BEIJING WEDNESDAY AM UPDATE:
400m Hurdles Final
Hejnova of the Czech Republic wins Gold! Little from the USA came 2nd to upset teammate, Tate who won Bronze.
Jamaica’s Janieve Russell 5th and where was Kaliese Spencer?! At first I thought she disappointed but she apparently hit a hurdle which put off her whole race and sadly she finished last.
Men’s Javelin Final
Kenya’s Julius Yego won Gold! KENYA winning in Javelin! Finally. They have been killing animals that way for ages. Now it’s dinner time. He is now the 3rd man in history to throw 92.72m. Now WL.
200m Women’s Heats
All 3 Jamaican ladies through to the semis. Elaine and VCB won their heats impressively. BUT VCB was lucky to not get DQd, as she ran into the outside line on the curb and stayed in that athlete’s lane all the way to the finish line! Luckily it was not an athlete from the USA that would complain and the officials stated that VCB did not impede her because the other athlete was way behind.
Sherone came 2nd in her Heat.
Dafne Schippers is running the 200m! She looks even stronger than the 100m. She is strong and will finish fast. Look out Elaine and Tarmoh!
Okagbare dropped out before the heats were run.
200m Men Semis
Semi Final 1
Where was Weir?! Weir has not been on top of his form but we all expected better. Weir was in a packed semi final with GB’s Hughs, the Greek, Ashmeade, Martina and Lemaitre.
Weir normally has a fast finish. Instead, he ran out too fast and had nothing left for the final 80m or so. He finished way behind in 7th.
Hughs was 1st in 20.14.
Ashmeade surprisingly stepped it up to 2nd. Suga still does not expect anything impressive from him in the final. He is yet to prove himself when it counts.
Martina came 3rd in 20.20 SB
Semi Final 2
Panama’s Edward, Gatlin, Qatar’s Ogunode and Forte
19.87 was the winning time for Gatlin. Edward was 2nd and Forte was way behind. He was running with men of a different class.
Semi Final 3
Usain took it easily in 19.95s followed closely by SA’s Jobodwana and Guliyev from Turkey in 3rd.
In an interview, Usain Bolt said he will NOT lose to Gatlin in the final. He will do whatever it takes!
See pic with all Qualifiers for the final!
Lane assignents of interest for the 200m Men’s final:
Lane 4 -Gatlin
Lane 5 – Hughes
Lane 6 – Bolt
Lane 7 – Jobodwana
Lane 8 – Ashmeade
Lane 9 – Edward
Men’s 400m Final
South Africa’s Van Niekerk ran out crazy fast and sustained his lead around the curb, then kicked up another gear to hold off USA’s LeShawn Merritt who won silver and Kerani James tried hard but finished 3rd.