38m. Get the launch right and he could go very long.

1144: Farah tucks in nicely at the start, allowing Ethiopian Abera Kuma to lead from the front. A 63 second first lap. No signs of this being a pedestrian race.

1140: Farah's hopes of gold are boosted by the absence of reigning World and Olympic champion and double world record holder Bekele Kenenisa, who is back home in Ethiopia resting up after failing to finish to 10,000m here on Sunday. However, the field still contains some imposing competition in the shape of Olympic silver medallist Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and American Bernard Lagat, who won silver at the 2009 World Championships, as well as 17-year-old Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech.

1136: It's almost Mo time folks. We're back on the track for the 5,000m, and Brit hopeful Mo Farah is limbering up, hoping to put the agonising manner in which he missed out on 10,000m gold behind him and add to Britain's medal haul.

1131: Stop. Hammer time. Cuba's Yipsi Moreno likes her latest throw, beating her chest as it lands at 74.48m, but that only leaves her fourth. Russian Tatyana Lysenko still leads with 77.13m. Heidler steps up to the plate. What has she got? It's a lot better from the German, who nails a distance of 76.06m to take her into the silver position.

1129: Back to the triple-jump. It's a marginal no-jump from Leevan Sands, while Nelson Evora posts well below 17m in his second attempt after pulling out of his jump. That's what the pressure of Idowu's first jump has done.

1127: News from the 4x100m qualifiers: both Brazil and Netherlands have been disqualified.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Darren Campbell, Olympic gold medallist in the relay in 2004, on 5live: "The Brits came in needing confidence, needing to show people the deserve funding. You can't do anything unless you're in the final and they have made sure of that. The first change-over between Christian Malcolm and Craig Pickering was very safe. Hopefully they'll stretch that a little further and that will give a little more time."

1123: It's a cracking start from Idowu, who nails a big 17.56m in the first round. That will take some beating. Earlier, his likely nearest challenger Nelson Evora had laid down a 17.35m marker, but that has just been blown out of the water.

1121: Two days ago, Phillips Idowu sealed his chance to defend his world title in today's final with a single 17.17m effort. Now we're down to the business end of proceedings, the final jump following his qualifying hop and skip if you will. If Idowu is to bring another medal home it's likely he'll have to repeat his feat of Berlin two years ago by landing further down the sandpit than Portuguese Olympic champion Nelson Evora.

1120: Three good change-overs and Britain are through in 38.29secs to book a final spot. Poland were just pipped by GB into second, with Italy third. A solid effort from our lads, but they will need to improve on it to have a chance of a medal later on.

1117: Ey-o, there they are, the British lads hoping to dash into the 4x100m final. Barring a disaster they should make it as well - they are one of only two teams in this heat to have run quicker than 38 seconds, the other being Canada, who are likely to be their nearest challengers here. Mark Lewis-Francis is left out on his birthday. There is no Dwain Chambers as Charles Van Commenee has repeatedly said this is about preparing a team for 2012 and Chambers isn't eligible for the Olympics because of his past doping ban. Just pray that British baton doesn't hit the dirt.

1110: Trinidad & Tobago take it in 37.91, with a Bolt-less Jamaica second. Don't read too much into that, they've got plenty left in the tank for the final. Speaking of which, there he is, sat having a chuckle. Relaxed and ready to go later.

1107: If you only watch one heat of the men's 4x100m this Championships this should be the one to point your face at. The Jamaicans - without Usain Bolt for the heat, but will be for the final - are the headline act, but it's a pretty strong supporting cast, featuring reigning World and Olympic silver medallists Trinidad & Tobago and Olympic bronze medallists Japan. Sit back, relax and enjoy the roughly 37-39 seconds about to come.

Paul H on Twitter: "Gold for Phillips, Silver for Mo, Bronze for the men's relay = 8 medals....fingers crossed!"

1103: The USA were well-clear by halfway and they power to the quickest time this year to claim the heat in 37.79secs. All this without Walter Dix, who will likely return for the final. France are second, with Brazil third.

1100: USA are clear favourites for the first heat of the men's 4x100m semi-final. They are the only outfit to have run sub-38 seconds this season. However, the likes of France and Brazil will be lurking should they do anything daft.

1058: Back to the hammer and it's Betty Heidler, who with 74.70m improves her earlier effort. World number two Tatyana Lysenko extends her lead over the field with a throw of 77.13m. Defending champion Anita Wlodarczyk spins and launches to 72.61m, which leaves her a disappointing fourth.

BBC Radio 5 Live
British women's 4x100m runner Jeanette Kwakye tells 5 live's Ed Harry: "It's important for us as a team to perform on a world stage. Unfortunately we didn't get a time to show what we can do next year but it's about getting the practice as a team ahead of 2012."

1053: We've already had one event wrapped up earlier today, with the marathon starting at 0800 Daegu time. It was a Kenyan 1-2 with Abel Kirui finishing in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 38 seconds to reclaim his title, 2 minutes and 28 seconds ahead of Vincent Kipruto. Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa took bronze. There was good news for Britain ahead of next year's Olympics as David Webb finished 15th in a season-best time of 2.15.48, thus attaining the London 2012 A-standard. Anoither Brit, Lee Merrien, also performed well, finishing 22nd.

1050: The Americans storm it in 41.95secs - the new fastest time of the night, nay the year. That was impressive. Not so from the Bahamas though who tumbled on a change-over midway through. Nigeria were second, with the Netherlnds third. Despite a national record, the Dutch miss out on a place in the final with the fastest loser spots going to Russia and Brazil.

1048: The third and final heat of the women's 4x100m semis is an intriguing mix with the USA going up against the likes of the Bahamas, Germany and Nigeria.

1047: So what have we got in store later today? Well, the women's hammer is already under way, and very shortly we'll have the final heat for the women's 4x100m then the men's 4x100m relay semi heats, which will include one Usain Bolt and also our British boys. Sticking with all things Blighty, we've then got Phillips Idowu in the men's triple jump final and Mo Farah in the 5,000m, before Caster Semenya attempts to defend her women's 800m crown and the relay finals round us off. Not bad, eh?

BBC Radio 5 Live
Darren Campbell on 5 live on the 4x100 women: "The British team performed well but the first-to-second changeover [between Tiffany Porter and Anyika Onuora] was where it was all lost and they were never in contention after that."

1043: It's fifth place for Britain and the relay medal dream is over for our women. Trinidad & Tobago claim a national record of 42.50secs to take the heat, ahead of Ukraine, who surpassed Russia on the final leg, leaving the Olympic champions needing a fastest loser time to make the final. It was always going to be tough, and so it proved.

1039: Heat two of the women's 4x100m semis and it's time for the British women to get in on the action. They face a daunting task though, with Olympic champions Russia favourites and Trinidad & Tobago and Ukraine pretty handy at this discipline. The Korean athletes getting a warm welcome from the home crowd. No doubt over who they're backing.

1037: Her first throw isn't the best though as it lands at 73.96m, leaving her currently in third.

1036: There is simply one woman to beat in the women's hammer throw today. Like a female Thor, Betty Heidler has wielded her instrument with strength and skill this season. The German reigning world silver medallist broke the world record back in May with a massive chuck of 79.42m. Can she become the first woman to surpass 80m?

1035: Second time they are away though. And as expected, class comes to the fore as Jamaica romp home despite a few dodgy hand-overs in a time of 42.23secs - the fastest time in the world this year - with France second. Brazil are third.

1033: And we're not away first time. We've got ourselves a false start. And it's a red card for China. Heartbreak.

1031: So to start with we have the first heat of the women's 4x100m semis. The clear favourites here are reigning World champions Jamaica. It would be a huge shock if they fail to make the final. It could well be a very close battle to see who potentially joins them though, with the majority of the remaining field in with a shout.

1031: So what have we got in store? Well, the women's hammer is already under way, and very shortly we'll have the heats for the women's then men's 4x100m relay, which will include one Usain Bolt and also our British boys and girls. Sticking with all things Blighty, we've then got Phillips Idowu in the men's triple jump final and Mo Farah in the 5,000m, before Caster Semenya attempts to defend her women's 800m crown and the relay finals round us off. Not bad, eh?

1030: Hello and welcome to the final day's competition of the 2011 World Athletics Championships; the denouement of Daegu, or Daegu-ment if you will. And it promises to be quite the finale to what has been an action-packed event over in South Korea.

see also
Farah wins gold as Idowu beaten
04 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Bolt storms to 200m gold in Daegu
03 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Pearson lands 100m hurdles gold
03 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Greene 'well set for 2012 gold'
03 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Idowu reaches final with one leap
02 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Farah safely reaches 5,000m final
01 Sep 11 |  Athletics
Farah misses out on 10,000m gold
29 Aug 11 |  Athletics
World Athletics day-by-day guide
04 Sep 11 |  Athletics

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