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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.
Jake Robertson will make his long-awaited debut over 26.2 miles when he lines up for the Lake Biwa Marathon on Sunday (4), but the New Zealander faces a tough field at the IAAF Gold Label road race.
Two incredible field finals, the opening round of a potentially thrilling men’s 60m competition and a host of other qualifications were among the highlights on Saturday morning at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
USA unsurprisingly qualified quickest for Sunday’s final with a dominant 3:30.54 first-heat win.
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.