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Tom Walsh produced the performance of the championships thus far after he launched the shot to an astonishing 22.31m championship and Oceanian record to successfully defend his title by an equally-impressive 87cm margin.
Pre-event favourites the USA justified that tag as they progressed to Sunday’s 4x400m final with minimum fuss.
Despite not having competed since August shortly after claiming the world outdoor crown in London, Yulimar Rojas defended her global indoor title with a 14.63m world leading-performance.
With just the winner guaranteed a spot in Sunday’s final, the three women’s 800m heats were always liable to be brutal, cut-throat affairs. The most notable victim was Margaret Wambui in heat three.
The heptathlon pole vault provided a perfect illustration of the pitfalls of combined events predictions.
With a remarkable seven world titles and an Olympic gold medal to her name, it is refreshing to hear that it is in fact inspiring the youth of today --rather than adding to her fame, fortune and athletic resume-- which inspires long jump star Brittney Reese in the latter stage of her career.
The big news before the start was the absence of the marginal pre-championship favourite. Ayanleh Souleiman, the 2014 champion and 2018 world leader, was unable to make it to Birmingham from Djibouti – not because of the Arctic weather but because of visa problems.
The last time the IAAF World Indoor Championships came to Arena Birmingham, in 2003, Kim Collins earned the silver medal.
A lot can go wrong in the sprint hurdles, but all of the medal contenders safely made it through the fifth event of the heptathlon. Nearly all of them, anyway.
Welcome to day three of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
A gold medal for the home fans to cheer, a long jump competition for the ages, a scintillating sprint and a world leading performance in the shot put were among the many highlights from Friday’s evening session at Arena Birmingham.
It has been nine years in coming, but finally the talented all-rounder from the home of The Beatles has made it to number one spot in the world as a senior.
Illustrating competitive nerve and verve beyond his 19 years, Cuba's Juan Miguel Echevarria emerged victorious in one of the most competitive World Indoor Championships long jump finals in recent memory.
After winning medals at seven of her eight most recent major championship appearances, Anita Marton finally won a global title and became Hungary’s first world indoor champion.
With just the first two across the line earning a spot in Saturday's final, the three semis promised schoolyard-style scraps. All three delivered.
Shakima Wimbley and Courtney Okolo traveled to Birmingham as the fastest two athletes in the field and the USA duo both won their respective 400m semi finals to keep alive the possibility of an American 1-2 in the event.
Just shy of 24 hours after their thrilling battle for the medals in the women’s 3000m final on opening night, Genzebe Dibaba, Sifan Hassan and Laura Muir were back on track in Arena Birmingham, scrapping for places in Saturday’s (3 August) 1500m final.