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Aug 28, 2015

Ailing Merritt takes bronze behind Shubenkov

BEIJING (Reuters) – Olympic champion Aries Merritt claimed an extraordinary bronze medal days before he undergoes a kidney transplant as Russian Sergey Shubenkov stormed to the world 110 meters hurdles title on Friday.

Shubenkov was left dumbfounded after flying over the hurdles to take a clear lead off the final barrier and crossing the line for his first global championship gold in 12.98 seconds.

Aug 28, 2015

Athletics-Ailing Merritt takes bronze behind Shubenkov

BEIJING, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Olympic champion Aries Merritt claimed an extraordinary bronze medal days before he undergoes a kidney transplant as Russian Sergey Shubenkov stormed to the world 110 metres hurdles title on Friday.

Shubenkov was left dumbfounded after flying over the hurdles to take a clear lead off the final barrier and crossing the line for his first global championship gold in 12.98 seconds.

Aug 28, 2015

Athletics-Schippers pips Thompson to 200 metres gold

BEIJING, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Dutch sensation Dafne Schippers clocked the fourth fastest run of all time to pip Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson by three-hundredths of a second to win 200 metres gold at the world championships on Friday.

The former heptathlete, who claimed silver in the 100 behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Monday, surged through the line in 21.63 seconds, the quickest time for 17 years in the half-lap sprint.

Aug 27, 2015

Usain does it again for Beijing sweep

BEIJING (Reuters) – Usain Bolt delivered Justin Gatlin a second knockout blow in five days to win his fourth straight 200 meters world title on Thursday and prove that when it comes to major championship sprinting, he simply has no peer.

In the seven years since the Jamaican first lit up the Bird’s Nest at the 2008 Olympics, a disqualification in the 100 meters at the 2011 world championships is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record in major global races.

Aug 27, 2015

I did the best I could, says weary Gatlin

BEIJING (Reuters) – After two decisive defeats at the hands of Usain Bolt in the space of five days, Justin Gatlin is showing the strain.

Widespread disdain within the sport for the American sprinter because of his two failed drug tests is also taking its toll.

Aug 27, 2015

Athletics-I did the best I could, says weary Gatlin

BEIJING, Aug 27 (Reuters) – After two decisive defeats at the hands of Usain Bolt in the space of five days, Justin Gatlin is showing the strain.

Widespread disdain within the sport for the American sprinter because of his two failed drug tests is also taking its toll.

Aug 27, 2015

No doubts for Bolt after lightning start in 200m final

BEIJING (Reuters) – Usain Bolt said he never had a single doubt in his mind that he would win the 200 meters title for the fourth straight world championships on Thursday, even if others were not so sure.

After a season where a pelvic problem limited him to a handful of sprints in times that were a long way from his world records, the Jamaican came to Beijing and pulled two big performances out of the bag to sweep the sprints.

Aug 27, 2015

Athletics-No doubts for Bolt after lightning start in 200m final

BEIJING, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt said he never had a single doubt in his mind that he would win the 200 metres title for the fourth straight world championships on Thursday, even if others were not so sure.

After a season where a pelvic problem limited him to a handful of sprints in times that were a long way from his world records, the Jamaican came to Beijing and pulled two big performances out of the bag to sweep the sprints.

Aug 27, 2015

Dominant Wlodarczyk goes 80 plus to take hammer gold

BEIJING (Reuters) – Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk summoned up the second longest hammer throw of all time to dominate the world championship final in the same way she has her event all season and win the title for a second time on Thursday.

The 30-year-old is the only woman who has ever thrown the hammer beyond the 80 meter mark and she did it twice at the Bird’s Nest Stadium on Thursday, winning gold with her fourth effort of 80.85 meters.

Aug 27, 2015

Athletics-Dominant Wlodarczyk goes 80 plus to take hammer gold

BEIJING, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk summoned up the second longest hammer throw of all time to dominate the world championship final in the same way she has her event all season and win the title for a second time on Thursday.

The 30-year-old is the only woman who has ever thrown the hammer beyond the 80 metre mark and she did it twice at the Bird’s Nest Stadium on Thursday, winning gold with her fourth effort of 80.85 metres.

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