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.
Kyle Langford narrowly missed out on a medal in the World Championships 800m final despite a surge that saw him move from last place into 4th on the home straight. It was a brisk race that saw Kyle close to the back until he made his move coming off the final bend. He almost caught Kenyan Bett on the line, in a pesonal best time of 1:45.25 just four hundredths of a second outside bronze. It was a brilliant run by the young Briton. Langford is the third British athlete to have placed fourth in these world championships after Callum Hawkins (marathon) and Laura Muir (1500m). Bosse won gold and Kszczot silver.
Team captain Eildh Doyle claimed a place in the 400m hurdles final as a fastest loser with 55.35s in third place in the semi-final. Despite a brave effort, Meghan Beesley will not progress, finishing 6th in her semi with a time of 56.61s - quite an achievement after a difficult season.
It was another heart-in-the-mouth moments as Britain's Laura Muir was narrowly edged out of the medals in one of the most eagerly anticipated finals of the IAAF World Championships in London. Laura took control of the 1500m race with a swift first lap, slowing down in the second to leave herself with enough for the finish, but then world indoor champion Sifan Hassan charged to the front to try to run the finish out of Caster Semenya, who was doubling up with the 800m. Neither Sifan nor Laura could quite do enough, as Olympic champion Kipyegon surged past on the home straight. Then just as Laura managed to pass Hassan, 2011 champion Jenny Simpson and Semenya edged past to take silver and bronze behing Kipyegon. Maybe it was those weeks out of training with a foot injury that made the difference for Laura, but it was a close run thing. The good thing is that she has plenty of years left in the sport. Laura Weightman finished strongly in a very creditable 6th place. Two performances to make Britain proud.
There was also disappointment for British supporters, as Sophie Hitchon could not achieve the heights of her Rio Olympic performance. Sophie put together a very consistent series of hammer throws around the 71m mark before a final round 72.32m to consolidate her 7th place. Clearly frustrating at not finding her rhythm, it was a disappointed Sophie that left the field. It would have taken a national record to get among the medals this time, and it just wasn't there, but nothing should take away from the fact that we have a world class hammer thrower who has now made the last eight in two global finals. She came into the competition ranked 8th, and finished 7th. Poland's Wlodarczyk took gold, despite being below par with her distances.
Day 3 of the IAAF World Championships saw Britain's three medal hopes just miss out, and a series of near misses in reaching finals. Fortunately Kyle Langford gave supporters something to cheer about as he stormed down the home straight in his 800m semi-final to book a place in the final. Callum Hawkins came frustratingly close to a medal in the marathon, but had to settle for fourth place, and it was fine margins for other athletes. If Holly Bradshaw had cleared 4.65m one jump earlier she would have a share of bronze, and if Katarina Johnson-Thompson had jumped 1.89m or 1.92m in yesterday's high jump she could have claimed bronze or silver in the heptathlon. Andy Pozzi and Matthew Hudson-Smith just missed reaching their respective finals.
Callum ran a personal best of 2:10:17, and was closing in on the medals. He had led the race early on but eventual winner Kirui and others broke away from the pack to hold on for medals. Ally Dixon entertained the crowds leading the women's marathon for much of the first half of the race. She faded to be overtaken by Charlotte Purdue who finished thirteenth.
Day 2 of the London world championships was filled with a mix of emotions. Celebration for Ayana who lapped every other runner to win the 10,000m with a world-leading time. Also for Manyonga in a top-class long-jump competition winning with 8.48m from Lawson's 8.44m. KJT frustrated with a mixed first day in the helptathlon. Yet it will be the men's 100m which did not follow the script that will dominate headlines. Usain Bolt was supposed to bid farewell with a final individual victory, but his bubble was burst by Justin Gatlin who became world champion once again. Bolt could not recover from yet another poor start, finishing 3rd of four athletes going sub-10. Reece Prescod, who made the final with a stunning run in his semi, finished seventh.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson opened her campaign with 13.33s in the 100m hurdles, the sixth fastest on the day. She looked confident int he high jump with a comfortable clearance of her opening height of 1.80m. Missing the next height she failed her first attempt at 1.86m, and then watched the bar tumble with what had appeared to be a clearance on her second jump. A third failure saw her fall short of her usual high standards. 12.47m in the shot saw Katarina slip to 13th. By the end of the 200m she lay in fourth place overall, having dominated the 200m by over half a second from her nearest rival, winning the last heat in 22.86s.