Athletics: Guliyev wrecks van Niekerk double hopes, U.S. take two

Turkey's Guliyev stuns field to win 200 meters

Ramil Guliyev won Turkey's first gold medal at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships here as he shocked title favourite Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa in the men's 200 metres race.

Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago also clocked 20.11 but had to settle for the bronze medal on photo finish.

He finished sixth in the final.

Richards, a World Indoor bronze medallist in 2012, recorded the best result of his career as he was third.

The 27-year-old Guliyev, a little-known sprinter who transferred nationality from Azerbaijan six years ago, was not even among the top-10 performers this year before he stunned his rivals and the 60,000-sellout crowd at the Olympic Stadium, which had come to see Van Niekerk and Makwala fight for gold.

However, he dismissed comparisons with either Johnson - whose 400m world record the South African shattered when he won the Olympic title a year ago - or 100/200m world record holder Bolt, who is competing in his final global championships.

LONDON | It wasn't Wayde van Niekerk and it wasn't Isaac Makwala. "I've got time to recover now and give it my all in the final". "I knew I came in the first three but wasn't sure where", he said, which was no surprise when two hundredths of a second divided the medalists.

Makwala and Botswana had been critical of his treatment and the 30-year-old said he was still running heartbroken after not being allowed to race in the 400m.

Van Niekerk, though, showed clear signs of fatigue in his semi-final last night and did not have enough left in the tank but still won the silver medal.

"I work just as hard as every other competitor".

"This is the best moment of my career".

Claye then retook the lead in the third round with 17.65, only for Taylor to better it by three centimetres with the very next jump.

"I was competing against some of the best athletes in the world, so it didn't bother me that the attention was on them", he said.

But he was pushed all the way by Claye in a fine competition, the latter jumping 17.54m in the first round before Taylor passed him with 17.57 in the second round.

He was beaten by Turkey's Ramil Guliyev but was angered by Botswana's Makwala, who claimed he was sabotaged following his controversial build-up to the race.

Guliyev's win may not have been following the script the organisers wished for after two-time doping cheat Justin Gatlin's win in the 100m upset superstar Usain Bolt's farewell.

However, he reached last year's Olympic final and has shown good form this season, taking gold at the European Team Championships and beating a decent field to win the Paris Diamond League meeting. "Me and my coach (Bobby Kersee), our whole goal and focus was to get on the podium this year, it's what we've been committed to".



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