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.
Perhaps this was the first time that athletes worked together to prevent Mo Farah from winning. They failed. They succeeded in stopping Mo from controlling the race, but it wasn't enough. In the end he had too much, winning in a world leading time of 26:49.51 with a string of PBs and national records in his wake. It was a tough race. A fast race. And quite possibly Mo Farah's greatest ever victory. And he duly celebrated with his family on a victory lap.
Mo's victory topped a successful evening for the British team. All four athletes made it through to the women's 1500m semi-finals, and all three men in the 100m. Holly Bradshaw booked her place in the pole vault final with her only jump in the qualification round (4.50m). Nick Percy was the only British athlete not to progress with a 56.93m throw in discus qualification.
All the last day British medal success, and almost all the action came in the morning session at the World Para-Athletics Championships in London as Sammi Kinghorn won gold in the T53 100m. There were also medals for Polly Maton, Jordan Howe and Mickey Bushell making for a memorable morning of athletics at the London Stadium. That broaught the medals total to an impressive 39 - 18 gold, 8 silver and 13 bronze.
T53 racer Kinghorn, already a world champion following triumph over 200m earlier in the week, won her second gold, before signing off with a 5th place in the evening's 800m. Today the 100m win was never in doubt from gun to tape. By halfway she had left , Paralympic champion Zhou Hongzhuan in her wake, and held off all challenges to take the honours in 16.65 (-1.3 m/s) from Angela Ballard of Australia in 16.84.
Aled Davies and Georgie Hermitage – the former a world record and the latter a championship record - claimed gold on Day 9 of the world para-athletic championships, their second titles at the championships. Exactly a week on from breaking the world record for gold in the T38 200m final, Sophie Hahn also lit up the London Stadium once again with an emphatic victory over 100m.
Accompanied by silver from Kadeena Cox in the T38 100m and Jonathan Broom Edwards in the T44 high jump, the British medal tally rise to 35 ahead of tomorrow’s final day of action.
Now a familiar sight to see acronyms denoting huge throws next to his name on results pages, F42 throws specialist Aled Davies took to the throwing circle aiming to become a triple-triple world champion on the back of gold in the F42 Discus last Sunday morning. The world record holder for both of his events, it would only take two throws for Davies to leave his mark on the event and leave the crowd in awe. Opening up with 16.02m, a modest mark by his standards, the commanding Welshman would unleash something truly special in round two to shut down the competition.