McLeod wins first gold for Jamaica, Merritt's dream dashed

McLeod wins first gold for Jamaica, Merritt's dream dashed

McLeod wins first gold for Jamaica, Merritt's dream dashed

Makwala was expected to be the main challenger to Wayde van Niekerk in both the 200 and the 400. Of course, I expected to throw 80 meters or even a world record attack.

Van Niekerk certainly wasn't affected by the bug.

"Usain Bolt he's still legendary, this is also for you!"

South African Caster Semenya stormed home for third, although she will be a short-priced favourite at her preferred distance of 800m later in the championships.

In other events Monday, Kenyan Faith Kipyegon took gold in the women's 1500m, .17 ahead of a hard-charging Jenny Simpson.

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"A lot can not go your way in a final, so to come out with a bronze is fantastic", Semenya said.

Jamaica's Omar McLeod added the world 110 metres hurdles title to his Olympic crown in London on Monday and jointly dedicated it to his mother and superstar Usain Bolt.

McLeod, also a victor at last year's Olympics in Rio, started and finished strongly to record a time of 13.04 seconds and beat reigning champion Sergey Shubenkov by a tenth of a second, with Hungary's Balazs Baji claiming a shock bronze medal and world-record holder Aries Merritt fifth.

In a seesaw battle, Rojas finally came out on top of her Colombian rival with a mark of 14.91 meters on her penultimate attempt, beating the defending champion's earlier mark of 14.89.

But McLeod, another overwhelming race favourite from the Caribbean island, made no mistake as he added the world crown to the Olympic title he won previous year.

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It was not to be. Neither 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt nor 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James is in the 400m final. It's totally different to past year (at Rio) where we had Usain and Elaine winning, which I used to propel me.

McLeod gave Jamaica its first gold of the championships after a disappointing start, when Bolt only got bronze and Elaine Thompson finished outside the medals in the 100 meters. "It was really down and I think it was up to me to set that momentum again, especially after what happened to Usain and Elaine, and I especially wanted to dedicate this to Usain Bolt's retirement", McLeod said.

A shock looked to be on the cards in the women's hammer final when the event's dominant figure, Anita Wlodarczyk, managed a best throw of 71.94 metres in the first three rounds to lie fifth.

Running out of lane four, McLeod was away quickly to take the lead but was chased down in lane two by Shubenkov. Her winning effort of 77.90m was enough to comfortably beat Wang Zheng (75.98m), with Malwina Kopron (74.76m) taking bronze.

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