Live coverage of the World Athletics Championships in London. Usain Bolt features in the 100m first round along with Britain's CJ Ujah. Mo Farah and Laura Muir are also in action.
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Six of July, London winning the right to host the games for the
first time since 1948. David Beckham, passing the Olympic torch.
# Opening ceremony, only the start. # Before we look to the future,
reminisced to the past. Take a trip to the Olympic Park.
# Super Saturday, Team GB getting three golds. Greg Rutherford jumping
his way to medals. # Mo Farah winning, collecting the
trouble. What a night to be British. # One of the greatest cities on The
Globe. The staff of visions. # These athletes play with
precision. Watch them as they run laps around the Olympic Park, fined
ways to channel your energy, I know it's hard.
# We've got Usain Bolt, chasing gold.
# 11 times across the line, top of the globe.
# Mo looking to retire, so... # Legacies omitted in place, so over
the next ten days, this is the next gen's phase to make this their
stage. # London, 2017, the World Athletics
Championships. London, 2017, the World Athletics Championships.
# This is world domination for Farah!
Michael Johnson, Stanning his way to a Commodore. -- Stanning his way to
a gold medal. Jessica Ennis-Hill, top of the world. It is huge, it is
massive. A world record. Champion of the world. Usain Bolt!
Five years after the greatest show on Earth, the London Stadium in the
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the focus of the watching world once
more and for the next ten days the best track and field athletes on the
planet will go head to head in their quest to strive faster, higher and
stronger, with precious metals in their sights. We're in for a treat
and we are joint diminishing what we hope will be a special event, hosted
in the capital city. The voice of Rebecca Ferguson, finishing the
opening ceremony here, which has been taking place. It really now
feels like this is alive and we are here with real athletes down on the
track. We have the crowd packed in and I'm delighted to say that Dame
Jessica Ennis-Hill, the full title, four words! A long name but I must
give you the Dame but perhaps not every time, with Paula Radcliffe and
Michael Johnson. Over the last hour it has been building and for you,
Jess, it must feel very evocative of 2012. It does, to see the stadium
full, the nerves are coming in, the adrenaline is building, and it is
very strange for me to be sat here and witnessing the Championships
from this perspective. You made your decision after Rio that retirement
was the way forward for you. You called time on a very illustrious
career, littered with golds and Championships but now there is an
added reason why you weren't be there, you are a month away from
giving birth. Yes, I feel very different being in the stadium,
eight months pregnant. Very happy with my career, it's been a
fantastic the Met years in the sport. My first World Championships
was ten years ago so I have had a great time -- fantastic ten years in
the sport. I had great success, so it is nice to retire now. We kick
after night, starting the evening with the 100 metres qualifying
heats, these are the men who probably won't trouble Usain Bolt
later in the evening. He comes in later but you can see that the
crowds are out there because they know that this is a big night for
British athletics because Mo Farah's first attempt to add to his global
hall will be in the 10,000 metres which is the last event on the
track. Those men in the first of the preliminary rounds. We don't
normally go that far back in the 100 metres. Countries you don't often
see at the Olympic Games in the semis and finals. Yeah, this crowd
is amazing, it wouldn't matter what's going on tonight. The
preliminaries of the 100 metres, and 10,000 metres, for Mo tonight, these
athletics fans have been waiting for a major event like this to come back
to London and they've been waiting for five years and now they will be
rewarded with some great athletics over the next ten days. The 100
metres, yeah, these guys aren't going to bother Boult. You have
11.20 four. Could you possibly take that tonight? No! Still a
world-class athlete, I am a former athlete! Just thinking about that I
pulled a hamstring! You were touching the medals earlier with
glee in your eye. Let's go out and enjoy our commentary team. A good
evening, Andrew Cotter. COMMENTATOR: Good evening, welcome. This is a
mixture in the prelims, you've got Odhiambo, 10.14 this season. Matadi,
the Liberian, 10.19. In lane three, ten .18 but it is done on season
best's times and 10.18 would be 90 in terms of this season. So, here
they are in the prelims but they are high calibre athletes alongside some
who are going to enjoy the night Ulster three will go through
automatically. -- enjoy the night. A good start, Odhiambo, the long
striding Kenyon. It is Matadi. A long way clear, into a little bit of
a breeze which may be a factor later on. But the giant, Matadi, the
Liberian, who has raced for the Americans before but was born in
Liberia, in 10.27, taking the first one and he will go through
automatically. Just those three will go through because the others were a
long way distance. Three will go through and the fastest two losers.
Matadi takes victory in the first one and he will go through with
Odhiambo of Kenya and the Canadian, Brendon Rodney. STUDIO: Matadi, the
winner there, I'm not sure if he will go through to the semis and
finals but there may be some rugby teams interested in his future.
Boult is lucky they had to stand on the lane because he could take him
out -- Bolt. He could be a linebacker. Usain Bolt is getting
ready for the heat that come up later on, with his usual verve and
aplomb and his style. He's been dancing, intimidating, no doubt,
anybody who thinks they may have a chance against him. Trying to do
what he can to psych out the opposition and entertain the others.
Paula Radcliffe, a big smile for you when you see him. Yes, he just
brings something extra to the Championships. He's a big reason
that so many people have out to night. They are very aware that it
is his goodbye to athletics this year and many people want to take
that last opportunity to come and see him. So many people want to see
the next people coming through, seeing athletics being healthy,
wanting to capitalise on perhaps not getting tickets in 2012 and
experiencing it today. So we would always see a full stadium. If you
had a chance to seek Muhammad Ali's last fight or Pele's last match, you
would take it. There is plenty more coming up tonight.
Britain's greatest athlete in history, Mo Farah, aiming for world
title number six and he is the favourite for the 10,000 metres
gold. Laura Muir beginning her quest in the women's 1500 metres but even
the heats of this top quality event will be tough to get through.
Britain's pole vault record-holder, Holly Bradshaw, has sights on a
medal. It is the tense qualifying rounds for her tonight. Simbine is a
top contender in the men's 100 metres and has already run eight sub
ten seconds runs this season. CJ Ujah is one to watch, he has been in
fine form and he's in confident mood. But the one to watch is the
main man, Usain Bolt. He already has it 11 world titles to his name. Can
the fastest man ever take gold again in his final Championships? We hope
you're going to stay with us throughout. This is how the evening
looks. The men's discus features the reigning champion, Malachowski. Greg
Rutherford won't take part in the long jump, he is absent through
injury but no lack of talent. The world leader, from South Africa,
Manyonga, is the man to beat. The WAP and indoor champion, Laura Muir,
going for Britain -- the European and indoor champion. Pole vault
qualifying, another British medal hope in Holly Bradshaw. At 9:20pm,
it is the big man. Mo Farah rounding off the evening with his bid for a
sixth World Championship. It is the longer distance for him to night. He
hasn't lost a race over this distance since 2012, so fingers
crossed that continues to night. There is CJ Ujah of Great Britain,
who is a man who will fancy his chances here to get onto the
rostrum, Michael, and you have been a fair critic of British sprinting
in recent years. How do you rate him? I think he has a real
opportunity at these championships. He has won three Diamond League
races this year and I think that if he can take this round by round and
focus on getting into the finals at not really think about getting on
the rostrum at this point, just get to the final. If he's in the final,
anything can happen. If he can put together one of the races he had
earlier this year, maybe he has a possibility. He has talked about
Bolt but he should focus on his own race. We will focus on him later.
These are the prelims, the second heat and a good evening to Steve
Cram. COMMENTATOR: Good evening, everybody. A packed house, getting
some hors d'oeuvres, the preliminary round.
Barnes, formerly known as Winston, formerly Jamaican, now running for
Turkey. He is in lane four. Walsh of Antigua. Pretty good runners but
watch out for lane two. The top three will go through. Barnes
getting away well and so does Saaid. There are two fastest losers and
spots. We are getting a feel for the conditions. A nice following wind.
It was 1.4 in the first race. These guys, in the Middle 10.1 and a
running 10.2, so conditions are that -- indications are that the
conditions are good for when the big boys come in later on. Just watch
Barnes here. He has run 10.17 this year. He competed pretty well, a
good run in Lucerne, his last race before he came here. A former
Jamaican. You can't blame him for leaving Jamaica. Now runs for
Turkey. Safely through to come back later on. STUDIO: I'll be honest, I
had to look where Kiri Barty was. None of my colleagues knew that
either! It is just above Australia, to the right. Sadly their athlete
didn't make it through to the heats but there is another heat in the
hundred metres in a few moments. On the warm up track, just outside the
stadium, it is where the athletes are preparing themselves for their
event and you can see Great Britain's Laura Muir, in the heats
of the 1500 metres. Paula, it is a brave assault, 15 and 5000, a tough
double to go for. It is. She did the double indoors in Belgrade but this
is a different kettle of fish at the World Championships. This is the
toughest race, the 1500 metres and I think she wouldn't be doing it the
other way around. But now she will be focused on really making it
safely through the heats, making it through the semis and then think
about the final. 5000 won't be in her head. She loves this stadium, it
is where she got her British record in the 1500 metres. A great
Championship form indoors, but this is London, this is a different
kettle of fish, this World Championships will feel like a step
up, even from Rio perhaps. Even though that was the Olympics, the
crowds were not sold out on every session and this is a home crowd and
you know what it is like to live job game for the home crowd. A different
situation but we saw Laura's performances towards the end of the
last year when she had that great time in the 1500. She is such a
steely performer, you can see how she responds and trains, her being
in this environment, on this stage, she's going to thrive and enjoy it.
She was waiting in the wings in 2012 and didn't get the chance to
experience it. Laura Weightman who is going to night raised in the
final in 2012 but Laura Muir didn't even race in that. The next year she
made the step forward and she has grown so much, she has learnt so
much and I think that is the big thing for Laura. In those few years
a lot has changed from making the first team, coming in as a gold
medal favourite or being amongst the favourites in a tough race. The 1500
metres is loaded with talent. It will arguably be one of the great
races of the Championship, to get into the final will be HMP
achievement. Even getting through the heats tonight. In a very tough
heat to night. To get to the final will be a big achievement. It is a
big ask, you have a big group and you have the likes of the Barber --
Dibaba. There are so many people there, Laura has to be at her best.
It can come down to those tactics. It is funny you say that, while we
are talking about what the chances are for her to get a medal, she's
focussed on producing her best performance and running the type of
tactics which will give her the best performance at these championships.
That is what she'll be focussed on right now, thinking about tactics,
making sure she'll get it right, which is what she's thinking about
right now, making sure she gets it right.
The hardest thing, as well, in the heats is staying out of trouble and
getting through. Thank you Paula. We will go back to
the track now. It is the third of the men's 100 metres.
Andrew Cotter has the pleasure. Some very, very good athletes in
this third of four preliminary heats. First round, and Jan Volko,
Mario Burke and Abdullah Abkar Mohammed will be the three to look
out for here. Burke and Volko, in lanes six and three. Three to go
through automatically. Rolando Palacios, the flag bearer.
There is a little bit of a touch there, I thought, in the middle, but
through come the three big names there. Burke, Volko. : Mohammed
coming through quickly. The quickest time of the evening for Jan Volko.
Following the breeze. Jan Volko, who is high quality. Runs 10.16,
equalling his season's best time and he and Mario Burke, who runs for
Barbados, at college in the United States, at Houston, he takes the
victory. 10.15. A national record for him. There we are, the first
national record of these World Championships and Jan Volko hand
somely through to the quarter finals. Volko through with Mario
Burke and Abdullah Abkar Mohammed. The youngster from Saudi Arabia.
At 9. 20pm tonight, Mo Farah will race in the 10,000 metres. It will
be his attempt to make it five double gold medals on a global
stage. It will be his sixth World Championship gold. Earlier in the
season Darren Campbell went out to his base in France to catch up with
him. Sir Mo, when you look back, does it
feel crazy? It feels crazy. It feels mad. It's hard to think that, you
know, when you're so young you don't imagine yourself to be at that
level. And to have won what I have won, it's just been incredible.
In your early years, was it difficult to think that you could
get up there with the best in the world? When I was a kid, I remember
watching Sydney Olympics, seeing the 10,000 metres was just incredible,
how it came down to the last two metres. From that point I told
myself I want to go to the Olympics and be an Olympic champion. That is
something I dream of. I went into Degu, that was my first silver medal
at the 10,000 metres, where I narrowly got beat. The better man
won on the day. For me, it was all about experience and learn from that
race, understanding. I'm not going to make that mistake again. World
domination for Mo Farah... It doubled.
They've got nothing for him! Gold again!
To be able to maintain that level, it's, it's difficult because when
you're up there, you've got a target on your back and every year people
are throwing their things at you, left, right, centre and you have to
be smart, who you respond and what you do, knowing what counts. It's
been hard over the years. They succumb to the inevitable. Mo
Farah wins the gold! I'm excited to be competing in my
last major championship on the track in London. It will be nice to be
able to finish on a high. Why not do it where it all started, in London?
Where I became Olympic champion. That is what changed me as an
athlete. You come back years later and I am, you know, what I'm going
to end it at that track. I am not going to carry on in terms of major
champs. Well, there's only one final
tonight, only one gold will be handed out this evening it is in the
men's 10,000 metres. Will it be Mo Farah? Will he add to his incredible
haul? This is where he is on the all-time list of gold medals.
Loo The sprinters include relays, we should say that. Not that Michael
Johnson, your eight is not incredible. It helps to boost the
tally somewhat. That would be an awful event to
contemplate. A four by 10,000 metres! Well, out there on the
warm-up track Usain Bolt is still wandering around. It seems to take
him a long time to get to do anything that looks sporty. We have
watched him an hour wandering around. He's getting his warm-up. He
has his routine. It is intimidating to some of the other guys. All the
other guys have run with him for ten years. They know what he does. Now
they can ignore him and do their thing. He must catch one of those
young kids, I think he looks relaxed. I think I will do that,
too! Big mistake, don't do that. What is it that makes him so unique
we have fallen in love with him over the last decade. Sometimes in sport
and you see them away from the track and they are funny, they are
outgoing and then their game-head comes on. Maybe that is the way they
get the best out of themselves. Maybe they don't dare to enjoy
themselves. It is almost brave to allow yourself to throw off the
shackles the way he does. It is very brave. I wouldn't say that, you
know, and I think Jess could speak to this as well, being an athlete -
I have always admired your level of focus. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed being
under the pressure. I enjoyed the room, I enjoyed the stress. I
enjoyed the target on my back. I know I had to be in the mind set,
going over strategy until the last minute. It was the way I was as an
athlete. Maybe it was the way you were as well Jess. Usain Bolt is
different. He knows if he's that stressed and allowed himself to feel
it then he will not perform in the way... You cannot take it.
He said he wants to enjoy it and he wants to enjoy the sport. And it is
the time to retire. He's relaxed. As soon as he's in the blocks, he's
100% focussed. That is why it works for him. We loved your game head. We
knew it was on. Let's see if the game heads are on for the final of
these men's 100 metres prelims. Steve Cram is calling this one.
Nick Miller from New Zealand. 10.1 a new personal best and Warren Fraser
from, the Bahamas. Ran here in London, in 2012.
And then also probably the top guy here, Ramon Gittens, from Barbados.
He might be surprised to find himself in this. A very experienced
athlete. In terms of ranks in terms of their season's best as to who
runs in this preliminary round will come back at 8. 20pm.
Gittens gets to it very well. Expect these three quickly pulling from the
rest. 10. 26. We saw that very quick time
in the previous heat. One or two will be looking at that
later thinking I am not sure I want Volko in my heat. Gittens just doing
enough there. The conditions, as I said earlier, look good for
sprinting. The wind is blowing in the right direction. The men who
were expected to go through have gone through. Fastest losers will be
sorted out in a few minutes. Well the prelims are through and the
heats will be coming your way in just under and hour's time,
featuring Usain Bolt himself. He knows this track well.
Of course he was magnificent in 2012. He's been back here to run in
the Anniversary Games. It is Jamaica which made him. He's so proud what
he's helped to do to Jamaican sprinting.
The world champs can you go to London as motivated as you were in
Beijing? One thing that keeps me going is losing. I can't lose. It is
one of those things. To go out losing is not my thing. I definitely
want to go out and to do my best as always. Give the fans one of the
best farewells. Give the fans a show. That's what they want to see.
They want me to go out and compete at my best and say goodbye in stars.
I'm definitely going to train, which I am doing and stay on top of things
and push myself throughout until August. So nobody will worry you in
London? No new names to look out for? For me, you know me, I don't
worry about people until the time's right. Because you don't know who's
going to show up. Over the years, as you have seen through my career,
there's always somebody else. I never try and pinpoint one person. I
just sit and watch and see what happens when he gets there. London
will be a farewell to the fans, many of whom would have been there in
2012. Still happy memories of those games? Always. It is the right place
to go out. I know London will be packed. It will be massive and
people are just happy and the energy in the city will be great. I'm
looking forward to it. I'm really excited to go there and compete
again. For me it was one of the best championships of my life.
He's pulling away... He 's going to win the gold!
The champion becomes a legend! Every day the stadium was just
always packed with people and just cheering on everybody and giving you
a great feeling. For me, it was brilliant. I'm looking forward to
going back to the atmosphere. Feeling the energy. As you guys know
I feed off the energy of the crowd. It gives me that sense of relief and
happiness. To compete at your best, to perform.
For me, I really enjoy it. So I know it will be just... I hope I don't
cry. I was going to say that. Will you get emotional? I don't know. If
I get emotional in Jamaica I definitely get emotional in London.
Let's see what happens! I'm not an emotional person, but to know this
will be your last race in the championship, it might... You can
hide it with a bit of sweat. And I sweat a lot. So we'll see!
I think we might see tears. We might see emotion from the great man. That
final is tomorrow. You will see him out on the track here around 8.
20pm, the men's heats are going off. Shortly on the track. It is the
women's 1500 metres heat. Laura Muir, British record-holder is going
in the second of those heats. She's had a phenomenal indoor season.
Taken it to the track as well. This is a hotly-contested event. Paula
caught up with her in Monet co-a few weeks ago -- in Monaco a few weeks
ago. European indoor champion. A new
British record... So, Laura, things are picking up to the World
Championships and you are coming in off an amazing indoor season, where
you did that double. She's now got two gold medals. She's the champion
again. It's another record. I remember the Laura Muir who walked
out distraught in 2014 and how much you have matured and taken those
huge leaps forward. So, it has to feel that you are in a good place
going into London. Certainly. I am lucky, at this stage of my career,
I've got a lot of championships under my belt. I think 2014, I was
in good physical shape. Had to catch up in the mental side and dealing
the championships and everything, I think going through all that has
been good. I feel confident ahead of London. Coming into the
championships you missed training with a foot injury. To reassure
people at home, a lot of distance runners pick up at different points
of their career. Sometimes is it a good thing to hold you back,
frustration to come out in racing? It isn't until something is taken
away from you that you appreciate how much you love your sport. You
gain a fresh mindset going back into it. I had a take two in July but it
is going well so far. We know that you are strong and you can cope with
the physical impact of doing the double but mentally is there a way
you go about it? Do you think first about one event and then move onto
the second? It is round by round, why won't anchor that the final
until I get there. It is easy otherwise -- I won't think about the
final. In the 1500 metres, will that be the one where you think you have
the stronger chance? Or are they pretty equal? I don't know, I'm
pretty inexperienced in the 5000 but I think I have a shot. The
competition in the 1500 is very strong. In the top three, you have
Hassan, the Olympic champion and world record holder, Dibaba. With
home support as well, that is a big ad planted, you can savour and enjoy
that. I hope so, yeah. -- that is a big advantage. The Anniversary
Games, the crowds were great and that has been a highlight so far.
Laura Muir has got this raise won, that's for sure. The new British
record. Kelly Holmes has been a bitter rated. -- has been
obliterated. One of the British athletes coming to the fore in that
Championships. Laura Muir, listing the great names that she must
overcome to get herself through the heats. In the first heat she didn't
mention Caster Semenya, a surprise she has decided to double up, the
Olympic champion in the 800 metres. How is she going to fare in this? I
might give you the answer after the race because I'm not sure. I don't
know why she has chosen to do it this way around. If it was the
801st, then doing the 1500, fine but before your main event, I'm not
sure. -- if it was the 800, first. I'm sure Brendan Foster and Steve
Cram will have an opinion. Good evening, Brendan. COMMENTATOR: Good
evening, great to be here. Great to watch the opening round of the
women's 1500 metres. Great to see Jessica Judd back after a couple of
fallow years. Coming back to do justice to her own talent. Talking
about Jessica Judd, heading up the start list. She has a tough heat.
Semenya, and Cichocka, she has been great. Chebet has been running well
for Kenya, moving up to the 1500 metres. The top six will go through
but when you have to Barbour, Grace, Sifuentes, so much experience -- you
have to Barbour -- Dibaba. She must think about what she does the best.
It is the first heat and there are six fastest losers was available. A
quick word about Caster Semenya, she is here because she won the African
Championships in 26 -- in 2016, running 4.0 one. She was running
three events. The defending champion, Dibaba. I'm not sure if
she is in the same form she was in in 2016. At best this year, 4.16, so
this will be interesting. Chebet, very dangerous, she will set off the
pace. 800-metre runner who has moved up. Arafi has good pace as well and
we all know about Semenya, the favourite for the 800-metre
gold-medal. Three rounds here as well. Watching on the warm up track
ready late last night, doing some strides. No one else was there.
Vrzalova there and Gigot that will be dangerous as well. A big cheerful
Jessica Judd. A great talent, had a great 2013. -- and Cichocka will be
dangerous as well. Jessica Judd has been getting back in touch with that
talent. Great that she has made the team. The women's 1500, the first of
three heats. So, the top six will go through. I saw Jess on the way in,
Brendan. I know how nervous she was. I said to her, if it helps, 4.9 last
time, if you run under that, statistics tell you that you get
through the first round. I think that's what we'll see her try and do
here. I bet she's pleased she saw you because she is doing what you
suggested, making decent pace. When you saw her on the start line, Just
The Judge, from Chelmsford, easy to get here from there, a lot of
supporters here. -- Jessica Judd, from Chelmsford. She had a couple of
fallow years, but she came back and she will have a great future because
she is a great long-distance runner. Showing wisdom. Her first major
championships at 1500 metres. A wise head on young shoulders, going out
there, trying to run the place, trying to run the race as to how she
wants it. 64.05, the first lap, so a very good pace being set, the kind
of thing that Jess did in the trials, the kind of things she likes
to do and is most comfortable with. Dibaba the defending champion is
moving up. Questions about her fitness but reports are that going
very well. Just extricating herself on the back, Mageean. Caster
Semenya, right on the inside in the middle of the pack, completely
boxed. Interesting to see how she conducts herself in heats of 1500
metres. Even with the women it can be pushing and jostling. On the
inside, from South Africa, the 800-metre champion, running neatly,
just biding her time. She could have run the 400 metres to go with the
800 metres. She has such a range of talent and ability. Jessica Judd,
the crowd are getting carried away. I think she's actually responding to
it. 2.11 over the first 800 metres and she is striding down the
straight. In third place, the defending champion, Dibaba. Dibaba
deciding, hang on, this young Britain is going quickly. Yes, she
got the 800. 2.11 was a bit slow and she has picked it up. Grace moving
up. Terzic is struggling, five metres adrift. Semenya, for the
first time, in the green of South Africa, moving up on the outside.
Cichocka, the great Polish athlete, moving up. Jessica Judd has got to
stay strong here. The top six will go through. She's going to make them
run hard. She will, and Dibaba is going to enjoy that. Semenya moving
up, Grace from the USA. Buckman, in contention but losing a few yards.
Jessica Judd in her first 1500 metres, she has acquitted herself
very well so far. Chebet will come into it behind Semenya. Chebet is
running for Kenya, she is a quick finish. Cichocka is a good finisher.
Jessica Judd has a good distance between her and the sprinters. The
top six will go through and if she stays ahead of Buckman, the others
might pass higher if they want to. Jessica Judd is looking strong. She
just wants to keep in the top six. Dibaba goes away, Semenya, Chebet,
Cichocka. Jessica Judd needs to keep going here to the line, she will be
fine. She's done it, as we expected, running hard from the front. 4:02.68
in the first round. She normally runs 4.4. That is brave, setting out
your stall, you know what you've got to do, run as hard as you can, the
big names behind you having to run hard as well. Jessica Judd,
congratulations, brave running and that's what you get with her. I
think that's right, the first British person on the track so far.
Opening tonight. Caster Semenya, Chebet, Cichocka and the defending
champion there, Dibaba. For me, young lady coming to the
championships, getting on the train from Chelmsford, her supporters do,
anyway, running a personal best, I'm pretty sure, and the crowd respond.
The first British athlete on the track and let's hope that's a sign
of things to come. You want to let them know. I love seeing a young
athlete coming to the Championships, thinking about their plan and how
they should do it. This young lady setting off, running hard, deciding
that there were... It was too much of a gamble to spend her time
amongst the sprinters. There goes Dibaba, we expected that. There goes
the Olympic champion in the 800 metres, Semenya and there comes
Jessica Judd. Six will qualify and let's be honest, Jessica Judd ran a
brilliant race, you can't do better than that and I think it tells you
that she will have a future that we first expected when we saw her as a
junior and now expected in the senior competition. She's acquitted
herself well. I like seeing young athletes respond in major
championships. Well done, Jess. It is one delighted Jessica Judd as
well. You said you didn't think you could get through but you took it
out hard and you got through. I can't believe it! I think the crowd,
they are just amazing, I problem we went off too fast. My dad said,
don't go too fast and I thought, oh, no, but I controlled it. The last
lap I was hurting a little bit. I thought I would have to run the race
of my life to get through but to see that six had broken away, I thought
my goodness, I can't believe it. I'm just so happy! You ran the race of
your life, a new personal best that you can take to the semifinals
tomorrow. What is it like an De Sart line when they announce your name.
-- what is it like on the start line? I don't know, I'm normally in
the zone and I don't do anything but I was so nervous, I couldn't ignore
that. They were amazing. My dad has been fantastic. I'm sure I could
hear him cheering me on. I can't believe it, what a great crowd.
Everyone has been so nice and getting to the semis and to do it
again is amazing. Congratulations, tremendous performance. Thank you!
That's the way to do it, look at that, she made everybody else run
hard. A personal best for Jessica Judd and one or two others behind
her. Although the six fastest losers, even the tenth and 11th in
the first feed, you have to go back to 1999 when you had to run 4.5 to
get out of the first round. -- in the first heat.
The men's long jump qualification. Manyonga, the world leader, second
in the Olympics last year and boy, has he improved. His first band,
8.05, automatic qualification. Comfortably, a big smile for him.
The blue line is also qualifying. He has jumped 8.65 this year and he has
moved on since missing out on Olympic gold by one centimetre last
year. Looks like he has booked his place in the final. Just chopping
his stride, so some work to be done. One and a half kicks. 8.05 or better
books a place in the final. Clean on the board, the white flag will be
raised. Very tidy for the world leader. Three South Africans joining
Manyonga in what proves to be a top competition. We don't have Greg
Rutherford, disappointing for him, couldn't recover from his ankle
injury earlier this year. Manyonga, some questions over his fitness, but
looks like they've been put to bed. 8.12, how about that, job done, he
is in tomorrow's final. Now we have the men's discus. This is the
reigning champion from two years ago, Mallash ski -- Malachowski. Was
that low? 64 metres and 50 centimetres is what is needed for
tomorrow's final. Two big finals. The big Pole is going to be involved
again, looking to defend the title but he will have his work cut out.
So, Malachowski, 65.13. Here is an interesting character from the
sport, Robert Harting. Three times world champion. He has had an knee
problems. Getting his hip onto that. He made it look easy. A big
statement. He is in shape. 32 years of age now. He's got his
knees heavily strapped there. He fixes his base. Drops that right hip
on. League qualifier. So that is Luvo Manyonga, the world
leader. Back story, he's a recovered crystal meth addict.
Toni Minichiello, I know you have watched him closely. What did you
make of that first attempt? I think a nice, steady approach there. The
qualities he has is his flat speed. He runs so quick on the runway. If
you look at him as he goes through the air, he, watch him, because he
has a really still upper body. He doesn't forward rotate into the
sandpit. He carries that over the top over the board. Probably the
fastest man on the long jump in this competition. Job done. He can walk
away. The others have two more attempt to join him in tomorrow's
final. Luvo Manyonga - watch out for him.
What a performance from Jessica Judd earlier on. One of our athletes who
we hope has a good chance in the 1500 or 5,000, Laura Muir going
here. Perhaps the easiest of the three. All these heats are tough.
Laura said, I'm happy with the draw here. Particularly if you have the
confidence she does. A huge reception for Laura Muir.
Well, she didn't get to experience this in London, as Paula said
earlier on. Here for me, perhaps the favourite for the gold medal, one of
the many top three big names Sifan Hassan. She will contest the 5,000
also after the 1500 metres. Tsegay very good. The Germans, you will see
Klosterhalfen in the next heat. Jennifer Simpson, former world
champion, has a happy way of running brilliantly in championships.
Bronze-medallist in Rio last year. Chebet in four. So top six to go
through. I suspect this heat will be, we thought before and it might
be the slowest of the three. I think the likes of Jennifer Simpson, Laura
Muir will think, I will happily fin nish the top six here.
Let's hope that Laura can negotiate this safely. Her last race was 3,000
in the Monaco Diamond League. In the Diamond League a week or so before
that. Good preparation for 1500 metre running. She's had to prepare
for two events. She won't have it in her head yet - your preparation is
different if you're going to run 5,000 metres. So, she's been trying
to cover both bases. That 800-metre set her up nicely. So, Laura will be
wanting to settle in here and hope that it's a decent pace. Nobody
wants to have a jog. I think she'll be happy if it is a little slower
than that first one. Almost certainly will be slower than the
first one. Six to go through. If you look at the first round, the six
fastest losers are looking pretty impressive. Sixth fastest ran 4.8.
4.5 the required time, almost. Laura Muir, carrying a lot of
pressure on her shoulders. She's attempting a brave double in running
the 15,000 and the 5,000. -- 1500 and 5,000.
Right at the back of the pack, Laura Muir, right in among them. She'll
have some thoughts about how she moves out of that position. Hassan,
of the Netherlands, who is now training in America and making real
progress in the States. Steve says he thought she might be the
favourite for this race. I am certain she'll take some beating,
but look at her. Her tactic in the orange vest, right at the back,
behind Laura Muir. There Laura Muir, doing the sensible thing, moving to
the outside and quickly through the field to put herself in contention.
As I said, you've got to run five races, the heats you want to
negotiate nice and smoothly with the least amount of energy expended as
possible. You need to keep yourself out of trouble. Laura Muir doing
that well. Jennifer Simpson realising the move has been made.
Jenny's not a natural front mover either. They are eight seconds
slower than the first heat. Tsegay another good athlete.
Look at her stretching out her pace. Tsegay stretching them for the first
time. Akdag on the inside. And still happy
to bring up the rather. Plenty of company there. Hassan, one of the
favourites, on the back there, moving very quickly through. Laura
Muir is in a good position. Now we're in a race. There are few too
many athletes for comfort here. 3.7 for the 1100 metres.
Now it is about staying clear of danger, make your run at the right
time. Laura's doing it right so far. Jennifer Simpson will be involved in
the finish. Here comes Hassan, drifting down the outside.
The talented Norwegian, on the shoulder of Laura Muir.
Tsegay is in a good position here. Just controlling it from the front.
Only the top six will go through. There's a lot of pushing and shoving
here. Has to be careful. Klein is moving out as well. Laura Muir could
just do enough here. Jennifer Simpson, pushing back in a
battle with Akdag on the inside. There are seven there... Simpson
just stepped out. So Hassan wins it, then Simpson, then Muir, Akdag, they
all go through 4.8 the winning time. Nobody will go through as the
fastest loser. It was a different type of heat. The
one we normally would expect, very different from the first one led by
Jessica Judd. Well done Laura Muir. She ran comfortably. Did everything
she needed to do. Took up a good position at every point of the race.
Hassan was there to prove a point, just to let them know, I will be a
danger. Jennifer Simpson quickly moved out there. Got herself into a
quick place. Here they come, into the straight. And there goes Laura
Muir. Running strongly. Look at Hassan coming on the outside, just
threatening a little. Looking more relaxed as an athlete, with a little
bit of a bump there, too. As we have seen her in the past. She's
stronger, she's faster. She's going to be a danger and her and Laura
Muir neck and neck here. Both having done enough. Both comfortable and
confident. Both crossing the rien. Comfortably qualify -- the line.
Comfortably qualified. A decent day's work for Laura Muir. She looks
powerful, strong. She's mentally in control. Glancing over at the screen
to make sure no dangers are coming from behind. That is wise. She's
learnt that lesson and Hassan, well, I think Steve's right, she's going
to be a danger. Safely through for all the big
names. No upsets in either of these two heats. This is the confidence
that Hassan has in her 800-metre pace at the moment. She gave a
little shove there. Simpson looking for room to make sure as well. Klein
was the one who just sneaked ahead to get in there for the top six. And
so the third heat, well they know what they have to do.
Laura, mission accomplished. What is the mind set like - when you have a
busy round? What do you negotiate? Stayed out of harm's way and really
happy. Just job done. I got a top six. What it is like when there is
such a build-up to a chasm Ionship and you are -- championship? Feels
like it is a long time coming. The support was phenomenal. Cannot beat
it I am excited to be in the semi rmt -- semifinal. What is it like to
be part of it? Brilliant. Women's running is the best it's ever been.
It is great to be part of that and running against these girls, I am
just chuffed I got through. I Hope the semi goes well.
In a few minutes Holly Bradshaw will hope to qualify for the finals. She
knows what it is like to compete in these games. She managed fifth in
her first major championship. She's the record-holder. Puts her among
the best in the world this year. Phil Jones caught up with her and
asked her about her aspirations for these championship.
You haved a experience of London 2012 and now you get to experience a
World Championships in London. What is the process like for you? I am so
excited. I remember London very well. I finished
Every time I go back to the stadium, it gives me goose bumps.
First attempt for 55. Yes. Well done Holly Bradshaw. I'm in the best
position I've been in for a long time. I'm fitter and stronger and
technically the best I've ever been. I know when it comes to a major
championships I step up my game. I have proven that for Beijing and Rio
the last couple of years. I've jumped two records this year. I know
deep down what I can achieve. She's got that, too! Unbelieve --
unbelievable! I love major championships, it is what I love
doing. Steve Backley is in commentary for
us for this one. Steve I know you cannot go on what is written on
paper, when you look at the heights she cleared this year, it puts her
around the best in the world this year. She has a big game's
temperament, doesn't she? Absolutely. She's proven that time
and time again. Sixth and fifth at successive Olympic Games. She's on
home soil. She said she's fitter and stronger than she's ever been. And I
am very optimistic about Holly Bradshaw. Toni Minichiello, I bring
you in on this. What do you make of holly's prospects? Hoping she makes
the final. She's passed at heights now and she will not come in until
four metres 50. She will take her time. The thing will be the waiting.
It will be about waiting, getting ready, rewarming up, when it is
appropriate for her ready to be ready to compete. So, at this
moment, she's just biding her time. She's coming in at a height that she
should easily be able to cope with. So pole vaulter at one end of the
stadium. At the other the men's discus. Here's the world's leader.
Ninth on the all-time list. 71-metre man. Likes that.
Wasn't so good on his first attempt. Looks like he's woken up. Wow! Look
at that! Daniel Stahl... Two metres tall. 150 kilos heavy. Arm span of
two metres 20. Does that seem possible! He's going to be the
favourite going into that final, courtesy of what he did there. What
is it, 67. 64, the best throw we have seen so far.
And we are ready for the last of the first round heats in the women's
1500 metres. The north-east of Britain well represented.
Alongside Weightman, Bahta. Certainly strong this one. The first
one was strong. The second one, which Steve predicted, that would be
the slowest of the heats and lo and behold, there's Klosterhalfen,
incredibly talented athlete. The Olympic champion in this as
well. Five Olympic finalists from Rio in
this heat. Sarah McDonald going as well. And there is Sarah McDonald.
Went to university in Birmingham and from the north-east, she has a
chance of getting through to the semifinal. Everyone in this one
knows what they must do because the six fastest losers are coming from
the first heat. Klosterhalfen, looks like a strong breeze would carry her
away but she is hard as nails and she has gone below four minutes.
Germany has great hopes for her. Sado, another finalist from Rio and
Bahta, from Sweden, the former Eritrea. Laura Weightman, the noise
for the twice Olympic finalist. CHEERING
So disappointing in the Olympic final, it was slow over the first
800 metres, not her kind of race. The race was won by Kipyegon, that
great duo, her and Dibaba. Pereira, the Spanish champion. Nadi, one of
the athletes from the refugee team. Five athletes in the refugee team.
She is from South Sudan, they've been training in Kenny. So six will
go through -- training in Kenny. The six fastest losers come from the
first heat. The last of the first round heats gets underway --
training in Kenya. Laura Weightman, Stafford there. McDonald, glancing
to her inside, she has a decent finishing kick. Paula Radcliffe, we
know what must be done here. They do know what has to be done but is
there anyone who is prepared to do what Jessica Judd did and take their
opportunity and say, OK, what will I have to do to get through to the
next round and run a personal best, running hard from the start? The
only one with a tendency to be able to do that is Klosterhalfen. Is she
going to do that or can somebody like Stafford or McDonald take it on
and run as hard as they can to make it through to the semis? The
Colombian, Coneo, is out there but so is Stafford, her personal best
this season, four point 04 is this season. Laura Weightman is in a good
position, in fourth. Sarah McDonald tucking in behind her. Bader is
biding her time alongside Sado. -- Bahta is biding her time.
Klosterhalfen is tucking into second place. Laura has got herself in a
good position. Kloster Halfon isn't going to do much wrong. Kipyegon
getting herself in position also. -- Kloster Halfon.
Laura Weightman and Sarah McDonald in the middle of the pack. Out
front, Kipyegon, Sado and Klosterhalfen. The first six will go
through, the six fastest losers. But they will do well to get amongst the
six who were the unlucky losers in the first eight, 4.50 five. Terzic
from Serbia in that first heat. Wakeman is going with them. Just
Dhading to react. -- Weightman. Ennaoui is moving up. Klosterhalfen
thinking she's not going to leave anything to chance, she's going to
leave it a long run for home. Sarah McDonald is trying to hang on in
eighth place. It is stretching out further now. Klosterhalfen, then
Kipyegon, then Sado. Weightman is in fifth, just ahead of Stafford. Six
will go through automatically. They are detaching themselves from the
rest but there are others who can get back into it. Klosterhalfen is
looking good. Kipyegon moving on to her shoulder, letting her know who
is boss. Klosterhalfen not going to have much of it but then remembering
that this is just a heat and you only have to come in the top six.
Ennaoui is trying to get into the top six. Formerly American,
finishing third in the US trials. Kipyegon and Sado, Weightman is
sitting in fifth place. Six will go through automatically. Around the
final bend. The Olympic champion, Kipyegon, she is comfortable now.
Bahta, the Swede, in second place. Weightman is in fifth place. Here
comes Ennaoui and Stafford. Klosterhalfen is wavering now.
Kipyegon easing across the line. Bahta, Ennaoui and Sado. In the end,
Klosterhalfen looked uncomfortable but Laura Weightman did the job.
Sarah McDonald was further down the field. Weightman, job done, she is
through to the semifinals, the hint of a smile. She should have a smile
because she ran very well, she kept her head, she looked around and
checked where people were and where the gaps were and she did what was
needed and nothing more in that race. Klosterhalfen had a bit extra
left. She was running into the back of Sado in front of her and had
nowhere to go as two went either side of her. She probably checked
the screen and knew that she was in the top six, expending more energy
than she needed to do. Kipyegon looking good and answering questions
about her fitness. Down in ninth place, Sarah McDonald isn't going to
go through. Kipyegon removing any doubt at all. She takes it.
Weightman is safely through to tomorrow's semifinals. Interesting
to get her thoughts now. Laura, a consummate performance, you've been
in this stadium before in the Olympics, it really showed, your
experience. I love racing in this stadium and on an occasion like this
I can step up and use the crowd, the cheering was amazing. I felt good,
for a heat that was a controlled heat. Sometimes I don't feel that
great but I felt nice and controlled and I was aware of what was
happening. It was nice to stretch out the last couple of laps, getting
my legs going and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. That awareness
on the track, tapping into your experience on the big stage. You
have been spiked, you know the rough and tumble, and the ghostly aiding
it is tough. I always get spiked somehow -- negotiating it is tough.
You have to have your wits about you and I was aware of what is
happening. You step up a gear tomorrow, is your mind going to
change, is it going to be different? It will be very tough, the women's
1500 is extremely talented, high-quality depth, not just a
couple at the top, it is right through the ranks. It will be tough
but I'm ready, let's see what I've got. All the best. Thank you. Great
news for Laura Weightman. We have done the maths for Sarah McDonald,
she has taken the last of the fastest losers places. You have gone
through. Safe through to the semifinal. Waiting patiently to find
out if you have got through. You have, well done. Really?! Yes. I was
waiting by the screen. You were waiting for us, that is kind of you
as we spoke to Laura. All of the Brits have gone through but this is
new to you, so negotiating that round, that is so much more
impressive in many ways. The noise was incredible. I'm so happy that
I'm through. I can't quite believe it. So happy. Tell me about the
thought process on the start line and what you were hoping to achieve.
It was a tough ask, my first World Championships. I had a shout but I
thought, I don't care if this goes badly, I wanted to try and get
through. I couldn't do any more. I qualified with a personal best.
Congratulations, we'll see you in the semis. Thank you, see you
tomorrow! Confirmation of that. Laura Weightman going through.
Looking pretty comfortable. Kipyegon, the Olympic champion,
taking it. In ninth place, the personal best for Sarah McDonald
sees her food to the semifinals. -- sees her through. Asking in the
studio where a man you would be in this event. She very comfortable.
Dibaba heading things. Jessica Judd, what a fantastic run in the first
heat. All four British runners will go through to the semifinals.
We've already seen one South African going through to tomorrow's final in
the long jump. Manyonga is through and this is his team-mate, on 7.95
at the moment, and that looked close to the board but it is good. Ranked
number two in the world, Samaai. Tends to do his best in South
Africa. The South Africans are in good shape and the Americans are
bringing a strong trio. Samaai is waiting for his official
measurement, it is 8.04, one centimetre short of auto. He will
have his last job, he is ranked fifth at the moment -- his last
jump. I mentioned the Americans, this is the 2016 World Indoor
Championships, Debdt. -- Dendy. Underneath the automatic qualifying.
Anderson, the Olympic champion -- Henderson. What an awkward dip and
drive it was, looked really crumpled. He did not use his levers
very well. Dendy, looking at a round summary, the end of the second
round, he's going to need around 7.9. He is in 14th place with 7.70
eight. I mentioned athletes struggling, this is the Olympic
champion. Fifth in the Olympic trials. 7.70 four. In 20th place.
Second round of three. 8.05 is needed for automatic qualifying or
top 12. That looked better. It is better but it is a red flag.
Pressure building on the Olympic champion. That's a massive jump,
interesting to see how far this is. It wasn't far beyond the board. Wow,
Henderson, that is a confidence boost for sure. But under lots of
pressure, that's got to be around 8.40. Massive effort, the longest
we've seen but it won't be measured. Doesn't count. Still in 20th place.
STUDIO: Henderson has a lot of work to do, the Olympic champion. The
world champion Greg Rutherford isn't here because of injury. In the next
hour and a half we will see the beginning of the Long goodbye of two
of the greats of athletics of this era. The sun is going down on two
incredible careers. You know who I'm talking about!
# We've come a long, long way together
# Through the hard times and the good
# I have two celebrate you, baby # I have two Prayuth -- I have to
praise you like I should. # We've come a long, long way
together. # Through the hard
times and the good # I have to praise
you like I should. It is indeed the end of an era and
Jess was saying earlier that she feels her career ran parallel with
Usain Bolt and maybe Mo Farah started later but the same thing,
they've been at the major championships together and they are
here again and they are both out somewhere on the warm up track and
so is Ore Oduba. I am playing the role of Sir David Attenborough,
having a look at the warm up track and seeing who we can find. I can
tell you that in the mix we have seen him earlier tonight, the same
bolt himself. He's just behind the tent. The moment you come to us, the
lesser spotted Bolt has made his way around the tent but everybody who
was in this enclosure now is trying to get a piece of Usain Bolt. Mo was
here but these are the punters making their way into the stadium
trying to get a sneaky peak of whoever they can get. On a night
with Mo Farah and the same bolt they have a hot ticket. The number of
these athletes haven't been into the stadium. We have had the message,
Bolt is there as cool as a cucumber. Just striding up and down the track,
making himself feel at home. A lot of these athletes have not
made their way into the stadium. Mo Farah is one of them. When he goes
in there, he'll be getting the roar of his life. We are about an hour or
so to go before, where is he... ? Where's Mo? He's there somewhere. I
got wind he's somewhere in this safari of athletes. You can find
him, Ben? Can you find him? I can't find him. He's there somewhere. It's
like a Where's Wally! It is like a Where's Mo? Gabby, it is all going
on here. We have the two guys making their final farewell somewhere. It
is hotting up. Thank you. We could see him. When
you spot him running from behind you know him straightaway, his style.
We'll miss his presence. We have seen Bolt here, he's ready for
action. Of course there are other people lining up in those 100 metres
heats later on. Here are the main contenders.
It is a coveted throne. Will he be ousted at career's end. Once in the
last four World Championships did Bolt slip. One false move and Yohan
Blake comes again. Searching for the beast within.
Mean time, a young pretender comes from the American north, Christian
Coleman, just 21, and the quickest contender this year.
A challenger from the African south - 23, a real Olympic and eight times
under ten seconds this year alone. What of the threat from the British
kingdom? Chijindu Ujah - aster, fighting on home ter -- territory.
Usain Bolt... He's saved his title! May have even saved his sport. In
this game of throne's though, only one can be king. The king is dead...
Shsss. Long live the king! And you'll have to wait until the
final heat of this round of the men's 100 metres, as the assault
proper starts to work out who is the fastest man on the planet in 2017.
Andrew Cotter is calling this one. THE COMMENTATOR: The fastest at the
moment is Christian Coleman. We will see what he can do, this 21-year-old
in the first of the quarter finals effectively. Christian Coleman has
been outstanding. 9.82. He's run and American sprinting is
just a little bit of a fallow period, waiting for the next
generation to come through. Christian Coleman is perhaps going
to spearhead that challenge. Three go through automatically here.
The quality is higher across the board than we had in the
preliminaries earlier on. Usain Bolt is the record-holder. Christian
Coleman, based on times, it is whether at this age he has can race
the championship and keep on delivering. Quite often we see
sprinters from the United States who run so well, college athletes and
they run so, so quickly, but then in the big championships they perhaps
don't deliver quite as they did in college races in the US trails. Here
is the line-up for this one. Jak Ali Harvey, the Jamaican, now
running for Turkey. Senoj-Jay Givans, from Jamaica.
Third in the Jamaican championships in the 100. 10. 02 this season.
Matadi, gets a glance. He won his heats.
Cejhae Greene, another youngster. 10. 05 this season.
Jak Ali Harvey, 10. 10. We move on to Christian Coleman.
Again, can he turn those very, very quick times into success at major
championships? Without Andre De Grasse, he is perhaps the best of
the next breed of bright young things and Coleman goes here in lane
nine. The first of six. We've had the prelims on to the first round,
semi-finals and finals tomorrow and three to go through automatically.
Christian Coleman goes in lane nine for the United States.
A little bit of a twitch there. Christian Coleman comes through.
Julian Reus going well. Harvey of Turkey. It will be
Christian Coleman. 10.01. Switched just a little bit on, all
is dead calm when Christian Coleman came well so through. This track is
fast. Everyone says so. And he made that look quite
comfortable. A good run from Jak Ali Harvey, the Turkish athlete.
Christian Coleman, again, the major championships, it is about
delivering through the rounds and doing it time and time again. Trying
to save energy and play the card that you look good to your fellow
competitors as well. Christian Coleman looked good there. . It is
one of those things you have to demonstrate to the others around you
that you are in great shape and whatever you throw at me, I'll
respond. Christian Coleman, out on his own. Well off the blocks.
Nothing really taxing for him. Got himself into his upright running and
gently pulled away. A very good performance by him. Nice and solid.
Christian Coleman, the winner of that first heat is down there with
Phil now. Got to stay composed. A lot of
energy and excitement in the building. I had to calm myself and
execute my race. How were the nerves at the start? A little bit. I wanted
to focus and execute. As for your own chances - how much pressure do
you put on yourself to succeed so early in your career? Not
unnecessary pressure. I want to go out and do what I know I am capable
with. At the end of the day I live with the results. All the best going
forward. Thank you. Christian Coleman looking good. The fourth
fastest American after all time after Gy Gatlang, Green. Almost
below 10 seconds in these quarter finals of the men's 100 metres. So
three going through -- Christian Coleman, Jak Ali Harvey and Cejhae
Greene came through to take that third automatic qualifying place.
Three jumps here in qualification. Lawson looking to make tomorrow's
final. It is about the time. The blue line is the autoqualifying of
8.05. 12 athletes will proceed to the final. Or automatic 8.05, either
way to book your place. Lawson with plenty to spare.
8. 49 to jump. Victory at the US championships. Lawson, fourth in the
Olympics last year. Do you remember his hand scraped the sand. His
challenger, 8. 05. Confirms his place in tomorrow's final. Here is
his team-mate under some pressure. Marquis Dendy. A world class triple
jumper, but not having a great time and needs something around, well,
7.90. That looks like he's not going to make it. So Dendy, statistically
in his prime at 24 years of age, has just bombed out in qualifying.
It looks as though, anyway, that awkward dip again, looks like he
loses his speed. And the distance is sacrificed.
Good extension. That's not the problem. He just loses that
horizontal speed. Such a capable jumper. This is Henderson -
the Olympic champion from last year. Toni, he won that by one centimetre.
Manyonga has moved on and Henderson, in a bit of trouble here, but
looking good at the same time. I think it's awkward for them on the
back straight. We're getting very low winds. Not a lot of assistance,
which is necessary from the wind to give them the speed in order to jump
the qualifying distances. So we saw Dendy just then, he was running into
a -0.7 wind. If you add it to the situation where he sinks and loses
his speed, it is a recipe he will not qualify, as we have seen.
On the left of the picture is Yohan Blake. Of course Blake knows what it
is like, I say to beat Bolt. When Bolt had the false start in Deagu.
Blake has had a fraught time over the ensuing years and recently a
groin injury stopped him running in the Diamond League. Abdul Sani Brown
has won two personal bests. Volko, you would have seen him run a
new national record. He's next to Xie, the best of the Chinese, up
into 10.09. Barnes came through earlier on in the preliminary round
running very smart as well. Then Yohan Blake. Huge support for
all of the Jamaicans. He's a little quieter than he was two or three
years ago. He's calmed down a little. He was known as the beast,
or he wanted to be known as the beast. He's certainly capable of
producing a performance that can push Bolt all the way. But as I
said, a question mark Around his niggles.
I have not mentioned Lima, from Portugal. 10.05. Coached by Linford
Christie. Getting away smoothly, Blake got a terrible start. Blake
has work to do to get into the top three.
Blake will just get in there. 10. 06. This young man is a superb
talent. He's a big name in Japan. He's got all sorts of sponsorship
deals already. He's only 18. He may be better at 200 metres eventually.
A very good 200-metre runner. But, dum Colin, he has shown a great
performance. A great performance by this young man. I agree, I think the
200 metres is where he'll go ultimately. He has that beautiful,
silky smooth technique. When he comes out of the block, second from
the right of the screen, doesn't spend that much time driving. As
soon as he hits the floor, just works his way, doesn't he?
Long strides, close to the ground. Doesn't have the same kind of tempo
that you see from some of the other runners. Remember, just going to
remind you of this Guy's age - he is just 18. He's gained all this great
experience already. Good stuff from the youngster.
Just a question mark about Blake, whether he drove hard out of the
blocks. Look at this, Colin, his reaction was not too bad, but his
pick-up was slow. I think he dipped under. Pushed out well. If you watch
him there, he doesn't look like he's straining too much, Steve. He
doesn't look like he's going to work himself. He's fighting for it, is
the word I want to look for. He's got eyes ahead, focussed. Feels
himself pulling through and left and right and glances at the right time
once he's crossed the line. Confirmation then of Blake then.
The long jump on the far side of the stadium there. And this athlete,
Henderson, is under massive pressure. The Olympic champion from
Rio. We saw the massive foul that he jumped in the second round. At the
moment he's going out. Let me bring you in, Toni. Henderson is last
comment leading 7.90 two. Is he going to do it? If the second round
is anything to go by, he should. If he moves it up about six inches,
running the way he did stop but there's a lot of anxiety and
nervousness. He is one of those who can generate bead on the runway and
run off the board and carry the speed deep into the pit. Very
capable, but nervous moments. Very nervous moments for Henderson, the
Olympic champion. All other eyes looking to him. The other athletes
have finished trying to make the final. 20 First Place, a big foul in
the second round. He need 7.92 or better to make the final. It's
better. This is going to be really close. It is a valid jump. It is
below the auto qualifying. I think he may have just done it. He shakes
his head but I think he may have jump just enough. We're looking the
summary. He made the adjustment, it was a bit of an over adjustment,
overcompensating for being so close in the second round. The blue line,
8.0 five. 7.92 or better to make the top 12. If he gets into the final,
all of these performances are scrapped. It's not enough,
Henderson, the Olympic champion, is out. Oh, that's distressing for him
and for his coach. A puzzled look on his face, he's not sure. Maybe he
doesn't understand that that is his competition over, a jump of 7.90,
easy for a man of his class and ability. He is a pressure man, he
proved that last year, a last round jump when he took gold in Rio. He
came here as a contender for the world title. Well, Henderson, no
part to play in tomorrow APPLAUSE
Final -- in tomorrow's final. The frustration I'm sure already in
place as a result of not being able to compete. Seeing competitors, who
he would have loved to go go toe to toe with all stop -- go toe to toe
with. Nothing he can do but watch, Greg Rutherford. Two Americans
faltering. Athletes in the men's long jump qualification, looking way
off their best. Tomorrow, the final, and Manyonga from South Africa is
looking possibly like the favourite. It can quickly go wrong and the
athletes know that one slip and it could be over. The first appearance
of one of the three British athletes going in the men's 100 metres on the
right, Reece Prescod, the UK champion, in lane two. Perhaps a
slight surprise that he won the UK title. Four British athletes have
gone quicker than him this season but Prescod delivered in Birmingham
and took the title well. This is who he is lining up against. Simbine,
very quick. Not De Grasse. A couple of days ago he pulled out. A big
loss to the race. Three will go through automatically. As big a
moment now when he won the UK title. Being welcomed to the Olympic
Stadium. Needing to go close perhaps to his best. Alex Wilson alongside
him from Switzerland. Simbine, well, so consistently fast this season, no
man has more sub ten second runs than him, eight of them. But Meite
and others have gone below ten seconds. Meite, the finalist in Rio,
winning the 100 in the Paris Diamond League. Burke, if you were with us
earlier, you may have seen him, from Barbados, coming through the
prelims. The Grassi, even though he pulled out a couple of days ago, he
is still listed in this race -- the Simbine was Wayde van Niekerk's
roommate in Rio. They are taking South African's men's sprinting
forward. Prescod in lane two. Wilson outside. Forte of Jamaica in four.
Simbine of five. Meite in six and Burke in seven and Saaid of the
Maldives is in eight. We will go through automatically to the
semifinals. -- three will go through what radically. Prescod getting a
decent start. Meite coming through and Simbine is in trouble. Prescod
is going to come through. The victory will go to Forte but
qualifying for the semifinals goes to Reece Prescod, very impressive
run. Meite also but disappointing for Simbine. All those times he is
delivered, he didn't go through but Reece Prescod certainly goes
through. The winner, Forte. Many cheers here for this man, Reece
Prescod, the UK champion, through to the semifinals. Strong performance
from this young man. I was wondering if he'd be anxious on the line. The
start is in his best part of the race but he nailed it, he got out
well, driving hard for those first couple of metres and put himself in
a very good position. Always strong from 60 two 100 metres. He keeps his
form. He knows the quality of the athletes around him. He does what is
necessary and is rewarded with a new personal best, 10.0 three. Great
performance. Out again from the blocks hard. He knows the quality is
to his right. He works hard, he keeps cool. He doesn't want to get
tight, cause anything tends that would slow him down and a great job.
Great to see that for the UK champion. Have a look again, bang,
getting up right, pushing hard. He's a tall man, he's always going to be
struggling for the quick start but that was pretty useful. It was the
time to do it. You don't want to leave anything here, you want to get
out and guarantee a place in the next round and that's what he's
done. Awarded, 10.03, let's hear from him now. Impressive
performance, to do it on H on a night like this and a personal best.
The stadium here, I saw so many people, it is mad. Nice to have the
people behind me. The run was pretty good. I've been working on my style
and it is getting there. Hopefully do the same tomorrow, execute and
just go for it. You are able to keep your nerves in check pretty well. I
was nervous this morning, I had to force down my breakfast. Me and my
roommate, CJ, keeping cool and hopefully keep going, really. So
close to the sub ten seconds, that must be so close for you, hopefully
tomorrow. I'm getting there, I feel it's coming and I got to take it
step-by-step. Tremendous race, well done. Thank you. What a run. Forte
is the first man to go under ten seconds this evening. Reece Prescod,
personal best, tenth on the UK all-time list. Simbine come out of
the automatic places but he is in qualification to go through as one
of the fastest losers. A lot of Brits are in action here in the
Olympic Stadium. One with a chance of winning a medal, Holly Bradshaw.
She's proved she can deliver on the biggest stages of all. Across the
last five or six years. She jumped 4.81 for a new British record in her
last outing. She says she's fitter and stronger than she has ever been.
The bar is at watch metres and 50 centimetres. She has passed the
opening two Heights. The first attempt for Holly Bradshaw. Oh, yes!
Good start. This is qualification. 4.16 is needed for Sunday's final.
It is the perfect start -- 4.6 p. Toney, we talked about her needing
to go well and that looked good. It was all right, she has been sat down
since the competition started -- Toni. The poll needs to be high and
up and in front of which is why you saw the kick the outside. 4.50,
first-time parents, very good. STUDIO: What an evening we've
experienced and we have so much more in store. Two legends of the sport
beginning their farewell. 80 minutes until we see Usain Bolt. We seen him
warning up and now we've seen the great man getting ready to walk
through. Mo Farah is still going through his strides and reparations
as well. Doing a little bit of elaborate stretching, moving the pal
big floor, thrusting, I'm not sure what the technical term is. Jess is
saying that isn't the technical term! -- pelvic floor. He will be
out on the track. No doubt the atmosphere is going to go up a notch
or two. It is the fourth round now of the men's 100 metres heats and
the Crown is calling this one with representation from Reece Prescod's
roommate, CJ Ujah. COMMENTATOR: What a season he has been having, CJ. A
change in his coaching set up. Now he is with Stuart McMillan. Running
with a new sense of confidence and consistency. He has been around the
ten second mark, doing well on the Diamond League. 9.98, his best
performance, in Rabat. Warmer than it is here but good conditions
tonight, we've seen some good sprinting so far. He has a pretty
good feet here, I think. Su may give him something to think about.
Interesting to see how Christopher Belcher for the USA, his first time
at this level. He has only run under ten seconds once, in the American
Championships. Interesting to see how he goes here. CJ: I like his
attitude. He brings a calm confidence to what he's doing. He is
in the shape of his life. Just missed out on the final last year in
Rio. Surely he can make it through to the final and then, you never
know. Su also won on the Diamond League circuit in front of the home
crowd in Shanghai. He was behind CJ in Rabat. And Bolt and others in
Monaco. We saw Millar earlier on in the prelims. Dodson from Samoa as
well. Going through to ten -- Belcher on the outside. He is a shy,
reserved character! The arm warmers, maybe his comment on the weather
here in London. Colin tells me that his father is German and Belcher and
CJ Ujah, two bookends in this heat. The first three will go through. It
is lanes two and nine, to watch. There will be a huge cheer if he can
just compete in the way that he has done all year.
False start in lane seven, that is less heart -- that is Lehata. He
knows it. First one of the championships, a dubious accolade.
Yes, you can see. Bang. Does he even wait? He just took off. These
athletes have come a long way and they will be disappointed when that
happens and so will the crowd, that's for sure. Clearly before the
gun. He was fourth in the Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow, 2014. Particularly in all the Caribbean countries.
So Mosito Lehata, sadly for him, that's the end of his world champs.
In the 100 metres, anyway. It is not a good moment, is it? When
you see that red card, you have to be escorted off. You've done all the
preparation, all the warm-up, all the procedure and just a little bit
of a lack of discipline or nerves causes that.
Probably nerves. You know, despite the experience that so many of these
athletes have, you know, if you had run in the heats of Rio you wouldn't
have had this size of crowd. So, a big occasion. What we are tliing
about the Japanese strip by the way, that definitely needs a few minutes
of discussion later in the evening. Aska Cambridge running in the lane
next to Chijindu Ujah. There he is, in lane two. A cheer going up from
the crowd on the far side. Safely away this time. CJ gets a
nice start. Bell with work to do. Cambridge is right in there. Bell
finally gets up there. -- Belcher finally gets up there. A season's
best for him. A slight head-wind. Hardly a breath of wind on the
track. We know it is fast. CJ got out nicely. 10. 07. That's all he
had to do. Negotiate, come back tomorrow. He would have liked to
have won his heat. You don't have to push that hard. A decent start. He
really nailed that. Worked hard for the right time to work hard and just
keep focussing. Just do what you can do. All season CJ has been doing
these type performances. That's all we can ask for him to do right now.
He will raise his game going through the rounds. Look, he's looking
across, making sure he's in the right position at the right time. I,
myself, am very pleased with that from CJ.
CJ, well done. First round over and done with. Seems like you were
relaxed. I was relaxed. Wanted to go through my phases and get ready for
tomorrow. You've had such a tremendous season. This World
Championships has been on the horizon for so long. What is it like
to be out there? It is nice. The crowd is amazing. Obviously London
World Champs, cannot get better than this. I will enjoy it. Hopefully I
can make it to the finals. What is it like for you at your early stage
of your career to be talked of as a contender or possible medal hope for
us? It is nice. But I have to keep my head down and focus on me and
just keep on improving. Is it good you have a roommate in Rhys? He's a
good kid. You saw him win the trials. I am sure he'll probably
smash his personal best again. It is good going forward for British
sprinting. All the best for tomorrow. Thank you.
A really good, solid performance. The heats are an indicator, nothing
more, that tough stuff comes tomorrow. Absolutely. They'll all be
nailing it tomorrow. For CJ, for me, it is a good season for him. Looks
like he's got all that control - good running, CJ. Really good.
So, Bingtian Su, from China, through safely and two good British
sprinters. And the third of the British
athletes will go in the final heat. Usain Bolt going in the last heat.
We take you right back Michael Johnson to the first heat and
Christian Coleman, obviously from the United States, has had a great
season. He's raced a lot. Yesterday you were worried that intensity of
racing he's done may make him not as sharp as you might like in terms of
predicting medals for him. What did you see today that impressed or
persuaded you otherwise? They made the right decision. He and his coach
decided no t to run in Europe after the US championships and that rest
has done him a service. As we see here. He looks very smooth, very
relaxed. The only concern I would have had is whether he was still
race-sharp because of the time off. It was certainly the right decision
to make to take that time off because he has had so many races.
He's obviously still very race-sharp here. This will boost his
confidence. I am sure he wants to get up there and run. This will
certainly boost his confidence. Very relaxed. He's a very impressive,
very neat sprinter. He's very efficient, very quick and has a
bright future. He's getting started. Just finished his college career.
Think I the future bodes well for him. The future looks bright in the
shape of Reece Prescod, who had a fantastic entry to the semifinal
there. The way he ran that, very composed. You wouldn't know it was
his first chasm pi whereonship. No, you wouldn't. -- championship. No,
you wouldn't. He was able to recover from that, which is impressive for
someone with his level of experience and acquitted himself very, very
well here. This is what you want. You want to produce your best
performances when it counts. He was able to do that and produce a
personal best here. It will get tougher in the next rounds. He will
go into the next round with quite a bit of confidence from this. He
doesn't look like, you know, the pressure really affected him much at
all. He said he was a little bit nervous this morning. But that is
good coaching to get a young athlete like that, ready here in the first
round in the 100 metres and produce a personal best. There is Justin
Gatlin, out for the penultimate of these heats of the 100 metres. Did I
imagine it, Andrew Cotter, or did I hear a boo there? Your imagination
is not playing tricks on you. There was a boo or two. Perhaps more than
that inside the stadium. Gatlin would be the golden man, but
for Bolt, who goes in the next heat. Here, heat five, three to go through
automatically and Gatlin, at the age of 35, starting his campaign again.
The hand's coming up. Lane two, Keston Bledman, very experienced
from Trinidad and Tobago. He has to explain why he wasn't happy.
He has to explain to the starter. Gives us a start to talk about the
starters. Keston Bledman, 29 now. He's, he's had some success. Again,
if you put your hand up, you do have to come up with a decent reason for
having done so. A very good reason. I was looking at him there and he
was having a proper conversation with the official. Out comes the
green card for everybody. Perhaps his foot was slipping down
the block or something. There'll be a reason. Got Kim alongside him. 10.
Ds 07. Justin Gatlin is there.
Gavin Smellie, quick starter. He goes in six.
Fisher, once of Jamaica, in seven. Abdullah Abkar Mohammed, came
through the prelims, in eight and Thando Roto ran 9. 95 this season.
Again, applause around the stadium. Now silence for the fifth of sixth
first-round heats in the men's 100. Oh, called back. It didn't look
pretty even that one. I was going to say a good start from Gatlin, as it
often is. He's halfway down the track.
And it might be Thando Roto, the South African... This is all going
wrong for the South African sprinters. Anyone below 0.1 is
considered a false start. Thando Roto will be heading off and
his World Championships in the 100 metres, certainly, is over.
Let's have a closer look at it, Colin. Far left. He's moving very
early. Very early indeed. And again, it is
what we were talking about earlier, I think a little bit of nerves.
Anxiety. First time on a big stage, with a crowd like this - Andrew,
where there's people who are very close to you. There's buzzing going
on, but you have to hold your concentration. He's looking at the
board. I can assure he'll be looking up in hope, because that red card
will be on the way. That's painful for him.
He'll try and argue his case. There's no arguing about it. It's
there, on the computer. Sorry, but that's the rules... There
we are! Harsh, but fair, you're out.
So, two non-starters here. Chavaughn Walsh didn't come to the start line.
We have Keston Bledman, Kukyoung Kim, of Korea. Justin Gatlin goes in
five. Gavin Smellie of Canada. Andrew Fisher Abdullah Mohammed of
Saudi Arabia. The rules... There we are!
Harsh, This time clearly away. A great
start from Kim in lane three. Gatlin making his move. Can he go through
automatically. Fisher as well. Labourering to the
line. Gatlin comes through. 10. 10.06. And
the noise inside -- 10. 06 and the noise inside the stadium. That
chequered history want to put it behind him, but the crowd in this
stadium not allowing him to here. He will win, he will move on and he
will shut it all out. He did what had to be done here. One of these
athletes who is great out the blocks. When he gets into that
rhythm, quite difficult. But look at that man - he's here and that will
be a little bit of a noise. What Justin Gatlin has to put up with so
often. We will show you Usain Bolt, the man
who has beaten him so many times, but he's in the house and just about
ready. Holly Bradshaw in the pole vault
qualification has chosen to pass her next height of four metres 55. She
shares the lead. 4. 60 is also qualifying. Talking
about the fact, that is a confident move, isn't it? It was a good
clearance at 4. 50. That has given her the confidence. It is a smart
move, save your energy and clear the 4. 60 the first time and that's you
through for qualifying. Let's wrap things up from the fifth
heat, Justin Gatlin taking it. Thando Roto, so disappointing, the
South African disqualified for that false start.
Usain Bolt, striding out for his heat, the final of these heats...
Listen to that! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Not just from
the Jamaican quarter. Anyone here with a ticket knows that tonight
they are very, very lucky indeed. They may not have a ticket for
tomorrow night and this could be the last chance they ever get to see him
out there and we're lucky, too, I guess, about we, Denise to see him
in the flesh as we have so many times. It has been a privilege to
watch him and watch him grow, watch him become the legend that he is.
You never get tired of seeing him connecting with his audience. I
mean, it feels like, you know, just, it's his arena. He's owned it for so
long. I cannot wait to see him meet his destiny, which is etched
already. It is fantastic. And Jess, not every athlete gets the privilege
of deciding when the end has come. Often injury cuts things short. You
had that last year in Rio and you the esided -- and you decided it was
the end. Anyone who saw the documentary saw the build up to Rio
was a struggle to get that motivation. He's here now. He's done
the hard work and it is about enjoying it. So many athletes have
to cut their careers short through injury or whatever it might be,
disappointments. He is that athlete. Purple is the colour of his school,
school uniform. Gold - well that speaks for itself! . The green and
gold of Jamaica. Steve Cram will call this one for you.
COMMENTATOR: Say hello, wave goodbye. Usain Bolt, a rapturous
welcome as he came into the arena. By contrast, as ever, to that of
Justin Gatlin. Here, the journey begins, for Usain Bolt. Heat six,
first round. Against him, James Dasaolu of Great Britain and Jimmy
Vicaut, of France, two of Europe's best. Fraser came through the rounds
early on, as did Rodney from Canada. Their reward, a chance to run
against a great man. Vicaut, I was watching him doing some stance. He
had some hamstring problems. He's been out for a few weeks. He says he
doesn't know how he's going to do but he's going to give his best
shot. He's worked hard to be fit and healthy. Everyone has been chatting
about CJ and Reece Prescod, Dasaolu has quietly gone about his business
and he's been in good form. Let's hope he can negotiate his way
through here. Tada of Japan. You don't need to introduce the
greatest athlete of all time. Here in London for the final time. As
ever, the showman on the start line. Let's put all of the emotion and
everything else to one side for the next few seconds. Now it's about how
good Usain Bolt is. We've seen his races, one under ten seconds. See if
he just does enough here. He has Vicaut and Dasaolu against him. Just
get an indication of where he can go in the next two rounds tomorrow.
Decent start from Bolt. Dasaolu was quick and so was Vicaut. Bowled has
some work to do here. Here he comes and there he goes. 10.0 eight. A
shake of the head. It's the pick-up that isn't quite there at the
moment, is it? That is Jimmy Vicaut and Dasaolu, he has given them a
three-metre head start over the first 20, 30 metres and then he runs
them down. He doesn't need to be better than that. But he has that
ability and quality, when he gets to top speed. It takes longer defined
it than he used to. He didn't have much urgency, from ten metres, 230.
It is when he glanced halfway down. He can afford to look around. You
can see him going, one, two, three, four, I need to change my place
here. -- my pace. I'm told by people who know this, Paula Radcliffe, he
is called Hero the hedgehog. He is playing the game up very well. Let's
have a look at this. It is that bit of the race where they get away from
him between ten and dirty metres. He takes a glance, doesn't he --
between ten and 30 metres. He starts hitting the floor a bit harder. He
gets up bright and he takes a nice easy victory. 10.0 seven. Your good
friend Colin Jackson talking over the replay, you've just watched it,
what did you think? Very bad! I stumbled a little bit coming out of
the blocks. I'm not very fond of these blocks, I think they are the
worst I've experienced. I have to get this together, I must get the
start together because I can't keep doing this. What is it about the
blocks in particular? It's shaky, when I did my warm up and pushed
back it felt like what I'm not used to. Not as firm as I'm used to. You
are used to this reception from the crowd, how amazing is that? Always
wonderful, they always show me so much love and I really appreciate
it. Happy to be here. It will be ramped up tomorrow, the semifinal.
We hope. Yeah, I'm excited, looking forward to the finals and doing my
best. All the best. The thing is, when he does his best,
it's pretty good! It's interesting, what he was saying about the blocks.
I think Bledman was saying the same thing, indicating that the blocks
had moved. When I was watching it I thought his foot actually slips
down. They are struggling with the comfort element of it. They can
practice it in the warm up. You can see his running with a little bit...
He looks anxious, he's not happy, is he? He canters his way through. But
when you're as talented as he is, you can afford to have those blips
and still ease your way through. So that's what he did. Let's have a
look at Jimmy Vicaut and Dasaolu there. Vicaut, that's good from a
man who's had a hamstring problem. Delighted not to have any problems.
Dasaolu never uses his full height. His knees get out in front of him.
He's in good form, Colin. Nice and strong, both athletes. Vicaut and
James know each other very well, racing head-to-head many times. Back
in the day they were the top two Europeans, so they know each other
well and it is nice that they have got through to tomorrow. It will
mean that Tada goes through and I think Simbine has the fastest loser.
Roto, his team-mate, with a false start. STUDIO: We need to get to the
bottom of the blocks, I think! You are the experts, what is he talking
to, what is he alluding to? Yeah, I'm not sure. They look like normal
blocks to me but the race didn't look like normal Usain Bolt. That
didn't look very good at all. I think he obviously felt something in
the blocks that he didn't like and he wasn't happy with the start and
it affected him in the race. Because what he started to do there, you see
him start to look around much earlier than he normally does. You
also see Usain Bolt coming out in the first round of a major
Championship, when he knows that he's got to use these rounds to get
himself sharp, to run a good first 60 metres, and he didn't. He threw
the race away at the end and looked over and thought, I'm going to raise
these guys and do what I need to do. He doesn't normally run in the first
heat but he was actually competing. It looked weird. Can I ask a
question. Because he doesn't race very often, over the years, does
that impact his feeling, his flow when it comes to the championships?
You said he looked across earlier, does he lose a feeling or does that
not apply to him? I don't think it applies to him, because he is used
to doing what he needs to do. In this first round, Jimmy Vicaut could
be a medal contender, Dasaolu could be a finalist, but he doesn't have
to race against those guys. He never thinks about that. He normally comes
into the first round, this is my opportunity to work on some things,
30, 40 metres and I will be in control of the race, but he wasn't
and started to look out in front. The other thing he'll be
disappointed about, he shook his head at the end, he let it affect
him in the race, instead of continuing to do what he needed to
do he let it affect him in the race. Will that be a psychological
advantage for those who think they can take him on in the final
tomorrow? No, it won't be because he will get it right in the next round,
I guarantee you. That's who he is. He will get it right. We probably
won't hear anything after this about the blocks. He'll be disappointed to
make that comment because that's not who he is. At this point I imagine
he's thinking, I want to go out and run again and be Usain Bolt because
that wasn't Usain Bolt. But for the thousands and thousands here, they
just saw Usain Bolt coming through and winning with ease, as they are
used to seeing. When you micro-analyse the performance, it is
like nothing we've seen in a major Championship. Great to see him but
he didn't seem himself. He's had a turbulent year, and when you are at
that stage, as I was, you can have injuries every time but he goes into
every Championship with pressure. This is a different kind of pressure
as this is his final one. You can see the frustration that he isn't
where he wants to be but he will find it he is Bolt. We were talking
yesterday about he gets through this in terms of motivation because he
isn't going to break a world record, it hasn't been the strongest year in
100 metres running in terms of a main protagonist. I said you need to
create that. You said you didn't think he did. He enjoys being out
here. Who does that? Bloopers themselves on the line like this
when he's got nothing to prove that smack bloopers themselves on the
line. Only Usain Bolt -- who put themselves on the line. It is about
how he acquitted himself in the race. He will want to put it behind
him. Even know that wasn't a very good race, in Usain Bolt terms it
was all four, he still ran in 10.07 and controlled it. It didn't come to
him in the way that he normally does, so he went back to school
yard, getting in front of these guys and getting across the line before
they do. He has the ability to do that. He's bad is still too good for
the rest of the field, that is dispiriting for them! One of the
greatest sportsman of all time. The greatest British athlete of all time
will shortly be out in the arena. Mo Farah doffing his cap as he comes on
for the 10,000 metres. He's done it all in this sport, hasn't he,
looking for his sixth World Championship gold.
A story of human movement. This looks easy. It has been anything
but. 1983. The start. Twin boys are born in Mogadishu, Somalia. Eight
years later, one twin moves to London. He loves football. Running.
Running wins. There are setbacks. Disappointing performance by Mo
Farah. Successes. He's destroying them in the home straight! The
champion! Change, change of routine, coach, change everything. He must
move, to move faster. Denying Farah! Is he ready now? Is this the time
and is this the place? He's taken it again, Farah, it is gold! He is the
double Olympic champion. These are Mo nights and this is Mo town. It
becomes the motion picture of the age, to be repeated and appreciated
time after time. As expected. Howarth monumental Mo. Mo Farah is
the mode champion again. -- Usain Bolt monumental Mo.
Rio. How will the finish be? This is the final straight, the final
chapter. In the city where his love affair with Manning began -- with
running began. STUDIO: Eddie Butler there. That is his global haul to
date. That is a phenomenal haul in an area, it is unprecedented to keep
doing it, round after round. Paula Radcliffe has joined us again. After
Rio, we sat in the studio, has he got it, can he keep the intensity,
the training that he does not being away from his family, his precious
twins and his son and wife. Three daughters and a son, he's got, and
he does, he leaves them for months at a time to do altitude training.
It is the sleep and rest and everything it takes to be the best.
It is the everyday grind of it. This is probably the first year, if I'm
honest, where we start to see him a little bit tired in training and
he's had to work hard. He has been heavy legged in some of the
early-season racing but he still has that of invincibility and that is
what is so incredible about him, how he controls the field, making the
field bow to how he wants the race to be run and he's able to control
them to make sure he is where he won smack to be and if he's in that
position with a couple of laps to they can't beat him. They don't
believe they can beat him. When you see the finish is, how fast he
finishes, they know what they have to do. But they just aren't able to
do it. They have to take it to him hard in the early part of the race
and I don't think they can do it, they don't believe they can.
They are coming out into the stadium. Paul larks I -- Paula I ask
you this time and time ben again, how do they do it? They know what
have to do. It has to be the Kenyans. We have et think yop ya in
there. It has to be them working together.
If they make it really hard in the beginning, possibly. It is a tough
ask. Taking the applause there, Mo Farah.
Lapping up the crowd. His final 10,000 metres on the track
here in London - the scene of such heroics in 2012 for him and his
small family - how it's grown. They are here to enjoy this moment. He
talks about how he does it for them. For them to see him here is so
special. So many sportsmen and women don't get that opportunity. Family
comes after careers have finished. For Mo it has always been about his
family and how wonderful if they could see him take another global
gold here. Jess, you know what it is like with
family and the commitments that you have to get through, as you did with
Beijing. It is all about juggling. Mo has carried on. It is the
motivational element for me as well. It is how Mo has managed to do it
year on year, but motivated himself to be on top. That is what athletes
find hard once they have tasted glory and the success they wanted to
achieve. He's just mentally so, so together. It's incredible to watch.
Staying healthy as well, that is the big thing - staying injury-free,
with the amount of mileage, the amount of work he's putting in and
his body doesn't break down and his form stays strong right through to
that crucial last lap. Dig deep, Mo Farah, one last time. 10,000 metres
on the track. Let's hand you over then to Brendan
Foster and Steve Cram. THE COMMENTATOR: Here we go then.
London's calling. Brip's watching.
-- Britain's watching. We're all waiting. Since that brilliant night,
two nights, I guess, five years ago now in London, he's had three more
golds, at 10,000 metres. And he's had three more children.
Keep the family thing going. He's keeping it nicely balanced. This is
not going to be easy for Mo Farah. Too many people, including ourselves
say start the programme, it is never that easy. Mo has never won the
10,000 gold medal in all of his great races by more than 0 .6 of a
second. It is always that close and may well be tonight. Up against him
three very good Kenyans. The three who raced him in Beijing.
It watch out for Cheptegei as well. A former training manager.
Belihu, 19-year-old Ethiopian. An unknown quantity. Not this man.
Twice the world half-marathon champion. Beating Mo Farah in
Cardiff - famously after falling down at the start. Here we go...
Certainly divides the British media. I read an article who said he is a
hero. Everyone agrees with. That I think most people at home agree with
that as well. I went to watch the Ethiopian trials
- he won it, Hadis, 62nd last there's Tanui.
Muchiri, he may well help as well. If we are going to see anything to
test Mo, we said this, two or three of them have got to work together,
at least, to make it hard. Not one of them is good enough to run away
from him at the start. They have to make it hard and tough before they
get into that part of the race, the last 600 metres that belongs to Mo
Farah. Time and time again, he's delivered.
One more time for Mo Farah. In front of his home crowd n the
city he knows so well. The city that he loves. The track that set him on
this brilliant journey over the last five years. The crowd already
raising the noise level and we're only on lap one. 24-and-a-half laps
ahead now. And Brendan, it is the age-old
question - how do you think Mo Farah, he's orchestrated the crowd,
because he orchestrates the races as well. Over the last few years he has
orchestrated the races. He's often sat at the back, but I notice today
he's not sitting at the back. His sensors - a plan ahead. I think he's
absolutely right with that sense. He's actually closer to the front
after one lap than he often is at these championships. 61. And there's
Amlosom stepping off the track quickly. That is disappointing. You
sense here the Kenyans, the Ugandans and a couple of the young Ethiopians
are thinking, we're going to make a race tonight. They look like they
are going to make a race tonight. Two Ugandans in the front there.
This is the guy, who at the World Cross Country Championships, his
home crowd in U began da, he had a host of good Ethiopians and he got
very excited. He was running brilliantly on the day. In the pen
ul the I mate lap, he had an 11-second lead into the last lap,
and then he, around halfway through he fell apart.
He was beaten. The two know each other well. What he's not got to do
is get over excited. The race plan may well be, let's take it to Mo
Farah right from the gut. Let's have a go. That looks like what they will
do. It is unusual. We have never seen that, really. He set off a bit
too quick there Cheptegei. He's in the front.
Mo Farah knows if he didn't know it beforehand, that they were going to
at least try something today, then he knows now. The two of them have
set off at a good pace early on. Going through the first 1,000
metres, if you think, 4.42 is about two minutes, which is fast for a
championship. Only twice have we gone under 27 minutes. There we go,
2. 39. That is what was suggested earlier. We talked about this many
times. These two men, Cheptegei, the Ugandan, and the cross-country
champion. Down the field, in a sensible place, relaxing, just doing
what he wants to do, letting them do what they want to do at the front -
he can't stop that. These are early days. These are the days for Mo
Farah when the nervous tension is allowed to seep out of his body.
That was a 67-second lap. That was slower. There goes Mo Farah, just
doing what he knows how to do. The crowd are supporting him. I notice
on the start line, Steve, he looked very, very relaxed. He was winding
the crowd up, making them cheer, clap, making them shout for him.
They all know him. They all love him. They want to see him run a
great race tonight. We have talked about this before,
there are great athlete in this race. Mo Farah is a great
competitor. Nobody will be better prepared than Mo Farah. He came down
on Thursday night, later flight than he initially intended to. His last
couple of sessions went very well, I am told. Very quick 400 metres. For
a 10,000 metre run tore be able to do that it is phenomenal. 67, as we
said. So, he's gone through the same processes that he's gone through
time and time again now. He knows which boxes he needs to tick. He
knows how to come into to a chasm Into a championship.
He's not reacting to the pace. He's not reacting to what they are doing
in front. He's not getting involved in the up and down motion. This man
is a chal talent Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor. This man eventually will
run a fantastic marathon. He's already twice world cross-country
chasm pi mpion. If this was a distance other than 10,000 metres on
the track, if it was on a road, over a half-marathon, in the country over
10 or 12 K, you would give Kamworor a strong chance. Look at Mo Farah -
on the track now, he's not at all affected by this. Now, they have got
to make the running. They have to take it to him. Mo's relaxing at the
back of the field. But you know when they lined up, to be a strong man
and to try and take on the great Mo Farah, you've got to be confident on
the start line. A lot of these guys on the start line think they can win
this race. There's one man on this start line who knows he can win this
race and that's Mo Farah. He has to be careful. He has to be in the
right position. He has to react to moves that happen later on. Most of
all he has to be resilient and focussed on what he knows he can do.
He's three and half seconds behind the leader, Geoffrey Kipsang
Kamworor. At this point it is not a problem. He wouldn't want a gap to
develop, even at this early stage. He needs to keep that train, as we
sometimes call it. So he can pick people off, which will take him
closer to the lead. What he's doing at the moment is thinking, you are
going hard, guys. You are running around 27-minute pace. But I think
you're going to slow down and I'm going to let you come back to me.
You keep going like this, I will have to make the move to go up. At
the moment, I am confident that you will not keep this up and you will
come back to me. So why should I run harder tloo u the first 2,000/300
metres than I have to? -- harder through the first 2,000-3,000 metres
than I have to? At the end of the day Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, in
the lead there, in second place, sorry, behind Cheptegei, a friend of
his. We have Paula Radcliffe in the studio. She's listening and watching
closely. Have you got a view on this? I think you hit the nail on
the head there. I think deaf -- definitely Kamworor has a plan. They
are trying to work together. To maintain it after that and keep it
working really hard through the middle part of the race. I think Mo
is looking relaxed, sitting back there. He's confident that they
cannot keep it up and cannot work together enough. Somebody when it
gets hard will say, no, I will not take my turn.
Mo has won 10,000 metres this year. He went out very hard and then
slowed down. He had the pace making not going very far. He tried to go
under 27 minutes on his own: He had to back off that.
They are still running, 27. 10 pace. So Mo for the first time moving up.
On that night he, even the last 1,000 was not that fast. It gave him
a benchmark of where he was at. I know he's trained hard. He was a
little disappointed with that performance. He's trained harder and
make sure if they ran this hard he would be able to win it. So far, so
good. It's a good race. As much as you want Mo to do well and as much
as we want of course to see him win here, I really do like the fact that
this time they are having a go. This time they are not going to just hand
it to him. They have done this before. They have gone hard, but not
hard enough. The big question is, are these guys good enough to keep
this pace going lap after lap to really hurt Mo Farah? I think they
may be physically good enough. The question is - who has got the
determination? Who is mentally good enough? Can one man, clearly
Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor is trying to direct operations. He wants it to
be fast. He doesn't want it to be a test of speed. He knows that Mo
Farah can outsprint him. Tanui is a danger. There's Mo
relaxing. Way off the pace. Not involved in the race at all. They
are making a decent fist of it. Cheptegei is running a really strong
race there. Mo has an almighty group of talent ahead of him.
and I don't think they can do it, they don't believe they can.
Doing really good 65 second laps. And the age of 19 and 20, doing it.
Youngsters who are inexperienced but are right there. Hadis, 2-1 the
trial. -- who won the trial. You can tell it is slowing because look at
the grouping. This is what is Mo wants. This is what he thought would
happen. Not long and you're going to start slowing. He is relaxing. Just
going to get in front and let him know that I'm in this. They really
are slowing down now. The plan to run the finish out of Mo Farah isn't
really working. That is clever distance running. He is the most
experienced, he is the best and he's telling them, I'm here and he has an
advantage. 16,000 people cheering him on. Just reminding them, give me
a cheer, tell me that you want me to win. Kiprui Cheptegei is there and
Mo is lucky that they aren't attempting to break away. Mo is now
where he wants to be. He has the two leaders in his sights. He's already
done his little bit of getting the crowd engaged. He has the
temperature raised. He has two athletes and if they did not know
earlier, they know now, they have heard the cheering for Mo Farah.
This is an interesting piece of the race because if they can't keep the
pressure over five, six, 7000 metres, they can wave goodbye to
their chances of beating Mo Farah. Doing his best here, Kipsang
Kamworor. Maybe somebody has got to start throwing out some 61, 62s. If
they leave it to the last 800 metres, then they know what happens.
If you are Kipsang Kamworor, he knows he only has a chance if it
goes quickly. He's looking around for help. They have obviously said
to him, they will help him. This is the first significant move from the
Kenyan team. Mo just has to keep an eye on this. He doesn't have to
sprint. There goes the guy we saw earlier in the year, and the three
canyons, one, two, three. Mo is a few metres back. The lap times, that
is quicker, 63 seconds and now you've got to take it seriously, Mo,
because you don't want them running off the front. He ran a great race
in the marathon here earlier this year, the leader. Tanui, the
runner-up behind Mo Farah in the Olympic Games. Mo has got to react
now. He needs to work harder and close the gap. You don't want it to
grow and Mo is sensing it. The crowd cheering him on, we are now in a
race. We come to the halfway point, 13.30 three. That was a very quick
lap that he put in. That's what I was saying, you can't keep running
65, steady pace. Suddenly the race is on and there is a test for Mo
Farah. Now he knows. He wound them up, by going to the front and his
reward is a tough 1000 metres. 2.39, it was in the last 500 metres.
Another 61, this is what they haven't done to him before. Is it
too early? Come row and you have the three Ethiopians there.
And then Mo Farah are trying to make sure he stays on the back of the
train here. Keeping them in distance, keeping that distance, he
knows they can't keep it going. He knows that they have to slow down.
When they do, he's going to be there. One lap to go, he was about
20 metres behind and now it is ten metres and they have slowed down
again. That surging, that is hard to do. They might try and do it again
but it's hard to maintain that. Very hard to maintain it, Steve, and they
haven't been able to. Once again, Kamworor is in the lead. Mo Farah,
another 65 second lap and Mo Farah has found that the field has come
back to him rather than him responding. He hasn't changed his
pace which is an advantage. They changing pace which is difficult.
These men, Tanui and Kamworor, determined and talented athletes. Mo
just needs to remind them, OK, you've done a little bit, you've had
your chance at the front, now, reminding them. That is what I
thought he would do. Somebody who herself tried in many ways to break
away at the front in the 10,000 metres and 5000 metres races, Paula,
watching this. That surging is good but you must keep the pressure on,
you can't slow down as quickly as they have done. No, you can't, you
must keep the pressure going. I was wondering where Karoki was and he
can be difficult to beat. Surging Tour de France there. Maybe there
was another one -- surging Tour de France there -- surging to the
front. A quick response from the others. They didn't like him winding
them up. Well, he has orchestrated so many races by almost playing mind
games with the others. When you have the track record, without wishing to
pun that Mo has, reminding them that if you don't get away, I'm still
here. Getting close enough Tour de France to give them a nudge and as
Paula was saying -- close enough to give them a nudge. They are
operating at 27 minute pace. There is the Eritrean Kifle. You can see
the laps going around. It says there are nine laps to go and that's where
you can start to say, we've had a hard part of the race but now we are
thinking about the endgame. Am I strong enough and fast enough?
Kamworor looking up at the screen, any hint of weakness for Mo Farah?
No, there is and at the moment. Cheptegei has done some of the early
leading, moving alongside Kamworor. Mo Farah knows that he's in a
distance race which is going to be a test of endurance for the next
couple of laps and hopefully, for Mo, a test of speed over the last
couple of laps. You have to go back to 2009 for a sub 27 final, Kenenisa
Bekele leak in his last world title. His last was 26.49, with Haile
Gebrselassie. We may yet get something as quick as that if this
pace stays on. 66, that is the slowest lap in a while. Tenui
realises it. The crowd cheering, we have a long way to go but they are
getting excited because they realise that Mo is in the mix. A lot of
people around him, three young Ethiopians running well. You can see
tucked on the inside there but these guys are running hard. Many of them
are going to fall apart over the last few laps. They will have to
because I think the pressure will mount. Cheptegei is in the lead
here. Running strongly and running sensibly, not changing the pace, Mo.
Basically five second lap with seven laps to go, that's OK, it isn't too
severe. Still the two men, check to Mac -- Cheptegei and Kamworor and
Tanui. The third-place man from the London Marathon is a strong man. A
lot of strength and Ramon here. But out of them all, if you are going to
bet on the last lap, you are going to go with Mo Farah. And the crowd
are on their feet down the back straight. And then the home
straight, they rise as the excitement builds, as the tension
builds. The anxiety is growing. Is Mo Farah OK? He looks OK. Six to go.
Cheptegei leading from Kamworor, from Hadis. 63, the quickest lap
that we've had. Look at the crowd here. This is what they have come
here for. Mo sitting there, waiting as ever. It is getting hard now,
getting really hard. Tanui keeping up the pressure. A couple of crucial
laps in the 10,000 metres. The last six laps, less than six to go and a
move by Mo Farah. He is now thinking, when he will come into the
finishing straight. It will save five more laps to go, 2000 metres
and that is the zone when you have to start thinking about the endgame,
what is the plan, how fast can he go, how fast does he need to go? Who
will go first and how will he respond? Mo Farah is in the middle,
where he wants to be. Within shooting distance. 63 seconds, there
will be some more of them and then it will be faster. This will be one
of the quickest World Championship 10,000 metres, it will be one of
Mo's fastest, I can say without any doubt. The question is, can anybody
put the pressure on him as they enter the last mile. Look at the
crowd here. Haggas has moved to the front. This is the Obi and that we
know very little about -- Hadis has moved to the front. The Kenyan that
we know little about. This is the stiffest of tests. Mo
Farah knows what he has to do from this point. They are making it
tough. Some pushing and shoving and Mo Farah comes to the front. Mind
games of the highest quality from the athlete of the highest quality
in the field. He says, guys, it has been good, it has been hard, it has
been tough, but is this all you got so far because you need to find
something else? I think that they heard him, they have heard it a lot
but I don't think they wounded him -- I think that they hurt him. I
think he is powerful enough. And now young Hadis of Ethiopia. In 1993 we
saw a young Ethiopian called Haile Gebrselassie arriving on the scene.
Later we saw Ken Anisa Bekele -- Ken Anisa became the arriving on the
scene. Mo is now drifting along. There are
three canyons. What is going to happen now? Be careful, Mo, get on
the outside. He's having a look behind, gathering himself with three
laps to go. This is the sort of pressure we've never seen him put
under in a 10,000 metres final. It had never been this quick or hard.
63 lap. Hadis at the front but look at many are still there, the three
canyons, Cheptegei is still there, Ahmed is still there. If you can
just stay there and hang on, if you can get to that part of the race
where he is better than everybody else. Mo Farah would normally be a
little bit faster. He has had to work hard to hang onto this. Moving
gradually with every step, getting closer his territory. Another step
closer to the bell, when Mo Farah normally is able to unleash enough
to win. Once more he comes on the outside to
remind them to get the crowd going. This is phenomenal racing! This is
fantastic distance run. Here is a fantastic distance runner taking it
on. Two laps to go. He wants to be as clear as he can. He's got an
Ethiopian - a familiar sight, three Kenyans, a familiar sight. We have
one British athlete here, Mo Farah, in the zone. He's won races from
this position. And now we're moving into the back
straight. We are moving into Mo Farah territory. Moving up to 600
metres remaining. Look at how good he looks.
Fancy chasing this! Fancy having the best 10,000 metre runner the world
in front of you! The gold-medallist in each of the last major
championships, be it Olympic or World Championships. He's showing
he's the quickest not only at the end but in the race. We are coming
up to take the bell. Three very, very good Kenyans and Cheptegei is
still there. One lap to go from Mo Farah. He's done it cleverly. He
waited a little, slowed a little. Now it is where he's been before.
Can he hold them off? He's done it before. He's done it in London
before. He's done knit the World Championship -- done it in the World
Championship before. Come on Mo! The crowd are on their feet, all around
this wonderful stadium. Tanui couldn't beat him last year.
Cheptegei didn't have the chance. But the British best, with the heart
pounding beneath it. As hard as it can. Mo Farah, in the front,
controlling things. One more effort from Mo Farah and here he goes. Mo
Farah stretches away. Cheptegei trying to chase. Not over yet. Mo
Farah will win it. He'll take another title. He's a world
superpower. It's gold for Farah! Incredible! 26. 49, to win the
hardest gold medal of his career so far.
The pain etched on his face. Beneath that, the pride that this man must
have in his achievements in his ability, in his resilience, in his
competitiveness. You struggle as ever for words to
describe how good that is, and let's just say a word to Cheptegei...
We've had Gebrselassie and Mo Farah is surpassing their achievements.
Give Mo a proper test, make him work hard. He couldn't have worked any
harder than that. For those who doubt this man, that performance
should just point out to everybody that he not only wins gold medals,
but he can run fast as well. That is three seconds off his personal best.
Surrounded by his family. And that is something that, to him, is so
important. Brendan, we love great races. That I said at the beginning
he never wins by more than 0.6. No, he didn't. It was four-tenths again.
He makes us worry. For me, that was the best ever. That was the best
ever. The best ever, his last ever 10,000 metres in a championship, in
his favourite stadium, where he got the crowd on board. He was tested in
the middle. He was hurting in the middle. And he still had what he did
before, what we have seen him do before and Steve, sitting next to
you here tonight, seeing that piece of athletic history, seeing Mo Farah
doing it the way he did it. Seeing Mo Farah bring this crowd to their
feet, taking his family on the journey, well, it's never been
better. There's nowhere in the world you would rather be tonight, than
here in this fantastic stadium n the middle of Newham, sitting next to
you, getting excited. Well, what a fantastic performance! What a
fantastic day! Take the family on to the track, Mo. Bring them all on to
the track. They are all welcome. This man is a complete legend. It is
a total pleasure and honour for us to be sitting here, able to talk to
the great British sporting public about something that both Steve and
I were nervous during that race, we were looking at the lap times. Some
were getting faster. Some of them were hurting him. You could see him
hurting occasionally. But this man is a ruthless winning machine.
He really is. He's unstoppable. And that young
man, Cheptegei, should be delighted with his silver medal. He worked for
it. He gave us one of the great distance races that we have ever
witnessed in this wonderful stadium. And there's the man. There's our
hero - Mo Farah. His tenth global gold medal. Tenth!
Ten of them! His chest isn't big enough to wear them all at once. He
only weighs 53 kilograms. His eighth in a row. We have seen him get
beaten indoors in the 5,000 a couple of times in his great career. Eight
wins in a row over the 10,000 metres distance. A brilliant, brilliant
night. As I said, for you, I know this is your last 10,000 metre
final, we have you for the rest of the week, thank goodness, but what a
race for him to finish, the 10,000 metre career for us, for us to sit
here and watch. You look at the World Championship gold medal table,
if you look at the individual medal table, Mo Farah has moved into
second place behind Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt has won seven golds and
one silver. In jumping from where he was to second place, he's overtaken
Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis. A great discus player.
What a... Let's get the BBC to publish an individual athlete's gold
medal table for the World Championships and see Mo Farah in
second place behind the legend which is Usain Bolt. Fantastic! Fantastic!
Fantastic! Well, these are wonderful scenes and
this stadium w the echoes of 2012 still reverberating around, but now
they are being drowned out by the cheers of 2017.
I bet you don't see a more exciting half an hour at this stadium in the
next 12 months. I bet West Ham don't give the 60,000 people as much fun
as we've had tonight with that one. I tell you t sustained noise that we
were experiencing from about seven or eight laps out, it was
phenomenal. They knew they were watching something great. They knew
obviously that it was building for Mo. But, all the way through, he was
using the crowd. This is right at the very beginning on the first lap.
We know he orchestrates the races. He knew they had a role to play as
well. You were saying, Brendan, he's done this before. On the last lap he
was clipped a couple of times. There's nobody trying to do anything
here. That is what happens. Trying to find position, move position. It
occasionally happens. But he was, he's good at staying on his feet.
He's brilliant at staying on his feet. Brilliant at the last lap. He
gets knocked to the side. He wobbles a bit and then he starts to control
this race. He's running fast. Running strongly. Totally a bump,
accidental. Now he's made the decision. Nobody is coming past me.
You can do whatever you want, you can run as fast as you want and I
will run a bit faster. If you look at the difference, look at how much
Mo has controlled. Tanui is wobbling from side-to-side. Mo is in control.
I notice him slowing there. He just relaxed on the bend. Looked over his
shoulder. Just decided, right, that's OK, that's it, there's your
chance. Here he goes. Here comes Cheptegei. Tanui is all over the
place. He's a beaten man. Here comes the sight we have longed for today.
The sight you have seen on so many occasions. The sight you will never
get tired of. The great, great sir Mo Farah, winning his sixth World
Championship gold medal. I was pleased I was there! You made this
nation very proud of you! Well, those closest to you are
always the ones who feel the nerves more than anything. It is great for
his youngsters to be able to see dad win a gold medal on home soil.
I think most of them went up to see him at his training camp, which is
unusual. He doesn't normally have that happen. What memories they will
have. I am looking, Brendan, the last
1,000 metres was 2. 29 again. That is not, they made it hard, but it's,
Mo can handle the 63, 63, 63 and then a 55 at the end, that is one of
his slowest laps. Only in Rio was a tad slower. I don't want to tell
them how to beat him. Let's forget that. Those are the stats. The last
thousand about the same as he normally does. You can tell them all
the secrets. He had a lot of chances. You couldn't beat me. Now
Steve Cram will tell you how to beat me. Write it down. He's gone now!
Unbeatable! Unbelievable! For us, such a great pleasure. Such an hon
tore be here watching him. Now they are on -- such an honour to be here
watching him. Let's do it officially then.
Mo's personal best is 26. 46. The winning time, as if we need to
know the time, it is incredibly fast. 26. 49.51.
Gold medal for Mo Farah of Great Britain for the tenth time.
Cheptegei chep, brilliant silver for him, with a massive personal best.
Reward for a great performance and making up for his loss at the World
Championships in front of his home crowd and Tanui, getting on the
rostrum. A personal best for him. So, welcome to day one of the World
Championships here in London. What a way to start. Look at that gorgeous
smile - Mo Farah's family loving these moments. Loving what they have
just seen. Their incredible father. Paula Radcliffe, we have seen him do
it in different styles. He's had different races, but we have never
seen anything like that. No. I think it really, as Steve said, it with us
the best of all of his victories. I mean, yes, 2012 kicked it off. It is
where it started. It is where he burst through as the foremid-able he
is. -- -- force he is. He needs to go back and he needs to really,
really recover well. He needs to take... You take a sip of that.
Michael and Jess are alongside us as well. Michael, you were pacing like
an expectant father during that race. You gave me the eye a couple
of times to say, I am not sure. Because Mo didn't look sure.
Normally he looks very sure of himself. We have never seen him in
that position before. It was a fantastic race to watch. It is what
you want to see. It was an incredibly competitive race going
back and forth. He didn't look sure of himself and that concerned me a
little bit. He's got the one weapon he's always confident in and that's
his speed. Because they did have a concerted effort. You said they have
to work as a team and they did work as a team, Paula. They did. They had
a plan and they stuck to the plan and they really worked as hard as
they could. They couldn't have run that any harder. Cheptegei worked
hard for that silver medal. A great moment with his family.
And we say welcome to BBC Two viewers who have joined our
coverage. A few moments ago on BBC One we saw Mo Farah win his world
title. We held off incredible challenges from a concerted effort
from his Kenyan competitors. But eventually he got there. And we are
staying on BBC One for the medal ceremony. The news will follow as
well. But for the moment, so you don't miss this very historic moment
in world athletics we are staying on BBC One and then the coverage will
continue until 10.30pm on BBC Two. Medal ceremonies as you know, often
a late race like this, the medal ceremony would be tomorrow. But this
crowd here are going to witness the medal ceremony tonight. A great
thing for them to enjoy that moment. It is. And they are staying. Nobody
is leaving this arena. Everybody is to hear our National Anthem played.
Let's hope there'll be more to follow. You have to give a slight
nod to the girls in the 1500s there. Two personal bests there. That was
outstanding running from Jessica Judd, in particular. On this race
though. I have not heard your thoughts on this, Jess. You were
similarly nervous throughout that as well. And with a month to go, to
baby two, we didn't want it to get too nervy. What did you feel about
that moment? When you are on the track as an athlete, whether you are
a coach or a family member, it is out of your control and it is so
nerve-racking. And just to see Mo run like he does over and over
again, on this stage, in front of this crowd was incredible. Special
to really witness it here. He tried all sort of tactics, the kind of
firing up his opposition, beating his chest, getting the crowd going,
which seemed to get his opponents riled, Michael? . I think Brendan
said it best. He knows how to orchestrate the race. That is what
he is brilliant at, is controlling the race. Controlling what the other
guys are doing. He didn't have to make all those surges that a lot
were making as well. That worked really well for him that he was able
to continue to run at an even pace. You talked about he wasn't, he is
not in his greatest shape as he has been in the past. I think ultimately
he showed he's in good shape. I wonder what this means for his 5,000
later. The hope is that has not taken too much out of him. The plan
of the athletes working together there, of the Kenyan athletes, and
the Ethiopians as well was to work as hard as they could and they were
definitely trying to block him. What they were trying to stop was Mo
Farah being in the lead with a lap to Government so, from the
beginning, they -- with a lap to go. So from the beginning they went out
hard. He was trying to create more atmosphere, as if he needed it
because he knew the crowd were really right behind him. Let it go a
little bit too much in the middle of the race. Like the plan wasn't
coming. Mo went back to the front, to say, yeah, I am still here and I
am controlling this. It was hard at this point. They were trying to get
back in front of him. They were working together. He had to work
hard again to come back to the front. I think this year he's shown
he's in better shape than he's been in any of the other ones. He's
worked really hard after that 10,000 metres. He knew he was fast. He's
trying to get back. He knew they were trying to block it. They were
all trying to get around him. Tanui tried to get back in front of him.
When Mo Farah is in front at the bell, nobody is beating him. His
biggest worst enemy was himself. He was looking wide, looking to see
where the dangers were coming from. Looking over both shoulders. He
stumbles on to the rail. He stays up. He's so good at staying calm,
not letting those little things that can really knock you and take your
momentum away. He doesn't let them get to him. Cheptegei at the moment
is looking the best. Gathering himself. Anybody else here, he would
have come through and he would have won the race. He couldn't get past
Mo Farah. Mo had that little bit extra gear to come through. He
hasn't run the fastest lap he's run in any of his world titles, but he
didn't need to and couldn't because they made the race so hard to that
point. They tried everything they had. Cheptegei, 20 years old, the
Ugandan. Are we seeing a future dominator of these events? Can
anyone dominate like Mo Farah has the last decade or so? I think
Cheptegei is somebody to be watched coming through. The bravery he
showed in the world cross-country to go out as hard as he did and try and
win that race was reflected as much in the wisdom that he used, a little
bit there today, in trying to judge that. He came out with a huge
personal best. He's not been able to beat Mo Farah. Didn't believe he
could beat him coming into it. He's got away with a silver medal. We go
back to the first weekend of January, on a cold Saturday, in
Edinburghnd a he was disappointing in the Edinburgh cross-country. He
said, I have t no done enough work this winter yet. Coming off the back
of his celebrations from Rio he took some time out. From then on he knew
he would have to work harder and dig deeper than ever to get to this
position. When I say this year is the last year that he's really
decided he's prepared to make all those sacrifices and do what it
takes. He's 34 now. It's hard to work through that he gave himself
more of a break. A little bit more time with the family before he went
into the camp. Yes, he paid for that in January. His ego took a little
knock. He got a wake-up call to work harder. He committed to it. The
training he's done the last couple of weeks has been great. He needs to
get his medal first and celebrate. But really start right now tonight
on that recovery plan to come back for the 5,000 metres heats. He's not
had to do the 5,000 metre heats after a race as hard as that one
tonight. Indeed, he hasn't and the news will follow that medal ceremony
which will take place here shortly. Hopefully soon. We don't have wind
of the athletes coming out soon. The news will continue and we will
continue our coverage on BBC Two. There have been other races tonight.
There's only been one final. It is Mo Farah who has won it. A
successful night for the women and the men's. It was OK. It was very,
very good. We thought that Chijindu Ujah would, could get into the
final. He's into the semifinal. All three into the semifinal, which
really bodes well for those guys. They will feed off the energy from
one and other. They will go into that semifinal with some confidence.
I think that Chijindu Ujah is still the class of the three and he's got
a very good perspective on his possibilities here. Looking around
the stadium behind me and a lot of people have stayed for this medal
ceremony, which is fan tas, because the tem -- fantastic, because the
temptation to bolt off home, excuse the pun... They will get rewarded
because the medal ceremony is about to begin and Mo Farah comes back
into the stadium, this time with his tracksuit on.
Still no doubt in a state of euphoria from that incredible race.
The comugs will not have kicked in -- the exhaustion will not have
kicked in. Let's hand you now to Steve Cram.
I was going to turn and say have we seen a race like this? This young
man here, in the last three he's come third.
He gives us all every single time. In the Kenyan team, some people
wonder why. On the night he produces a run like that. And they all had a
go. And I am so pleased for this young
man. Cheptegei, I was watching television
news earlier today which was kind of criticising him for not winning a
medal, saying pressure is on him to win a medal for his country in
London. Well, he's done that. Seb was in Kampala at the
championships when he went from first to 30th in the last 600 metres
of the race. Not tonight. Brilliant silver medal.
Well, his first 10,000 metre race in 2008 he lost in the USA. He lost at
the World Championships in 2011, but not any more. Win, win, win, win.
Gold, gold, gold all the way. And again, here tonight, his tenth
global world, his tenth global gold medal. Incredible! It's, it is easy
for us to keep adding them up, but each one of these wins, in itself,
if they'd only ever won one, if he'd only won this race tonight, that
would have been a phenomenal achievement. Another one to add to
an incredible list of achievements. This is for Mo.
# God save our gracious Queen Long live our noble Queen
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. A true British sporting hero. He'll
be back to finish off what we hope will be a brilliant career on the
track. If it ends right here, with the success he's had tonight, thank
you, Mo. That was incredible. This was perhaps the best ever.
A sixth World Championship gold. Not just a British great, perhaps the
greatest British athlete, but alongside the world's greatest. His
name sits alongside Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis, Gebrselassie and others,
just to name a few. He is one of the greats of the sports. That is the
end of our coverage here. The news is following. If you want to stay
with us, we will be over on BBC Two, until 10.30pm. Now it is time for us
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commentaries for you this season,
Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of the World Athletics Championships in London. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt begins his bid for a 12th world championship title as the 100m first round gets underway. Britain's CJ Ujah will also be aiming to make it through to the semi-final. Other British medal hopes competing include Mo Farah and Laura Muir.
With expert analysis by Michael Johnson, Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Paula Radcliffe and commentary by Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Andrew Cotter, Steve Backley and Toni Minichiello.