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On the day the track and field world bade a sad goodbye to the man who achieved the most celebrated middle distance feat of all time, Sir Roger Bannister, it seemed fitting that a new talent should emerge into the global spotlight.
Not since the days of the Maria Mutola has there been a successful title defence in the women’s 800m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha successfully defended his 3000m title with a powerful display of front running over the final kilometre of a tactical final.
The men’s 60m hurdles finalists were decided at the opening of the sixth and final session of these championships, and as in the first round, it was Britain’s Andrew Pozzi who emerged as the fastest qualifier.
Welcome to day four of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
The IAAF is deeply saddened to hear that Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile within four minutes, died on Sunday (4) at the age of 88.
Breaking away from his final pursuer just before the 40-kilometre mark, Kenyan Joseph Macharia Ndirangu took a 2:07:53 victory at the 73rd Lake Biwa Marathon in Otsu, Japan, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday (4).
Three championship records, two other world leads and drama aplenty: just another night at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
Still the wait goes on for Katerina Stefanidi. The 28-year-old might have come to Birmingham as the Greek with the Midas vaulting touch – on a role of European outdoor, Olympic, European indoor, and world indoor titles – but, when it came to the world indoor final, the one gold missing from her Fort Knox collection proved beyond her grasp once again.
In an event that combined youth and experience, it was the latter that came out on top as Will Claye regained the world indoor triple jump title he won six years ago.
It was another record-breaking 60m blast from Christian Coleman, and a first global gold medal for the burgeoning 21-year-old US sprint talent from the USA.
Emerging from the ashes of an emotional 400m contest, Pavel Maslak became the first three-time winner of the event at these championships.
After 500 metres of dawdling, the opening 400-metre split a near-pedestrian 1:16.48, Genzebe Dibaba hit the front. And that was that. In the race for the world indoor 1500m gold medal at least.
When the pain sets in and the lactic acid starts to flow, there’s one sure-fire way to stay out of any trouble in an indoor 400m: get to the front and stay there.
Living up to immense pre-championships expectations, Kendra Harrison emerged victorious in the women's 60m hurdles, clocking a world-leading 7.70.
Three-point-thirteen seconds. That is how far Damian Warner needed to finish ahead of long-time leader Kevin Mayer in the 1000m to take heptathlon gold.
Adam Kszczot has collected silver medals from the past three global championships indoors and out but today he finally achieved an upgrade as he sped to a dominant 800m victory.
The men’s sprint hurdlers opened their campaign this evening with all of the main protagonists safely progressing through to tomorrow afternoon’s semifinal stage.
Blink and you may well miss it. Judging by the manner in which Christian Coleman accomplished the formality of victory in his semi-final, the 60m world record holder looks set to uncork something pretty special in tonight’s final.
Team USA's ambitions to produce the first ever national podium sweep at a World Indoor Championships stayed alive after the 60m hurdles semi-finals with the focus falling firmly on the US trio of Kendra Harrison, Christina Manning and Sharika Nelvis.