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Aug 28, 2015

Zhang tops high jump, Eaton in charge of decathlon

BEIJING (Reuters) – Home favorite Guowei Zhang sailed into the high jump final at the world athletics championship on Friday with a confident clearance of 2.31 meters, while American Ashton Eaton predictably took charge of the decathlon.

Zhang, the world number two, cleared four jumps at the first attempt and then the automatic qualifying height for Sunday’s final to finish joint-top with Canadian Derek Drouin on the seventh morning of action in China.

Aug 28, 2015

China duo walk tall as hosts claim first gold

BEIJING (Reuters) – China picked up a first gold medal at their home world athletics championships when Liu Hong led Lu Xiuzhi across the line after the duo blew away the field in the women’s 20 kilometer walk on Friday.

Both were given a rapturous reception as Liu crossed the line in the iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium in a time of one hour 27 minutes and 45 seconds, fractionally ahead of compatriot Lu, with the duo having matched strides throughout the race.

Aug 28, 2015

Bolt and Gatlin headed to Brussels, but will not meet

BEIJING (Reuters) – Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin will race again in Brussels next month, but not against each other, organizers of the Van Damme Diamond League meeting said on Friday.

“No chance for rematch,” meeting director Wilfried Meert told Reuters in an email. “Will be Gatlin in the 100 and Bolt in the 200.”

Aug 27, 2015

Dibaba and Kiprop coast, holder Reese out of long jump

BEIJING (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba eased through to the finals of the women’s 5,000 meters on Thursday to stay on course for a world athletics championships double, while American Brittney Reese saw her six-year long jump reign end.

The 24-year-old Dibaba, who won the 1,500m gold on Tuesday in dominant fashion, was untroubled in the opening heat of the 5,000 as she won in a time of 15 minutes 20.82 seconds on another hot and sunny morning at the Bird’s Nest stadium.

Aug 24, 2015

Felix purrs in 400; long jump challengers falter

BEIJING (Reuters) – Highly-decorated American Allyson Felix kicked-off her bid for a first world athletics championships 400 meters gold by sauntering through the opening heats with sumptuous ease on Monday.

The four-times Olympic and eight-times world champion, who has enjoyed most of her success in shorter sprints, coasted across the line in 50.60 seconds on the third morning of action at the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium.

Aug 23, 2015

Late stumble was costly, says Gatlin

BEIJING (Reuters) – Justin Gatlin thought he was ready from the biggest victory of his life, but a stumble five meters from the finish line cost him dear in his 100 meters world championship showdown with Usain Bolt.

Clearly ahead of the Jamaican world record holder for much of race, Gatlin’s dream fell apart after one final surge by Bolt and an error by the American.

Aug 23, 2015

Athletics-Late stumble was costly, says Gatlin

BEIJING, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Justin Gatlin thought he was ready from the biggest victory of his life, but a stumble five metres from the finish line cost him dear in his 100 metres world championship showdown with Usain Bolt.

Clearly ahead of the Jamaican world record holder for much of race, Gatlin’s dream fell apart after one final surge by Bolt and an error by the American.

Aug 23, 2015

Ennis-Hill closes in on gold, Fraser-Pryce cruises

BEIJING (Reuters) – Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill took charge of heptathlon after British compatriot and gold medal rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson fouled out in the long jump chasing world athletics championship glory on Sunday.

Elsewhere on the second morning at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, defending champion and favorite Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce eased through the opening heats of the women’s 100 meters in a very comfortable 10.88 seconds.

Aug 23, 2015

Spaniard Lopez beats Wang for walk gold

BEIJING (Reuters) – Spain’s Miguel Angel Lopez hauled in Wang Zhen to win the men’s 20 kilometer race walk on Sunday and deny China their first gold medal of their home world athletics championships.

The 27-year-old European champion hung tough as a group of five Chinese walkers, led by Wang, tried to stretch the pace from the start but the group splintered under the strain and Lopez had enough stamina to hit the front in the closing stages.

Aug 21, 2015

Gatlin the form horse but don’t write off Bolt: Greene

BEIJING (Reuters) – In-form American Justin Gatlin should beat Usain Bolt to win both the sprints at the world championships but it would be foolhardy to write off the Jamaican, three-times world 100 meters world champion Maurice Greene said on Friday.

Bolt has dominated the 100m and 200m at major championships since winning both in world record times at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, only a false start in the short sprint final at the 2011 world championships preventing him from a clean sweep.