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Jumping for Joy: World Athletics latest winners


Jumping for Joy: World Athletics latest winners

There were more upsets at the World Athletics Championships in London on a thrilling night of action on Thursday.

Ramil Guliyev, born in Azerbaijan but representing Turkey, won the 200 metres Gold, edging South African favourite Wayde van Niekerk into second place.

His victory, in 20.09 seconds, was a shock for the pundits but Guliyev never doubted his abilities.

“I believed I could win some medals,” he said afterwards, “but I didn’t know it would be first”.

Van Niekerk had been seeking a 400/200m double but had to settle for silver, with Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago in third.

In another surprise in London, Kori Carter pulled off the rare feat of winning the 400 metres hurdles title from the outside lane.

The favourite, her US team mate and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad, took silver.

“I feel amazing,” Carter said, after winning in 53.07 seconds.

“I’m just so excited right now. All the sacrifices from all of the years have really paid off so I’m just on top of the world right now.”

In the Triple Jump, Double Olympic champion Christian Taylor won his third world title ahead of fellow American Will Claye.

Taylor’s winning jump was 17.68 metres.

But he had made it clear beforehand that his ambition was to break Jonathan Edwards’s long-standing record of 18.29 metres, set in 1995.

So was the gold medal enough?

“Honestly, yeah,” said Taylor.

“I have been chasing this number, you know, this magical 18.29. I always want to put on a big show.”

Portuguese veteran Nelson Evora, Olympic champion in 2008, took bronze.

with Reuters