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Aug 27, 2015

Schippers eases into 200m final, Asher-Smith flies

BEIJING (Reuters) – In-form Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers eased into the final of the 200 meters at the world championships on Thursday, further bolstering her position as favorite to take a first world title in the event on Friday.

The 23-year-old former heptathlete, who won silver in the 100 meters behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Monday, was well clear of her rivals after the bend and eased up to win her semi-final in 22.36.

Aug 27, 2015

Sprint sweep for brilliant Bolt in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Jamaica’s Usain Bolt ran the fastest time of the year in 19.55 seconds to win a record fourth straight world 200 meters title and sweep the individual sprints at a major global championships for a fifth time on Thursday.

Five days after beating Justin Gatlin to win the 100 meters, the 29-year-old Olympic champion and world record holder again proved too strong for in-form American, who finished second in 19.74.

Aug 27, 2015

Athletics-Sprint sweep for brilliant Bolt in Beijing

BEIJING, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Jamaica’s Usain Bolt ran the fastest time of the year in 19.55 seconds to win a record fourth straight world 200 metres title and sweep the individual sprints at a major global championships for a fifth time on Thursday.

Five days after beating Justin Gatlin to win the 100 metres, the 29-year-old Olympic champion and world record holder again proved too strong for in-form American, who finished second in 19.74.

Aug 27, 2015

Athletics-Schippers eases into 200m final, Asher-Smith flies

BEIJING, Aug 27 (Reuters) – In-form Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers eased into the final of the 200 metres at the world championships on Thursday, further bolstering her position as favourite to take a first world title in the event on Friday.

The 23-year-old former heptathlete, who won silver in the 100 metres behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Monday, was well clear of her rivals after the bend and eased up to win her semi-final in 22.36.

Aug 26, 2015

Van Niekerk express lights up the Bird’s Nest

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wayde van Niekerk lit up the Bird’s Nest with a stunning 400 meters run to win a first sprint gold for South Africa and cap a night of exceptional performances at the world championships on Wednesday.

Two of those came in the men’s javelin and women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase where Kenyans Julius Yego and Hyvin Jepkemoi added another two gold medals to the East African powerhouse’s already considerable haul.

Aug 26, 2015

Silva soars to claim women’s world pole vault title

BEIJING (Reuters) – Cuba’s Yarisley Silva needed a jump of 4.90 meters to win a thrilling women’s pole vault contest and claim her first major global title at the world championships on Wednesday.

Pushed all the way by Brazil’s Fabiana Murer and Greece’s Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou, the London Olympic silver medalist won gold with her third attempt at the winning height before failing three times at 5.01m.

Aug 26, 2015

South Africa’s Van Niekerk takes 400 gold in stunning time

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wayde van Niekerk ran the sixth fastest 400 meters of all time to beat a stellar field and become the first South African to win a world championship sprint title on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old went hard from the start and held off reigning champion La Shawn Merritt of the United States down the home straight to claim the title in 43.48 seconds.

Aug 26, 2015

Bolt-Gatlin II on after duo top times in 200m semis

BEIJING (Reuters) – Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin looked in fine form as they ran the fastest times of the 200 meters semi-finals on Wednesday to set up a mouthwatering second sprint showdown at the world championships.

Bolt, who beat Gatlin when they clashed for the first time this year in the 100 meters final, looked relaxed and took time to chat with a fellow competitor as he approached the line to win his heat with his first sub-20 second time of the year.

Aug 26, 2015

Bolt-Gatlin II on after duo top times in 200m semis

BEIJING (Reuters) – Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin looked in fine form as they ran the fastest times of the 200 metres semi-finals on Wednesday to set up a mouthwatering second sprint showdown at the world championships.

Bolt, who beat Gatlin when they clashed for the first time this year in the 100 metres final, looked relaxed and took time to chat with a fellow competitor as he approached the line to win his heat with his first sub-20 second time of the year.

Aug 26, 2015

Kenyans test positive at world championships: IAAF

BEIJING (Reuters) – Kenyan athletes Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary have been handed provisional bans after failing doping tests at the world championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Wednesday.

The runners from a nation famed for its middle and long-distance runners were targeted in pre-competition tests at their team hotel in Beijing on Aug. 20 and 21, the IAAF said in a statement.

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