Bahamian national record holder Shaunae Miller-Uibo insists she had very little reason to feel disappointed despite finishing second to Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser in the women’s 400m on Thursday.

Miller-Uibo entered the event as the prohibitive favourite, having not lost in the event for close to two years.  Eid Naser, who had shown impressive form as she trotted to the line in the semi-finals, was in a different class in the final, however, and put away the field with an impressive 48.14.  The Bahamian also clocked a personal best with an area record 48.37 an astounding 0.6 seconds off her previous personal best.

The time recorded by Eid Naser was, however, the third-fastest in history and the fastest run over the distance in 36 years.  On the face of such a stunning performance, Miller-Uibo has chosen to focus on the positive of a smashing new personal best and maximum effort on the track.

"I just wanted to go out there and give it my all and I did just that.  I just give God all the thanks and praise for allowing me to finish healthy.  To finish with a PR like that, .6 of a PR is huge," Miller-Uibo said.

“We came into the season knowing that we could drop 48 low and we did just that so I can’t be disappointed with the race.  We gave it our all and to come out with a silver medal with that time is impressive.”

“Coming off the curve I saw the distance between us and I already knew in my head that she was too far away.  I also knew I had a whole of strength left and I used it but it just wasn’t good enough I guess, but I know we gave it our all and to PR with .6 is impressive so I’m really happy.”

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Bahamian quarter-mile star Shaunae Miller-Uibo clocked a massive personal best and new national record but had to settle for silver behind Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser in the women’s 400m on Thursday.

Miller-Uibo, who had not lost over the event in almost two years, had looked impervious heading into the event but even she was no match for Eid Naser’s blistering run.  The Bahrainian, who ran out of lane four, had the field covered by the first bend before easily fending off a fast closing Miller-Uibo down the stretch.

Eid Naser’s winning time of 48.14 was the fastest time recorded over the event in 36 years and third fastest of all time behind Czechoslovakia’s Jamila Kratochvilova (47.99) and East Germany’s Marita Koch (47.60).

Miller-Uibo who came into the competition with a long unbeaten streak over both the 400 and 200m, uncharacteristically found herself trailing off the corner and gamely chased Eid Naser to the line but could not get close enough to the runaway sprinter.  The athlete’s time of 48.37 was a new national and area record and shaved 0.6th of a second off her previous personal best.  Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson finished in third place, also recording a personal best of 49.47, after fending off a challenge from the American duo of Wadeline Jonathas (49.60) and Phyllis Francis (49.61).  Stephenie-Ann McPherson, the other Jamaican in the race, finished 6th in 50.89.

  

Niklas Kaul made history in the decathlon at the World Athletics Championships, while Salwa Eid Naser produced a sensational performance to win the women's 400 metres.

German 21-year-old Kaul took advantage of the injury-enforced withdrawal of world-record holder Kevin Mayer with just two disciplines remaining to become the youngest winner of the decathlon title.

Naser surged to glory in the 400m with the third-fastest time in history, stopping the clock at 48.14 seconds.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson produced four personal bests in heptathlon events to dethrone Nafissatou Thiam, who finished 304 points adrift in second – the biggest margin of victory in 32 years.

Gong Lijiao retained her shotput gold with 19.55m on her fourth attempt not beaten.

 

NIKLAS A KAUL CUSTOMER

Kaul was down in sixth after the pole vault, 275 points adrift of leader Pierce LePage.

With Mayer pulling out during the pole vault due to an Achilles problem, the German launched himself into contention with an astonishing 79.05m in the javelin – the longest throw of any decathlete in World Championships history – although Maicel Uibo led the way from Damian Warner.

Kaul then finished the 1500m first in a time of 4:15.70 to take the title with a personal best of 8,691 points, with Uibo holding off Warner for the silver.

 

JOHNSON-THOMPSON TRIUMPHS

Johnson-Thompson finished Wednesday with a 96-point lead over Thiam and she increased that to triple figures with an impressive leap of 6.77m in the long jump in Thursday's first heptathlon event.

Thiam closed the gap with a season's best in the javelin, but the Briton produced a personal best of 43.93m to limit the damage.

Johnson-Thompson clinched the gold medal with an 800m time of two minutes, 07.26 seconds – another personal best – leaving 2017 champion Thiam to take silver and Verena Preiner with the bronze.

 

MILLER-UIBO STUCK WITH SILVER

Having decided not to compete in the 200m and focus solely on the 400m, Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo was the favourite for gold in Doha.

Naser performed brilliantly on the second bend and, although Miller-Uibo was able to close the gap on the home straight, the Bahraini finished in the fastest time in over 30 years.

Shericka Jackson claimed the bronze after a personal best of 49.47s – 1.10 behind Miller-Uibo.

 

A RETROSPECTIVE BRONZE

Spanish sprint hurdler Orlando Ortega was handed a dramatic bronze medal reprieve a day after a falling rival ruined his final.

The Cuba-born athlete, who took silver in the 110 metres hurdles at the 2016 Olympics, was in contention for a top-three finish on Wednesday when Jamaican Omar McLeod, racing in the lane to his left, began to hit hurdles and crashed to the deck.

A fourth-placed finish was the best the 28-year-old could manage in the circumstances, but the IAAF took a sympathetic view and awarded a second bronze to Ortega.

Jamaica quarter-miler Shericka Jackson recorded a big personal best to claim a bronze medal in a blistering women’s 400m final on Thursday.

All the headlines on the day went to Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser who clocked the fastest time in 36 years to claim gold medal in the event.  Second went to pre-race favourite Shaunae Miller, who also clocked a personal-best 48.37.

With the front two well clear of the field, Jackson produced a trademark late-race surge before holding to finish third in 49.47, managing to safely repel finish line lunges from the United States duo of Waldine Jonathas and Phyllis Francis.  Jackson's time comfortably beat her previous personal best of 49.78 set early this year at the Jamaica National Championships.

The time, however, remains some distance off the national record of 49.30 set by Lorraine Fenton in 1992.  The Bahamian Miller-Uibo also set a new personal best, national record and area record.  Stephenie-Ann Mcpherson, the other Jamaican in the race, finished sixth in 50.89.

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Spanish sprint hurdler Orlando Ortega was handed a dramatic bronze medal reprieve at the World Athletics Championships - a day after a falling rival ruined his race in the Doha final.

The Cuba-born athlete, who took silver in the 110 metres hurdles at the 2016 Olympics, was in contention for a top-three finish on Wednesday when Jamaican Omar McLeod, racing in the lane to his left, began to hit hurdles and crashed to the deck.

Defending world champion and Olympic gold medallist McLeod came tumbling across Ortega's path, clearly impeding him and forcing the exasperated 28-year-old to have to settle for fourth place.

Given his momentum was clearly slowed by the disruption - Ortega even had to palm away the out-of-control McLeod - the IAAF, athletics' world governing body, took a sympathetic view.

Following an appeal from Spain, the IAAF announced it would preserve the 1-2-3 from the race, which was won by American Grant Holloway, ahead of Sergey Shubenkov and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, but award a second bronze to Ortega.

"Following a protest from the Spanish team, the jury of appeal decided that Orlando Ortega - who was obstructed by a fall from defending champion Omar McLeod - would also receive a bronze medal," the IAAF stated in an updated race report.

McLeod was disqualified from the race after his fall, punishment for having stumbled out of his lane.

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts continued to show herself to be consistently at the top of her game after she took just one jump to leap well past automatic qualification in the triple jump at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics on Thursday.

Dina Asher-Smith did not shrink under the pressure as she clinched gold in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships.

The Briton was the heavy favourite in a race missing the likes of Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Dafne Schippers.

She justified her status in emphatic fashion, becoming Great Britain's first female sprint world champion.

There was drama in the men's 110m hurdles final, won by Grant Holloway of the United States, while Pawel Fajdek prevailed for Poland in the men's hammer throw.

 

DINA DELIVERS

The expectation was not too much for Asher-Smith, who eased to a dominant victory in the 200m final to add gold to the silver she claimed behind Fraser-Pryce in the 100.

Asher-Smith ran a personal best and a national record of 21.88 seconds, finishing well clear of Brittany Brown (22.22) with her performance owing in part to a lightning fast start.

Victory never looked in doubt after she surged out of the blocks and the Briton was unable to keep her emotions in check as the magnitude of her achievement hit home.

"I just don't know what to say, I don't know if it's properly sunk in," she told BBC Sport. "It's been a long championships, I'm tired. It means so much."

Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji (22.51) edged out Anglerne Annelus (22.59) for bronze.


MCLEOD HAMSTRUNG IN TITLE DEFENCE

Omar McLeod's defence of his 110m hurdles title ended in nightmarish circumstances.

The Jamaican was neck and neck with Grant Holloway for much of the race but clipped the third-last hurdle, setting in motion a series of stumbles that saw him fall to the ground after clattering into the final obstacle.

Holloway, the youngest man in the field at 21, triumphed ahead of neutral athlete Sergey Shubenkov and France's Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, with McLeod left to rue an apparent hamstring injury.

"I was not getting pop because of the hamstring," McLeod told BBC Sport. "There's nothing to take away, I gave it my all, that's just how it is."

FIT-AGAIN JAMES STORMS INTO FINAL

Kirani James is on course to complete a remarkable comeback after qualifying second-fastest for the men's 400m final.

James - the Olympic champion in 2012 and runner-up in Rio three years ago - was diagnosed in 2017 with Graves' Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overactive thyroid.

The Grenadian has barely raced in the past three seasons, but he looked in superb form as he posted a time of 44.23 on Wednesday, which was beaten only by Steven Gardiner.

The women's 400m hurdles semis were dominated by American athletes.

Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad qualifed easily but her time of 53.91 seconds was bettered by Sydney McLaughlin, who cruised through in 53.81.

Jamaica’s Rushell Clayton was impressive enough in her 400-metre hurdles semi-final at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar to make the two most dominant women in the world this year, stop and take note.

It was a good day for Caribbean 400-metre running at the 116th IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, with entrants from the Bahamas, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica all making it through to the event's final on Friday.

Noah Lyles has vowed to beat the times of sprint legend Usain Bolt, but the American was below his best when capturing the 200 metres title at the World Athletics Championships.

Lyles was unconvincing in claiming gold in Doha, needing a late surge to justify his status as the clear favourite.

His compatriot Donavan Brazier produced a stunning performance to win the 800m, while Britain's Dina Asher-Smith will go into the women's 200m final as the athlete to beat after she laid down a big marker in the semi-finals.

The field events, meanwhile, produced no shortage of drama.

 

LYLES LEAVES IT LATE

Lyles was expected to take gold in the 200m but few would have predicted the manner of his victory.

The American was behind going into the straight as Britain's Adam Gemili led after a great start and an excellent bend.

However, Lyles turned on the jets in the final 100m and edged to victory in 19.83 seconds. Canadian Andre De Grasse added to his Olympic silver by coming home in second, ahead of training partner Alex Quinonez of Ecuador.

A devastated Gemili was fourth, again narrowly missing out on a major individual medal after finishing in the same position at the Olympics three years ago.

BRAZIER BREAKS RECORDS

Brazier's victory could hardly have looked more dominant as he burst clear with 300m to go, and his 800m championship record of 1:42:34 also set a US record.

Amel Tuka of Bosnia-Herzegovina was over a second behind in silver, with Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich taking bronze for Kenya.

"I really had to dig deep for that one," Brazier told BBC Sport. "Little bit of a target on my back now [ahead of the Olympics]. I'd rather have it than not have it."


DINA LAYS DOWN MARKER

With Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Marie-Josee Ta Lou and 2017 world champion Dafne Schippers all having pulled out of the 200m, Asher-Smith is the clear favourite.

The European champion was a class above in her semi-final and the fastest qualifier for the final as she won in 22.16 seconds.

With Brittany Brown the next fastest qualifier in 22.46 seconds, it will take a significant tunaround to deny the 100m silver medallist the 200m title.

KENDRICKS DENIES DUPLANTIS

The men's pole vault final proved a thriller as Sam Kendricks successfully defended his title, becoming the first man since Sergey Bubka to win multiple world championship golds in the discipline.

Kendricks was run extremely close by Swedish teenager Armand Duplantis. Both men cleared 5.97 metres on the final attempt but neither could manage 6.02m.

That meant Kendricks retained the title on countback, courtesy of clearing 5.92 with his first attempt, though Duplantis did not seem disappointed with silver. He and Kendricks, along with bronze medallist Piotr Lisek, backflipped on to the mat after the result was decided.

Meanwhile, in the women's javelin, Australia's Kelsey Lee-Barber took gold with her final attempt, a throw of 66.56m, denying Liu Shiying and Lyu Huihui a Chinese one-two.

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