London, 14 Aug 2017: Yin Hang of China won Silver medal in the first ever 50KM Walk event in the IAAF World Championship. She took 4:08:58hrs to complete race walk. She said "Today was important because I am just 20. It is my first international competition and it was a great experience. I am excited for silver but next time, I want to get the gold. It was a really hard surface, so I felt pain in my knees and hamstrings. Her teammate Yang Shuqing took Bronze medal with a performance of 4:20:49hrs. Yang said "Silver and bronze is great for the team. The final half of the race was really hard. So the crowd helped a lot. They gave me the power to finish the race. "
London 14 Aug 2017: A dramatic last 100 metres saw leader Lyu Xiuzhi disqualified, leaving Chinese team-mate Yang Jiayu to take gold in the women’s 20km race walk.
The chief judge’s red card was flashed in front of Lyu with seconds left, but it was so quick, and caught in the moment, she made for the line regardless only to discover her finish had already been recorded.
A cracking race came down to just four when the afterburners were lit at 16 kilometres, and the order of medals was still undecided with the line in sight.
Lyu and Yan put the hammer down to forge a tiny gap between them and Maria Guadalupe González, but the Mexican is made of strong stuff as demonstrated winning a silver at the 2016 Olympics and gold at last year’s IAAF Walking Team Challenge.
Even with the pain etched on her face, González strove to get level with Yang and Lyu until the judge’s intervention decided the order of things. Read more on IAAF
London, 10 Aug: Teenager Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain became the first Asian to win medal in the Women 400m run. Naser set new National record of 50.06s to claim silver medal beating her childhood hero Allyson Felix to third place. Former World youth champion in 400m has progressed rapidly since her gold medal winning performance in Cali in 2015.
Naser said “I think I surprised my opponents and I even surprised myself,” she said. “Coming to these championships, I really did not think about a medal. After all the hard training I have been through, I just hoped to do something big.
“I was not chasing Felix; I was pushing myself until the very end. I did not even see what was going on in the last metres. Felix is my role model. I am following her on Instagram.
“In the future I will also focus on the 200m, but it’s 400m for now.”
London, 14 Aug 2017: Asian superstar high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar arrived in London with undefeated in six competitions and armed with the seven of the eight best clearances in the world, the Qatari was among the clearest favourites in the British capital over these ten days of competition.
Barshim admirably held up his end of the bargain with one of the most dominating high jump performances in recent memory to finally claim an elusive global outdoor title.
"I was so determined to win it," said Barshim, who took silver in 2013 but finished a disappointing fourth two years ago in Beijing. "I was expecting it tonight so I am glad I managed to fulfill my target tonight."
nd he made it look relatively easy, too.
The 26-year-old produced a flawless score card en route to his victory, sailing clear at 2.20m, 2.25m, 2.29m, 2.32m and 2.35m all with his first attempt to seal the win, his nation's third and its first in a dozen years. Even before he took that fifth jump, the title was all but secured, with only one other man still jumping. Read more on IAAF
London, 10 Aug: At last, after years of competing in the finals of major events, China's Lijiao Gong finally won her first World Championship title in the women's Shot Put with a massive throw of 19.94m. Her efforts were praiseworthy considering slippery conditions of London Stadium. Gong has reached every global outdoor final since the 2007 World Championships when she finished seventh in Osaka at the age of 18.
It is also 26 year long wait for China to see another gold in women shot put.
Gong Lijiao said "I was a bit worried about my condition because two years ago I was heading for gold and I changed a couple of things after the Olympic Games in Rio. I competed more this year to be ready for these championships.
"It is 26 years since China won a shot put medal, so it's a very special moment for me. Of course, the rain affected the competition and that is the reason we didn't go past 20 metres tonight.
"My next goal is, of course, the Tokyo Olympics. My memories of London 2012 are mixed because I was third originally, then I was moved to second later. I didn't like the way that happened. So I am glad to show all the hard work I've done in the past with this gold medal."
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