In very wet conditions in the London Stadium, five British athletes reached track and field finals on Day 6 of the IAAF World Championships. Mo Farah and Andy Butchart replicated their Rio qualification as they made it through to the 5000m final. Nick Miller qualified with his first throw in the hammer, and Lorraine Ugen's opening jump was enough to go through to the long jump final. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake took the fastest loser place in the 200m.

Lorraine Ugen was the first to book her place with an impressive (considering the conditions) 6.63m opener. Although she did not need to jump any more, she took all her jumps, including a very long foul in round 3. In the wet conditions, no jumper acheived the automatic qualification distance (6.70m). Shara Proctor, jumping for the first time since a knee injury in a road accident, was an agonising 1 cm short of qualification. Jazmin Sawyers finished further down the field with 6.34m.

Mo Farah took to the track in the first 5000m heat, hoping to avoid too much exertion after a tough 10,000m run last Friday. He controlled the closing stages of the race, coming second in a time of 13:30.18. Runners in the second heat, realising that ten athletes could qualify if they ran a swift pace, worked together. All five fastest losers came from the second heat, including Andy Butchart who jogged over the line in 13:24.78. Marc Scott could not stay with the pace, bringing up the tail.

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake found himself in a tough heat with Young, Simbine and Makwala after the Botswanan athlete was given a reprieve after quarantine, running a solo time trail to qualify. Mitchell-Blake came third behind Young and Makwala. This meant that he was drawn in the unfavourable inside lane for tomorrow's final, despite qualifying with the fifth fastest time. Both Zharnel Hughes and Danny Talbot failed to make it through, finishing 7th and 5th in their respective heats.

Perhaps the most impressive qualification of the evening was Nick Miller's first round 75.52 metres. Chris Bennett fell a couple of metres short with a best of 72.05m.

The women's steeplechase was run in attrocious conditions. This put paid to Rosie Clarke's hopes as she stumbled twice, costing time and places, as she finished ninth. Lennie Waite came tenth in her heat.

In other events, Karsten Warholm capped a great season by taking 400m hurdles gold medal, beating Olympic champion Clement into third place. Phyllis Francis won 400m gold as leader Shaunae-Miller-Uibo stumbled in the closing stages. China's Gong triumphed in the women's shot put.

 

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