There's a sense of deja vu as we report yet another fourth place finish in the IAAF World Championships. Yet this one stands out. Dina Asher-Smith - who broke her foot earlier in the year, and only started running in spikes in June - almost pulled off a shock in the 200m final. She ran a season's best in the heats and semi-final, and then took almost half a second off that to take 4th place in 22.22s. Dina ran a terrific bend and was in the mix all the way to the line. It was testament to the young sprinter and her team that Dina was able to take on the world in such an impressive performance. Dafne Schippers won gold.
Field athletes Nick Miller and Lorraine Ugen were also competing in finals on Day 8 of the championship. Both made the cut, although it was a close run thing for Lorraine. Knowing that it would probably take a 7m jump to win, she threw all caution to the wind, but that meant two fouls. A third round 6.72m put her into 4th place. Another two long distances were denied Lorraine as she fouled out again. In the end Lorraine came a way with an impressive 5th place. Brittney Reece took gold with 7.02m from Kilishina (7.00) and Bartoletta (6.97) In the hammer, a third round 77.31m throw put Nick Miller into second place for a brief while. Knowing that he would need a PB, Nick pulled out all the stops, but was unable to imptove. He finished in 6th place, as higher ranked hammer throwers found their form. Fajdek won the gold medal with a throw of 79.81m. For GB&NI to have a male and a female hammer thrower finishing in the top 7 of the world is definitely to be celebrated.
Another day at the world championships; another surprise winner; another 4th place for GB. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, running from the difficult inside lane, clocked 20.24s to finish just outside the medals. Pre-event favourite Wayde Van Niekerk added a silver to his 400m gold, but it was Turkey's Guliyev (formerly of Azerbaijan) who won gold in 20.09s. Trinidad and Tobago's Jereem Richards took bronze. Team captain Eilidh Doyle, also running from the inside lane, finished eighth in the 400m hurdles final, won by USA's Kori Carter.
Outside of the finals, a string of British athletes progressed in their events, with several reaching finals. Britain has never had a female high jumper in a world championship final; now we have two in the same final. Heptathletes Morgan Lake and Katarina Johnson-Thompson qualified with clearances at 1.92m.
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.