Day 3, Part 1 Athletics: World Championships

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Day 3, Part 1

Action includes the men's and women's marathons and the opening round of the men's 110m and 400m hurdles, the former featuring Britain's European indoor champion Andrew Pozzi.

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He has saved his title! You may have even saved his sport! He has done it


again! The champion becomes a legend! Usain Bolt! The final stage


for Usain Bolt. It is Gatlin, Gatlin wins it right


at the death! It wasn't to be. And this is sport, there are no


guarantees. There isn't always a happy ending. His lane now empty,


and so it ends. Welcome to day three of these World


Athletics Championships, the sun rises over the Olympic Stadium, but


things feel a little bit different this morning here, certainly not the


euphoria of day two after Mo Farah's gold in the 10,000m. The king has


handed over his crown, but not to demand that people expected or


wanted, and the papers reflect that, the world's media is reflecting


that. We will talk about that, the rights and wrongs, I am sure you got


your opinions, it is #bbcathletics, we will be talking about and for the


next half an hour, because we wake up 12 hours later, we have had time


to reflect, think about it, and the immediacy of the emotion last night


was highly charged, but have your thoughts changed? Have you had time


to put this into perspective? You know, it is an interesting


situation, and I think that people like simple narratives, and we


created one a couple of years ago with good versus evil, Bolt against


Gatlin. And people are frustrated, because they want to see clean


sport. It is simple, and it is easy, and it feels good to pin that on one


person, and that has been Justin Gatlin. British media is fantastic


with headlines! We see some of them this morning that he will go through


later, and I think that sort of forms opinion. And it is


unfortunate, because I don't think, at the end of the day, it gets to


the real heart of the issue, which drugs in sport and how we clean that


up, and how we... We can't eliminate it, but how do we, you know, start


to win the fight against doping and sport? The Justin Gatlin situation,


when Justin Gatlin has retired, the problem will still need to be


addressed. He is 35 years old, we knew coming into the championship


what is previous record was, he was allowed to compete, the governing


body has made that possible, this is not Justin Gatlin's fault. And we


cannot expect one man, in Usain Bolt, to save the whole sport. We


cannot pin it on this one person, he is not the only one to come back


from drugs, but everyone likes to make him the bad person. The only


way to solve this is to up the deterrence, up investment across the


board, the concentration on cleaning up the sport, lifetime bans - then


we wouldn't be facing the situation at all. That is what people want


across the board, to know that wherever you are in the world, if


you are taking part in athletics, you are subject to the same level of


testing and scrutiny, whether you are Ayana in Ethiopia all Laura Muir


in Scotland. Gatlin has been somewhat unfortunate, because he has


been up against Bolt, the people's favourite, so that is why it has


been easy to pin this on him. But leaving here last night, it was


quiet, the mood was definitely down. But people are reporting that Gatlin


himself has been to reach out to the IAAF and said, I am sorry for my


wrongdoings, especially that second doping offence, where he was caught


on steroids. He has apologised for that, he has said, I am going to do


everything I can to encourage children not to do this. So he has


made his peace with the IAAF, but from my point of view, the IAAF, the


governing body, have not done enough to support him. Well, they have


allowed him to be in this maelstrom, this feeling that if Somerby was


going to beat Usain Bolt last night, you know, the sport would have loved


it to be a young, fresh talent, a clean, fresh talent, but it was the


antithesis. Let's get into the headlines, I will let you come back


on that in a second, because the British media do write some special


headlines. What a dope, in the Sunday Mail. Bolt from boos, and


this photograph, not worthy, Gatlin bowing down to Usain Bolt. Usain


Bolt was very magnanimous, saying that Gatlin is a good man, and he


clearly has forgiveness in his heart, he doesn't hold any


bitterness towards him. It is the IAAF which was not able to make the


bans longer. They wanted to make them longer but it was considered


restraint of trade, and what Usain Bolt was saying, we probably all


felt a little bit - much as we do not want cheats to be allowed back


into the sport, that felt a little bit wrong last night, it felt not


human, and if we want a bigger deterrent, you don't have to look


very far for kids not taking up sport, because that moment of


victory, what it meant to Justin Gatlin, he wasn't able to savour


that. It couldn't have felt good to him, it must have been a sad place


to be. People will be saying, he just shouldn't have been a glance,


and I can't tell my kids see is a great role model. But under the


rules, he was, and he is not the only person who has come back. That


is not what athletics is about, it is about celebrating great


performances, being able to believe in performances, celebrating and


sharing those emotions and moments. I Am Bolt, fantastic documentary, if


there was going to be another five minutes, this is not how anybody


wanted his career to end. The Mail on Sunday, a romcom turned into a


slasher movie, athletics' worst nightmare unfolded in front of the


world. Another example of a fantastically dramatic headline! It


is not the end of the world. You know, I see what he was saying about


the feeling in here last night, but there was celebration of Usain


Bolt's career last night, when he was going around that track, no-one


was concerned about the fact that he lost the race or that it was Justin


Gatlin who won it at that moment, when he went around the track and


did his final, you know, victory lap as an individual athlete. There was


celebration, and someone asked me earlier this morning if I felt like


Usain Bolt's career legacy would be tarnished because of the lost - not


at all, the legacy is so huge that everyone loves him, he has meant so


much to this board that there is still celebration, you know, around


Usain Bolt. So I do not think that it is, you know, a disaster, or a


slasher sort of ending to this! I think it is, you know, a separation


of an amazing career and what he has meant to this board, despite the


loss still. Just leaving the stadium, the atmosphere in here for


him, it was euphoric, you have to celebrate his career, but leaving


the stadium, on reflection, there was a numbness, people were


scratching their heads as they were leaving, descending on Stratford. I


think there may also have been a kind of shame in the behaviour here,


because there was a mob rule mentality. 60,000 people in here


funds, 55,000 would never think they would start booing somebody in a


public arena, but in that crowd, they are hyped up, they behave in a


different way. And emotions come out, Steve is right, it is sport,


not a movie, it is not a happy ending story, it is just people


putting it out, and it is who gets there first. That is part of the


whole drama of sport, that is why we all come to watch it, because


anything can happen on the night. And it did, and I don't think it's


tarnishes it, because we see the real characters come out in people


afterwards, and we saw that come out in both the athletes. They died not


being talked about got the silver medal, didn't he? As I said last


night, Christian Coleman must have thought, the night I beat Usain Bolt


and I still do not win the race! He would never have imagined that!


Every sprinter for the last ten years has been thinking, if I can


beat Usain Bolt, I will be world champion, Olympic champion, but I


think, you know, one of the dangers of the good versus evil, the very


simple narrative, is that we lose perspective. This is still sport. It


is hard to go out and win every time, you know, the other seven


athletes in the race were not on the same page with everyone else in the


stadium, who was all about this perfect ending to Bolt's career,


that he will come out, people have bought tickets, and they thought it


was guaranteed, I am going to go and see Usain Bolt run his last race,


and he is going to win. That is not what this is about, this is sport,


the other seven guys always wanted to hand him a loss, and that is


something that is always possible. And Usain Bolt knew that, he knew


that he could lose. These headlines would be different if he had lost to


somebody else, we all talked about it, we talked about Gatlin, Coleman,


there was a possibility, he has not been informed, so always a


possibility he will be beaten, it is just about by whom. Yeah, again,


that is the simple narrative, and that is what nobody wanted, and


nobody wanted it to be Justin Gatlin because of the narrative that has


been put together, but that does nothing, it feels good, you know,


but to criticise, it felt good for the people who were booing, it feels


good to read the headline about the villain that we can blame, but at


the end of the day it does nothing towards, you know, helping the


situation or rectify the situation we are dealing with with doping in


sport. Let's gear from Sebastian Coe, who said he would feel queasy


if Gatlin beat Bolt in Beijing, and this morning he was on Garry


Richardson's programme on BBC Radio 5 live, and this is what he had to


say. It is not the worst result ever, I mean, I am hardly go to city


of funds and tell you that -- I am hardly going to sit here and tell


you that somebody who has walked off with two band in our sport has now


got his glittering prize, but he is eligible to be here, we did attempt


a life ban and this particular set of circumstances, and we lost that.


So we now have the athlete integrity unit, we need to make sure that we


do everything that we possibly can to toughen up. But, actually, we are


bound within the Wada world code, that is mandatory. There have been


two bans in the past, one was watered down, which made it very


difficult for the second ban, and we went for an eight year ban, which


would in essence have been a life ban, and we lost that, so these


things are suffused in legality. Shall we hear from the men


themselves, Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt, in the aftermath last evening,


speaking to Phil Jones? It is not the crowd, I tuned it out


through all the rounds, I stayed the course, you know, I kept my energy


through the semis, came to the finals, did what I had to do. The


support has been outstanding, I can never expect this from any other


crowd, they really stand by me and push me to do my best. We are rivals


on the track throughout the years, but we are joking with each other,


we have a good time. The first thing he said, congratulations, you worked


hard for this, you do not deserve all the boos. It inspires me


throughout my career, and he is an amazing man. My start is killing me,


normally I would get it through the rounds, get better through the


rounds, but it didn't come together, and that is what killed me. It


didn't come together, and I knew if it didn't, I felt like it was there,


but the fact that I didn't get it, that is the reason I lost. It is


still an amazing night, Usain Bolt's last race, so many victories and


losses, and to be able to run against him throughout the years,


you know, just an amazing night. And he wouldn't have had that


opportunity, as Sebastian Coe said, had he not achieved that a dear ban.


As the sport got its hands tied behind its back? -- that eight year


ban. A little bit, that is why it is so important that athletics takes


the lead with this integrity unit, but as he said, we still have two be


submitting to the Wada code, so until they get tougher, we cannot go


against that, so we are bound to follow the same rules, to follow the


same regulations that Wada put in place, as much as athletics would


like to go further with that. The integrity unit is moving in the


right direction, it needs to go faster, in my opinion, it needs to


Moretti needs to bring in more of regulating everything, not just


anti-doping, nationality, illegal betting, age-group manipulation. All


those things, under the same remit of corruption which needs to be


looked at in the sport. Everything needs to be independent but the


biggest part of that is anti-doping, bringing things away from the Court


of Arbitration for Sport and making that in-house so sanctions can be


passed quicker and faster so we can have some control over it. It is our


sport so we should say whether it is a life ban or not. That is the issue


I have. It is a human right to be able to come back and practice your


sport, it is not. It is a privilege and if you violate the rules then


you should not come back. What do you make of Lord Coe's comments? Has


he moved quicker enough in those two years to create a sense this will


never happen again and we can stop this corrosion? He makes a


legitimate comment that we are subject to the Wada code and they


will not let us impose an eight year or a lifetime ban. There are things


that we can do within the sport and rules you can set up, there are


things we can do that makes it more difficult for athletes to come back.


As an example, prize-money you've won over the years that you have


been using drugs. Paying that back before you can get back into the


sport. That sort of thing. There are all sorts of things that would make


it more difficult for an athlete to come back. I would like to see Lord


Coe try to implement those. If you get more of the brewing that you we


got for Justin Gatlin, then he has support to say, our fans don't want


this. Why did they not do for you and Blake or a LaShawn Merritt? Will


they be doing it today? They won't. Two years ago that narrative got


started and it had to do with good and evil. The media created this. We


are as guilty of that. Exactly. I said that then. It does not do a


service to the fight that we need against doping in sport, trying to


get a situation where we have a level playing field for all


athletes. Lets get some reaction from the wider picture. Darren


Campbell, one of our colleagues from five live. We know you love your


sport. Are you a little bit less in love? I will never fall out of love


with athletics. Last night was disappointing but the crowd voiced


their feelings. That sort of reaction we normally see whether


football player leaves a football club and play for somebody else.


What that showed me is the public still love the sport, they


understand the sport and they voiced their reaction. They paid their hard


earned money and I'm sure the fact that Usain Bolt was competing, those


tickets would have been very expensive. The emotions last night


where to do that. Today I would hope we have settled down a little bit. I


hope we deal with today with a bit more dignity. We don't have to


celebrate but maybe at that moment we are just silent. I've heard


people speak on radio about boycotting going to events. So you


are talking about silence being the answer and the potential to show


disapproval might be to mess the ceremony altogether and athletics


altogether? Obviously that is home fans feel. The reason we should not


do that as there are two other people in the medal ceremony, one of


those is Usain Bolt, the other is a young athlete, Christian Coleman,


this is his first major championships. I would not want him


leaving without the memory. Ultimately it is not Justin Gatlin's


fall. The fault lies with him in regards the drug test but the reason


he's here, that is not his fault. The question was, what do you need


to do to be banned for life? Do we get to that situation you are


penalised for abusing the trust the fans give. I feel for parents.


Imagine if you brought your child here, everybody says, why is


everybody brewing. This is affecting everybody. It's time for change. The


guys are talking about it in the studio. People's reaction to him, we


don't see it to people like LaShawn Merritt, running today, Blake,


people who had those tests. Is it fair, the way that he's been treated


and how do we educate the public? The emotions by the way that they


were because it was Usain Bolt. He's given so much to the sport. People


empathise with Usain Bolt. He gives his plane, he goes round the track.


I don't think it's as simple as Justin Gatlin being the poster boy


for drug cheats. This began in Beijing. He should have beat Usain


Bolt in Beijing. He tightened up, his shoulders when high, he lost


that race. This time round, he looked for the mistake, the final


ten metres. He was not in the mix. Fair play, he held him off but


neither of them saw it. The fairy tale would have been Usain Bolt


receiving his final gold medal in an individual event. Thanks for your


opinions. The last British man to win a medal in the championships. He


echoed a lot of our sentiments. This did start two years ago. The


narrative has continued. It is uncomfortable. The brewing was


horrendous. -- the booing. If we start encouraging our fans, British


fans, to boycott and leave stadiums, that's a big problem. We need to


encourage people to come in and look at our national trials, which were


virtually deserted. The lifetime bans, for me, I've said it, I think


two offences, you should be out. The innocent young athletes, this is not


just about the athletes but the coaches, the agents that are


complicit. They carry on coaching. They carry on coaching. Certain


cultures have been around a long time, the athletes test positive and


we don't talk about it and that is the only uncomfortable thing, the


coach needs to be out, right across the entourage. (XXX) fining


federations. We sanction Russia when they went against the rules. They


are not the only country where this is going on. A lot of countries.


When you go above a certain amount of athletes, get fines. We need to


encourage people. That was my problem. The kids in this stadium


who watched and asked why people are booing, it is because he broke the


rules and codes of ethics. I'm not sure you can ever tell a crowd how


to behave and I cannot imagine a situation where, if Usain Bolt is in


the room, anybody will not cheer. If he's there, people want to be


enthusiastic. It won't be silence. You could be silent for Justin


Gatlin. You don't need to boo. Usain Bolt will be recognised for his


bronze medal. Both of them can be cheered. They reacted to Justin


Gatlin and only Justin Gatlin. But I agree with both of you. I don't


believe that the answer is fans boycotting events. I do think fans


have a role to play in putting pressure on the Wada, putting


support behind Sebastian Coe when he says we want a lifetime ban. When


your hands are tied you need the support of fans to say, we don't


want athletes who have had an infraction twice or even once in the


sport. There are two men today who have served bans. The crowd will not


acknowledge that because their knowledge is not as deep and they do


react to headlines and narratives, of which we were part of. We are


going back to 2015 and the build-up of reaction and the post reaction to


that race and contrast that to last night.


Usain Bolt gets out pretty well. They are together, Usain Bolt gets


it! I think he has! Pretty good start, he chases him


hard. Here he comes. Justin Gatlin WinZip! It is Justin Gatlin! Right


at the death. He steals it. Usain Bolt never got there.


Let's join Steve Cram in the commentary box. Good morning. The


line that you used in 2015 was, he may have saved the sport. In light


of last night, what was that? I don't think it was a good night in


the sense that you've seen the headlines, we walked with others


outwith the crowd and we were talking to a few people. The booing


is not nice for Justin Gatlin as an individual but he personifies what


people don't like about the sport and they have a right to show that.


For that reason, we should not take it lightly. It was not a good night


for athletics for those reasons. I also said in commentary, it is


sport, there's no script to follow. They took the opportunity to voice


frustrations. It is not his fault. He is the most famous drug cheat in


the world in a stark event. I chatted to other people. The


ceremony has been switched to a different time. I'm still grappling


with it thyself. The line I used was, he may have saved his sport. I


am a headline grabber. We've all been saying, Usain Bolt, it should


not have been his responsibility to save the sport and it is not Justin


Gatlin who solely personifies what is wrong with the sport. They are


the lightning rods to which everybody is gravitating. Last night


we saw that reaction. Thanks very much, Steve. We will catch up later.


He's got a long day ahead of him. There's lots more athletics going


on. Lots of things to be positive about. Is going to be some fantastic


British chances. The heptathlon, is ongoing today. Katarina


Johnson-Thompson has let herself with a lot to do but is not out of


the picture completely. She is starting with one of the best


events, long jump, and it is how she recovered. She ran hard in the 200


last night, I hope the legs are fresh. She knows what she has got to


do, she has got to jump very, very well, and maybe increase the


distance between her to try and climb up the leaderboard a little


bit. Just one more question on last night, and the ramifications, you


know, I had a few things this morning on the radio, this will ruin


the whole championships, it will be talked about everyday - that is


sensationalism, isn't it? This won't be the story of the championships.


No, it will be what it was before, Mo Farah in his last race is on the


track, and he has got one more, it will also be Usain Bolt's last


championships, he has got the relay coming up, which will be amazing,


you will see the same crowds trying to get a view of him for the last


time on the track, and that will be a great competition as well with the


US, Great Britain, Japan, Jamaica, the 4x100m relay. And Wayde van


Niekerk in the 400m, trying to complete the 400-200 double, so many


things going on, and let's dispose with the sensationalism. Let's tell


you what is coming up today. Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson


Will Hope to shine on day two of the heptathlon, but Olympic champion


Nafi Thiam is also in action. She had a really strong day, and the


Belgian looks well-placed to claim world gold. Marathon time on the


streets of London, Callum Hawkins is attempting to build on his top-ten


finish in Rio last summer. Four months ago, Josh Griffiths was an


unknown club runner, today he makes his World Championship debut over


26.2 miles. The marathon man to beat is Daniel Barron Giroud, he took a


surprise victory in the London Marathon in April. In the women's


race, the ringing world champion, Marian Dibaba, is the woman to beat.


America's world champion Allyson Felix tops the bill in the women's


400m heats. Kerron Clement begins his 400m hurdles campaign. We will


see Andrew Pozzi in the 110 metres hurdles as that gets off and


running. And Omar McLeod Jamaica also in the hurdles. This is the


timetables so you can pick out how to spend your Sunday morning, and


see the things that matter most to you, and the heptathlon takes off,


steeplechase in just a few minutes' time.


We are on air on BBC Two until five o'clock, it really is a marathon


broadcasting day! But it there is a man who can last the distance, we


have got in the commentary box - Steve Cram.


Thanks, it is a long day, loch going on in the stadium, two marathons, I


do not know how many people will be watching athletics on the streets or


in the stadium, but a big day. The sun is shining, and we start with


the steeplechase first-round, three races, the first three and the


fastest losers to the final. Birech will be one of the favourites, but


Zak Seddon next game will be delighted to have made the team. Zak


is full of smiles, relishing the opportunity.


Krystian Zalewski of Poland on the inside there, we have got a very


good Moroccan in this race as well, Soufiane Elbakkali, so it tough


first round for Zak Seddon. It is not quite full in the stadium yet,


people still coming in, sold-out, the evening sessions through the


rest of the week, last night was incredible, and just to carry on as


Paula has come down to the commentary box, just to carry on, it


takes A-level while, it takes about an hour to get there! -- a little


while. The idea that everyone is just going to remember that, I don't


think that is true, a lot of people saying how much they enjoy the


championships, and the question keeps getting as, where are we going


to win any more medals from? I would love us to be winning a medal from


the steeplechase, but it would be good just to see some of these guys


advance from the heats into the final here today, a tough ask, tough


conditions, the first three and six fastest losers will go through. Zak


Seddon is a pretty exciting young talent here, he has done well. If I


tell you that he turned up to the training camp in the same pair of


shoes that he has been running in since January, he was just happy to


find himself on the team and in that situation. And who stepped up to


lend a new pair of shoes but Mo Farah? He is running around in sheep


bikes that have been lent to him, but he has worked hard to be here.


-- in spikes. He is a British athlete that did not expect to make


the team, out there, competing in the stadium, let's in front of full


crowds, full support, taking their first steps on a journey, knowing


that their future is being looked after in the right way. Just a point


on that group, this is the biggest ever endurance squad, I think since


2012. 1912! Sorry, it is going to be a long day to day, since 1912, yes!


More women than ever before, obviously we saw both Lauras going


through to their final, Zak Seddon here. So the early pace is pretty, I


mentioned Birech in this race, Elbakkali has been having a


brilliant season, the tall Moroccan in the red in about fifth place at


the moment, two very good young Ethiopians, whose ages down as 18 or


19, just to come back to that point about age manipulation. I watched


them in Hengelo, and I was impressed, good pace, technique is


not brilliant, but only 17, well, that is what is aged says, but


obviously a young talent. Ethiopia has not really found anyone to


challenge the Kenyans. Ethiopia has not concentrated on this, we have


seen a few women come through in steeplechase from Ethiopia, but on


the men's side, nowhere near the domination, and we talk about the


100m being so important... The Swedish athlete looks like he is


living. We talk about Kemboi personifying the event, it is very


much an event that people go into, for many countries steeplechase is


seen as something that you go into if you are not quick enough to make


the 1500m team the 5000m team, you will concentrate on steeplechase.


That is a very good point. Kenya will be hoping to maintain the


dominance, the big news was Kipreto coming to compete, he has not been


in great shape, Birech's big rival, national rival, he is right up


there. Zak Seddon doing a good job, it is going to get tougher, but he


has got himself nicely involved, and that is good to see. Elbakkali, I


saw him run in the Diamond League in Rabat, incredibly impressive. He


made it look way too easy, to be honest, just moving up on the inside


now to joint third place. Yeah, Krystian Zalewski of Poland just


moving onto the shoulder of Zak Seddon, just moving around him now,


and is Zak Seddon has it in his legs to latch onto the back of him, he is


a really wily competitor, as we see Elbakkali moved easily to the front.


He does look strong, and he ran scarily well in Rabat, and I think


some of the rumours, we talk about the fact that Kenya has a


steeplechase tradition, but Morocco has a steeplechase tradition that


has been a little bit sullied by the results in coaching. It passed me


by, Paula, tucked on the inside there, we know his background, he is


the tall figure in blue of France, and I am seeing him just move


outside now, I can't understand the strength of this heat, you have got


Birech, you have got Elbakkali, and some runners who should have been in


the third heat, but it has been made even tougher in this race. The big


names coming to the fore, going through 2000m at a steady pace, just


trying to work out, that has thrown us a little bit, the fact that he is


in this race, it must have been a redraw, I don't think you would just


have come out, he has done some controversial things, but to race in


the wrong heat would be really pushing it, I can only imagine that


France put in a complaint, do they have three runners in this one, and


they decide they need one in each of the heats? Well, Birech almost took


a tumble at the water jump, one of the favourites, so here goes


Elbakkali as they take the bell. Zak Seddon just starting to feel as


though he is struggling, obviously, you would expect that to happen, the


six fastest loser spots are available, so if he can stay in the


top nine, he has got a slim hope of hanging in, but it is Elbakkali, the


very good Ethiopian, Wale, Birech on the inside, the runner from Uganda


struggling over that barrier. But now Elbakkali stretching out.


Elbakkali stretching out really well, he doesn't really need to do


any more, very much controlling this from the front, and the battle


behind will go on behind him, going on for the third automatic


qualifying place. The first two are clear at this point with a couple


more barriers to clear. Really upsetting things there, Birech is


really struggling, a bit of a shock. Mekhissi, who was moved into this


heat, Elbakkali clears the last barrier, so does Mekhissi, Wale in a


real sprint, they will be the top three qualifiers, and the first


surprise is that Birech, who would have been one of the favourites for


a medal, we'll have to wait to see if his time is going to be quick


enough. Zak Seddon crosses in 8:33, and at the moment he will be a


loser, but with two more races to come, he has got a very slim chance


of staying in there. So Elbakkali, Mekhissi, well, that made that an


incredibly difficult race. You could actually look at those three, the


real medal contenders, three of them in the same semifinal, a tough one


for Zak Seddon. Well, the heptathlete are out for day two,


first event is the long jump, five of seven, this event. The favourite


is not in the lead, Thiam, the Olympic champion, trailing the


German, Carolin Schafer, after the first day of action. So Thiam, first


attempt in the long jump. Slightly laboured on the approach, it is


beyond six metres, lifetime best of 6.50, she jumps that in Rio en route


to Olympic glory. Slightly tentative there, just knocking off a bit of


the soreness from her day's work yesterday.


We have seen athletes fall foul of that. Making no mistake there, for


the opener. There is Katarina Johnson-Thompson. She made some


inroads into salvaging her day yesterday. It did not go well. One


metre 80. It was way down. Huge dent in her campaign to a potential


medal. It is not all lost. A global medallist. She will need to go close


to Vista content. How was that as an experience? I've worked my it was


incredible. On that track, that is enough to keep me going. Was your


plan to give you this going forward? I came into the Championship,


realistically it was going to take something special. One of these days


when everything clicks. In the end, I did not have it. A quick word on


Mo Farah. He is a legend. I did not have any decent spikes. I did not


take the trainers off for two weeks. Good at going forward. I hope to see


you soon. Apologies, I thought he was in ninth place but sadly he was


intense. There he is. An anxious wait. Good support for the


heptathlete is. Twice European champion, first attempt in the long


jump, over six metres, just. Down on what she is capable of. Maybe out of


contention on day two. Going to be really tight. It looks as though


gold and silver are wrapped up. Here is an athlete to keep an eye


on. This is the penultimate event after the long jump.


Can claim up from a position overnight. Around that six-metre


mark. Some of the fatigue and I work from yesterday, it is good strategy


to get that first. Safe on the board. First attempt, get one in,


and you've got two attempts. That is what has happened. Here is your


overnight leader. We knew she was in shape. That was a really solid first


day. She knows she can give the champion something to think about.


Looking to retain a Leeds. A big jump is needed. Again, slightly


tentative. Shakes her head. 6.20 she jumped last year. Sixth in the


Olympic Games. Good discipline on the board. A little step sideways


which will be celebrate and lose a little bit of distance. Needs more,


more likely. An athlete who has no room to be cautious. Katarina


Johnson-Thompson needs The Jump of her life if she is to wrestle her


way back into contention. Carrying that. Underperformed in the high


jump. Blistering run. She's got her jumping legs on. What


is it going to do? She has maybe lost her balance from yesterday.


Just faltered. Decelerating and losing distance despite it being OK


on take-off. We talked about her as a contender for medals. She will be


one person to keep an eye on. It will come down to that race for the


medals. Rodriguez is a contender as is


Katarina Johnson-Thompson for bronze. She knows what she needs to


do here. The second fastest ever. Two jumps remaining. Only three


lacked jumps for this. Katarina Johnson-Thompson eyeing up this. I


huge roar from the crowd to lift her spirits, dampened somewhat


yesterday. Does she want it enough? Does she have the mettle?


It is a big effort. Is it a white flag? It's a huge jump, yes it is!


Cage -- KJT may have jumped back into the medals. We know that she's


a great long jumper. That is a really good jump. Exactly what she


needed. The crowd response. They know the importance of that leap in


this fifth event of seven. It was never going to go right in every


event. It has here. That improves her chances. We'll take a breath and


compose herself. There is a chance to let loose. There is a brawl ran


the stadium. A smile from Katarina Johnson-Thompson.


They come round the bend. We have the favourite for this.


Silver-medallist in Rio de Janiero, and the next heat. Four Kenyon is


involved in this. Evan Jager moves so well. I'm not


sure that Ezekiel Kemboi is in the kind of form that means you can win,


but you never know. And Ieuan Thomas of Cardiff. Keep an eye on him. Yes,


it's a very interesting story, how he made the championships. Came so


close to getting the qualifying and actually fell. Was invited on a


rankings service. Work hard for a chance to experience this. Anyone


who watched this knows how well he dominated. He's really established


himself as the man to take on the mantle. Losing a bit of touch at the


moment. The Moroccan who ran 12, but failed to finish in Stockholm, just


staying out of trouble. Quite tight, as we saw in the first heat. Coming


through. We have a fall down there. Just trying to see who it was who


went down. He would have been a contender. He was rolling around and


he's lost too much contact no. Falls foul of the steeplechasers. Became


European champion when he removed his best in celebration. Talking


about this qualifications, he was supposed to retire after the Olympic


Games but he was running right behind and noticed Ezekiel Kemboi


put a toe nail on the infield and was disqualified. Technically it was


correct, it was certainly against the spirit of the sport and many


were unhappy. Was upgraded to bronze and he came back and said, I'm not


finished. Hopefully enjoying his experience


but at the front, Evan Jager has lifted it. There is a contrast as


you see the clean technique. Contrast with the technique of


Ezekiel Kemboi, not quite as smooth but it gets the job done. You never


know which one will turn up but he has something to settle. He has


hardly turned up. Usually has one good race. Ezekiel Kemboi is almost


toying with him. He's such a great change of pace, even at the age of


35. He is looking round. Kemboi is having to dig in, Seboka


trying to get back to him, a flying finish from Seboka, I think Yoann


Kowal just holds an, I am not sure he knew Kemboi was coming up on the


inside, three go through automatically, Jager looking easy,


backing up his favoured status. Ieuan Thomas coming through now over


the final barrier, some way down on his best. I am not sure if Kemboi


might just have sneaked it from Kowal, it was certainly very close.


But Evelyn -- Evan Jager the winner, it will be a great final. Yes,


confirmation that Kowal has grabbed the place, we haven't seen the time


for Kemboi, but I think the race was quick enough that he has a very good


chance of going through as a fastest loser, Kemboi. He did not have


enough in his legs, stuttering really badly. Certainly at this


final barrier, he stutters, then he starts to make up ground on Kowal,


who looks comfortably clear at this point, but Seboka launched his


charge, and Kemboi tried to react, but his best was not quick enough at


the end. Have they been given the same time? If you watch Kowal, he


thinks he has made it, and he sort of starts to look around a little


bit, eases off a little bit, reasonably comfortable. Seboka


appears on his outside, and he doesn't realise that Kemboi is on


the inside, suddenly he has to make a bit more of... A secondary surge!


Just enough to see him through, but Jager looking tremendous out in


front. Here is a little look at the


overnight standings before we catch up with the long jump, the fifth of


seven events, Carolin Schafer of Germany hit of Nafi Thiam. We would


get the thoughts of Toni Minichiello, Jess Ennis-Hill, your


thoughts on KJT's chances of a medal? She's still in there, she


will have to get a really good jump in, she has started well, three


centimetres better than last time, so an extra nine points, starting to


close the gap. What you have to like at is the difference between Schafer


and Thiam, converted two centimetres, Thiam has to be Schafer


by seven centimetres. If we go down, Rodriguez has to beat Thiam, sorry,


be Schafer by 43 centimetres. So there are differences, so that they


go into the javelin even. Here is Thiam on the run. With Katarina


Johnson-Thompson looking on in support, 6.20 in the first round, it


is better, slightly. Well, we expected more, maybe, by the look on


her face. Your thoughts on that jump, Tony. At this kind of speed,


it was hard to see, not really pulling her foot underneath,


carrying the speed off and out. It is not about the speed on the


runway, it is the speed that you leave the take-off board with, that


is what Tigist Tufa into the pit. A better jump, 6.33, an extra 13


centimetres. She is quite a long way down on what she is capable of, what


she did in Rio last year, Thiam. Well, smiles on her face, she will


have been pleased with her first jump. I think it is a great market


to open up with that kind of jump. Let's have a look at her again. This


is a look back at that opening jump of Johnson-Thompson, 6.56, talk me


through it. I tell you what, I am nervous, a little bit short on the


board, she tends to put her foot out longer on the block, and even she


knows it is close, because she has been erratic on long jump runways.


But she has changed her run-up, she goes for a rolling start, and any


error on the rolling start, five or ten centimetres, is with double by


the time you get to the board. Not the fullest try off the board, I


think she has cut that short. I think she knew she would be tight on


the board, perfect board, drops her feet in a little bit early for me,


see how the arms are well forward. So more distance to come? I


definitely think so. Look at that, a bit of positivity from Toni


Minichiello! Are you being cheeky?! It is a bit difficult at there, the


winds that we are getting, minus wins, into the face, we saw plus 2.2


in one of the competitions, so the wind is gusting around, it will play


havoc with the run-up. My advice would be to move back a shoe, then


run at it hard. Omega and back, give yourself space, and run added. -- so


move back. It is these moments between jumps. The critical thing


here, and it is going to happen, forget the


difference between Kat for gold against Thiam and Schafer, forget


that, that may have gone. Johnson-Thompson needs to beat the


Cuban girl by 23 centimetres to go into the javelin even, and then when


you get to the javelin, 20 points, that is where you have got to make


the difference again. Yeah come intriguing stuff, that is


going to keep us interested all day today, the marathons to come, this


is the morning, the men's marathon, incidentally, starts in about 20


minutes. We have got lots of other action on attractive blondes as


well. This is the line-up for the final heat. Tindouft has been added,


the Moroccan. Mekhissi should have been in this one, but Tindouft is in


this one now. Rob Mullett is in this one. 16-year-old Jakob Ingebrigsten,


part of the brilliant family, the latest to throw himself on to the


world stage, only 16 years of age. Good 1500m right, but going in the


steeplechase, a bit of a baptism of fire for him. II -- Brimin Caputo,


and there is Rob Mullett, you might have


heard Zak Seddon talking about him, I loved his comment, that would keep


the running for another ten years, the excitement that he felt wearing


the vest. Hughes, the very good Canadian. There is Ingebrigtsen.


There he is, Kipruto, really interesting, as I say, to see how he


is going to compete, because he has been not been competing very well,


he has been injured, his very first race in the Diamond League in Doha


was very average, so a lot of question marks over the Olympic


champion here. We have just seen Ezekiel Kemboi have to sprint, and


he will now have to wait to see if he goes through as the fastest


loser. Four Kenyans in here, there is Kemboi, the Diamond League


champion, sorry, defending champion, excuse me. Four Kenyans in the


steeplechase this year, two of them in this heat. Again, top three, the


fastest loser spot is 8:26, that is the slowest of the fastest losers,


so incredibly tough task for Rob Mullett, if it wasn't already.


Right, I way they go, let's catch up with the long jump in the


heptathlon. Carolin Schafer of Germany, the overnight leader, she


is a contender possibly for gold. She looks on course for a certain


medal. She was runner-up to Thiam in an historic heptathlon competition


earlier in the summer, with a lifetime best. Taking her time here,


as she is entitled to, 6.10 in the first round, she knows she is going


to have to improve on that to give Thiam something to think about.


Well, it is a slight improvement, by the looks of it, into a gentle


headwind. 0.7 metres per second, the headwind, for the long jumpers.


Maybe Schafer would have expected more, she jumped in excess of 6.50


en route to that score earlier this summer. They did have the wind at


her back. You can see she is tightening up and grimacing as she


comes in, really tight across the shoulders, that just impede


movement, run open, run loose, that is what gives you speed. Run open,


run loose! Tough in the World Championships, though, isn't it?


Schafer waiting for her distance. Looking for something bigger than


6.1 zero. Next up is your Bilic Rodriguez of Cuba. -- Yorgelis


Rodriguez. There are two parallel runways here, it is busy. She might


have to ask an official to go and get a tape measure, it might be


quicker! So, then, it is taking longer than every other jump, I


don't know if there is a problem here, but the athletes do not need


this. We will update you on that as we get the result of Schafer's


distance. The early pace being shared,


Matthews of Canada in second place, he got it moving at a reasonable


pace, and as we have all been saying, when you are in the third


heat and you know what you have to do, 8:26 gives you a chance, a


little nudge there! It is just because Sikowo was coming across,


use wanted some room, a reluctant leader, running wide in the lane.


Rob Mullett just at the back, Ingebrigtsen towards the back of the


group, the 16-year-old. And I missed the kilometre point, Paula, help me


out, I didn't see it. To: 52, a little smaller they need to get


things moving along. Rob Mullett will not too much surging, just


moving give themselves a good view of the barrier. Quite a few guys


jostling for position, the silver holding up is hand, just to say it


wasn't his fault. Matt Hughes fell badly in the Diamond League in


Monaco, but he recovered well. He wants to keep himself out of


trouble, and when it goes slow, like this, they are all getting a bit and


see, pushing around, making sure they get clear sight of the barrier.


Young Ingebrigtsen moving out wide to make sure he gets a clear view,


very exciting. The youngest ever, no, this year when he broke through


the four minute barrier for the mile, the youngest ever man to do


that, very talented family, and where does he fit in? Where is his


strongest event? He is still finding that out.


That roar was for Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who has taken to


the runway for the second attempt in his fifth event. Rodriguez, the


previous jumper, was 6.23, in fourth place behind Katarina


Johnson-Thompson, who has moved into third place as we stand. The middle


of the fifth event, Johnson-Thompson, round two of the


long jump. No. If you watch that again, you will see her length and


three or four steps out, she just reaches, and this is the problem


with Kat, the poor discipline in her running. She just let the Shingo


away and the foot lead out. It is a rhythm thing, exactly the same in


the high jump, wasn't it? It is that, trying too hard, the


inaccuracy of the rolling start. If she fixes that, this kid can jump


seven metres, no doubt. She has got one more chance to do that, a foul


in the second round, but you can see that Johnson-Thompson is definitely


in medal contention. OK, one more to come for KJT, the


last heat has not been pedestrian but pretty slow, and sadly Rob


Mullett is really struggling there. Big problems in terms of fastest


losers, but for a Rob Mullett, even that pace is a bit of a struggle.


The two Americans now, just watching as Matt Hughes comes up round the


outside. Oh! Oh and another faller. It was the Swede there who went


down. Kipruto just trying to decide whether things are moving on. I


don't think it was anyone's fault there. Solomon just going down


really heavily. Matt Hughes has taken the opportunity of the upset


caused their to break away. The gaps are appearing. Hughes is putting the


pressure on. About time too, Paula. It was slow. About time too. The


guys were bunched together and waiting for somebody else to make


the move. When Solomon went down there, everyone got a shot of


adrenaline. It is who reacted the fastest to that. Matt Hughes has a


bit of a cushion there. In terms of stringing out this race, it is going


to hot up now in the final lap. So Matt Hughes in a very good position


here. The tall Ethiopian is now looking threatening. Kipruto, this


will be a big test for him. Only the top three. They cannot afford not to


be in the top three. Anything slower than about 8.21... Hughes, what a


great performance from him. Lovely technique from the Canadian.


Hurdling very nicely indeed. The Olympic champion moving into third.


Matt Hughes is just looking a little bit tired over the water jump there.


These three are moving away now. The last barrier. Safely over. Not so


good from Hughes, but he can CB hind him. A real scrap on for the fastest


loser spots. 25, 26, no. Only one fastest loser from that heat. So


plenty of people, including the former Olympic champion, Kipruto.


Thankfully, you said that only one fastest loser would come from that


heat, because there was a faller who hit the ground hard and just


stumbled over the line. He was going so well. He almost came to a


standstill in the water, his legs look going, and he climbed over the


final barrier, and just kind of foul. We will be discussing the


men's marathon shortly. Ideal conditions, it really is. A crisp,


beautiful, almost autumnal morning. Brendan Barber will be commentating


on that marathon. We haven't yet discussed the events of last night


and the ramifications of that victory for Justin Gatlin. Famously,


two years ago, there was images of you dancing in the aisles when Usain


Bolt one in Beijing. With that in mind, tell us what you are feeling


this morning. I wasn't dancing last night. I was very disappointed with


the fact that Usain Bolt didn't win the race. I was also disappointed it


was Justin Gatlin and, who has been banned in the past for taking drugs,


who actually won the race. In many ways, the story is the bad guy. And


he's not a bad guy. He beat the hero, and he is the hero. I was


really sad, but when you analyse it, we are covering sport here. The


story, if it was fiction, you would write the story that Usain Bolt


managed to hold himself together, come across the line and win by four


hundredths of a second. But this is different. The fairy tale ending,


the ending of drama, of a story... It wasn't a great ending, but the


ending was that the great hero, the legend of our sport, one race to


many, one season to many, trying to hold his body together, trying to


get in time, his start being in his mind and disappointing him, and


being unable to win the race. He only lost by four hundredths of a


second. It was a story of real sport, but disappointment. The


surround sound is not great and the crowd was booing for Justin Gatlin,


which is disappointing. But they wanted to see Usain Bolt win his


last individual race, which she wasn't able to. He wasn't able to


increase as number of gold medals. We were disappointed, the crowd was


disappointed, but we are dealing in sport at the end of the day. Thank


you very much, Brendan. Let's focus on a couple of the Brits taking part


in the men's marathon. Josh Griffiths came to our attention in


spectacular style when he ran his very first marathon earlier this


year. The London Marathon was going to be my first, and I was hoping to


run it under 2.16, which is the Wales Commonwealth Games qualifying


time. I had trained for a long time. COMMENTATOR: There is an athlete


wearing 114, who could well be Josh Griffiths. This could be a surprise


hit. That is under 2.15. Halfway round, I caught up with some of the


lead British runners. I was still worrying about my watch and nothing


else, because I thought these guys were in a different race. I worked


my way through the field and across the line, and I realised what had


happened. COMMENTATOR: Could this young man be


representing Great Britain in the World Championships in London? I


thought I had just qualify for London, but I didn't want to count


my chickens or anything. I was waiting for the phone call a couple


I have the very best of British with me right now. What about the


reaction of your fellow athletes? They were really excited. Excited


that I get to race in the Champs in the summer. It makes them believe


that it could happen to them as well. That is the great thing about


running. It is a true democracy, because if you are good enough, you


train fast -- hard enough and fast enough, you get in. You a poster boy


for club runners can achieve major feats and join the elite in the way


that you have? Definitely. I know people probably better than me who


just have not made the jump. You have to continue to work hard and


believe in yourself, and what I achieved in London shows it is


possible. If I got to be a full-time athlete, it would be a dream come


true. The benefits of being here, as a newcomer to the team, is you can


pick the brains of some of the more experienced people here. There's a


host of people here with more experience, so it's great to be


talking to them, get advice on things like having to deal with


nerves. The London Marathon was amazing, the crowd there. It is


going to be similar, if not better, at the world champs in the summer.


I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to be a great experience.


We wish Josh the very best of luck today, and Callum Hawkins as well.


Ninth in Rio, hoping to build on that. It is a looping course. They


run it four times. It starts at Tower Bridge, and it's looking


absolutely resplendent today. Not dissimilar to the day we had


recently for the London Marathon. I'm delighted to turn you over to


our marathon commentary team, Paula Radcliffe, Brendan Foster and Steve


Cram. A beautiful day in London. The last


one was won by Daniel Wanjiru. He is familiar with the course on Tower


Bridge. Before the halfway point normally, and it is the start of


this World Championship marathon. So they have four laps. This will


effectively be the start straight and finish straight. They will not


come back onto Tower Bridge until they have finished the race. The lab


is just ten kilometres. 42: that is of the marathon. It is pretty much


along the embankment. Those who are used to watching the marathon will


recognise it. We have a good representation from Great Britain,


as we have heard. Josh Griffiths, a great story. Davies has been brought


in as a late replacement, and Callum Hawkins, who I can already see three


or four in from the left-hand side. He is wearing sunglasses and the


white and blue of Great Britain, the kind of blue shoulders. What a great


performance from him in Rio. We have very good Kenyans, very good


Ethiopians, lining up here, in what is always still one of the


highlights any Championships. I agree with that. I am delighted to


see the crowds on the roads of London. We are commentating from a


distance, here in the Olympic Stadium, and here we are on the


streets of London, largely running on the embankment, eventually


running around St Paul's and back along the embankment. Four laps of


around 10,000 metres. This famous bit of the London Marathon course,


along by Tower Bridge and down the Mall eventually. British distance


running in terms of today's performer, we are really looking to


Callum Hawkins to provide us with a run for our money. The crowd are


expecting a battle with the Africans, a battle with the


Ethiopians, and the Japanese team are pretty strong. A battle with the


Kenyans. It would be great for us today, Paula, if we could see Callum


Hawkins feature in this race. It would be really special. The guys


racing here today, the people racing on the track have had the


opportunity to compete in an amazing atmosphere and an amazing stadium.


The crowds on the streets for a marathon in London will make it


great, and to see a bricked up there would be amazing. As you see, a


steady start. The laps are very familiar. Running into the final


miles of the London Marathon, but it's just the start it. They go


along the embankment almost up to Westminster. We will be able to see


Big Ben. They turn around and head back into the city around St Paul's


Cathedral, by the Guildhall and the Bank of England, and then dropped


back down onto the embankment. That will be the condition of the first


lap. I'm pretty sure the crowds are going to build. As we progress


through the next couple of hours. Lots going on back in the stadium,


and we will be going backwards and forwards to the marathon. Let's


catch up with the long jump. It is the heptathlon in the Olympic


Stadium. A beautiful day. It is the second day for the heptathlete. One


place behind Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the third round,


Vetter. That is better. Vetter one of a trio of strong Dutch


heptathlete. That is an improvement for her. A good run. Unfortunately,


when she plants her foot on the board, she has a bent knee, so she


doesn't quite get the left. Anthony, crumples a bit, doesn't quite get


the lift. She would get more distance if she stood up on that.


But she looks happy. It is 6.32, her season's best. She has a very good


javelin, and she is on for 6550. That is going to be in and around


for the bronze medal. It is all about points in the heptathlon. And


this is Thiam. She is already in the lead, with six metres 33. Last


attempt to improve it. It's a big effort.


When the pressure builds, she gets better - that is the mark of a


champion. Look at body, Chester, reaches she is a tough cookie. --


chest up. 6.33 was her best so far, 6.58 is a lifetime best, that looks


close to it. It is a season's best, 6.57, consolidates her first place


position with two events remaining. All right, then, the overnight


leader, Schafer, has gone into second place because of Thiam's long


jumping. Schafer chasing, and other jump beyond six metres, 6.20, but it


is a no jump for the German, no improvement. Just going back to


Thiam, her personal best is 6.58, so to produce into a minus 0.5 wind, I


said she was a tough cookie, but what a great competitor, that is the


kind of determination you need in heptathlon. Schafer leaving her toes


out a bit, an erratic individual. Not the best jump for her, looking


at the schools, doing a quick bit of maths, she is still capable of


scoring 6700. The silver-medallist safe as long as she can produce a 50


metres javelin throw that you always tends to do. So a bit of a slip for


Schafer. Thiam rises to the top. Another contender, the young


Rodriguez, the Cuban, 22 years of age, finished one place behind


Katarina Johnson-Thompson, setting a new Cuban record, last year. It is


going to be another ding-dong battle for bronze potentially, her last


attempt, no, 6.23 in the second round was her best. And she is in


fourth place as we stand, Johnson-Thompson in the third-place,


but she has another jump, Johnson-Thompson. She can improve


her situation. We have only got the javelin in this morning session, and


then the 800m to come for the conclusion of the heptathlon, and


Rodriguez was going for it there, that is what happens when you push


too hard, I guess. I think, yeah, she will be disappointed, because


she is capable of 6.50, but she has jumped 17 centimetres better than


last time. For me, Kat needs to jump an additional 25 centimetres, that


is what she needs, she throws around 41-42, then it will be a


straightforward foot race in the 800m, so she needs this. She does


have a tendency, when she runs faster, to open her stride, so you


have got to have discipline here, Kat. Johnson-Thompson, round three


of the long jump. Fast on the approach, good on the board. It is


another jump in the mid 6.5 metres, somewhere in the region of what we


saw in the first round, 6.5 six. I think the look on her face tells us


what we need to know. Not as quick on the runway, determined to get a


jump in, she has sacrificed speed, still got that opens stride, but not


really carried the speeding, unfortunately. Caught in two minds,


I really feel. I mean, I can't mind read, but I get the impression that


she didn't go for it, because she knew that if she went for it, she


might foul. 6.45, you know what, a fantastic jump of 6.56, that is the


competitive streak you want, but the discipline needs to be there on the


runway. An extra 60 points have gone begging there, I think.


Johnson-Thompson looking good with just two events remaining.


Just about ready for the start of the men's 400m hurdles, and that is


how they line up. Kemar Mowatt, Jose Luis Gaspar of


Cuba, the 21-year-old in lane seven. A couple of good Estonians, Jagor


goes in lane six. And there is the Olympic champion, from Rio, won the


title at his third attempt, only seventh in the US trials, but OK to


compete here because he is a wild card as the 2016 Diamond League


winner. Takatoshi Abe of Japan, he has a chance of going through. And


Javier Culson, took bronze on this track five years ago in the


Olympics. 48.76 this season. It has just been announced around the stage


and that four will go through automatically, and the four fastest


losers over the five heats. Britain represented in this one by


Jack Green, who goes in the fifth of the heats. The first heat of the


men's 400m hurdles. So away they go, and we will find


out how Javier cause and's form is, but so too Kerron Clement, who has


been running well this season. -- Javier Culson. The new star of the


event, Kyron McMaster. A good, strong start from Jagor of Estonia


as well, and at the moment it is Clement, Abe of Japan, Jagor


beginning to fade. Culson with a bit of work to do. Four go through


automatically, Jagor coming back into it, but Kerron Clement and Abe


of Japan, and also the Estonian, Jagor, 49.47 for Kerron Clement. I


was going to say he looks as comfortable as it is possible to


look running before the metres hurdles, pretty well controlled by


Kerron Clement, 49.46, and a good run from Abe, the Japanese champion.


And Colin Jackson watching this one along with me, Jagor seem to get a


second wind coming down the straight, but Kerron Clement does


look pretty comfortable. He does look really comfortable indeed, nice


to see him going through the whole process correctly, doing his stride


patches, doing everything right to make sure it is a comfortable switch


down off the final barrier. That is what you want to see from a


champion. Well, the men's pole vault qualification is and the way,


Shawnacy Barber, the reigning world champion, a clearance at 5.30, now


trying 5.4 five. That was unusual, what did he do there?! He handled


that! Colin Jackson will be impressed with that! Not quite sure


what to make of the technicalities of that! Instead of going upside


down above the poll, he kind of straddles it. A bit like a western


role, if you remember that from your schooldays, rolling around the bar,


you do not have to get your centre of gravity up so far. Brendan is


giving me a thumbs up, here are members the Western roll, good to


have some boys who understand what I am talking about! It is a clearance,


if slightly unusual, Shawn Barber looking to defend his title,


automatic or vocation and 5.75, so more to come. -- automatic


qualification. Meanwhile, Tower Bridge looking


resplendent in the sunshine, this is where they will end up for the


finish, they left about 50 minutes ago, and let's just have a look at


the lap that I mentioned earlier. Four laps, they will not come back


to Tower Bridge until the end, they go along the Embankment, familiar


route for the London Marathon normally, the curve of the river,


Big Ben in the background, almost all the way to Big Ben, almost to


Westminster, but then they turn around just before there, and they


head back in the same direction. And then they just take a little


left-hander and go up through Paternoster square, around Saint


Paul's, Guildhall, as you can see, the Bank of England, through the


City, then back down onto the embankment, and that is about 10K,


and then they will go back and do four laps. That last little bit, as


I said, only on the very last lap. They have just reached the turning


around point, and they are now heading back along the Embankment,


approaching five kilometres. It has been pretty slow up to this point,


nothing much happening, really, a big group, people from Kenya,


Ethiopia, the familiar African contingent, but also, for the Mo


Farah fans, you might member this man racing Mo Farah over 10,000m,


Meucci. 15.58 is very slow for these guys. Callum Hawkins is in that


group on the inside, and he has been training in Spain, there were some


suggestions that maybe things, because he has been having a


cracking year, I am told that the last few weeks have gone reasonably


well, well prepared for this, looking forward to racing well, and


he will not be frightened about being near the front. He won't be


frightened at all, he was very happy to commit in Rio to really go out


and run a very brave race there, made the decision to skip the London


Marathon, to take that pre-selection position and concentrate solely on


this, so he has been training in Bjork, and by all indications things


have gone well and he is excited to get out and race -- training in


Majorca. I have been impressed by the crowd at there watching them


today, a decent day for marathon running - it could have been


oppressive if it was like a few weeks ago. The feed stations for the


individual countries, run member, a completely different organisation to


the London Marathon, it is only this number of runners, a few number of


runners, so specifically designed and organised so the lead athletes,


the Ethiopian, Mekonnen, looking for his specific link with a country


flag on it, so the organisation slightly different to the London


Marathon, which is about catering for the masses. This is about


catering for the elite, but the crowds are happy to see the elite on


this great cause, a great cause for spectator in, because you can see


them four or eight times as they come up and down the Embankment. I


think that is why the crowds are out, a free show, the marathon show,


and also the World Championship show, and later we will see the


women take this course. And next week, the walking as well, Tom


Bosworth, the walks will be on the Mall, leading up to Buckingham


Palace, which will be fabulous and the last day of the championships.


So far this morning first to show his colours at the front is Mekonnen


after the very slow first five kilometres. This is slow motion, in


case you are wondering! One -- Daniel Wanjiru, the winner of the


London Marathon, he will be hoping to repeat that this afternoon, but


very slow pace at the moment. Let's go back to the stadium.


Further to the east of London, we're just about ready for the second heat


of the first round the men's four metres hurdles. I mentioned Kyron


McMaster, the outstanding athlete in this event this year. There is


McMaster, of the British Virgin Islands, world junior


bronze-medallist last, but amazing progress this season down to 47.8


zero, 20 years old, quickest in the world this year, the only man below


48 seconds. Outside him is the Jamaican champion, Hyde. The


Irishman, Barr, is in five. The Japanese runner is in three.


So keep an eye on lane six, Thomas Barr has had injury problems, ran so


well in Rio, just a fraction away from the bronze medal there, but


injury problems this year, an event which takes its toll on the body. At


the moment, Barr, in lane eight, looking so strong, as he has this


season. TJ Holmes, the American, has made


good progress. It will be TJ Holmes who leads them into the final


straight. Four to go through automatically. Barr digging in now.


A fight for fourth place. A dip on fourth place. TJ Holmes and McMaster


ahead of him, and Hyde, and Barr in that the battle for automatic


qualifying place. TJ Holmes was third in the trials, and he looks in


passive, trying to look like it was a stroll in the morning sunshine.


Thomas Barr is looking to the screen for confirmation. Right on the


outside, the world leader. He is young, only 20. From the Virgin


Islands. He has got into that magical figure of 48 seconds. As we


come closer to these championships he has struggled a bit with his


stride pattern and his rhythm, and lost a bit of that early season


form. In London, he struggled. Had to do lots of changing around. All


of that comes from a lack of experience, basically. Where you


have had this great improvement from going from a 49 second run down to


47. The stride pattern and the approach has to change entirely. But


a huge talent. You've got to watch him. Thomas Barr has missed out by


100th of a second in the automatic qualifying places, but he is in a


position for one of the four fastest losers. Lets recap what happened in


the fifth event of the long jump, Katarina Johnson-Thompson. In the


first round, she did this. A really solid effort. 6.56. Really pleased


with that. Unable to improve on it, but it really did salvage her


competition into third place, as you can see behind Carolin Schafer and


Thiam. In contention from that bronze, with Rodriguez. Absolutely.


Needs 40 metres or more to stay in this. Just the javelin and 800


metres to come. Johnson-Thompson in third place as we stand. Still urge


early stages. Hawkins is up there. Haven't seen


Josh Griffiths yet, but I think he's up there. A little bit further back.


We get five kilometre splits, so we can keep an eye on how they are


doing. This is the scenic part of the route. The idea of world


Marathon courses is that they tried to show off the host city as well as


they can, and this one doing that very well indeed. In front of St


Paul's. A beautiful morning in London. As Brendan and Paula were


saying, nice marathon running weather. Not too warm. The winds and


rains we've had at times have hopefully abated. A good crowd


starting to build, and I'm sure that will continue as the morning goes


on. We have mentioned Wanjiru. A very good Kenyan team here. We have


Kipketer in there as well, and Kirui, who won Boston. And silver


medallists in this championship a couple of years ago from Ethiopia.


Polar a contender as well. High quality in this world marathon


final. Showing off the lovely historic part of this great city. St


Paul's and Paternoster Square behind them. Heading back around the city


and back onto the embankment. 18 degrees out there. Not much of a


wind. There is a shower there on the course. A little cooling for some of


them. This is part of the course, you wouldn't expect as many people,


but they are gathering on the embankment, London Marathon style.


Not too much happening, so let's get back to the stadium for these 400


metres hurdles heats. Big news that Kieren McMaster, the


fastest man this year from the virgin Islands, has been


disqualified. That means that Thomas Barr moves up into the automatic


qualifying places. Usually in the 400 hurdles, it means a Trail leg


violation. We will have a look at it, and have a look at McMaster in


that race. 400 metre hurdles, there's lots of things that can go


wrong. You can clip a line. Watch his feet. Is he making any contact


with the line? If it's not violation there. He has taken the barrier


there, as you can see, with his left leg as his lead leg. We cannot tell


from this angle. From the head on you maybe able to see whether he is


trailing. His trail leg is not quite going over the barrier, maybe, which


is the type of thing we need to look out for. Whether he is clearing the


barrier accurately or whether he is clipping the line. This could be


crucial one. No, looks fine. He's looking around. He feels quite


comfortable. At this moment, I can't quite see which of the things he's


done that has caused the disqualification. If you look back


to the first hurdle, when he hit it, it might have been a problem because


of that. He is the quickest in the world this year. There will be an


appeal process for his disqualification. Let's look at the


first hurdle again, as we wait for this third heat. Watch his feet. If


he clips the line in any way, that could be an instant


disqualification. But he looks really smooth. Couldn't see any


mistakes there. Let's see what they eventually say officially. Some of


the bigger and more established countries are good at appealing.


Let's see how the British virgin islands are. Thomas Barr moves up


into the automatic qualification places. This is heat three. Copello


very strong. Gets a little bit easier for some of others involved.


Samba in nine, a very talented youngster. Goes outside Copello


there. Copello is that European champion,


bronze medallist at the last Olympic Games. Four goes through


automatically, without Rasmus Magi as well. The opportunity for one of


the other athletes as a result. Hussain very good, but away from


Switzerland, not quite as strong. Copello, a majestic upright style.


Samba, the Qatari youngster, looking good as well.


Good run from Copello, the European champion. Made it look reasonably


comfortable. Copello looked really good all the way round. No stresses,


got his stride pattern right, very smooth.


Talking about going smoothly, our first bit of pace put on in the


marathon, by Great Britain's Callum Hawkins. He led in Rio for a while,


and he's doing it again in the World Championship marathon. He decided


he'd had enough of that very slow pace. He's in the World Championship


final. Why not? He's in good pace and has run personal bests at half


marathons this year. He knows this is a fantastic stage and a fantastic


opportunity for him. Early, early stages, of course, and an immensely


talented field. In Rio we were like, really, do you want to do that? The


conditions here are not the same as in Rio, so why not? Callum Hawkins


leading the World Championship marathon. He's not leading it at a


stupid pace. It's a sensible pace. It's a good, fast course, great


conditions, very little wind, 55% humidity, so not hot out there.


Advised by great American runner Steve Jones, what would Steve had


done? He would have gone out there. The toughest man on the day is going


to win the race. Almost 10K completed. Callum Hawkins likes to


run in the front. He's not doing something because he's panicking.


We've seen him on the road the last couple of years, running good half


marathons. 15.37 for 10K there. He's comfortable leading. He likes to


lead. An aggressive front runner, not overawed. I don't think this


field is as strong as in Rio, and he led in Rio. He has that extra


experience. He is powerful. We saw him doing this in the Edinburgh


Cross country earlier in the year doing exactly this. It was lovely to


see current leader Callum Hawkins of Great Britain, and by the way,


Scotland. I know, and absolutely belongs there. He's looking around


saying, do any of you want to come with me and make this a proper race?


He's picked up the pace to 2.12 pace, and he's done that in the last


kilometre, so he's running faster than that. He's stretching the


field, and he's capable of doing it. If you look at him may be against Mo


Farah and the stage that Callum Hawkins is in his career, does he


have a bit more over the marathon distance? It is his best distance,


and he's not been afraid to go to it at this early stage in his career.


He's been training and preparing hard for that. If nothing else, he's


poked the wasps nest, because they've all started to buzz around a


little bit. Big names, the people we expect to contend for medals,


hopefully along with Callum Hawkins. Who knows? The race is on now. As


Paula was saying, 15.30 eight. 15.36 for Callum Hawkins himself. The pace


will get quicker from here on in. The man who won here in London...


Just trying to see where he is. Further adrift. Kipketer, who is


there. Sorry, Kirui. Wanjiru up with him as well. On the final lap, they


will go straight into the finish over Tower Bridge. The crowd


starting to build here, which is wonderful. It's always odd to see in


a marathon, three laps to go! It is like a mile race. Overlooking the


tower of London, the athletes back in the stadium, getting ready for


the next round. The tower were resplendent there. The athletes here


in the sunshine ready for the next heat of the 400 hurdles.


Nobody disqualified in the marathon, as far as I'm aware, but a big


disqualification with McMaster. One of the favourites, quickest in the


world this year, from the British Virgin Islands. Disqualified for a


lane infringement, which is stepping over the line on a bend. This is


where we believe it occurred. Just hasn't touched the line, and it is


clear. Absolutely. No argument about that. The distance for the event is


measured as being six inches from the line. So if you clip the line,


it is instant disqualification. He will have known there. There are


officials at every barrier watching. So McMaster went out, and Thomas


Barr moved up into the automatic qualifying places. Here is how they


line up for the next heat. Warholm, very quick, young


Norwegian. A good multi-events athlete, but discovered he was very


good particularly at this event. Just 21. Stand him in good stead in


this event. This man from Jamaica, Ricardo Cunningham. His team-mates


have gone through. There is Warholm. Mostly himself making the noise.


Some of the medal contenders have taken a keen interest in the


disqualification of McMaster, and Stigler will know that his chances


have improved for a potential medal. The same with Warholm. Once you


start to get down to the low numbers...


False start. Not a particularly common occurrence. I was trying to


have a look at that, could not quite see.


Crawling his way to disqualification.


You can sometimes excuse it. Nervousness and adrenaline.


A good athlete, he has gone sub 49 seconds last year.


They are readying themselves again. Just San Toys on the outside in lane


nine. The fastest losers go through as


well. Cleanly away this time. Good start.


The powerful Norwegian coming forward, making great strides.


He is running strongly. Stigler and Santos... Four will go through so it


should still be comfortable enough. Untidy and finishing quickly,


Cunningham for Jamaica needs to finish quickly. He might just do it.


The four were clear. Good run from Santos. He ran blindly and it worked


well for him. Took victory in the Diamond League


and he did it nicely. Incidentally we going backwards and forwards


between the marathon and the events in the stadium. If you want to keep


watching the marathon, it is on the red button at the website. There is


no commentary. Some might think that is a better option! Hopefully you're


enjoying our coverage. We are enjoying watching the leaders,


grabbing some water there. Just warming up litter. We've been


noticing, given McMaster was disqualified in the stadium,


stepping on the line and shortening the route, some of these athletes


have been shortening the route of the London Marathon -- of the


marathon. It would not happen in the London Marathon because of barriers.


When they go round the bend, the definitely cutting the cord. I'm not


happy, Paula is not happy. It is not a disqualification but if you do


enough of them you're running a few yards less. It all adds up given


there four lapse. Somebody needs to get out there and


warned them they should not be doing that. We have seen them doing that


many times before but it is not right. Only 25 years of age. He grew


up a lot after a Rio de Janiero. He was running comfortable alongside


them for much of the route. Splendid sight, London on a beautiful day. It


is pretty good for running. The temperature is rising. It will


probably get warmer in the afternoon. Imagine what it would


have been like. This is not a normal day of work.


Things have changed a little. In the black vest, Yamauchi. He is a serial


marathon runner. He is called the People's Champion in Japan. They


love him. Calumet is moving the pace along.


About 20 seconds behind him, they are approaching. The pace has picked


up a little bit. We're getting ready for that but


also Katarina Johnson-Thompson getting ready for the javelin. The


penultimate event. It is not the strongest event. She will need


something in excess of 40 metres to stay in contention. The better


throwers are in the second pool. We hope and think it is still possible.


Britain's sole representative is Jack Green. He's coming back to some


of his very best form. He goes in lane three. Not the strongest


line-up. Ali of Pakistan, waves to the crowd.


His twin brother won the world title two years ago. Jack Green is being


introduced to the crowd now. Dobek made the finals a couple of years


ago. Jack Green has already been announced to the masses. Such a


young talent when he burst onto the scene, 2011. Game to the Olympics,


hit a barrier. Hit spell of injury. No coming back. Hann of France. Used


to run for Senegal. Jack Green is running comfortable 48. You go back


to his personal best, set in 2012. He's getting close to it. A good man


to have in the relay. Twice the Brazilian champion. He can go beyond


49 seconds. The last of the heats. Roaring for


Jack Green. Little clip on the first barrier, moving along nicely. Fairly


even. The US champion on the outside. We know how quickly he can


go. Fernandez Spain looking strong in lane nine. European


silver-medallist. Jack Green moving into a good position and it's a good


close race. Jack Green hit the barrier had. That may cost him in


the final 50 metres. Hann leaves for France. Green finishing strongly. He


is starting to tire. He might have run out of this. Koech coming


through. He might be OK in terms of times. Even if he is ran out of it.


It was not the final 50 metres he would have had the legs for if he


had not hit the barrier. You can see that he's feeling that there because


he had had. Hann takes the victory with 49.3 four. Dobek was there. We


shall see if Jack Green makes it. All these guys are very good


finishers and we new that coming off the final time there would be a huge


charge. This is where Jack clatters the barrier. You don't want that to


happen. Then he needs to refocus. If you hit that it takes the speed off.


Everybody else charges at the same time. Where did he finish? He's gone


out of it on automatic qualification. He's lost out on


thousands. He smashed the barrier both with the


Leeds Lake and the Trail legs. He lost all that time, all that rhythm,


but he stuck with it. Slightly faded there, but he focused, re-engaged


into the race, and charged in. Disappointed he didn't get that


automatic qualifying, but with that time, that should see him through.


It will do. Just run out of the automatic qualifying by the Kenyan,


Koech, taking it by 2000 and the second ahead of Jack Green. But Jack


will go through as one of the fastest losers. Tough race, Jack,


but you are through. The bad news is that you clattered a hurdle there.


Yes, a bit of a stinger. I was really pleased with that, until I


managed to wear one, and that's what it does to you. I should have been


in a position where I took that on and won that race, but that's


hurdles for you. I need to make those changes for tomorrow for the


when you come into the race, do you know what you need to do time-wise?


I've got to do my own thing. What ever happens happens, regardless.


Disappointed overall, because that is the race I should be winning.


Probably my worst race of the year, which is not great timing, but I


will make sure tomorrow is better. What is it like to be back in this


stadium after your experience in the Olympics in this stadium? Things are


different now. A lot of experience along the way, but I am a better


person and a better athlete now than I was. We wish you all the best.


Good luck. Thanks. Johnson-Thompson still waiting for


her first attempt in the javelin. She has had three or four warm up


throws, nothing over 40 metres yet. Throwing around 35 metres. What have


you made of her warm up throws? In the run-up, there's not enough


acceleration down the run-up. The run up speed is the energy you


develop to put into the javelin, but we have not seen her run down the


runway with enough to punch the javelin over the 40 metres that she


needs. It's still warm up, so we will give the girl a chance. That


javelin, the white and green. Different javelins are rated. That


is quite a highly rated javelin. It is always tough to find a javelin


that suits the distance you are throwing. Let's look at confirmation


of Jack Green missing out on automatic qualifying by 2000 and the


second, but he is the it got -- he is the quickest of the fastest


losers, along with Futch. Meanwhile, in the marathon, the pace


picks up a bit. Callum Hawkins still in the lead group. Plenty of


athletes in the lead group. Operating at around 2.12 pace. The


big names happy to let others keep the pace moving along a bit. The


lead group has whittled down a bit, about 25 athletes in the lead group.


The wonderful sight of St Paul's Cathedral, overlooking the city. On


the skyline, it used to be the visible site, but now there's


building all around. You can see everywhere you go, the city is


growing in that direction. Callum Hawkins on the inside there. He was


looking round to see who's there, to see who's in contention. I just hope


the experience that he gained when he ran so well in Rio, that that


stands him in good stead for the another word on the tight corners.


When the groups are that slow. We have seen a couple of slow motions.


Walkers are bit more used to it. When you are in a big group like


that, watch them going around the tight bend. A lot of these guys run


lots of road races where you do that sort of thing as well. The


turnaround points, just need to be a bit wary. A little bit of pace on


now, stretching out. 32 in this group. These guys Conte in all of


the main contenders. Callum Hawkins nicely tucked in there. Definitely a


bit more pace on. The back of the group a bit more strung out. One or


two struggling to stay with them. The overall pace is not that fast so


far, but they have been yo-yoing that pace and stretching it out of


it. Stretching it out to sub 2.10 pace, and then quickening. That is


starting to do damage to a lot of this field. Eric Gillis of Canada


starting to fall off the back of that group. That is starting to


happen. Some people do not belong in that group and are struggling to


stay there. Will pay a big pace later on. When those surges are


happening, Callum Hawkins is tempering it a bit. Getting somebody


else to string it out, as Kipketer has now done. He is continuing the


ground work that Callum Hawkins laid. That will make it safer on the


turns. 15.20 one. They are going to run a faster 10K now. Once you get


there, that is proper fast marathon running. Much faster than a lot of


these guys, perhaps including Callum Hawkins, are capable of. So you have


to judge whether or not to go with it. Look at the damage being done to


the lead group here. Within the last 90 seconds or so, a group of people


who were heavily involved in the race are now being stretched out.


Looking at a map of the course, it's pretty easy until they come off the


embankment and do the little twist. The twists are around St Paul's


Cathedral there, to show off the city. The marathon runners would


much prefer to just run up and down the embankment. This is an


interesting course. It is a tough course. These twists, turns and


tight corners are going to be hard, especially the last ten kilometres.


You don't want to do sharp U-turns in the last ten kilometres on feet


that are sore, legs that are hurting. That is going to make it


very tough. So if you were in charge of the course, you will have missed


out all of that group and run up and down the mirror? No, it's an


interesting course. If you are a front runner like I was, you want


the chance to break away. Once you are away from the chasing pack, you


can start to get away. Callum Hawkins is trying to settle and find


way he wants to be in that group as it breaks up. That is important. Try


to keep his rhythm going as much as he can. As that continues, the


athletics continue back in the stadium.


From the men's 400 hurdles, we move onto the women's 400 metres. A


beautiful day in London, and the stadium pretty full. The great


Allyson Felix, she gets start here. The defending champion and the


winner of six Olympic golds in total, and nine World Championship


golds. Just about ready to get her introduction to the crowd. A


beautiful runner to watch. Such great experience. This should be


fairly comfortable for her. This is the Italian champion in lane nine.


And Swiety of Poland. Ashley Kelly of the British virgin Island. Imali,


winner of the Kenyan title. We move on to Allyson Felix, the


quickest time in the world this year with a 49.60 five. That was on this


track in the Diamond League last month. If you watched the Olympics


in Rio, you may have remembered her duel with sure name the, now Shaunae


Miller-Uibo oh, and you might remember Miller throwing herself at


the line. Can run 400, 200. She ran the 100 at the US trials, in 11.03.


But the 400 metres have been her forte. Swiety on the outside, in


Lane eight. Three to go through automatically. The first of four


heats in the 400 metres. Felix already breezing her way past the


athlete in lane two. Great style, and great pace as well. A bit


further out, Jones going smoothly. Felix just biding her time and


trying not to expend too much energy. Looking for a controlled run


as well. The three ahead at the moment after Felix, Ashley Kelly and


Imali. Felix can start to ease down. Three go through automatically. A


strong finish from the Greek athlete. Trying to get past the


woman who got passed her at the start. Ashley Kelly takes third


place behind Alison Felix. The defending champion safely


negotiating this first round. Allyson Felix a class apart. How


quickest time in the world this year is almost half a second quicker than


the rest of this field. Felix doing what is necessary. Doing what


necessary. She got them to race pace very quickly, which is what you want


to do. That is exactly how you want to run these early rounds, to


conserve as much energy as possible for the semifinal and final. Came


off this bend with a very nice lead. Running very relaxed there. Able to


relax and really shut it down. She is running it like a 300 to 350


metres race. That is why that is a much more efficient way to run the


400 metres. Lets get her thoughts now. What is the key for you in the


first round? You have had this experience many times before? Just


get out, run comfortably and secure the win. You feel at home here. We


saw you run the fastest time in the world this year in the anniversary


games recently. Has that helps? It's great to come here. This is a


special place for me. In terms of the way you perform just then, you


seem to be in prime form. If that is fair comment? Yes, I'm excited. We


wish you well for the next round. Thank you.


Not fall some answers, but she runs very well indeed. To go out faster


and shut it down, it's better to do it that way. Yes, she's got to run a


good 300 metres here. She is running the same sort of pace we will see in


the semifinals here, but when you approach the last 50 metres, and you


shut it down, it is an easy run. It doesn't build up as much lactic acid


are some of the competitors, who are really going for it, and Haft to


overcome that lactic acid. Allyson Felix is very relaxed, not having to


strain at all. It allows you to work on the race pace and get it right


for the first 200 metres, which is important. Taking these


opportunities in the early rounds to do that is of extra benefit later.


Safely through she goes. Tomorrow's semifinals, things will get rather


more interesting. Allyson Felix going through, as you might expect.


Also going through is Vasiliou of Greece and Ashley Kelly of the


British Virgin Islands. This is a man who has raised his game this


year, Sam Kendricks of the United States. Another failure. A surprise.


He will have one more go at that. 5.75 is needed to go through to


Tuesday's final. Kendricks has competed nine times this year, and


won all of them. Came here as the favourite to take the world title.


Six metres he's jumped, but he's getting it wrong today. Kendricks in


some trouble. One jump remaining. There have been further


developments. Keeping the pace going. An indication of the way that


it has picked up. Callan decided, I want to keep the pace going. Start


to see the bigger names dropping off. All of the sudden these three


have pulled away. He does not cover the moves pretty well. Callum


Hawkins is in that chasing group. One of the favourites is pushing on.


What we've seen is the difference between the mass city run and a


Championship run. Without pacemakers they are not sure what to do. The


message is to get to the halfway point. Back to the stadium. Katarina


Johnson-Thompson. Need to repeat that. It is long, it is over 40


metres! Exactly what she would have wanted. Direct replica.


It is a seasoned Postma best -- season's best. Drag a little bit.


Got away from the point a little bit. The main protagonists, Katarina


Johnson-Thompson has given herself a really good chance of attacking it.


She needs something more. Emily Diamond. Just about to get her


introduction. Caught a glimpse there. Miller-Uibo, as she is now,


having married a fellow athlete. What a finish it was in Rio de


Janiero. Safely through. Miller-Uibo is one of the main contenders. Such


a great runner to watch. They will need to be unfazed by the


moment when Miller moves past. Moving along so powerful here. Three


go through automatically. MacPherson is behind in second.


Coming through to take third place. Emily Diamond has run out of things.


Pretty good from the Jamaican. It was always going to be a tall order.


It will be a stretch. She got off very quickly which is what you need


to do. The veterans know how to run the early rounds. She positions


herself here. I thought she may have got off the gas a little early but


not quite. Acquitted herself very well around the spend. Positioning


herself at the front and the back. Able to relax and see the arms and


shoulders very relaxed. Not bouncing along to the finish line. That's the


most efficient way to do this. It was always going to be tough.


Things are changing in the marathon. The Olympic bronze-medallist that


10,000 metres looks very comfortable. There's a chasing group


of four which includes the London winner. Another chasing group behind


that, Callum Hawkins. He's in the top ten at the moment. He is close


enough to the group, you would think there is still a bronze medal


available. Definitely suffering from having gone with the east-2-mac. The


group will start to chase. Talks about maturing as a marathon runner,


Callum Hawkins, he had some decisions to make. Decided to


maintain his pace. He gradually maintained it. He didn't panic, he


didn't try and go with the medals as they appeared to disappear. He's


more relying on the fact there will be people ahead of him who are not


able to sustain this space. Most of the people along there but there are


definitely going to be casualties. He looks to have gone too fast, too


soon. He's running really well along the embankment. He was running along


the embankment and being chased. He's got company in about fourth or


fifth place. Another one of the Ethiopians, I think it is Tesgaye


Mekonnen, behind him. We are trying to see where Callum Hawkins is. They


settled in the front. These three are well clear at the moment. He's


had a busy year. He was part of the attempt earlier this year. He is


well used to running ahead but was switching in and out every five


kilometres there. He's worked himself steadily back. He looks


behind him. The American champion, world leader


in a bit of trouble here. His only qualification, no medals, if he


wants to be involved, Sam Kendricks, he needs to go clear. Pressure. What


can he do on the last attempt? That is better. Very much better. He


showed his competitive ability there. There's a sigh of relief. It


may be enough to take him through. A lot of athletes are clear already.


Let's wrap up what happened. Disappointed to be off the season


best. We will see of they are some of the sixth fastest losers.


Jackson, who was bronze in Beijing. Jele of Botswana. We have Gomez, the


18-year-old, the new junior champion. There is Jackson, just


outside 50 seconds this season. Well outside that at the moment. A


reminder that three go through automatically.


Mupopo in the second lane, try to force her way into the second -- top


three. Jackson is not as fluent as a statically pleasing. Good enough.


She might take them into the home straight. It's a close race. Just


beginning to fade. She will be run out of it.


We'll go through in terms of times. We talk about Mupopo, came to


prominence running 50 seconds but 51 seconds only this season. I think


Jackson will not be pleased with this race. She is exactly where she


needed to be. She has her work cut out for her. Ran off Jackson and was


able to glide through the first 200 metres and position herself very


well. Jackson now having to do a little bit of work. Not realising


who was on the inside. Mupopo looking very smooth. It was


actually a very high quality race. Emily Diamond is now down to six of


the fastest losers, so clinging on at the moment, but three heats to


go. Katarina Johnson-Thompson getting


ready for her second round effort in this penultimate heptathlon event,


the javelin. A good first throw of 41 .70 two. She has just seen one of


her competitors pop out 52 metres. So may be Cavic, the European bronze


medallist, pushing herself into contention. Cat the only athlete in


the top five in this event in the top pool. The other four in the


second Paul to follow, because they are longer throws from lifetime


bests. That is the view that KJT has out into the field, a 40 metre line


and a 50 metre line are ahead of her. Something closer to the second


line would be ideal. Johnson-Thompson, round two of the


javelin. Fast on the approach. It is a number throat just on that 40


metre line. Maybe not quite as good as her first round throw. Slightly


decelerating there. You have to punch the energy out. You cannot let


it float steadily down to the ground. That angle of attack is


unfortunate. The significance of the previous round's throw means that


she is on for a round about 6520. My calculation, if Rodriguez the Cuban


and Vetter does what they are supposed to do, they are likely to


score around 6574 that bronze medal. So she needs to score a bit more.


One more throw remaining for Kat to improve on that effort in the first


round. He looks a little bit nervous, doesn't he.


We are watching the marathon here. Kirui leading. The Boston Marathon


winner against Kohler, the Olympic bronze medallist at 10,000 metres.


What a nice contrast there. She really is coached by a well-known


coach in the past of the Kenyans -- Kirui is coached. This guy is still


developing his career. He doesn't do high mileage yet. He's still got


improvement to make. He's certainly showing that today. These two going


very strong, moving ahead of Kipketer, who ran well in Tokyo this


year. Looks like he got back a little bit, but that gap is growing


again, Brendan. It is, that these are the two strongest runners in


this field. They are class athletes. The Olympic bronze medallist, Tola,


is a great runner. Kirui is strong. When he was a young man, he


surprised everybody, running under 27 minutes. Looking at the analysis


of the field, you have the two best runners now, finding themselves at


the front, where they often are. Kipketer, unable to sustain the


pace. The last split was staggering. That is phenomenal pace. You can see


why the field is strung out as it is and the damage it has done. Kipketer


has a long, lonely race ahead of him. Sim Bu is closing again on


Kipketer. They have to keep their focus and concentration. They cannot


see a of them so they have to maintain their own rhythm and their


own race. Just a word on Josh Griffiths and Andrew Davies. They


are in the 62nd and 63rd position, running together, more than four


minutes behind our leaders. Callum Hawkins running a brilliant race


again in the World Championships, in ninth place. He ran a phenomenal


split himself. These three medal positions held by two Kenyans and an


Ethiopian at the moment. Meanwhile, back to the stadium and


all the fun of the fair. The start list for the fourth heat in the


women's 400 metres. Phyllis Francis goes here for the United States,


being announced to the crowd. Williams-Mills here as well in lane


four. Bahrain, 19 years old, former youth


champion. 51.33 this season. At 19, Naser, a great talent. Artymata, 31


years old now. Second behind Ken are Hayes in the


US trials. Artymata of Cyprus, Naser of rain, next Williams-Mills of


Jamaica. The fourth heat of the women's 400


metres. Emily Diamond hanging on to the last of the fastest loser places


at the moment, 42.20. Might not be fast enough. Naser, the 19-year-old


from Bahrain, going well. Three go through automatically.


Inside Naser, Artymata is moving strongly. For separating themselves


from the rest. What a race this is from Naser of Bahrain. Three go


through automatically. 50.57 four Naser, the 19-year-old from Bahrain.


A new personal best, a new national record, for Bahrain. She didn't


leave a lot out there, but that was an impressive run from the


19-year-old, leaving Novlene Williams-Mills behind her.


Williams-Mills looking up to the screen for confirmation of her time.


That was something to watch from Naser, the 19-year-old. Is very


impressive. She ran this like a veteran, really using Novlene


Williams-Mills, the veteran on her outside. She made a fantastic move


here. Being very patient, as you would expect from a veteran, not a


19-year-old, to come off that bend and position herself very well,


having the benefit of Williams-Mills on her outside. Keeping everything


in line, using upper body strength to propel herself to the finish line


ahead of Williams-Mills and Francis. Francis has the unfortunate lane


position on the outside, not able to see the inside. But that was an


impressive run. Naser is very impressive at the end. Very quick


indeed. Emily Diamond is still hanging on. Still in six place. The


last of the fastest losers at the moment. The men's pole-vault


qualifying continues. We saw Sam Kendricks go over the third time of


asking at 5.60. Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland is in a good position. He


will need this height to proceed. 5.60. This is to stay involved. Last


chance to remain in contention. The second best in the world. That was


clear. So the two men highly fancied at the medallists here at the World


Championships put themselves under pressure, but respond positively.


You don't need that, though. That's got to be tiring. Not much changing


in terms of positions in this marathon, but it is beginning to get


to a crucial point of the race. They are approaching the bell. You


don't often say that in the marathon. 14.44. Another fast five


K. So that is being run at about 29.13 410 K, very quick by anybody's


standards. Kipketer is pulling away from the group behind. We haven't


seen too much from Callum Hawkins recently. We will get a split as


quickly as we can from that 30 kilometre point. These two seem to


have it between them. They definitely did. Kipketer is running


strongly at the moment. 20 seconds down on the need two. Then there is


a 12 or 15 second gap back to Wanjiru and Simbu. Now we are going


to see Callum Hawkins. He is in about ninth position. Eighth


position, sorry. He is down on the leaders, but maintaining his pace.


He is certainly in with a very good chance of running a personal best


today. He has acquitted himself well today. We will see how strongly he


can maintain that over this final lap. A class performance from Callum


Hawkins. Let's hope he can close as strongly as he has opened. Kipketer


in bronze position. He's running powerfully as well. He's had some


ups and downs. Has run alone for a lot of this race, but he looks at


full flow there. Striding along through the city. Eventually going


back along the embankment. Wanjiru, further down the field, the London


Marathon champion earlier in the year. We did think he would feature


largely in this one. We thought he would be the danger, maybe even the


man to beat. But Simbu from Tanzania is pulling away from Wanjiru. Here


in London, Simbu went out harder than ever before, and faded quite


badly. He still ran a personal best. This race might have suited him a


bit more. He was good in the championships, but he had a better


pace. But that 29.14 is so fast, the likes of Wanjiru and Simbu are


unable to cope with that. But there is still a way to go. Simbu and


Wanjiru are not totally out of this yet. If you look at it normally,


there are vast changes in the last few miles of a marathon. But it


looks like we are looking here overhead at the two contenders for


the gold medal. Who will come out strongest? When they inject a lot of


pace, like 29.13 410 kilometres, that is tough. The crowds are out to


support this. You would not be surprised to see a Kenyan and an


Ethiopian battling it out for the title. Who is likely to win this


one? Hard to stay at this stage. They are both running really well.


You can watch coverage of this as we go back to the stadium on the red


button. For now, more from KJT and from the women's 400 metres.


The European junior champion. Zoey Clark, the Aberdonian.


She will be chasing one of the sixth fastest loser places.


Patient George in lane nine. Can Zoey Clark use the energy of the


crowd? She's gone on very strongly. Three go through automatically. Six


fastest losers places are up for grabs. They put themselves in a


position for one of the qualifying places. Zoey Clark take third place.


A good run and she moves through to the semifinals. Did what she had to.


Patients George also going through but a good run. Zoey Clark is


through to the semifinals. The smile says it all. Going well for the


Brits this morning as I turn that the eyes are turning to Katarina


Johnson-Thompson. Her lifetime best is 42 metres and one centimetre.


Another throw in excess of 40 metres. It is good to see her


looking optimistic. A quick bit of mathematics. Just a little bit down.


The magic number is 6600 points. She may not need to run that quick. By


my calculation, she could go three points ahead of Rodriguez, which


would mean bronze-medallist. Tony has his abacus out. We just seem


Zoey Clark going through automatically.


All sorts happening in the marathon here. We've got an outright leader.


Looking very strong indeed. One of the few rising parts. He's on his


last lap but he's got good clear lead. All of a sudden it is starting


to fall apart. This gap is going so fast. He's just come round the


corner. His team-mate is still in third place and the good news about


Callum Hawkins is they have moved up quickly and are picking off athletes


as they go. Cal is in seventh place. Could be heading for a top six


finish. Looks like he's tried a little bit


of pace. At one point move around and said, now I'm going properly and


when he did it was decisive, Tola. He knocked the wind out of the lungs


of Geoffrey Kirui. He looked strong and comfortable there. He was


powerful at that slight rise. It's not much of a rise but it is slight.


All the streets and roads are closed because of this marathon. We are


looking overhead and coming in close. Good 10,000 metre runner. He


decided to try the marathon again. There is the second place Geoffrey


Kirui got. Nobody had heard of him before. If you look at the times


that Tamirat Tola is getting, he's a class act. He tried to get a bottle


of water. He made a meal of that. He's still a little inexperienced.


I thought he would look at them. He took a sip and threw it away. Helix


laboured there. Aggressive running. He's moving through the field.


It is incredibly rare to get a British athlete in the top ten.


Historic performance so far. Inside the stadium, there is


Montsho. Onuora was edged out in 2013 but all


of her results come with a raised eyebrow. Onuora needs to find some


better form. That was an improvement. The Jamaican talent in


lane for. The last heat of the women's 400


metres. Onuora will need a very good result to go through. The crowd are


cheering the Onuora, who is falling behind a little bit. She needs a


strong finish. She tends to finish pretty well. The Jamaican in lane


for. Onuora in the second lane. She leads into the street.


Taking the third automatic qualifying place. It was not alive.


Onuora has had her struggles this season. Let's have another look at


this one. The young Jamaican, Gordon, running


really well. The American candle LS -- Kendall Ellis. This should be a


great semifinal coming up. This young Jamaican is really making a


mark. It is interesting watching Kendall Ellis. You should expect to


come through there. Well out of things. Montsho going through


automatically. These are the qualifiers. That run from Naser,


very impressive. Phyllis Francis, very impressive. A little bit


further down you will find Felix. She was taking it very easy. Zoey


Clark going through, the only British runner to go through. Onuora


not running it. Zoey Clark will be the sole representation in the


semifinals. There is that time of Allyson Felix. She was jogging her


way home. She will still be the favourite in the semifinals.


Lavillenie, the world record-holder. Clear of 5.60. 5.70 first attempt.


Looking good. What a dramatic competition it was at the Olympics.


Never has he won a world title. Looking good. Very comfortable.


Away from the excitement in the stadium, we are getting very excited


in this marathon. We have a leader, Kirui. Tola made the break, and


suffered for that. He is starting to struggle. Behind him, there is a bit


of a gap to Simbu and Kipketer. Kipketer was in third place for a


while, but now Simbu has gone behind him. They are chasing Tola for the


silver medal. The next athlete along the road is Callum Hawkins of great


written, now in fifth place. He is within striking distance of those


men in front. He is moving so well. He must know that if he keeps


running strongly... It is a big, big gap, but as they continued to come


back towards him, he will be encouraged by that. I don't want to


get too carried away, but he is running well. He is running strongly


and he is getting encouragement. Kipketer and Tolar are both


struggling. When you struggle in a marathon, when it goes... Just to


use a local phrase! Basically, when it goes, it's gone. You are hanging


on. That is where Tola is right now. He's still moving. Not collapsing as


badly as we've seen. If you are out in the streets of London, gives


Callum Hawkins every bit of Anchorage meant you can. He has


already run the race of his life. Very, very close to his personal


best. He is within chasing distance. Yes, it is relying on athletes ahead


of him folding, and him maintain and pick up that pace, but he has judged


this so well this far. He is within reaching distance of a medal. That


is a fantastic run, so if you are out there, gives him a big shout.


Well done, Paula. Since you've said that, they are moving out. Boston


Marathon winner Kirui from Kenya there. A couple of athletes behind


him struggling a little. We have had a look at the results. I wonder if


anybody out there can think who Britain's highest ever performance


in the men's marathon is. Paula, you know the answer. So do you, Steve. I


bet no one will get his name. We have had different athletes in the


Olympic marathon. In a world marathon, we have only had one


person finish higher than the position currently occupied by


Callum Hawkins. He is in fifth place. We have only had a fourth. We


have never won a medal in the European Championships. This is a


brilliant run from him. What ever happens. What a year he's had since


Rio. We thought he may have been coming into this a little bit


underprepared. One or two little niggles. Any marathon runner wants a


perfect preparation if they can. He still has a few kilometres to go,


and we will get the next indication. Kirui is going well. We will have


the next indication of whether those gaps are closing at the 14th


thermometer point. After that, there's not much chance to close the


gaps. This gives you a chance to show where the challenge is coming


from. The ones amongst the buildings less so, because you cannot see


ahead of you. Kirui looked in control here. I think it was a


precautionary glance behind. Two kilometres is not long to go in a


marathon, but along a lot can happen in those last two kilometres. If you


are tired and you can see people coming back to you... It is about


maintaining that and not doing anything sudden, which I think is


the mistake that Tola made, asked some questions of Kirui, and I think


he ended up emptying his tank and leaving himself with nothing left.


He is still holding it together better than he looked as though he


would a few kilometres back. He will be getting some information from the


sides. We hope Callum Hawkins will be getting some information from his


home support, letting him know what the gap is, because when it gets


very twisty and he can't see a of him, just let him know that he's got


it down to five seconds, or seven seconds. That really helps him. Just


to show how good he is going, we have had Hugh Jones finished twice


in the top ten. He finished fifth in his best performance. The man who


finished fourth in 1995 was Peter Whitehead. Another Brits came in


seventh. Those are our best performances. It is a Sunday


morning. I'm trying to work out how many years ago. Tola... 22, that's


how long. Tola is moving OK, as Paula said. He is not cornering that


particularly well. At this stage in a marathon, those corners hurt.


Kirui is looking strong. Is there more drama in terms of a medal? The


gold medal could well be going to Kenya here. The silver medallist is


Tola at the moment. A real scrap following him for the bronze.


Kipketer of Kenya, then Calum Hawkins of Great Britain. Simbu in


there as well. He is clearing referred there. Look at Kipketer,


struggling across the road there. That is the first person that


Hawkins will see. If he is going strong, he may well have Kipketer in


his sights. This is the fourth placed athlete here. Looking


anxiously over his shoulder. The crowds are cheering, and telling me


that Callum Hawkins is coming round the corner. Kipketer is struggling,


so that is one place he could make up in the latter stages. If Tola is


struggling as well... He was leaning on the corner there, which tells you


he's struggling. Passing St Paul's Cathedral. Looking for Britain's


Callum Hawkins. That is the leader, Kirui, closing up the two hours. Not


much further to go. Taking the twists and turns for the last time.


Heading towards Tower Bridge. Kirui, the Boston Marathon winner. Had a


bit of a spell, went to ahead of him, struggled a bit. Goes through a


welcome shower at that point. One hour and 58 minutes on the clock.


Jeffrey Kirui of Kenya looking as though he's got to keek standing to


win this one. Not far to go. Passing the 40 kilometre mark soon. Tola is


struggling, but how much? He probably still has a good minute or


90 seconds on Callum Hawkins. That is a lot to make up in the last


three K. He'd have to completely fall apart. You would not wish that


on any athlete. He is tired. The knee lift is not there. He could be


hanging on for silver, but how much danger is he in from Simbu from


behind? I don't think he's looking that bad, Tola. He is not falling


apart. If you contrast his form with that of Kipketer, who is really


falling apart, Simbu is maintaining his form. He can close that gap on


Tola, but I don't know if he can close it enough in the time he has


left. We are looking to see how close Callum Hawkins is and if he


has made up ground on the Kipketer. The worldwide coverage on this event


is involved in the coverage for gold, silver and bronze. If we could


be a bit biased for a few minutes and switch the camera is a bit


further down the road, we could see the welcome sight of the young


Scotsman, the aggressive 25-year-old, getting better all the


time. Running his best international performance today. Kirui looks


smooth and comfortable. The few twists and turns showing of this


great city to the rest of the world. Well, this coverage is for the whole


world. The host broadcaster has to cover the medals. Often, the


marathon, you should be looking for the athletes coming through. Brendan


has reminded everybody that these medal positions can change quickly


in the last mile or two. Tola hanging on. The Ethiopian very


tired. He made a big bid to win this race. Kirui getting away from him.


Simbu having the race of his career. He was fifth at the Olympics last


year. He showed in Rio that he knew how to judge a race, and he's


judging it very well today. We'll Callum Hawkins get into the top


four? There is Kipketer. He is forth at the moment. Where is Callum


Hawkins? Kipketer looked as though he was struggling. You would think


Callum was a bit camera shy! He is loitering in the city. Fifth place,


we are pretty sure. Keeping out of camera shot. Maybe he doesn't want


to be on the camera! Kipketer. There he is, catching him. What a


performance from Callum Hawkins. Fourth is the worst place to finish


in any championships, however... It is better than fifth! This would


equal Britain's best ever performance in a world marathon


championship, and he has acquitted himself brilliantly. Top ten in the


Olympics, and perhaps heading for fourth place. He's got a scrap on


for that. Just over a mile of running left for the leader. Just a


bit more than a mile for Callum Hawkins. He may finish as high as


any Britain has ever finished in a World Championships. He could and


should challenge his personal best time, maybe he could run under two


hours ten, in a race that was not designed to run fast. It was


designed to be the championship of the world, designed to show off this


wonderful city to the world. The crowds know about marathon running


in this city. We've seen some great marathons in championships. We have


seen the Olympic marathon. We have Simbu, the third placed athlete from


Tanzania. There goes Callum Hawkins. He has gone into fourth place.


Callum Hawkins is in a position where he has equalled the best ever


performance from a British athlete in the World Championships. It


couldn't happen to a tough guy. Keep looking forward, Cal. We've seen him


on the country, seen him on the road. Come on, Callum. Keep it


going. If you contrast the front view of Callum Hawkins, he is really


tired. Working harder than he's ever worked. He's grimacing. He knows


he's had the race of his life here. His form is holding together.


Running from the back, you wouldn't know how much he is hurting from the


front few. How much is the gap? 59 seconds behind second-place. He's


closer to third. Simbu is moving better than Tola. Tola is falling


apart. This is going to come to the wire. Simbu will get close to


catching this guy. There may be enough in those heavy legs to carry


Tola to the finish line. Hawkins is charging fast, but he might run out


of road. He might. He needs to know how much he's closing. He needs to


know it's not Simbu he's working for, it's Tolar. If the team out


there can get that information to him... He's using every last bit of


energy. Psychologically, he can get a bit of a boost. We saw him in the


cross-country in Edinburgh, so close to winning that one. He is positive,


he is aggressive. We are looking at Kirui, the Boston Marathon winner.


We are looking at Tola in second place under pressure. We are looking


at Simbu from Tanzania, running strongly. Callum Hawkins has just


passed Kipketer, now in fourth place. Seems to be as strong as the


rest of them. As you have said, Paul and Steve, will he run out of road?


He will be very close to his personal best. A wonderful tonic for


him, if he can only finish fourth, the best ever by a British male


marathon winner. Paula, what is your view now? You are getting nervous.


I want him to get the medal, he was one of my picks for it, earlier on I


thought he was going to be outstanding and run a personal best


but he's worked so hard in the closing stages of this and


everything is changing. It is just that the gaps are big. There's not


much road left. I wish he would do more running on


camera. He looks to be running comfortably.


He would be better off looking ahead.


They are doing a really good job. Steve was never in the six. Here


comes a man looking like a champion. He has one last look over his


shoulder as he turned the corner. He will see Tower Bridge. What a


spectacular finish. It signals the finish for what has been a tough


race. For a little while he thought the gold medal might be


disappearing. When he made his move it was


decisive and now you can start to salute the crowds. Brilliant


performance from this man. You don't win Boston without being strong.


He's got a big career ahead of him. He's been absolutely brilliant


today. This is for the gold medal. It has not always been the case. The


world Marathon title goes to Geoffrey Kirui of tenure. He will


not worry about what is happening behind. Everybody else is watching.


So strong. To Tamirat Tola. He's wandering across the road.


The line is 300 metres away for Tamirat Tola.


The Ethiopian is hanging on, Simbu is chasing him. He tries again.


Tamirat Tola looks again. There won't be enough time. Simbu takes


the bronze just a couple of seconds behind. What a reception there is


going to be here. Great performance by Callum Hawkins. I hope he's going


to work it. He's finished on glorious form. This man, it could be


one of the greats. It was a real pleasure. Huge well done to Callum


Hawkins. He's run a personal best. He's run a more measured race.


There's a little bit more in his legs to finish. Callum Hawkins


showed a lot of fight and potential to progress in the future. Geoffrey


Kirui is the champion. Another great Kenyan distance runner. Callum


Hawkins, I'm looking at his time. Two hours and ten minutes. You


cannot get better than fourth place. 26 seconds away from a medal. He


gave everything and had nothing left in the end. There he is. The point


is by finishing fourth in London he is being lauded as a bit of a


champion which is great. Callan will not be happy, you will


look at it and will I can work harder, I can learn more and I can


grow and mature as an athlete and I can come back and I can get that


medal at some point in the future. He's got a great setup, Callan. His


father and his brother have set up a running team. His coach, Steve


Jones, he cannot get better advice. He wants to be aggressive and run at


the front. We see it on the road. We see Jafary again, Callan should be


pleased about the likes of the people he has beaten. Choose the


right one, choose the right Marathon, who knows. Callum Hawkins


did us proud today. He has done Scotland proud. Great scenes on


Tower Bridge. Some tired athletes coming in.


I think they get the medal stone in the moat.


I'm not sure what happens if there are any of them.


There is the American receiving the plaudits.


He was touted as a possible medallist.


The next World Championships will be in Doha.


Geoffrey Kirui taking the gold medal. Very impressive run. Tamirat


Tola hanging on by a few seconds. Callum Hawkins of Great Britain in


fourth. He equalled the best ever performance.


They were running together for an awful long time. I said earlier on.


The marathon started there. The javelin I wrote. If you missed


it earlier, Katarina Johnson-Thompson... Year is the


first throw for Thiam. It will depth. That is some way short. You


saw the 59-metre row she did en route. It is one of her strongest


events. She is in the lead coming into this.


It's only the first round. She will expect more.


Omar McLeod, he got the victory in Rio de Janiero.


best got the qualifying standards after the game. Not too far away.


Harris, the American champion. Second place in Sacramento in June.


Four to go through automatically. With McLeod in their Harris, it is


not easy. Not that the hurdles is. You've got


to be a clue -- on it. Omar MacLeod is the Olympic


champion. Unbeaten this season, save the one meeting in Paris, the Paris


Diamond League, where he suffered from cramp. Apart from that, wins


all the way. Baji silver medallist at the European Championships last


year. The 21-year-old on the start line


here in the first heat of the men's 110 metres hurdles. Omoregie trying


to get into his running. Four go through automatically. And now Omar


McLeod is there. Omoregie is run out of it. McLeod takes it. I is


struggling a little bit further down the field. McLeod took a while to


get going, but once he gets going, he's got amazing speed. Very, very


quick over the flat, but such an impressive hurdler. And Omar's


technique seems to be getting better and better. More erratic last year


when he won the world title. David looking up at the screen, keeping


his fingers crossed. Omar crashed into the first and second hurdle.


Took a while to recover. He is the world leader. He's gone under ten


seconds for 100 metres. As soon as he hits the floor, he has the


capability of turning over those legs, being aggressive but


controlled. Omoregie down in sixth place. Looking for a slightly


cleaner race than this. You always need to be cleaner championships. If


you crash barriers, you spend time recovering. He is all over the place


there. He will be frustrated there because he never had the opportunity


to get into a smooth rhythm. I am frustrated for the young man because


he knows what he's capable of. He was always at an angle and


off-balance. He would have wanted a tidy race. Let's get his thoughts.


The biggest frustration there will have been hinting the hurdles, and


plenty of them. Yes, a bit messy. I have been working on my first


hurdle. It wasn't great overall, but I've been training really well. Been


putting sessions in with my training partner. Just recover and get ready


for the semifinal. It's been a long build-up to coming here. You've been


in the holding camp. Did that play into it, the sense of anticipation


and the nerves building up? I've really loved the experience the last


three weeks. This is my first senior outdoor championship team. I've


loved the whole experience. It's a great atmosphere. I've been training


really well, so a bit disappointing. Hopefully it will be all right and


I'll get it right for the semifinal. Thanks for talking us. He said he


was off-balance, and he was close to being outside his lane, Omoregie.


Unless he is physically obstructing somebody, it will be fine. Alongside


him is Takayama. The rules don't apply the same way they do around


the bend on the straight. As long as he is not deemed to be obstructing,


there should be no complaints. It might all be a moot point, because


six there. He's the second fastest loser at the moment. Only four go


through over the five heats, so a tall order for David Oma Reggie. --


Omoregie. Back to this heptathlon. The


overnight leader let it slip a little bit in the long jump. Carolin


Schafer. Throwing into the sunshine. On the 50 metre line. Just shy of


it. That is a good throw for the Germans. Looking down at her


lifetime best from this year, 50 metres and 34 centimetres. A season


's best, anyway. Slightly different to Thiam. It really is going to go


down to the wire, this heptathlon. And Schafer very much in contention


in second place at the moment. Vetter, another athlete we need to


keep an eye on. When we think of the performance of Catherine


Johnson-Thompson, and the potential for medals, Vetter of the


Netherlands in fifth place after the long jump. A good athlete, though.


That was a big effort, way beyond 50 metres for Vetter. She likes it. A


lifetime best of 55.76. That will challenge it. That's what we didn't


want. She's got two more as well. That's going to make things really


tight going into the 800 metres. She's got two more throws to


improve. 55.22 for Anouk Vetter. All of a sudden a contender for the


medals. Right, another field event. The


men's pole-vault qualification under way. Holzdeppe is carrying two


fouls. Gold medallist in 2011. Silver from the world champs as


well. He has form at these championships in the past, but has


to go clear of this new height of 5.70. The last attempt, a good one!


That's more like it. The German booking his place in the final on


Tuesday. We have seen Lavillenie looking good, and Holzdeppe joins


him. Ahead of the second heat in the first round of the men's 110 meter


hurdles. David King, the Plymouth athlete, the UK champion this year.


Devon Allen, third in the US championships. A great American foot


or player, which is what he's going to do after his athletics career.


The Polish athlete goes in lane nine.


If King can go close to that, he's got a chance. There's the line-up.


Czykier in lane nine. Strong competition for King.


Devon Alan coasts across the line. With Darien just behind. David King


put himself in a good position until the second half of the race, and


just paid the price. He fell back. He will be struggling to go through


with Allen and Darien. They were the two favoured athletes in this round.


They did produce what is expected of them. David put himself in a good


position. Got out of the blocks well and set himself up nicely. That


acceleration is really important from the beginning. Darien on his


left. He ran well. Nice and solid. You don't want to start to think,


I'm feeling a bit behind, and start to race. When you start to race you


make technical errors. One clip, you get right behind, and you take two


or three hurdles to recover. He lost ground by making those clips at the


crucial moment in time. He works really hard into the first hurdle,


which is what you want to do. Hurtling very smooth. The


acceleration phase is good. Darien starts to move away, so David puts


his foot down, crashes into the barrier. Crashes into the next one.


A little bit more air, and then he is all frustrated. Tension in the


shoulders. He is frustrated because he knows he had a good opportunity


there. David King slipping back from third or fourth down to finishing in


eighth place. Not good enough to go through. Allen, Darien, Czykier.


They go through automatically. David Omoregie still in second place of


the fastest losers. Four to go through over the five heats. Back to


this pole-vault qualification. Wojciechowski. Surprise champion of


the world in 2011. A big cheer. From him and the crowd! He likes that a


lot. That has kept him involved. We'll probably get him through to


the final on Tuesday. Congratulations from Sam Kendricks,


who was in a good -- who was in the same position a few moments ago.


Looks as though vulture Caskey is in the final. A tall man, a tall plant.


Drives up. A good fault, especially because of the circumstances of a


third try. Amazing how many athletes need that bit of impetus to propel


them over. 5.70 looks like it will be enough to get through to the


Tuesday's final. A lot of athletes going out at this height.


Wojciechowski of Poland, successful at the third time of asking. Here's


one of your favourites, Kendricks. Pleased for each other. A busy day


in the stadium and over in the city. The women's marathon starts at 2pm.


These were the scenes as Callum Hawkins ran the race of his life to


finish fourth in a new personal best in the World Championship half --


marathon. Really excelled himself and was only 26 seconds away from a


medal. A brilliant run, and he spoke to us afterwards. Callum Hawkins,


fourth in the World Championship marathon, equalling the best that


any British male athlete has ever done in this event. What's your


reaction? Bittersweet. I could just see the third place in the last five


K, I just kept the same distance. Maybe I left it a bit too late. I


wanted to get a medal, and I ran for that. Fourth is still pretty good, I


guess. Pretty good is very modest. No other British male has ever done


better than that in this event. That's a huge achievement. I don't


think it's quite hit me yet, because I was just hanging towards the end.


I have a hope of getting a medal in the future, hopefully, and that is


what I was aiming for. Bittersweet. Fourth is the worst place to finish


in many ways, and yet top ten in Rio and forth here now. It is an upward


trajectory. You will believe that a medal is in sight. I could see it in


the site, second just 200 metres to go. That is the way it is. Hopefully


I will push on with the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo after that, get in


amongst it. I have to say thanks to the crowd. The last few kilometres


it was unbelievable. I couldn't hear myself. Perhaps we can look forward


to you and Mo Farah contesting marathons in the future. That will


be good! Good to have a team mate up there. Another challenge, but


hopefully he will be seeing my back! Only joking. He is a quality


athlete. You are a minute away from Allister Hutton's Scottish record.


Almost below the 2.10 barrier. An extraordinary story the last couple


of years. The Mac today was all about position and racing it. It's


just a bonus that I got a personal best. I am in a better shape than


that, and that race proved it. Very well run. Many congratulations.


Enjoyed the rest of the championships. An amazing Scottish


contingent here. In the last couple of years, probably since the


Commonwealth Games, all the hard work everyone has done has started


to pay off. You get the snowball effect of confidence. You see


somebody else doing it, one of your peers you've grown up with, and you


think, why can't I do it? Hopefully it will spur on everyone in Britain


and everyone steps up again. Congratulations.


Some fourth places are better than others. This is the start list.


Aries Merritt has a story, we will tell you if you do not know about


that. The bronze champion in Beijing. Shane Brathwaite was there


as well. There is Aries Merritt. Shortly after the World


Championships, had a kidney transplant. His sister's kidney. Now


challenging the very best in the world again. Aries Merritt going


pretty well. Aries Merritt is clear of the rest.


Set the world record, 12.80, but is certainly good enough to challenge


for the gold medal. Aries Merritt is the winner and moving through. He


loves the competition. He's looking at the screens. Is he going to have


a chat? I'm going to chat to fill. You can see on the big screen, it


was a fantastic race. I wanted to take control early. You have so many


great memories. What is it like? It is amazing, the crowd is amazing,


the people in the UK are amazing. They've been talking on commentary


about the remarkable story since having the kidney transplant. Your


sister giving you that. To get back to this level is mind blowing. What


is it like? You never get something you can handle and I've handled it


quite well. But the purpose in life is to inspire others and let them


know that no matter what your going through you can succeed if you put


your mind to it. You've done it. Let's have another look at the race.


You need to stay cool. Don't create any extra issues. He's established


other than well. Running a clean race. If you can do that at the


right moment in time you get good performance levels. Not pushing,


getting into a lovely rhythm. When he wraps it up you will be able to


do that. He gets a lovely feel and glances and ends up with his time.


Two more heats to come. We will have the British number one, he might be


a medal contender. Before the Championship he spoke to fill. The


official interview starts now. It is great to see you. World


Championships in London and you have produced some of the performances of


your life. It is coming together the way you would want. Is that how you


view it? Yes. It has been a long time coming but for once I'm going


into a Championship with really good preparation, run a personal best in


races this year, have been the quickest in my career. The timing is


going well and I'm training well and I'm getting preparation and looking


for. My first major Championship win.


Running quick times, performing on the world stage, it has not really


come about. To deliver against some of the best hurdlers in Europe, it


is so strong. Obviously an entirely different set


of circumstances, you've experienced that. I got over the Olympics a long


time ago, the misfortune of being injured, not being able to fulfil my


potential or show the kind of form I've been showing all season. I was


only 20, it was overwhelming and really tough to come back from that.


I'm looking forward to enjoying what most of my team-mates in London were


talking about. That home atmosphere and support of the crowd. Hoping to


get behind that this year. This year, Evelyn has gone well for me.


Waiting to go. In 2012 it was injury which forced him to pull out.


Andrew Pozzi is given his welcome. Aries Merritt is a very fast man.


-- Xie. Ron Levy ran very fast before. It was a very quick race. He


is a man to watch. McLeod carries most of the hopes for Jamaica but


Ron Levy can go close. He has the pace. Playing on to one


of the fastest loser places. Away cleanly. Aries Merritt has gone!


Andrew Pozzi is in front. Andrew Pozzi takes it.


The noise from the crowd will greet that British victory. Levy, we gave


him the big build-up and he was out quickly. Too quickly. He had a hard.


He paid the price. Andrew Pozzi was the winner. -- he hit it hard.


Andrew Pozzi made no mistakes. That's what you want to do. Get a


feel of the track and the atmosphere. He's run faster than


this before. Andrew Pozzi moving over that first


hurdle. Then he needs to keep calm. Cruises through.


He catches that barrier terribly. He hooks it with the Trail foot. That


took him out of the race. Looks nice and solid. What a contrast with the


Olympics. I hope he's lost his best running. He more than capable of


this running. I'm happy to see what he does and how he's doing it.


Semifinal next four Andrew Pozzi. One of our great talking over the


replay. Colin Jackson. Said it was solid and clean and that is what you


wanted. That is what you want in round one. Nothing stupid. Staying


clean over the barriers and avoiding big mistakes. We saw what happened


with what happened to Levy on the outside. One of the favourites is


gone. S yap. S -- yes. He ran a personal best in Paris. That's a


loss to the competition but I'm happy to move through. You've got to


be on it all the time, cannot take anything for granted. Tell me about


going forward. You've got to step it up a gear. That is a pretty solid


time. I'm ready to do that. Strong start and then it is about staying


clean and smooth. We wish you well for tonight. He is being realistic


because he knows that the times were quicker. Those times, it was a quick


heat, they may knock him out of the fastest loser plays. We are in the


third round of the javelin in the heptathlon. Nafi Thiam is down on


what she's done previously. No improvement in the second round.


Last chance to gather the points to dominate. That has stalled but is


better. Over 50 metres. As she did in the long jump, and across the


last few days. When it is needed she calls on a little bit more and eases


away from the best of the rest. She's left that a little closer than


she would have liked. That is likely to present a.


Here is one of the only ones that could have given them something to


think about. She is contesting this. She is


appealing. If it has to land... That is a very close call. She's not


happy. Anouk Vetter has pushed Katarina


Johnson-Thompson out of the medals because of a big throw in the first


round. That is big again. Oh, my word. That consolidates one hand on


a bronze medal, I suspect. Tony, you have been tallying the points. What


you make of it? I'm gutted. That was great. This girl was not in my five


to watch before this championship. I have too apologised to the young


lady. She's gone about her business event after it then. 58 41.


Championship best. The longest throw ever in a world Champs heptathlon.


Anouk Vetter. I think Rodriguez is the only one who can pull Vetter's


hands off the bronze medal. Vetter goes into second place with that


throw. 47.41 her best in the second round, Rodriguez. Lets ready


ourselves for the final heat in the men's 100 metres hurdles. Shubenkov


the Russian, the defending champion, getting his chance to defend his


title here. This stitch and Hough the Australian on the outside here.


-- Ristic and Hough. Parchment as well from Jamaica. This is a tough


one. Shubenkov given clearance to compete


neutrally in April of this year. Certain athletes who fulfil certain


criteria from Russia are allowed to do that. There's a number here.


Again, away cleanly. Shubenkov not had the best start. Cabral going


well. Not the quickest time. A little bit


disappointing, bearing in mind the calibre of some of the athletes


there. Shubenkov goes through, so to Parchment, but Ortega the winner, in


13.37. Shubenkov there was a very pedestrian out of the blocks. He's


not like that normally. Funders out of it usually. You can take risks


like that in the high hurdles if the field is not of a high quality like


it was there. If you didn't make a mistake, he would have been fine.


Normally he would be up in front by now. Ortega clear running, nice and


smooth indeed, but lack a lead, I think, for Shubenkov, that people


didn't do so well around him, otherwise he would have to put his


foot down. Wrist it went well there, but had to pull up there, crashing


into a barrier. Ortega moving really well. You would expect him to do


that. Parchment of Jamaica. You would expect him to finish very well


indeed. But Shubenkov will have to pull his finger out. Really


pedestrian. Didn't drive hard. But you do have the tendency to make a


mistake like that. Pushed him forward, then caught him at the


barrier. Because there wasn't that much pressure, he had the time to


recover. Didn't feel he had to stress on there. Did enough. In the


semifinal, he will have to step up. He was a bit off-balance, but he


does go through. So does Parchment and Ortega. Shubenkov, the defending


champion, knows he has to improve, and I'm sure he will as well.


If you were with us earlier on, you will have seen a great men's


marathon race. If you didn't, here is the result. Kirui winning for


Kenya. Tola, the very tired Ethiopian, managed to hold on for


the silver. Callum Hawkins almost caught Symbian and Tola, chasing


them down in the latter stages. For a result further down, one or two


names to pick out for you. One or two who we thought might have gone a


little bit better. Mechanism of Ethiopia, 19th place. Andy Davies


came in as a late replacement. One other British competitor, the man


who got himself into the team with a brilliant run in the London


Marathon. Never thought he would represent his country at the World


Championships. He did, and finished in 39th. Josh Griffiths. He spoke to


us afterwards. Give us your thoughts in competing at the highest level. A


really tough race. It was very hot today, but it was the best two hours


and 20 minutes of my life. I would have loved to have finished a bit


higher, but that was the best experience I've ever had, so I've


come away with it more motivated than ever to try to improve. A


massive thank you to the crowd. Anyone who came out and supported


me. The best experience I've ever had. The athletics stadium, the


crowd has been amazing, but it looked like you guys were getting


amazing support out there. I've never experienced anything like that


in my life. Not just my family and friends, but random people shouting


my name. It really helps a lot. A massive well done to calibre is


well, because fourth place is amazing. He equalled the best ever


for a British male athlete in this event. Guys like him inspired me


last year, and to see him finish fourth is just amazing. Yours is an


inspirational story as well. You have come from a club racer to the


elite end of the sport. You will have inspired many people, I would


imagine. There's lots of club runners just as good as me. You just


need a good day and everything go right, and you can make that jump. A


great experience for me. The next big thing for you, the Commonwealth


Games. The next thing for me will be an ice bath after this. But then I


will get back to training, and hopefully will be in the


Commonwealth Games for Wales. Thank you.


These are the qualifiers for the final of the men's 110 metres


hurdles. McLeod, the Olympic champion there. Pozzi won his heat,


and is going through. Harris, the US champion. Shubenkov competing under


that neutral flag. He's defending champion.


So after six of the seven events in the heptathlon, before we get the


results, let's have a look back at a long throw, the longest ever, in


fact, in javelin heptathlon. Looking at that third effort of Vetter. Pops


it through the point. That was a foul, in fact. We were hoping to get


another look at the 58 metres we saw in the third round. The competition


is over. Vetter has moved up into third place. They didn't be in state


the slightly contentious effort of Shafa. It was judged a flat throw


but was reinstated. Anouk Vetter, this the throw that we believe will


knock Katarina Johnson-Thompson out of the medals. Good acceleration.


Difficult to tell from that angle, but that flew out. How about that?


Way beyond 55 metres. It has put her just three points behind Schafer of


Germany, who sits behind Thiam. Confirmation of those standings


after six events. Thiam takes an 11 second lead over Schafer. Three


points is nothing in terms of time difference. Schafer is a much better


800 metre runner. That will be a foot race for the silver. Looks like


Johnson-Thompson is too far out to challenge for the medals at this


stage. That brings the morning in the stadium to a close. But don't go


anywhere, because the women's marathon is about to start. We've


had the men's marathon already, and Tower Bridge, a wonderful backdrop


for these races. There you see the name of marinated


Babar. She and her team-mates could well figure. Tola, another Ethiopian


there, running for Germany. Very good Japanese team, as ever, hoping


they can go well here. Then the Kenyan contingent. Their main hope


may well lie with the veteran, Edna Kiplagat. Kiprop will be looking for


a good performance as well. Conditions have just been warming up


a little bit. Katarina Ribeiro, the famous Portuguese name.


Amy Cragg, perhaps the best of the American contingent here. A big


field. Many will have watched the results of the men's race with


interest. I wonder what the British women thought about Callum Hawkins


coming in fourth place? London was the trial for these World


Championships. Ali finished not too far ahead of Pardew. Here is Dibaba.


A great championship record for Dibaba. Carries the famous Ethiopian


name. Defending champion with a bit of a doubt over her fitness coming


into this. This is Rose Chelimo. On two occasions, she won this world


title. Defended the world title in Moscow, and has finished in the top


33 times in London. Great experience. 37, but still going very


well indeed. Kiprop. Just pipped to the gold medal by Dibaba in Beijing


in 2015. Silver medal by one second on that occasion.


Ando Kia were of Bahrain. -- Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa. Kirwa macro will


know that Mane Dibaba will be a formidable competitor. The main


contenders for this women's championship marathon. Around 20


degrees, maybe 21, still creeping up. A little bit of a breeze.


Wonderful day for spectating, as Brendan said earlier. A few of the


men struggling a little bit. Not exactly difficult summer conditions,


it could have been so much worse, an awful lot hotter at 2pm and I know


there were some eyebrows raised when the timetable was set for the


marathons. The women were given the heat of the afternoon in the first


week of August, but thankfully we have September weather. It could


have been the heat of the afternoon. A couple of weeks ago it was


extremely warm, 30 degrees in London. And what a splendid setting


as they set off from Tower Bridge. They'll go along embankment and then


drift through the city, past St Paul's Cathedral and eventually


running up and down embankment. Ten kilometre loop approximately. That


blue means these spectators can watch the drama of the marathon


unfiled and they will see them on eight occasions. They leave Tower


Bridge with the tower of London. I just was speaking to my


granddaughter and she was visiting the tower of London, Paula, along


with her grandmother. She was telling me how impressive the crown


jewels were. My daughter also visited there and told me about how


the Queen keeps all her jewellery there and there are even meant to


look after it. She did say, I was told there were a lot of little dogs


outside and I didn't see any of that. My grand daughter told me that


was where and Berlin was headed! -- and bowling. My daughter is working


on the medals ceremony! That the treasure. They will be given out on


the tower at the end of a gruelling 26 miles. If you weren't with us


earlier, four lapse of just over ten kilometres. The Tower Bridge start


is where we come back to the finish and that's the only time when they


will go back to the bridge. The laps are primarily along the Embankment


and they will go around Saint Pauls and Paternoster Square, Paternoster


Square, the Bank of England and then back onto the Embankment the early


leader is Ribeiro of Portugal. That name will come just the memories.


Fernando Ribeiro. Happy to let her take the early lead, the rest, and


sitting in the group. Alyson Dixon I can say. The Sunderland stroller.


That was earlier than usual. I felt a notch and I was going to say


something, but I'm on such weak ground around the whole Sunderland


thing that I will take all the bits you've got. A very early mention of


Sunderland strollers. The British team, Tracy Barlow, Alyson Dixon and


Charlotte Bird you from Aldershot and file district. Famous distance


running club. -- Charlotte Purdue. Interesting to see how she runs. We


saw Charlie the other day at the team hotel, very perky and really


looking forward to it. Her mum and dad were with her. Like the rest of


this very good endurance contingent, she's been inspired by Mo. -- she's


been to Fonte le mot. Supported by the London Marathon. They are not


all on lottery funding, but the vast majority are supported and have


received some sort of support in terms of their type oration --


preparation. 17 members of the endurance team in Fonte le mot and


the bulk were supported by the London Marathon. They set up


training situations and camps in Kenny and Fonte le mode to be -- to


allow the athletes to go away and be supported. The atmosphere amongst


the other athletes has been really encouraging. We'll see Tom Bosworth


come out in the walk next week and he's slotted into that endurance


setup. A lot of banter goes on. They are all looking forward to seeing


walk well and the girls will already have been buoyed by the run of


Callum Hawkins this morning. They will have been completing their warm


up, getting ready to go into the court room when Hawkins was fighting


his way into that magnificent fourth-place. I've had a look at the


splits of the men's race. Eight positions, Callum finished the


fastest over the last 2.2 K. One second faster than the winner. You


went for some lunch which was a luxury I wasn't afforded! Callum, in


his interview... I know you brought me a sandwich, thank you. In his


interview he said he makes to have misjudged it. He was with fourth


deceits -- position. You could sense some frustration. In the end, I


could see both medals not that far ahead of me. I don't think... He ran


the best race he could. He wasn't to know the others would come back.


You've got to run your race. If they'd come back, brilliant. He


couldn't plan he would run people down in the latter 's Voges. It was


hard in the middle part where the damage was done. Total really


suffered. He might not have been able to last the distance. You've


got to look at Hawkins, ninth in the Olympics last year, his first major


championship. Fourth in the World Championships this year. He's


already looking forward to a future in the marathon. We now know Mohamed


Farah, the great Sir Mo Farah is going to have a dab at the marathon.


You can imagine Callum's response. It was very positive. He's looking


forward to Mo Farah coming to the marathon. The marathon runners would


do that. Bring it on, let's race. There's nothing Callum Hawkins will


be worried about. If he runs against Sir Mo, what a great race that be.


I'm excited to see what he's capable of. More than him racing against Mo,


and this great British race, it's more what Callum Hawkins is capable


of. His potential for growth over the marathon distance is probably


greater than that of Mo. Mo has already run in the 2.08 range and he


can go quicker, but Callum has a bigger margin because he is younger,


he's got more of a career ahead of him instead of coming to the tail


end of his career into the marathon. Commonwealth Games potential next


year, European Championships potential next year, World


Championships next where it will be hot. He said, most games definitely


but it might be Tokyo next in terms of major championships. There are


choices in between. Commonwealth Games. They've got so many good


endurance runners on the British team. Laura Muir yesterday is in the


final of the 1500 metres. Lynsey Sharp going in the women's 800


metres. Andy Bouchard, Jake Wightman, Chris O'Hare, Josh Kerr.


It goes on. People should be asking the question. Why are they doing so


well was Mac what have they done so well in Scotland to produce such a


powerful bunch of athletes including some of our best distance runners.


It's great that that's happened, but the England side of the board should


be saying, hang on, there's normally a bunch of distance runners from


England. Mo Farah has a cake should the run for England. Overall


Scotland have done really well in the last couple of years. We happen


to live a bit closer and my son used to go to school there. There was a


little period where they grew up together. They raced each other


quite a lot. Jake I know. Chris O'Hare. Derek Hawkins and Callum


Hawkins. There were others. They kind of came through at the same


time. I'm not sure there was a Scottish policy, but there was a


culture that allowed them to do that. It's not always easy to copy,


but it's great when you get that going. You get people thinking...


Laura Muir comes into it, Liz McColgan. Eilish McColgan! Her and


Lynsey Sharp came through the cross country ranks together. Eilish will


tell stories about getting beaten by Lynsey Sharp in cross country races


and thinking this is Liz McColgan's daughter. She had time to develop.


It's almost that team spirit that we are trying to recreate with the


training camps and with getting people training together and


learning from each other. We saw much earlier this morning in the


3000 metres staple Chase, Zak Seddon talking about the atmosphere of


being around the training camp. There's Alyson Dixon, representing


Great Britain, the Sunderland stroller. Sitting alongside the


early leader, the famous distance running country of Portugal.


Ribeiro. She's checking her watch, checking the distance. She knows the


pace she wants to run. That's her prerogative. They won't take any


notice of her for a little while, but if she keeps going like this,


one or two will be getting information from coaches and


assistance exactly what's happening ahead and around. A beautiful day,


beautiful afternoon. Cool. Shade of the trees. It's a nice day, a great


day for spectating, a good day for running. This part of the course


allows them to take some shelter. They'll be looking for the fuel


stations, very important in the early stages to take on drink. Your


personal drink and a little drop of water. I've had my feed station


brought to me, thanks very much. The middle of the afternoon, Sunday


afternoon in London, may be some tourists weren't aware what was


going on. They'll have a great opportunity to see the world's best.


There's Kiplagat, the two time world champion. She knows the streets of


London, this part of the London route, so well. As I said earlier,


if you weren't with us, the Embankment is the main part of the


route. Going past Somerset house. They go round the curve of the bend


of the River Thames. They can see Big Ben in the distance as you


always can in the latter miles of the London Marathon. Just before


they reach that, they turn around to come back down the bank meant at


around five kilometres. -- down Embankment. Then they go up into the


city. A twisting and turning section. Couple of little rises, no


real hills. Then they dropped back to the Embankment, turn around at


the Tower. Just over 10.5 kilometres per lap. A bit breezy now, the wind


is picking up, that's been a feature of the weather for the last few


days. Some send -- some said an ill wind blew through the stadium last


night! That's for them to say and asked to observe. -- and asked to


observe. The event director, Joe Milner, was happy with this morning


's effort. The athletes are back in action now. The course winds its way


away from the Embankment to the scenic part of London, showing off


this wonderful scenery in this great city of ours.


It's funny, talking about the whole endurance thing. I was thinking last


night... It's not always easy to go back and go straight to sleep,


things run through your mind. All the excitement around the 100


metres, at the 10,000 metres with IR now. A few of the big distant stars,


Dibaba, they've had questions over them. Were they fit enough to come


here and run really well? The only one was Mo Farah. We knew he was


ready to go well. But in the marathon on the women's side...


Kipruto has given us an answer this morning. I wonder whether married


Dibaba will do the same here. S have a little look at course. The


Tower Bridge was the start. And the shard, that would have been a great


vantage point for much of this race if we could get up there. Along the


embankment and the sweep of the bend, to that turnaround point, just


before getting to Westminster, five kilometres, there, shifting for half


of the kilometre on each map, and back along the embankment and then


turning up through St Paul's Cathedral. The Guildhall, the Bank


of England, through the city and back down. That is the twisting


section. And the last lap is back to Tower Bridge, otherwise, the


turnaround is just before that corner. Ribeiro is still bleeding


and we shall get that split. She will be passing five kilometres very


shortly, those yellow maps across the road are the timing points,


giving us some indication of the sort of pace they are running and I


love watching marathon runners taking corners like this. You could


get a buzz around their better than some of them! Try running that at


the end of the marathon! There wasn't even a pole to swing around,


to help you balance, and on the last ten kilometres... You wanted a pole


to swing around? Or at least a barrier, you lose balance and you


try to stay steady whenever your feet are swollen and hurting at that


point. There are no attempt to to swing around in the marathon, sorry


to say! -- there are no poles. Watching some of them going around,


even in the early stages, the walkers do this very well, they have


so many turns to make and each lap is only around two kilometres. But


they are going slower. It is easier to turn and I am not sure they have


that Benny hairpins. -- that many. We are designing courses including


poles! Anything else? She is still not happy about some people stepping


onto the pavement in the Men's marathon! And rightly so. You run


the course that is mapped out. It is dangerous. Stepping across those


curbs, you run the risk of tripping. It is not outstandingly quick, just


keeping the race moving at her pace and keeping things ticking over, to


get the other girls moving but the main pack, behind her, the main


protagonists at the front, nobody seems to concerned about Ribeiro.


Somebody like Kiplagat would have reacted and gone with her. The first


five kilometres, that is just inside the 2.30 pace. Quite a lot of people


in the field have not broken 2.30 yet, when you think of 40 macro. For


some people it is more comfortable. Already running the personal best,


-- when you think of Dixon. They are a good few seconds behind the


leader, Ribeiro. The Ethiopians, there is a group coming to the


front. Two Dibabas. Mahrez Dibaba. Someone who could surprise us...


That is Ribeiro. -- Mare Dibaba. I hope somebody at home is recording


that! Early on. 15 second lead. Now, Kiprop, joining the Ethiopian


contingent. Four Ethiopians, they have the defending champion,


dangerous if you are still getting to grips with these World


Championships, normally you have three but you can add to that if you


have the world champion and if you have the Diamond League champion


from the track and Field series from 2016, but you cannot have both, you


cannot have five of them, you must choose one or the other.


I am trying to rack my brains, was not a world team Championships in


this race as well? You can have five runners? Yes, five runners, the top


three to score. And that was the World Cup in the marathon, we won


the bronze team medals in 2005. This is the dilemma for the top marathon


runners, running the World Championships, in August or London


or whenever it is happening, because the big attraction these days by the


major city marathons, and the Olympic Games stands out as a major


marathon but the big city races are coming up in Berlin and Chicago and


earlier in the year, in London. This is an understandable dilemma? It is,


on lots of levels, you have championship racing, it is not


conducive to faster times, with only a couple of marathons each year, you


want to run them in good conditions and very often these are very hot,


middle of the day starts, like today but at least the conditions are


decent today and personally I picked to run the World Championships in


Finland and conditions were great, one of my idols was the winner of


the first inaugural world championship marathon and you could


still run a very good time and that will be a factor with many marathon


runners choosing London and Callum said he is not interested in going


to do her. I do not blame him, I would be focusing on Tokyo. -- in


Doha. And for the track runners, there is prize money available and


here, also, but that does not compare to the big city marathons


and that is a big draw. We are looking at some slow motion of the


athletes coming around those tight turns. Funnily enough, you did


mention one of your idols, I was speaking to the husband of great


advice. We were talking about the first world championship marathon,


Greta became the first world champion at the marathon. And she


was the first ever world champion because the marathon was the first


day and he said we were always very proud that the IAAF set up the World


Championships and four Greta, that was a fitting tribute to become the


first ever world champion whenever she was the winner in Helsinki, and


you with the winner two years later, she was the first ever, that is some


accolade? And Jack does a great job, I am glad, with the Oslo Diamond


League, they have something going, we could see the younger in the


steeplechase today. He sadly did not qualify. And you missed that because


you were doing an interview? Ali Dixon being cheered on by the


British crowd, leading the chasing group, I do not know if they are


doing much chasing at the moment but they are certainly behind Ribeiro,


the early leader right from the start. And doing an early apology


because our computer, which normally gives us the splits, as decided to


have some lunch and when it comes back online, we will let you know


how things are going in terms of the times. Charlie Perdue. Tracy Barlow


at the back of that group and that is a leader, Ribeiro. They are


further behind, it was 15 seconds but it does look further. Not going


that fast, she was running something like 2.30 and they will let that


continue for a while. When somebody gets completely out of sight, the


others get worried. Going into this city section, they will not be able


to see her at all because of the twists and turns, until the


embankment because that is a lead of around 25 seconds at this point,


just counting as they went around the corner. She is not from a


country that has a strong tradition in the marathon distance, Fernando


Ribeiro, of course, just say it's... We have a couple of requests to say


the great Rosa, I was coming from King's Cross and he said, can you


just say Rosa Mola. And you don't have to pay the taxi fare! That is


your ticket! In 2001, Edmonton, there was that long street. Rosa


going down there. And she was all right! The bells are at St Paul's


Cathedral, for this marathon, that is for Brendan because this will be


his last, cherry, the last marathon, he is here for the rest of the week


but the last marathon. You can also come and do the walk as well. I will


observe was worth, I am very impressed with him, coming to the


track, with the walk, five and a half minutes for just one mile. Stop


laughing, I said walks. He looked like he was running five minutes 30.


The judges said that he was walking all the time but it was impressive


he was able to walk as fast as you could not run! Explaining how the


rules work and he is right, it is up to the judges to decide. Anyway, we


are looking forward to that, that must have been quite the exhibition,


brilliant performance from Tom and we wonder if he can translate that


to 20 kilometres, for the half marathon distance. If you are coming


to watch and cheer Tom and the other walkers, there is 50k earlier in the


morning and 20 after that. And next Sunday, on the mile, up and down. --


the Mall. In front of Buckingham Palace. Ribeiro is happily at the


front, she has been watching the splits and I did not think there is


anything more than 5k markers. Without using any trademark names,


just to tell how fast they are going from their watches. What she is


doing is she has decided the race plan, she thinks she can do this on


the day and unlike the men, nicely paced, if I would want to run 2.27,


this is how I want to do it. Perhaps she has just one place and once they


get stuck in, it is hard to change. Charlotte Purdue at the back of that


pack. When you settle into the base, and changes and starts surging, like


the men earlier, that is very hard to respond to and some runners find


that harder than others and Ribeiro prefers to get into the regular pace


and keep that turning over. She is very aware from all of training what


that is as you probably does not need to look at any splits, her body


knows. She is running her own race, probably expecting the pack to come


past and carry on moving but she at least will help run the race that


she planned at these championships. Coming past the Guildhall. The


centre of the city of London Corporation. And the rest of the


field coming through the square. Ali Dixon, comfortably running. At the


back of the pack. Tracy Barlow and Charlotte Purdue.


They go past the famous Guild Hall, home of the Lord Mayor 's banquet.


You probably go to that every year, Steve. Will you stop talking about


food? I'm struggling a little bit. Just watching them through in front


of the Guild Hall, I was watching Aly Dixon on the blue line. A great


Sunderland Harrier and he's a course measuring now. Make sure you run on


the blue line, her dad would be saying. Sunderland supporter as


well? Rumoured to be. That blue line does indicate the shortest point,


the shortest route you can take and the most efficient route. Doesn't


always look that way when you're out there running the tendency when


you've run a lot of marathons is to find the blue line and run on it.


We've got some very qualified course measure is putting out the blue


line, but sometimes you find it doesn't take the best line and if


you look ahead and observe the race, observe the tangents and run those


efficiently that can be much better. Ribeiro dropping her arms a little


bit. I don't know if she's got a stitch or whether she's trying to


relax and maintain her form. Some runners will run with arms straight


by their sides. There was a Chinese runner who used to run without


bending her arms. My son the other day was running with his arms


straight out behind him and he said he was running with a Batman cloak!


Are used to have one of them. -- are used to have. A son or a Batman


cloak? I still have one of them. My son. Not the Batman cloak. Didn't


Adam West diuresis Lee? The original Batman. I think he did. -- didn't


Adam West died recently. Used to that. Ribeiro is finding that her


tenure at the front of this World Championship marathon may not be too


much longer because they are certainly closing her down. The


crowds are building out on the route. A free ticket to watch the


world's best. She will be reaching the turning point that sends her


back to the Embankment pretty soon. At the moment we don't have any


splits on the computer. We will only have the leader. Somebody has gone


down, Burla. A shoe has come off. That was Demise. She's a real


talent. Still in the burgeoning part of her marathon career. It's


happened early enough and she got her shoe back on quickly enough.


She's one of the outsiders with a good medal opportunity. Let's see if


we can see what happens. Burla got up quickly and on she went. I said


in their men, I was surprised it didn't happen in the men. When


you're in a big group like that, you don't see the turn and you're in a


bad position. Better to be a bit stretched out. Definitely better to


be stretched out and get a better view. There's a lot more bright sun


now than there was earlier in the men's race. Those shadows on the


course, as they came around the bend, the shadow affected how they


were viewing the corner. Somebody stumbled and threw their arms up.


Others go down. Luckily it's happened early in the race so


there's time to put the issue back on and gather yourself and get back


again. Totally unaffected by that out in front was Ribeiro. She can


clearly see and she wasn't running in a big pack. Especially on points


of the course like this where it narrows between traffic islands and


traffic lights. Aly is doing the right thing. She is in shape to


challenge her personal best. She will take a leaf from Ribeiro's book


and start stretching out. Aly Dixon trying to close the gap between


herself and the group... The gap to Ribeiro. Closing all the time. They


are approaching the ten K point fairly soon. That might be it on the


road, the yellow mark. 17.50 five. A slower period. That's just outside


2.30 pace. Just slowed somewhat. Not too much. The leading group just


seven or eight seconds behind. The gap was 20 seconds a couple of miles


back. Now it's closing almost with every stride. She is slowing,


they've maintained their pace. A big group.


I'm happy to say the computer has been oiled and fed. And... The


splits we saw on our screen we can go into more detail with. More


importantly to on when they get spread out, knowing exactly what the


gaps are. Callum Hawkins had a gap between himself and a potential


medal, it was closing all the time but never quite quick enough. Not


his fault, he ran brilliantly, as hard as he could. We hoped at one


point somebody in front would misjudge things. He reeled in Kiptoo


turf. Remember Wilson kicked it? Great runner. There's Aly Dixon


moving close to the leader. She will be leading in the World Championship


marathon. In a moment or two. They aren't running very quick. This is a


decent pace for Aly Dixon. A big cheer from the crowd as Aly Dixon,


just past the ten kilometre point, Aly Dixon of Great Britain hits the


front. Ribeiro, the long-term leader, going along at a reasonable


pace. Aly Dixon, relaxed, not running excessively. Getting a good


eye on the tight corner. A little look of relief even from Ribeiro as


Aly Dixon came alongside her. As if to say finally the rest of the girls


have decided to make something of this race. There is Charlotte


Purdue. I'm looking for Tracy Barlow. She may have been in the big


pack ahead of Charlotte Purdue. I think she's a bit further back.


Clear day in London. Shots from overhead, as we look again at the


Tower of London, one lap completed. They are on their second of four


laps. Aly Dixon is now getting some company. Ten kilometres gone. No


pacemakers in an event like this today. The athletes who are used to


running big-city marathons and they always have pace makers. Doing it


for themselves. In the men's race we saw a fairly pedestrian opening and


then we saw them reach the halfway point, just past the second turn,


the second lap, and then the race started to get serious. Today, big


crowds supporting this women's marathon. Great vantage points on


the Embankment. Great support for the British athletes. They have come


to know them over the years. Many of these athletes have run in London


and won in London. Aly Dixon enjoying the moment, leading the


World Championships marathon. Kiplagat won that London Marathon in


2014. Second in 2012. There's Hannah Kiprop. Another one we haven't


mentioned is Daniel. She won the Commonwealth title in Glasgow. I was


trying to think about the weather that day, I can't remember. Didn't


we have one of the marathons where it rained a lot? I think it was the


men's. She won from Jessica Trengove, who is also running well


today. It wasn't dissimilar to today. Pretty reasonable conditions


for we saw the flags of all the nations, the drinks are organised.


150 volunteers organising they see the flag and next to the flag, the


team put the drinks in the right place, in the right order.


Replenishment is important and as the race goes on, at a neat seek


their own concoctions of electrolyte concoctions and energy providing


drinks. All working smoothly as the athletes moved to the left and took


their drinks. They are drinking them conscientiously. They practice doing


this because this is very, very important. I remember Haile


Gebrselassie in his first ever marathon didn't take any drinks and


paid the price. He eventually learned how to drink when he was


running and eventually broke the marathon world record, as he did for


all the other distances on the track. The athlete Paula was


referring to, Kyoto. If it gets you around, that's the way to do it. I


was looking at ones of the Tanzanians were mean, Shaury, with


the very extravagant forward lean. You think, how did you get to run


like that with an exaggerated lean? Everyone is different. Marathon


runners in particular. All sorts of styles. It's amazing. You go to any


basic running group session where there was any lower level of


coaching and they talk about how to carry your arms and carry yourself.


They tune in to somebody like this and go, look at her! Or him. Your


body, within reason, will find the most natural and efficient way for


you to run. That will vary from person-to-person and in certain


cases it may be more efficient at the time but increased the injury


risk and the toll on their body later on. If you have a big forward


leaning, it has to affect your efficiency and maybe predispose you


to more injuries later on. Maybe it's how she naturally started


running and to change your style, and I know I had criticism over my


style, and sometimes the effort and the energy needed to work on that


and to change it is not worth it. You won't gain more than you lose by


the time and work that would need to go into it. It's a pretty sizeable


lead that Aly Dixon has built up. The main group have allowed her to


woke away again. I hope she's not getting carried away. It's hard to


tell when we're only getting splits every five kilometres. With the


support she is getting, sometimes it gets you carried away in the early


stages. But she looks composed. We know her really well. The one thing


she can't do is... If she's thinking I want to run a personal best,


they've set off at 2.30 pace so she's got to start running quicker


earlier. She won't be of the picket up from halfway and do great splits.


That's not the way she runs. She would probably have hoped more


people would have come with her by this point. This is her saying, I


don't know if I'm going to represent Great Britain again, I want to


represent my country as best as I can, run a personal best wearing a


British vest in a major championships and that's as much as


any athlete can do. This is her challenge to do that. She's probably


going to be surprised nobody has gone with her, cheese not going that


hard. We'll see how long it lasts. We know it's not a gold-medal surge


that she's putting in. She's not getting ahead of herself. This is


how uncomfortable running, this is the shape I'm in, this is how I want


to go and perform, if you don't come with me, see you later. I know


you'll come at some point. As she gets into certain parts of


the cause, she might be able to get away from the pack in the sense that


the pack does not know she has gone ahead, if she gets out of sight of


the runners closing behind her in the main pack, they will be counting


who is there and they will see the main people and they might forget


there is somebody who has gone ahead at the front, two of them, there is


one girl and ahead of her is Aly, in the twisting section she might be


able to build up a cushion. Aly always likes to go quicker, I


remember in Berlin, before she set personal best, she was on around


2.28 and felt off for the last 10k, it was much better judged race. And


it made sure she got selected as well. Look, anybody who comes to a


championships wants to run as quick as they can and in the marathon you


can effect that. She would not normally be in the situation, she


runs countless road races or her own, that is how good she is, she


has to run 10k and half marathons back home in the north-east so she


is used to this but not in a good championship marathon. Getting


plenty of support, though. Shares and trying to make the most of that,


trying to encourage the crowd to support her. What she has done is he


has waited for the first lap, she will have studied the course, I


hope, and she will know where the loop goes but she gave herself a


chance by running the first loop to find out just how steep those hills


are, it is running over the first time that gives you the most


information that she has decided, I feel like I can push on any second


lap and not leave this to earn Ardboe over the last 10k or gradual


wind-up. She would not be able to react and stay with the lead pack.


She is far better making this an even run. Kiplagat, closest to the


camera, Sally Perdue getting some cheering from the British contingent


out there as well. She is also in that group. Not far off 15


kilometres, another couple of minutes, Aly Dixon, badly jihadist


continues to increase, I think what we are saying is it is more that she


is running at a sensible pace of around 2.30, that might be quicker


over 5K but the pack by looking at each other, the big names in terms


of the Kenyans and Ethiopians, happy with the early pace and the slow


pace and then you wait until the end of the lap before they get moving,


before halfway. And then that super-fast second half from them, I


am sure. You can bet on that. Nine seconds ahead of the Korean, Lim.


You don't need the reaction from the crowd went over shorter distances


and she is getting good support, making her feel good. And there, the


chaser and then the group and you will be looking at the outside of


that group, you can see Kiplagat, the Ethiopian contingent as the


athletes continue on to the second lap along the Embankment, heading


towards Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Having very good support


on the side of the road. Different phenomenon that you would normally


see at this point of the London Marathon, we see the great runners


and the rhinos and Rupert and fancy dress but today, this is serious


running and the charity runners will be waiting until the springtime,


record numbers of applications for the London Marathon. Aly Dixon, she


might run London but also the Commonwealth Games and that is a bit


of a clash for these marathon runners and now the pack is


gathering some speed. Starting to gather some momentum. You can bet


your bottom dollar, that shot contains the winner, the runner-up


and the bronze-medallist for this competition. They are starting to


get moving, that group. Not a bad thing for Aly, if they catch or


sooner rather than later, at a reasonable pace, not flying past,


that will be better and she can maybe slot into that group and that


group will whittle down gradually. Paula has been talking about the


marathon, the mood changes, sometimes you are feeling very good


and suddenly not so good and it comes back. Yes, you have to go into


any marathon fully accepting that there are going to be ups and downs


and every runner, the matter how good, breaking two hours or five


hours, you are going to go through at least one bad patch and in that


time you must focus on what you have done in the past, the fact you have


done all the training and preparation. Where you went to in


your mind to get through those hard points in the training and to go to


that place in the race and be able to keep your focus and if you go in


accepting that this is... This is not 15 just yet but it must be


coming up. If you go to that place in your mind, where you can fully


focus on your own race and accept you will hit difficult points and


will come out the other side and feel OK and have different coping


techniques to use. You were joking earlier on about lamp posts, I did


have a telephone box with one mile to go along the Embankment! Is


actually changed into your superhero outfit? I just broke this down into


manageable sections in your mind. I know that you talked about serious


international professional runners, as much as ordinary runners, do you


give the same advice to ordinary runners? As well as super


international honours? The great thing about the marathon is it is


unique and special and brings together all of those people, on any


given day, whatever pace you run, that is slightly quicker over 5K,


but whatever pace you're wrong, you are still running the marathon and


you are all going through the emotions and physical demands of


running 26.2 miles and in the same, in the mind, for professional and


recreational runners, because it is harder psychologically because you


must keep your body fuelled over a longer period but for any runner,


the human body only stores enough fuel to get to around 20 miles,


around 30 K, after that you are storing up -- using up your own


stories and whatever glycogen you have so it is important they have


stations to get bottles and particularly early on, take enough


of those drinks and carbohydrate drinks to keep themselves topped up.


Wise words from the world record-holder for the marathon and I


am sure runners of this calibre, Aly Dixon, who listen to advice, as well


as runners running the London Marathon next year, listening to


that sort of advice, it is great. The same thing is going on between


the participants enjoying marathons and these international,


professional runners. The lead for Aly Dixon is currently 22 seconds


over 5K, 17.36 was the quickest. And that brings them back inside 2.30,


nothing silly. But it was a quicker 5K, not extravagant, that is my Aly


has the lead, the others did not fancy moving along yet but I feel


they are warming up just a little bit in that pack, lots of runners,


Amy Cragg moving to the front, the American. Grabbing her drink next to


the Union Jack and all of the other fights. That is one good thing, it


is easy to find her drink, no problems, the others will have to


see... See how that pace increases at the water station to spread out


and avoid the hustle and bustle and make sure you grab that drink. You


have to grab it. And there is a technique to handing it out. The


tables have the flags for the countries and the athletes will have


been able to study that before. They will know what number table their


drink is that and when I used to run, you have a choice, you can hand


the bottle or you can pick it up. Most prefer to pick it up because


the risk is somebody inexperienced, if their hand is blocking the


bottle, your momentum will cause the bottle to drop. It is easier for


somebody to hold the bottle flat on their hand or picket from the table.


It is hardest hit a big group and everybody is trying to get the


bottle, inexperienced runners will panic and we have seen countless


times, accidents, with wheelchair athletes trying to get across the


marathon runners to get to the tables and problems where it gets


slippy beside the tables, accidents waiting to happen and you need to


stay out of trouble and make sure you get your bottle. That is why the


organisation of the feed stations is crucial. It can affect the result.


It sometimes has affected the result in the past. Charlie spreading told


me in the 1984 Olympics, the accolades he was running alongside,


one of them was knocking over everybody else's drink on purpose.


That should be outright disqualification. If it is


accidental, no. But if you take somebody else's, on purpose, that


should not be allowed and we should watch out for that. That is as


detrimental to other runners as cutting across parts of the course.


And you can get two points and the bottle is not actually there.


Luckily, I did indeed it at the time but in the Olympic Games in Beijing


in 2008, two of my bottles ended up on the 20 5K table and Mark Rowland,


one of the coaches, ran down because to get by bottle onto the right


table by the time I got there. He has still got it! Good job it was


not me! Mark wanted me to point out the other night, he did not coach


Amare any more. The men's 800 metres tonight, and the woman's 100 metres


final, the demimonde of the Heptathlon, it sadly looks like it


is too much for Katrina Thomson Johnson to get into the medals, she


could end up with two quarters places after Callum Hawkins in the


men's marathon. Catherine, it might look like fourth place is the best


she can do. And an update on the other British athletes, Charlotte


Purdue at the back of this group, we can see her in the slow motion, well


she was a little while ago. 28 seconds behind Aly and Tracy Barlow


was much further adrift at the early stage. One minute, 40. Not a good


day so far. You can see Charlotte Purdue right at the back, the blonde


hair. Trying to hang onto that big group. This is the group with all of


the main contenders. About 22, 23 seconds behind Aly Dixon from Great


Britain. Shure Demise, the young Ethiopian


who didn't fall, she had to stop to put her shoe back on, she's back in


that group safely. I'm just trying... Counting where


they were... Around 30 in that group. Aly Dixon continues serenely


in front, running about 2.29 pace at the moment, which is right on her


personal best. The crowd enjoying seeing a British vest in front.


Before everyone gets too excited, even Aly knows that barring


something incredible happening that this race will be won in a time much


quicker than 2.29. They will come charging on at some point. When you


get to halfway, and the race hasn't really started yet, a few people


will start to get twitchy and think when will we get moving. That group


is suddenly breaking up, look at it. At the back, they are trailing. At


the front, all of a sudden they are not all running in a big group. It's


being stretched out as Aly Dixon is cheered on through this section.


That helps. When everybody is on your side. Let's see where the group


is and who is making the break, who is causing this group to jostle


around a little bit. Kiplagat in the middle, Kiprop. Helah Kiprop. We can


see Charlotte Purdue at the back of the group. A Korean athlete falling


off the back. She's enjoying this, you can see that. Really enjoying


it. She could just be out for a regular Sunday running. She's very


used to running her own pace, she will do a lot of runs on her own,


sometimes just her dad on the bike with her, keeping her company. She


knows her pace and her rhythm. She's got support this Sunday morning,


some distraction on the route. She's coming in with fresh legs rather


than after a long week of training. She's rested and she's excited. She


was looking forward to coming here and representing her country in what


is a different version of the London Marathon, but still the London


Marathon. Parts of the course where she's run so well in the past, I


think of running her personal best in London. She knows these streets


come at she knows the support and that means a lot. She's even got the


bells ringing to give her some encouragement. We shouldn't belittle


Aly's achievement in terms of where she's


come from. For all those club runners, Aly is 38 and is running


the best races of her life. Who knows what will happen today. She's


wearing the rest of her country in a World Championship and for a lot of


athletes that is the pinnacle of their career. She happens to be


leading at this point. She happens to be trying to run at a pace that


will give her a personal best. That's another thing to be


applauded. Aly wouldn't have been the person who everyone would say


she will go on and have a great international career, but she's such


a hard worker, she applies herself so well, she's really strong


mentally as well. She's had so many injury problems and ups and downs


over the years. She doesn't want to go through that shower! She got well


away from it, getting close to the barrier. I noticed some of the men


do that. I'm not sure it's the most welcome addition to the course. I


think they are starting to get moving properly. Kiplagat and


Kiprop. Amy Cragg of the USA is in there. They avoid the shower as


well. The Bahrain runners as well. Then the phalanx of Ethiopian


runners, Dibaba. Aly Dixon out on her own moment. -- at the moment. At


its height, the gap was 25 seconds, I think it's down to 20 seconds


because this group of 12 or 15 athletes have broken away from the


others and one by one others will drop away from this pack. Aly will


need to find her level when they come by. See whether or not she can


stay with the group, if it's still a big group, or picks the runners she


will stay with, the little group she will stay with as it breaks up.


That's quite hard do. I noticed when Ribeiro was caught, she quickly


drifted right back through the group and I don't think she's in the lead


pack. Aly will have to carefully pick, she's not going to go with the


lead pack when they come past, but she will have to pick a group, maybe


where Charlotte Purdue is just ahead, to settle down back into it


and take a mental breather as well. Just allow the frontrunning be taken


over and she will only just focused then on one foot in front of the


other, gather herself again to be able to launch a second charge in


the final lap of the race. Let's hope she can do that. Making the


right decisions full. Aly Dixon loving her time at the front of this


marathon. It's getting a little warmer out there. The breeze is


quite strong as well. Kyoto with that incredible action, arms Louw,


hardly any arm movement at all. The Japanese runner at the front of the


chasing group as they come through this narrow section.


'S still quite a gap, about 20 seconds. I was counting in my head.


Still about 20 seconds. I don't know why I was counting in my head,


there's a clock on the screen! It looked like they were moving a


couple of minutes ago, but now the group is holding together. The


Kenyon 's and Ethiopians aren't at the front of the group so that might


tell you nobody is really pushing on. -- the Kenyans. Acting as guards


of honour. I think some people in that group are not aware Aly has


gone ahead at this point. There are obviously girls that are, the likes


of Amy Cragg have realised, she's trying to get the group moving. It's


hard to do, let somebody get this far up the road. No matter how


confident you will catch them. It's hard to let somebody get this much


of a lead over you. Even on the track, you see Mo Farah right at the


back. If somebody went so far ahead, he would react and cover that. Yes,


there's a long way to run and we haven't hit halfway and they are


picking up the pace, but mentally to sit back and allow a gap to be built


up when she's not running crazily fast is a hard thing and maybe even


a foolish thing to do. She was 18th in the world half Marathon, Aly. She


was the first British athlete home at the Olympics in Rio when she


finished in 28th position. You think there will be 20 athletes in this


group and some of them will struggle, may be struggling already.


It's a case of how fast they are going when they come by Aly Dixon


and how good she feels at that point. I think the charge is on now,


Steve. She really is enjoying this. She's been gesturing to the crowd, a


little smile on her face. It's nice that she is able to relax. She's


cornering like you said you would, Steve! It's the first sensible


placard I've ever seen anyone holding up in the marathon. It said


Pace yourself. Nobody else will pace you. 24 athletes in that chasing


group. I did count them before. The talent is there. They are spread


across the road and that means nobody is doing anything special.


They are just gathering the pace. A gesture from behind. Pace yourself.


That yellow sign was telling you everything you need to know about


running a marathon. Aly is doing what Mo Farah did in the stadium the


other night. Telling the crowd to give her more support. If she gets


that extra support, which she's enjoying, she has to be careful to


channel it rather than taking it as over exuberance and doesn't start


running quicker. They are charging her down. 17.20. That is a quick


five kilometres. That means if they are going to catch her... No wonder


they weren't really catching her. They would have had to go quick.


That's quick for Aly, 17.20, just approaching halfway. That's the


danger when you're leading the World Championship marathon. It was an


event where it was a real goal to make the team, to come here and


represent Great Britain and now to be leading, with the support she is


getting, of course that will give her a shot of adrenaline and a


boost. It's about tempering that and keeping a lid on it. She knows she's


in good shape. Better shape than when she ran her personal best in


London. She can build on that, but doing it on your own in the front


does make it a little bit tougher. From her training she's capable of


running at 2.26 or 2.27 in the right race. She's got a 35 second gap now.


She's read the sign, pace yourself. It looks to me about 74.5. 73.5.


Maybe more. 74.10 will be the halfway point for Aly Dixon. It's


just that five kilometres. They've decided enough is enough. Brendan


said 30 odd seconds. That's too much for anyone's liking. Almost


approaching halfway. Kiprop, Keogh, Dibaba, Amy Cragg, Kiplagat, Murgia


up there as well. Four Ethiopians. The chase is now on. You can see


what that's done to the rest of the group. They are being left in a long


trail behind as the main names gather in that much smaller group of


about ten or 12 athletes. They won't be married. Paula, if you were in


that chasing group, you wouldn't be worried, would you? I wouldn't be in


the chasing group, I would be on Aly's shoulder! I would! I wouldn't


have been able to let somebody go that far ahead when they weren't


running at a stupid pace. I'm sorry, I would have covered it. If you had


covered it, so would they have covered it. That's true. No one is


saying Aly Dixon will win this marathon at all. We know the good


athletes in terms of the times they can run. They are in this group and


they can speed up to such an extent that they can run a very, very fast


second half of the race. They know that. 30 seconds. You can make up 30


seconds in the last two miles. We saw that in the men's race. We hope


Aly won't fall apart, she's a strong athlete and strong mentally. She's


trying to run her own race and there's nothing wrong with that. If


she can keep it going and ends up in the top 20 and a personal best, well


done to her. She's decided she's going to enjoy this and run her


race. She's down at the tower now. Two laps to go. The halfway point. A


few seconds outside what we said. 74.21. Just on personal best time,


heading for something under 2.29 if she can maintain it. For the first


time she gets a look at the chasing group behind and she will be buoyed


because it's a smaller group than before. As she heads the other


direction, she will be able to see all of the other athletes who are


finding the change in pace this group have in gauge din too much for


them and that means they are running slower than Aly Dixon as well. A


long to go. The chase is on, Aly Dixon is out in


front, but for how much longer? Here comes Purdue. At the halfway point


with Tracy Barlow, three minutes behind, that was Charlie going


through the halfway point. 1.1 kilometre on from 20 K.


I have just had a report that it is easier than it looks. The wind is


picking up a little bit, as we said earlier it has a tendency to pick up


a fair bit in the afternoon. It is a fairly sheltered course but there


are points, particularly on the long stretches along the river, I do not


know if you can get any indication which way the wind is blowing but


the nature of the course means there are fairer stretches of the course


where they will be running into a headwind and that does make it


harder if you're on your own and may be conducive to the fact that the


group has stayed together and has stayed back in the pack. You are


right. This section, you can see the trees are not moving so much but


beside Tower Bridge they were and further along the Embankment. It was


westerly? It would be blowing into their faces. I have been in here all


day. It might well be into their faces along the Embankment although


it does curve in direction. Challenor and the Commonwealth


champion, approaching the water station. Clearing away once they


have got them. Kiprop is looking for hers. Danielle did not get hers.


Kiplagat is further back and she happened to drop back to make sure


she could take hers and once more at the front, almost going back, was


that her going back for somewhat? This group is really breaking up.


The chase is on and it is that acceleration of pace as the


Commonwealth bronze-medallist is trying to hang on, Trengove. As they


chase Aly Dixon from Great Britain. The lead that she had was 32 seconds


at the halfway point, I suspect the next checkpoint that will be around


15 seconds. They will not catch up within 5K, 30 seconds if Aly runs


reasonably strongly. You can see from the camera that her action will


not change very much, almost the perfect marathon running action, not


much lifting of her knees or waste of energy, diminutive figure just


churning along. I remember people saying that you shuffle. I thought


that was an insult! It means not coming high off the ground. Aly is a


little bit inefficient, the way that her leg flicks to the side, she is


slightly more prone to lower leg and ankle injuries in training but she


works on that and as we said earlier, you don't work on changing


your form too much. At 38 years old and running faster than before, you


don't want to waste too much energy on trying to change. I know that she


is happy with the way that her plan is coming together around her


training and the way she works in the gym. Because it is important,


people say marathon runners don't often go into the gym, they do a


lot, Aly does a lot with the weights and squats, keeping her core


strength together and keeping up her muscle mass, used or Glaswegian in


your muscles for any marathon. -- glycogen. There are 12 affiliates in


the chasing group, Aly Dixon. Still in front. -- ad-libs. She will keep


doing what she is doing as long as you can, she will be hoping she can


latch onto some of those at the back of that group but for the time


being, the crowd are loving this, it is great to come onto the street,


they chased Callum Hawkins to fourth place and they are enjoying cheering


Aly Dixon in front and we are one hour and 20 minutes into this


marathon. And the skyline of London is changing all the time. New


buildings being added to this fantastic site that you can see.


London coming to a standstill today. For the world championship marathon.


Amend this morning. And the women have pride of place this afternoon


and past the halfway point, Aly Dixon from Britain leading the


marathon and the more favoured affiliates from Ethiopia and Kenya


and a couple of Kenyan athletes have recently transferred to Bahrain in


that group. There is talent. And the chase is led by the former London


Marathon winner, Kiplagat. You can see by the way that the gaps are


opening and the way the group has reduced in numbers, they are in


serious pursuit of the long-time leader, the last time we looked she


had a 35 second lead and I think that is falling. Amy Cragg looking


very good, ninth place in Rio. Just tucked in there amongst the Kenyans.


As they go under the bridge and her team-mate is also there, Burla, at


the back. She managed to tag into that group of ten and they are


getting ever closer to Aly Dixon. She will know that, she will have


been waiting for this, it is not as though she expected to hang out in


front until the end, it is just what mindset she can keep and stick to


her task and if that group that passes is not very big and she lets


the main ones go, just find one of the Americans or somebody to work


with heading into the last lap. There is still a very long way to


go, they are not get past 25 K. She will be totally expecting them to


catch her and she will have done that through in her mind, she was


not expecting to get this far into the race and still be leading by


this match but she will just latch on as best you can to two people in


the group and maintain her pace and rhythm. She hates running on hills,


she will have found that drag from the toughest part of the course. She


can grab somewhat, take a breather, get some information from friends


and family and supporters about just how far behind they are. 27 seconds,


they say, but it looks less but that might be the camera lens. 16 seconds


was the marker on the road. Even from when the computer will have


taken the measurement one minute ago, the gap is closing quickly. She


is running almost at her personal best pace. And I think that means


she has not been pushing too hard. She should not crumble when they


come past, she can maintain this case, if she can run anything like


her personal best, she has proven herself extremely well but they are


just rolling down the road, it looks like an attack! Powering down. They


know they have business to do to take the lead position and they are


doing this, you can see them coming, she will hear them in a moment and I


hope you are right, that she will be rehearsing it remind because you


must be careful. You cannot run here and think I am running and when the


group catches you, think, I am losing. You must balance it, make


sure you know what is happening and when they go past, try to latch onto


one of these guys. 16 seconds is her lead at the moment as she moves


further along the Embankment and the next time they come along here for


the last time, this is the third lap of four. Maybe a little bit breezy


in this direction. We don't have much movement in the trees. Amy


Cragg alongside the two-time world champion, we have the defending


champion still in there. There she is. Aly has another look at her


watch. It is great to have that support. At home, everybody knows


your name. And I am sure there are a lot of club runners on the roads,


there are free tickets for these Games. They will enjoy seeing Aly


Dixon in front. But the chase is on, that group of 12 or 11, I think it


might be... Just gradually closing in. Passing Cleopatra's needle along


the Embankment, it is wonderful how the crowds in London have responded


to this event. The men this morning and the women this afternoon, the


crowds are on the streets, London has given the streets to these


athletes, it shows itself to the world every year with the London


Marathon and they have opened themselves to the world championship


marathon. Two good races for the price of none of them.


As we zoom in on that scene and that gap, it is still about 15 seconds or


so. You know they are not surging, some athletes could not cope with


that, it is just this gradual picking up the pace rather than


anybody saying, I am off. Approaching the 25 kilometre point,


expect that in the next... In fact, there it is, in the next 20 seconds,


if Aly is not moving too slowly, but she is maintaining her pace. She


slowed from the previous five kilometres, that was to be expected,


this will be about 35, 17.30 three. Close. That is good, she has not


slowed down, she is still running strong and well. They are closing,


she knows that and she will get a better look when she turns around,


she doesn't need to panic, she will have been ready for this and she


needs to stick to the game plan and keep running at this pace for as


long as she can and keep chasing that personal best and hope when the


group comes past, she can just get that little left for a while. It is


about 15 seconds. The inevitable is going to happen in the next couple


of miles, maybe less. The corner is a challenge for all of these


athletes. It would have been a challenge for us. Paula Radcliffe


would have done that very well! I hated doing sharp turns like that!


Aly does that very well. Her centre of gravity is nearer to the ground


so she can do that more efficiently. Those are the 84%s she is running


in, those controversial shoes. They don't do the running for you. It


makes you that little bit more efficient as the progression of


technology happens with so many running shoes.


If you didn't recognise the shoes, you can recognise Aly's tan line!


She's been in Font Romeu, where the weather has been pretty good. She


doesn't train in knickers shorts all the time, you only race in those.


She has had better things to do than put on fake tan. She's worried about


sticking to her pace and making sure everything she could prepare she


prepared as well as possible. Avoiding the shower and still


encouraging the crowd. That's good. She's enjoying this. She knows she


won't win but she's enjoying it. It means to me she's not struggling,


she's relaxed, she is running hard, she notes their coming, it she knows


they will catch her, but she's in a good place. Hats off to her, she's


enjoying every single moment. She's milking the crowd while she can. If


she runs as well as she might hear, and I don't mean finishing on the


rostrum, but as well as she might, she'll have a great video for her


collection. She's been a good international athlete, she's


progressed well in the last couple of years, she's had great support,


particularly from you two, and she's benefited from that hugely. She's a


serious instance runner who's had a good career and she's enjoying her


moment in the spotlight. She's relaxed enough to be encouraging the


crowd without being too concerned about the chase and the calibre of


the athletes in that chasing group who have halved the gap in the last


couple of miles. I'd love to be completely wrong, but I would guess


they will do it in the next mile. Let's remind ourselves of that


group. Three athletes have run under 2.20 four but --. Two-time world


champion Kiplagat. Dibaba. Winners from London, Dubai, Boston, the


Olympic silver-medallist although some say she should be the rightful


gold-medallist. A failed test in Rio. The calibre is there. Add to


that two good Americans. Amy Cragg has been looking very relaxed all


the way through. She's enjoying her run at the moment. And then some of


the younger Ethiopian talent. Daniel is still in there as well.


Marathon winners in there. I always look for marathon winners. Have you


won marathons? Do you know how to win the marathon? It's not about


fast times, particularly in championships. Judging the effort,


knowing when to go, went to cover the moves, when to hold back, time


your effort right, very important. Aly Dixon, great job so far. Giving


the crowd something to cheer and certainly enjoying it. The lead is


now 11 seconds. Edna Kiplagat finally looks as though she wants to


think about putting the first little test into this group. That's what


you have to start thinking about, it's not Aly Dixon, it's looking


around in this group, who is the danger, who do I want to test, are


one or two struggling, what if I'd put on a burst now? Metz see if we


can shake the group up a little bit. -- let's see.


Jessica Trengove of Australia still on the back of that lead group, just


holding on to the back of that group. A couple of times she looked


like she was getting detached but she got back in. Amy Cragg is


looking very good out the front. A good section around this course


going around saying polls, they go past the USA team hotel as well. --


Saint Pauls. She will get some good support as they go around that


hotel. I have heard her husband shouting out a couple of times on


some of the quieter sections so she will be getting some good support.


Burla also won the back of the group. She might think Aly Dixon --


Aly Dixon might think she could hold onto her. She was tenth in Beijing


in two years ago, Burla. That's a good measure. Difficult conditions


and a nod race, a great race in the end, just a second between three or


four of them. Merry Dibaba ended up winning. -- Mare Dibaba. Trend


growth is a good Australian athlete, Commonwealth bronze-medallist. If


Aly Dixon does go to that, wealth games, the Kenyans will be there.


That's where you measure yourself. Even to be able to run with some of


the Japanese athletes. She's falling off the back of that first group.


The Olympic women's champion is working for the Japanese commentary


team. When I asked her about her pics, she said it was very close.


She was being very noncommittal. Good luck with her broadcasting


career! Aly Dixon, still a smile on her


face. Her leaders about eight seconds to this group which contains


the world champions, Olympic medallists, Commonwealth champions,


Commonwealth medallists. Kyoto getting on the back of that group


again. They might be gathering themselves I'm surprised there


hasn't been more of a move to break this up. This pace for most of this


group is slow, let's face it. For Aly, it's on personal best, but for


most of them this is slow pace. Somebody has to think, hang on, I'm


not going to wait until the last 5k, but so far they seem to have the


same game plan, or they are all not feeling so good. Or any moment now


somebody is going to go and go very hard and really shatter this race.


It will probably send people in all directions. Some will not know what


to do, some will able to stick to their own pace and continue


maintaining that will stop maybe that will happen. It's strange that


so many people of such a good calibre in that pack and nobody has


yet cracked and thought I will wind it up a bit, not even to make a


significant move, but just to lift the pace enough to shake a couple of


people off the group. It's a very tactical race. They will get to the


lead together when they catch Aly Dixon shortly. It's about putting


themselves in position to win this race. They go through the twists and


turns of the city part. Aly Dixon has done really well and she's doing


it properly. The way you should do it. She's doing it to the level of


her ability, she knows the others have better credentials, she's


running a sensible pace, running solidly. She's encouraged the crowd


to support and she's benefited. Now they are getting ready. Kiplagat,


Dibaba. As they line up across the road, Kirwa and Chelimo. Get the


drinks on-board, get the right timing. The gap is certainly not 27


seconds. They are coming into this wonderful part of this wonderful


city. We can see St Paul's Cathedral. The skyline of London,


Leicester Square. The crowd supporting Aly and now she's trying


to call herself down and she's being hunted down by this pack of


championship winners, championship medallists and fast marathon


runners. You run different scenarios through your mind. You can't just


have one plan, you need a number of different plans on the way the race


will pan out and be able to react to those. I guarantee you this was not


in any of Aly's race plans! She will would have just wanted to run her


pace and run hard and try to run a personal best. She would not have


been expected to be leading the World Championship marathon up to


this point. The other runners would not have rehearsed having Britain's


number one marathon runner leading for 30 kilometres in the marathon.


They are going to catch on the paved streets near the Guildhall in


London. Another good corner by Aly. She's not got worse and fat. She's


better than the rest, holding them off around the corner. This will be


hard for Aly. Are they just gathering a little bit or just a


shower? They want to move out of the way of the shower. Nobody wants to


become the leader. Aly has been the leader. The question is who is going


to be the leader. At 25 kilometres, Charlotte Purdue had moved up to


21st position, just a minute behind Aly. Tracy Barlow, we haven't had a


report for her crossing 25 kilometres, but we'll keep an eye on


that. Wouldn't have expected her to have done that. She did reach


halfway at 70 minutes -- 78 minutes. Aly Dixon for a long time has been


out there on her own but she now has company for the first time since


about the tenth kilometres. She's run about 20 kilometres, half of the


race, on her own. The crowd is still cheering her. This is good. They


didn't come surging past. It gives her a chance to readjust. She


thinks, I'm off again if you're not going to go past. I'm loving this.


On her behalf, I'm really enjoying this. Where is she from, Steve? In


case you weren't tuned in earlier, Aly is a Sunderland stroller. She's


enjoyed her stroll through the streets today. Who knows what


position she ends up in, but she will have close memories -- good


memories. I hope she ends up with a personal best or close to it. She


was always going to run her own race. She's got new energy. She is


feeding off those around her. Went the wrong way! Now turning left,


that's it. The bike was billing off. She nearly followed the bike. She's


only been around here three times! When you get tired and you have


concentrated for so long, she's probably been focused on the blue


line or the bike in front of her. Maybe she stayed focus on that. It


illustrates how much of a boost the home support can give you. You can't


quantify what it means to a British athlete to compete inside the London


stadium and to have the support of the crowd, or on the streets of


London and have the crowd fully behind you. As the pack came up, she


was probably expecting them to sweep past but they didn't. The crowd gave


her a big chair and she picked it up again. I hope she hasn't gone too


soon with that second surge. I'll ask you the question because part of


the reason is this twisting section. If you were in the pack and you are


going to make the sort of move you were talking about, you would want


to wait until a clear section to do that and not do it through the


twisting bit. Maybe that's why they've settled. You probably would


want to do that there. There are also people who run twisting section


is better than others and who cope with those tangents and running the


line is better. It's a little bit like when you're running


cross-country, people will run through the twisty sections and the


trees section is better and people will prefer to run on playing fields


where they can see the course ahead of them. The same for marathon


runners. There are courses where it's more twisty and you can handle


it better and you can pick places to focus on and pick your lines better


and that can help. They are definitely moving at a quicker pace


now and have swallowed Aly back up into the middle of the pack.


She is still at the front of the pack and that is a big pack. 14, I


think. They are not far-away from the 30 kilometre point. And that


point will be just before the start of the last lap, and the last lap


will take them eventually back to Tower Bridge, when the finish will


be next time. What have we got? 1.28? 17 minutes in this 5K section.


Assuming that lead time is from Aly, the others will have run quicker


because they have swallowed up that 14 second lead she had at that


point. I don't think they have gone that quickly, I think Aly has been


around 17 point 40. Something like that. They have not really put their


foot down. She has to work hard to stay with this group as long as she


can and wait for the break and then pick a place when she has to try to


hang on. She is still with this group, here. None of the big names


have tried to put on any bid to win the world title, yet. But that


moment is surely getting closer. 17.49 for Aly, which is what we were


thinking. The others will have been around 17.35, so even for them, not


that quick. If Aly gets a few kilometres with this group, that


will help. Amy Cragg is the new leader. Slightly reluctantly, I will


expect, Kiplagat on her shoulder. The former Kenyans are in there,


five Kenyans and the Ethiopian contingent still there. Aly Dixon.


And both Americans. They are getting close to where they


will approach the point to when they turn and they can hear the bell, not


something you normally hear in a marathon but with World Championship


marathons we have them and that surely signifies the point at which


somebody here needs to think about what they are going to do in the


last 10k to win this. Still no movement. It really is a waiting


game. Aly Dixon, she wants to be alongside the leaders and they do


not want to be ahead of her just yet, it is just waiting. They will


hear the bell and realise there is just one lap left and at that point,


when they see the lap scorer, we will see that shortly today, that


will signal about ten kilometres remaining. Four laps of this course,


straight up and down the Embankment and twisting around St Paul's


Cathedral. The sights of London being shown off to their best on a


clear day and the sun is shining but it is not too warm, it has been kind


to the spectators and the runners. You can see the crowds on the


bridge, London has responded once again to the marathon. To the World


Championship. Responding to the best in the world representing their


nations, trying to get onto the medals table, will it be Amy Cragg


for the United States? That would be a positive factory for marathon


running in America or one of the Kenyans or one of the Ethiopians one


of the two accolades formally from Kenya representing Bahrain. I am


very impressed with the number of people who have turned up for this


in London. But this is a great marathon city and these


championships are gathering interest, fantastic rows, record


crowds in the stadium, this wonderful stadium, build for the


Olympics in 2012, it has really come of age again for these


championships. This race is really going to be a fast, hard last few


kilometres. Who will prevail? 15 athletes in this group. And some


will be thinking, I wonder if this is my day? The big names are here


but when the break comes, a different type of race? I'm not sure


even Aly can get her personal best, it will not be far off, somewhere


within 2.29 but the winner will pick things up in the last 10k. Perhaps


running quicker or even more than they have been. Charlotte Pardew had


moved up to 20th place. Just one minute behind so she is gradually


picking people. And still running strongly. Charlotte Purdue heading


for something around 2.3 one. Not far off my perfect -- her personal


best. The Tower of London. The next time around that will signify there


is just a few hundred metres to go but they have another lap, and other


almost 11 kilometres. Until they cross the finish line. Aly Dixon


still in that group. And that is a great sight to see. But we could


almost have started with these 15 because it will be a burn up for the


end. They will see the lap scorer. And that is the bell, there is one


lap left. In the Women's marathon. And amongst that group is Britain's


Aly Dixon and I'm sure the crowds have grown in the last half-hour.


And I am sure people are hearing there is a British athlete in the


leading group, amongst them, she is leading, and they are coming to see


her. Well done, Aly Dixon, she has done really well and nobody is


making a move yet but you can sense as they line up across the road that


somebody is going to make a move. Somebody is going to go first, doing


it cleverly, but equally foolishly. Somebody will not follow the break


or they will make their break early. It is like track race, with a couple


of laps left to go in a 10,000 metres track race. How do you


strike? And how far? And how intense is that application of pressure? Who


will get the gap here? I wonder if somebody like Amy Cragg, she is


doing the right thing, just waiting, the longer they wait, you do not


know because some marathon runners don't have that pace, they are


strong and have sustained pace but they are not all able to run the


last 5k and somebody like Amy Cragg could do that. We expect there are


too many good people in their for that to happen. Four Ethiopians,


essentially five Kenyans. And all of a sudden, look at this. When you see


that, you know they are thinking of trying to cover or move. Chelimo,


let me through, thank you very much. Not very good manners out of there!


And they might also be approaching a drink station or one of those sharp


turns. Yes, it is the drink station. They are spreading out to get a


clear view of the tables and their bottles and this is often a good


time, if you are going to strike, strike right now as people


concentrate on their tracks -- drinks. Danielle has dropped a


bottle. Not doing very well in getting the drinks into her. She


might be used to that and I'd take advantage of the fact that she has


team-mates who might pass their bottles over to her. That is


important with 10k left ago. And she messed that the last time? Any time


you miss a bottle, you expect that goes with the territory, don't


panic, don't let that ruin the race in worrying about missing that but


whenever you missed two of them in a row at crucial points towards the


end, that is significant and if she has been unable to take on what


would get some drink from another competitor, that puts out a little


disadvantage but that group has certainly broken up going through


the drinks station. Some of them taking the time to find a bottle and


drink and run with it but we can see for the first time there is a big


gap opening up and Aly Dixon has dropped light of the leading group.


For the first time Aly Dixon is not in the lead group, three seconds


adrift, Kiyota from Japan also struggling. That has changed the


rhythm. They are not running too fast just yet but they are starting


to move as they jostle for position and as they come out of the shadows


of the bridge, Cragg, again, slow, Aly Dixon just tucking into the back


of them and nobody wanting to make the move. Nobody feeling


super-confident. Or maybe so confident about their ability over


the last 5k that they are all just waiting. I cannot think they are all


thinking the same thing? They are watching each other, when Kiplagat


is at her best, she can wind things up, in Moscow we could see that, she


can really do damage, not particularly fast in a five


kilometre race but at the end of the marathon, changing pace, turning


over at a quicker speed, she can do a lot of damage so they might expect


something like that but we do not know what shape she has been named


in previous years. This looks like a heroic performance by Aly Dixon, she


is still in contention and barely two hours on the clock. The


wonderful side, the Shadow of St Paul's Cathedral, as we close in, we


have a group of athletes running a tactical marathon, who is going to


watch? Who is going to move first? The crowds are anticipating this and


here they come. Cragg from America. One of the athletes from North Korea


also in that group. Two athletes representing RM. They are not


running exceptionally quickly just yet but there is still ten


kilometres left ago. Amy Cragg from the USA with Aly Dixon at the back


of the group, it is between the American and British athlete, there


is a host of talented marathon winning, medal winning, championship


winning athletes. Dibaba, the smallest of the Ethiopian athletes


on the left-hand side of the picture. Edna Kiplagat to the right


as you look. Winning the last three titles between both of them. Will it


be one of those to continue? Can Dibaba defend her title? What about


the likes of Amy Cragg? Trengove? The Americans had high hopes for Amy


Cragg to reproduce the performance she gave in Rio. And she is doing


that here. 15 athletes still involved. Kim from career involved.


The Olympic silver-medallist also still involved. Kiprop thinking,


yes, I am going to do something here. But so far nobody wanting to


do anything. The Ethiopian alongside Cragg is looking comfortable but


nobody looks like they are struggling, Aly Dixon is probably


having to work the hardest to stay with it. She would not be expecting


to belong to this group after two hours of the world marathon. Not


much running left, probably 30 minutes or so. The marathon is a


test of endurance but a lot of these runners can run two hours and 30.


Comfortable. Without much stress. Perhaps the tactics in this marathon


will change because you can win this race in the last 400 metres, not


with three miles to go. You can win it. Aly Dixon, back in the leading


group, back in the lead, actually. Because nobody wants to make that


long run for home and some of them have the ability and some of them


have the confidence to leave it to the last 400 metres. We are looking


at a different approach today. Nobody has the confidence to run


away yet and Trengove from Australia, the Commonwealth Games


medallist in 2014 in Glasgow, in those great Games we had. She finds


herself in the lead. Stretching the pace. Aly Dixon just struggling at


the back. The pace has started to increase. And it is Trengove doing


it. The rest of them biding their time.


Still half an hour of running. It's not a lot when you've been out there


for two and a half hours, but so much can happen. Brendan is right,


we could end up with a sweet -- sprint finish at Tower Bridge.


Nobody wanting to force this, nobody wanting to be the first make a move.


I don't know how many I've read in sport about not being the first to


make the move. The one who moves first often doesn't win. Paula is


saying, hang on, I used to do that. In a situation like this. When


you're on the track sometimes, you want somebody else to work off,


somebody else to break it up and you tuck in and let them do the hard


work. Bit like in cycling. Time your effort. We are almost getting down


to that situation here. For the first time Aly Dixon becomes


properly detached from group. She's looking in a bit of distress now. A


big change in her running style. The knee lift is a little bit less and


she looks like she's struggling. She will maintain it and keep fighting


hard to the finish, but you can see the gap in front growing all the


time and that's the moralising. She needs someone to catch her from


behind and be able to work with them and run alongside them. She was able


to latch onto the back of the group and for a little while it looked


like it might be keynote who would drop off the pack first, but it's


been Aly Dixon. She needs to keep focused on the bike in front of her.


She will see some of the turnaround points, she will see the group and


she can look behind her and see the dangers from behind.


All of a sudden Aly Dixon is about ten seconds adrift. She's in 15th


place. 14 athletes in that group. Charlotte Purdue was only a minute


behind at the start of that last lap. At the very least there will be


a British battle to see who comes in first. We're left with this group,


still no major move being made. Still Amy Cragg, Trengrove of


Australia. They are sort of drifting along.


Every kilometre that goes by, the tension builds a little bit in the


group. Coming back to what I was saying 20 minutes ago about turning


back and getting into that twisting and turning section with 5k to go,


that will be really interesting to see who negotiates those twists and


turns better than others. Some are better than others. I wonder whether


somebody will wait until then. Now is maybe the next likely place for a


big move to be made as they negotiate that section and try to


accelerate more out of those terms and into the terms in order to


create a few gaps. A little bit like the Cutty Sark area in the London


Marathon. That curved section means sometimes you can build up some


pace, break it up a bit in your mind and give yourself a different mental


focus. These athletes are on their fourth lap so they know this course


well, they've seen how they feel, they've worked out the best lines


and to be able to use them to the best effect. Sometimes athletes


think there's safety in numbers. Slowing down. You can sense that.


One or two athletes in this group thinking they can win it in a sprint


finish. Nobody making a long, hard move. Paula Radcliffe, Gu won this


race in 2005 in a championship record time of 2.20, I know what


you're thinking. You've been in this race. There's only one place you'd


be now. She wouldn't be there! She'd be down the road. You wouldn't be


sitting in a group and rolling on. I would have run with Aly for a bit


and pushed on from there. It's different to racing. You adapt to


the circumstances at the time and the shape you're in. I'd love to be


running with them now. I'll come back to what Brendan was saying and


I do love the psychology of running. You can look at this two ways.


Whether there is supreme confidence in the ability to run fast in the


last few kilometres, or this idea of collective responsibility being


shared. Amy Cragg completely gets that corner wrong. Goodness me. This


idea that I'm happy in this group, I feel comfortable and secure and I


don't want to break out of it. That to me is a lack of confidence. There


are two things going on. Some athletes are not confident and they


are happy to still be there. Others are supremely confident in what is


to come. They will both be wrong. When I was talking to Mo the other


morning after the 10,000, there were a lot of athletes and I said were


you worried at any point? He said no, I was counting them off and


thinking he can't beat me on the last lap, he can't beat me, they


can't either, he is not strong enough. He said he worked it out.


Amy Cragg is making the first attempt to win this one. She's


working hard, striding out. This is her effort now. You said earlier,


Steve, if you go first, unless it's a positive, confident, winning


attack, it's the wrong way to be. Quickly she's got a couple for


company. They are putting her under pressure. But asking first question.


She is laying the first ride out. In the Tour de France you have the guys


who hit the front for you and get it strung out. She's doing it for


herself here. This is a few minutes earlier. Kiplagat didn't react so


quickly, neither did Kiprop. Maybe they're thinking she can't run away


from them. Whether they are right or wrong remains to be seen. I don't


know why -- look how wide Amy Cragg goes. This is really super slow


mode. Watch. Trengrove takes the tight line. Amy Cragg is off towards


Westminster somewhere! It's very hard to turn that sharp a corner


when you're tired. Kiplagat struggling with this. It's breaking


them up. Amy Cragg, despite that corner, maybe she was lolling them


into a full sense of security. It all breaks up. Kim Kyung-tae,


Trengrove, the other American, Burla. -- Kyoto. All feeling the


heat. Murgia at the back. They will try to gather again. They already


have. Kiplagat didn't respond well enough when that move was made. She


won Boston by nearly a minute this year. She might not be able to cope


with this big search that song. Amy Cragg, Cellino covered it pretty


well, Dibaba definitely covered it, the smaller of the Ethiopians on the


far side. Demise covered it pretty well. Kiprop closest to us. Edna


Kiplagat might be working harder than she would like to. It's a long


time to maintain form at the top of International women's marathon


running, the amount of time Edna Kiplagat has been at the top of her


game. Championship racing, getting ready in the summer when maybe


you've peaked earlier. She ran the Boston Marathon in April. Then to


come back for this and start thinking about whether you're going


to race and autumn marathon. All these athletes will be focusing on


this. But to keep recovering from the marathons and racing at the top


end in tactical marathons is hard. It's one thing to be a bug to run


close to fast times in even paced races, but to run as quickly as they


will run now in the closing stages, it will be hard for Kiplagat, but


she escaped Kepu look -- capable. Now it's down to nine. Amy Cragg


from the USA, three canyons, three Ethiopians and two from Bahrain who


were in Kenya. -- canyons. You know my old rule, if you have a couple of


Ethiopians in Esprit finish, the Ethiopian beats the Kenyans. That


was the case in Beijing in 2015. Mare Dibaba, the smallest of this


group. There she is. Fourth place. Being led out by Chelimo, who was


second to Kiplagat in that Boston Marathon in April. Then Amy Cragg


running a brilliant race. She will at least emulate what she did in Rio


when she was ninth in the Olympic Games. Only nine left and that's


been whittled down. Kiplagat trying to hold on, Demise trying to hold


on. It's being stretched out. Helah Kiprop struggling now. They haven't


reached the point we were talking about where we start to get the


twists and turns. That would be a great place to put more pressure on.


Amy Cragg might get rid of another two or three. What happens sometimes


in racing is the racing itself produces the points where the breaks


will be made. Amy Cragg made a first surge and cause damage, ask


questions, she got rid of Burla and Trengrove. Kirwa has taken it on


since and now Amy Cragg is struggling to stay with this burst.


There are more gaps opening up that this girls wouldn't normally be


allowing. They may close down again, but she is asking more questions.


Sorry, it's not Kirwa, it's Chelimo. Julie Mo was only one place ahead of


Amy Cragg in Rio last year. She was second to Kiplagat in Boston. --


Cellino. Personal-best set in Boston, not an easy course to set


this is a really bold bid, a bid to win this World Championship


marathon. She is leading the previous champion twice, Kiplagat.


Dibaba looks like she's spent. Kiplagat with Amy Cragg of the USA


still involved. Kiplagat, when she looked a bit distressed about a


kilometre ago, now moving really nicely, moving as well as anybody,


but there's lots to happen in the latter stages. Lots of changes still


to make. Chelimo made a big effort, but it's not going to be easy, it


won't take her away to a point where she has done it. They are closing


again. They are stretched out and this will be a hard run in and


surely the positions will change for top look at Amy Cragg, third and


moving away. Positions will change. You can sense that already. This is


a strong run. The first time we've seen gaps. Amy Cragg hanging on in


third place, being tracked down. Six athletes in a line. The medals will


be shared between those six. In which order, you still wouldn't be


able to say, you wouldn't want to guess. As we gather for the finish,


a quick note that Aly Dixon is in 15th. She was there when the group


was 15. Charlotte Purdue is one place behind her, but 40 seconds


behind. That could be a battle that continues to the line. 15th and


16th, the British athletes. Mare Dibaba navigates that corner. She


sees the medals moving away from her. Chelimo of Bahrain, the former


Kenyans, Kiplagat, Daniel, the Commonwealth champion, and Amy


Cragg, working hard and trying to hang with these three. If she can


stay with them, the medals could be in this four. Cragg house to hang in


and give herself a chance, hope that one of these, maybe Chelimo, has


made her effort to soon. Kiplagat has had to work hard. Cried looking


good and strong. Get into that group, hang in there around St


Paul's and who knows. The United States, they would love


to get a medal here. What a performance, this was a very


high-quality field. Very high-quality and it has taken a long


time to get going as a race, an exciting race to watch, but it is


right now. Questions were asked by Amy Cragg and Rose Chelimo and they


have split the race. Amy Cragg back into third place and you sense that


battle will run for first and second and third and fourth, it might


change that those are the key battles. Mare Dibaba is not having a


good run, not in the shape she was then in 2015. That was the champion,


Dibaba, drifting out of the first five or six. The last time they run


through the streets, well on the way to the Guildhall, one hour away to


the closing on Tower Bridge. And we have another late, born in Kenya,


representing Bahrain, and the two times champion. Edna Kiplagat.


Coming around the corner. Amy Cragg in fourth place. Where is the gold


medal going? Bahrain? As they both avoid the spray. They were very


happy about the cooling part but they do not want to get their feet


wet. Kiplagat in second place, she has gone through difficult patches.


Cheyech Daniel, the Commonwealth champion and Amy Cragg in fourth


place. She is not giving up on this. She knows there is a medal for the


taking. Can she stay with it? Just a yard or two opening up, hang on,


Amy. This is a fine run from Amy Cragg. Has she got anything left?


She just needs to focus on their heels of Daniel in front, she can


look ahead and see what is happening with both in front. The gap is not


growing significantly, she does not need to move past Daniel unless she


feels she can chase first or second. She can pull herself back to the


leading two, some anxious glances over their shoulders of Rose


Chelimo, who has been looking back, Edna Kiplagat is not moving in front


until the closing stages. Every time she is given the opportunity to take


up some of the work alongside Chelimo, she is just talking herself


behind her. No prizes for doing the hard work. Chelimo set herself up as


the target. She is trying to win this. Kiplagat in pole position, Amy


Cragg working back into the medal position for the USA. The


Commonwealth champion, as they head down and other sharp turn and at


this point, those four will share of the three medals but who will take


which one? Where is the gold medal going? Lorraine Ward Kenya? Edna


Kiplagat, the experienced lady of this marathon, winning in London


before, winning the World Championships. She would allow


herself a yard or two here but does not want that to grow. Chelimo is


attacking this, ninth in the world Cross country, eighth place in Rio


in the marathon and both of those surely are battling it out for the


gold medal in the World Championship marathon. Will it be a third for


Edna Kiplagat? It would be a phenomenal performance, a great


battle for gold and silver and also there is that tussle for the bronze


medal. Edna Kiplagat herself, three would be phenomenal, particularly at


37. Bahrain have had two gold medals, the 1500m in two consecutive


years, 2005 and 2007. The only medals their women have won in the


World Championships. That looks like a tall order, all of a sudden,


because Kiplagat is sensing that she has got enough. She is strong


enough, she feels good as they entered the last two kilometres per


hour Chelimo is in danger, if you cannot hang on to Kiplagat, of being


chased down. Eight seconds behind our both of them and when they


tussle for the bronze medal they might come closer to silver. Chelimo


watching, agonisingly, as Kiplagat opens up the gap, it turns into ten


metres. And for a while it did look like Kiplagat was going to wait. It


is not going quickly, then you make a move like that you want to keep


growing until the person behind you is completely broken but it is


staying the same, around nine metres. Between Kiplagat and her


attempt to win a third World Championship gold medal and Chelimo


attempting her first. That wide corner from Edna Kiplagat, the one


who knows how to win these races, Chelimo attempting to win for the


first time. Daniel, the Commonwealth champion, Amy Cragg lost a few


yards, not so good on those twists and turns. But this attempt to win


the race by Edna Kiplagat... Has she done enough? She only has a few more


kilometres left, the last mile, she has one or two yards and that grows


to ten, 12, she starts to look as though Chelimo is going to settle


for second place. Has she given up on the gold? Edna Kiplagat is after


the gold medal, the first athlete ever to win three gold medals in the


World Championship marathon, the female marathon, if she can. We can


see that cavalcade of cars, the lead car, we photographers and reporters


and coming just into sight, the timekeeper. The judges. The Knight


Riders. And then, the athlete from Kenya, who has done this twice


before, will she do this for a third time at the age of 37 on the streets


of London? She has won the marathon here, she has won the World


Championships before. It is beginning to look like the winning


margin, it is not over yet by any stretch of the imagination, another


five minutes of running left and that gap is not getting bigger.


Chelimo is not giving up on this. Kiplagat was good around those


corners, definitely made it through better and Amy Cragg and the same


can be said from the Commonwealth champion from Kenya, opening up a


similar gap on Amy Cragg but this one is not. This gap is staying the


same, if anything, Chelimo has taken one yard back from her. This is


going to go all the way, Kiplagat will start to see those big crowds,


she will sense the tower, there is a rise year, slightly uphill finish.


Almost on the crest of Tower Bridge and that can be a factor. Look at


Amy Cragg! Working so hard, maybe Daniel has misjudged this. Maybe all


of the medals are still up for grabs here. Cragg trying her best and this


uphill climb to the finish but who is going to win the medals? Who will


get gold and silver? Can Chelimo run Howard down? There are enough yards


left in the marathon for a Rose Chelimo from Kenya and representing


Bahrain to close down on the more famous former countrywoman, Edna


Kiplagat and you can see that incline as they climb towards Tower


Bridge and the gap is closing. Kiplagat is coming under pressure,


Chelimo is looking over her shoulder, she only has to look ahead


and that gap is shrinking by the yard, get the gap made a long run


for home, where is the confidence level? Is that with Chelimo?


Remember what your coach said, don't look at the athlete, go straight


past. Is Kiplagat fading? She is in pole position. Will Chelimo be able


to run from here? Or is Kiplagat going to end up on her shoulders and


attacker? We have a really exciting finish to what was or US race at the


start, not fast by any stretch of the imagination but building to a


climax. Bahrain and Kenya. The long-time leader was Aly Dixon, she


has been passed by Charlotte Purdue further down, 15th place and Aly


Dixon in 17th but this looks like it could be the reverse of Boston,


these two were first and second but Edna Kiplagat winning on that day by


almost one minute but Chelimo, has she timed this right? The battle for


the bronze medal is still on, Amy Cragg chasing Daniel from Kenya.


Increasingly, Chelimo sensing this is her day. When she turns, this


corner, there is that sweeping bend, 400 metres to go and surely that is


it? Edna Kiplagat with nothing else to give, Chelimo timing and cried,


she did not panic when the former world champion, the two-time former


world champion went to the front, she did not time her ever cried.


There is still nearly 250 metres of uphill running but look at those


scenes, Tower Bridge. Resplendent in the sunshine, the crowds packed


along the roads. As they cheer on and Amy Cragg is there, there is the


battle for the bronze and baby silver because Kiplagat looks tired,


she might have enough to hold off the American. Here is the


gold-medallists. Chelimo. Rose Chelimo from Bahrain, the former


Kenyan, coming in to take the world title. Waving to the crowd. She


knows this is a winning margin for her. Enjoying every second last step


of the way. It has not been a classic marathon, it was a game of


cat and mouse for most of it, Chelimo winning the gold medal and


that sprint finish from Amy Cragg, Kiplagat holding on for silver and


the American gets the bronze. Amy Cragg with a superb performance.


Chelimo timing right. Bahrain's third gold medal of the World


Championships over the years in the Women's events, two in the 1500m and


they have a marathon champion and the USA have a bronze-medallist and


look what that means to Amy Cragg, she was in the top ten, she can


hardly contain herself. Great scenes. Demise is the best of the


Ethiopians, she will be pleased with the fact she is the first home from


her country. Strong performance, she is in fifth place. And now they


start to come in. This is Kiyota and then probably Kiprop. Big names,


athletes, with ten kilometres left, they would have thought, this is my


day. A lot of those people would have been wrong about the fielding,


those who should have been more confident. And it was that the


drinks station when they broke up and Amy Cragg broke off from the


group, Dibaba, not quite in the shape she would have wanted coming


into this, Trengove, well done to her. I will bring Brendan in. We


will wait for Charlotte Purdue, the first of the British athletes. But a


classic marathon, it was a good championship marathon. Amy Cragg,


fantastic bronze. And that is the champion, Chelimo. An exciting


finish. To an otherwise slow marathon in the early stages. Really


speeding up at the end. Amy Cragg, the American bronze-medallist and


that is fantastic. We are looking at the other American, Burla. Charlotte


Purdue is going to be the first British athlete, behind the


Ethiopian. And Charlotte Purdue finishing. Well done. She came from


behind and she worked her way and got stronger in the later stages.


Her first international championship medal. In 13th place. Well done.


Exciting finish to an exciting race. London once again, look at the


crowds. London once again responded to a fantastic marathon. Well, let's


hope Aly Dixon comes in OK. Kiyota looking very cut -- very tired as


well. Charlotte Purdue, well done to her, well judged race. 2:29.48 so


she has finished strongly. Aly is still waving to the crowd. She


enjoyed her time out front. She will be just outside 2.31. High-5s as she


goes along. There won't be many more days like this for her, 38 and still


running strong. Loving this today. She certainly gave the crowd


something to enjoy in the early stages. Two hours in she was still


in the lead group. She will come in in about 18th position. Two Japanese


athletes just in front of her. She's got a Union Jack. There will be a


hug for Charlie as well, she would have cheered her on as she went


passed out. -- as she went passed her. A canny run for the lass from


Sunderland. 2:31.40 and she's tired now. I love this performance from


ABAE Cragg. She probably can't believe it. Just checking Aly is all


right. -- Amy Cragg. So many times in those last few kilometres she


would have thought she had a chance. She stuck in and stuck in. That


uphill finish to help. I talked about judging the finish right. None


of them seemed to know. Kiplagat got it wrong, Daniel got it wrong. Paula


made a good point, you should always work out when you're going to make


your effort. That's your last championship


marathon, Brendan. How about that to go out on? It was an exciting race,


a great date in London, good for the spectators, kind to the runners.


Once again London responded with numbers. A good show for them all.


And a new champion. Rose Chelimo from Bahrain.


A season's best because they don't recognise the course in Boston. She


has run quicker than that. A reverse of the positions from the Boston


Marathon. The headlines in America will be grabbed by Amy Cragg. Bronze


medal for the USA. Fantastic performance from her, head of the


common world champion in fourth place. Britain is not the one was


Charlotte Purdue, who finished 13. -- Britain's number one today was


Charlotte Purdue. (STUDIO). Thank you to Steve and


Brendan. Aly Dixon gave the London crowd so much to cheer about. Paula


Radcliffe alongside me. She wanted to make sure she made sure the last


note was positive as well. All of the British athletes today, but both


of the girls ran their own race and they ran the race that suited them.


For Aly that was going out hard. She didn't go out crazily hard, she paid


for it a little bit in the closing stages, but that was primarily


because when the group caught her, she got caught up in the moment


again and then went to fast. Charlotte Pardew -- Charlotte Purdue


did it gradually, running much faster in the second-half of the


race. Great memories for both. Both of them inspired by Callum Hawkins


in the men's race, as we all were. Exciting talent through. On the


radar for a long time, at the beginning of this year he ran great


half marathons and showed he could compete with the worlds best. He


goes home from this really believing it. He was so to being able to win a


medal at the end. He closed the fastest of the top eight finishes


over the last 2.2 kilometres. Just not quite quick enough to close in


on a medal, but he came away with a personal best and equalled our best


ever finish by a man in a World Championships. Afterwards he spoke


to us. Fourth in the World Championship


marathon. That equals the best any British male athlete has ever done


in this event. Give me your reaction. Bittersweet. I could see


third place in the distance. The last 5k, they kept the same distance


and it was quite frustrating. Maybe I left it too late. I wanted to get


a medal. I ran for that. But fourth is still pretty good I guess. Pretty


good is extremely modest. No other British male has done better than


that in this event. That's a huge achievement. Yeah. I don't think


it's hit me yet. I was just hanging towards the end and doing what I


could. I'm still young. Maybe in the future I will get in the medals.


That's what I was aiming for, I wanted that. Bittersweet. Fourth is


in many ways the worst place to finish, but top ten in Rio, for fear


at the World Championships, it's an upward should object to rig and you


will believe medals are inside. I could see it in sight. Even second


towards the end. That's the way sport is. Tantalising. Commonwealth


Games and then Tokyo and hopefully I can get in amongst it. I have to say


thanks to the crowd. It was unbelievable, the last few


kilometres. I couldn't hear myself never mind any individuals. It was


ridiculous. Maybe yourself and Mo Farah contesting marathons for


Britain in the future, that will be nice. It would be good! Another


challenge. Hopefully he will see my back. Only joking. We will talk


about that in the second. For an athlete, it's so hard to


contextualise what you have done straight after the back of that


race. Soon after he reflects on his marathon, he will no fourth place,


the best World Championships result for a British male is sensational.


At the end of the marathon in particular, your emotions are very


raw. You're exhausted and emotions are close to the surface. Trying to


process things and put sayings into logical words are hard at the end.


But Calum came into this believing he was getting a medal, he was


aiming for a medal. He is disappointed and that will fire him


up to work even harder. He's not satisfied with a great run and a


personal best and fourth place. When he studies it, he will see that he


was closing on the second far closer than third. He was focusing on the


person in front of him only. Callum was closing on silver medal better.


That was his best chance of getting into the medals. Ninth at the


Olympics last year and fourth place here. Things are looking interesting


going into 2018. Next year and Mo Farah will go onto the roads. We


have a potential great British matchup of dreams between Callum and


Mo. The first question is where they might meet. The London Marathon and


the Commonwealth Games in the space of a few weeks it would be a


decision for both of them. Yeah. For Callum, the way he is planning his


season, he's the far more likely of the two to go for the Commonwealth


Games. He's talked about medals. And a serious medal hope for Scotland. A


serious chance. It's a very realistic aim for him to get. For


Soma Rowe, he said his goodbyes to championships, he's proved he can


win medals in championships, now he's focusing on something like the


London Marathon and seeing how fast he can go. The most needs to not go


back to learning, but learning the trade of the marathon. They are at


different stages of their careers. Mo is at the end and Callum is at


the start. Mouthwatering for 2018, the thought of those two going


head-to-head. We can now reflect on some things we saw earlier in the


day and to look forward to the evening. We shall talk about another


Scottish athlete, Laura Muir. Last night in the 1500 metres, doing


everything to get into the final tomorrow. Laura Weightman as well.


Two British athletes to look forward to in the 1500 metres. Tell us about


Laura Muir and how she held herself in the semifinal. She has grown so


much in the last couple of years. We saw how well she raced in Europe and


how she learned from her mistakes. She improved on last season again


this season. What she's learned most is how to raise and negotiate the


round is and how to hold her composure. She didn't do anything


wrong in this heat. She put herself perfectly in position to cover any


dangers that happened within the race, not to expend too much energy.


That was the thing she learned from last year in Rio. She lost too much


energy trying to compete with the big guns in the semifinals when she


didn't need to. She made sure she was out of trouble. The strongest


1500 metres race for a long time. Caster Semenya and others running


well. Dibaba just made it through as a fastest loser. Genzebe Dibaba,


world record-holder and we weren't even sure if she would be in the


final. Steve Cram has miraculously joint here. The Wei Yu manoeuvre


yourself around these parts... I have a wheelchair. -- the way you


manoeuvre yourself. Laura your -- Laura Muir is one of the younger


girls on the start line, but the maturity she has accrued in the last


couple of years especially will put her in good stead tomorrow even if a


medal is beyond her just because of the credentials with her on the


start line. She's almost been a victim of the progress she's made.


You're putting her into the medal zone, but she does as well. We know


her and her coach and they've been very ambitious over the last two


years and have been meticulous in their planning. After the World


Championships she's finishing her studies to be a vet. She probably


won't race for the rest of the season. She's pinned everything on


these championships. I was a bit worried, she's had a couple of small


things, I thought she looked much better yesterday, I was really


impressed. Two very tough semifinals. One or two of the main


contenders, particularly Dibaba, didn't look good. Her stock has


risen. But it's still a stretch. She's come a long way in the last


two years, an awful long way, and others are worried about her. Caster


Semenya is the one we aren't sure about, what she will deliver in the


final. She's good enough, but at 1500 metres you've got to be smart


in terms of where you put yourself at how you react and I'm not sure


she's run enough races to be able to do that some of the others. Sifan


Hassan is favourite. Jenny Simpson. There there to keep us interested


tomorrow. -- there's enough there. The women's heptathlon has continued


and Katarina Johnson-Thompson keeping herself in the mixed the


Great Britain after an up and down yesterday. Let's have a look at


heard javelin... Her long jump. It was important that she started


really strongly today after what was a topsy-turvy yesterday.


Dibaba she had a good 200 beaters last night and the stadium was quiet


until she walked out, the quietest day in terms of spectators but they


reacted to her, that was a good first long jump, she could not


improve and the same with the first round in the javelin and in both the


long jump and javelin, we thought, great. She did not manage to do that


with either, she almost managed, her third job was the same as her first


and pretty much with the javelin also. And the problem we had was the


next round, the next group in the javelin and sadly, Vetter, she had a


huge throw in the javelin and that has made the job very difficult. On


that point it is worth seeing Vetter and heard javelin throw, as far as


records are concerned, the best Heptathlon throw out a World


Championships. You do not often get to see this! She is a very good


thrower but that was beyond expectation for her. And sadly for


Johnson-Thompson, it has taken this to the point where beating her by


Enoch points or enough distance to get enough points to catch in the


800 metres looks like a stretch but funnier things have happened. At the


end of yesterday, she said, you never know what can happen in the


Heptathlon but the woman to beat, the Olympic champion, Nafi Thiamu,


she has taken all of this pressure on her shoulders, everybody like her


seems to thrive under pressure. Absolutely one of those performers,


those athletes who comes to major championships and raises her game


and it can go either way, talented athletes can find the pressure is


too much and they cannot perform to their best on the day but Nafi


Thiamu rises to the occasion pretty much every time. She has done that


here. Nothing huge in terms of leaps forward spot consistently performing


where she showed with all of those and holding things consistently has


been the key for her through the Heptathlon. We can look at the


standings. Before we go to the 800 beaters. I was talking with Jessica


Ennis-Hill about the state of the Women's Heptathlon right now. We are


witnessing something special? Thiam has the potential to go on that


exclusive club of 7000 points, Johnson-Thompson is improving and


there are others further down the list, some 18-year-olds and 19 euros


at the Junior championships who are phenomenal and they are going to be


contenders in the next ten years, even if Johnson-Thompson is still


around but Thiam is also going to be around so this is a very competitive


era. But Johnson-Thompson can improve even if she does not get


amongst the medals. We cannot rule things might just yet. We can look


back at the marathon, we just saw that. Charlotte Purdue was the top


finisher for Great Britain. You can hear from her. What are your


thoughts on the home performance in the marathon? I could not ask for a


better crowd, better even than the London Marathon, the crowd was


closer and my family was here and my friends and my boyfriend and my


coach, my Australian team-mates, it was amazing. In terms of your own


performance, the first British athlete home? 13th place, it is not


my unlucky number any more! I thought top 15, I have finished 14th


cross country before but I did not want to start fast, I think I pasted


very well and felt strong at the end. You had a team-mate taking the


race on for a large part of the start? I did see her and she was


gutsy. I gave her some encouragement. I hope she finished


strongly. In terms of the support from the crowd and the experience of


being here, what is the main thing you will take away? There was one


man on the turn who kept shouting go on, Aly Dixon! I thought, what?


Apart from that! That was distracting me! But the crowd was


unbelievable. Every step of the way, the crowd was great. Glad to see the


British... They made a bit of a mistake but good to see she enjoyed


that race and a fantastic effort from her. And from her alias, Aly


Dixon! We were talking about potential medal contenders and if it


is not Chacha, it might be Holly Bradshaw. She is in the pole vault


final. We can hear about her. You are one of those athletes within the


team that has the experience of London 2012 and you have a World


Championships in London, what is the thought process? I am so excited, I


remember London fairly well, finishing in sixth place in my first


Olympics and then to be proposed to and be married with a different


name, it is crazy! It holds lots of special memories and every time I go


back to the stadium brings me goose bumps. She has proved she can


deliver on the biggest stages of all! Comfortably through to the


final. I am in the best position I have been in in a long time, fitter,


stronger and technically the best and when it comes to a major


championships I will step up my game, I have proven that for Beijing


and Rio, I have jumped two British records this year and I know what I


can achieve. She has got that! Unbelievable! Holly Bradshaw! I love


major championships, it is what I was born to do. She is definitely


excited about tonight and in this stadium, the British crowd would


love to see Holly Bradshaw doing whatever potential is demonstrating


and getting onto the podium? Absolutely, she said herself she


will want to feed off map and rise to the location, not a bad thing in


the pole vault but she is in the best shape of an alive. She has been


nursing a couple of injuries very well this year, competing just when


she was ready to compete, she has broken two records. Both records you


could see We Love Manchester on the platform, Germany was similar as


well. This is different. But is not the point, this is not about how


high, this is also about managing the competition. And if you remember


what happened last year in Rio, winning the gold medal, she has got


Sammy Morrison, they are the outstanding favourites. And


McCartney, the young talent from New Zealand. Plenty of others but she is


in the zone and if she chooses well and gets into the medal position at


something like 4.70, that will be the key, choosing the heights to


mess, managing the competition as well as to make the difficult thing


of clearing. This is not your sport but you have the experience of a


world outdoor stage, and she has not been able to do what she feels her


potential deserves and get a global medal. What would you say to her?


Focus on it like any other competition but absolutely use the


energy in the stadium. We talked about Rio last year and the stadium


got behind him and that contributed to his performance. He struggled


this year to cope with the effects of being the Olympic champion and


one that has brought into this year. But I would say to Holly Bradshaw,


it can bring enormous benefits, having the home crowd behind you and


we cannot quantify that, we cannot put any amount on one that brings


but it contributes to a huge boost in performance if you tap into it.


If you use it to bring energy. And she has shown she can do that on big


occasions, if she needs to draw on that and make the right choices.


Absolutely. She seems pumped up. Holly Bradshaw tonight. Also one of


the super stars of the track and in the 400-metre semifinals we will see


Wade ran the code trying to get a place in the final. They are chasing


him down! The South African in the front! It will be the gold medal for


South Africa! That is a fantastic performance. I would have settled


for the final of the bronze medal and the gold Bradl, I thought Rio


would be the gold medal but that Rio, I had to back up what I did the


year before. We're into the third year. I decided to challenge myself.


If you put the challenge in front of Wade, he will go 100%, sometimes


110%. He has a very strong mindset. If he decides he wants that, he will


go full out for it. I feel confident. She has shown that she


can help me produce at major competitions and it is just for me


to put that on the track. He is confident and his aim is to settled


the new world record. Every time he goes onto the track. And improve.


That is why he is nicknamed the dreamer on social media. I need to


fight for this as hard as I can. There is that total new image as to


what I believe in with my gifts and talents and if that means I will


have some great times in the 200 and 400, I will have achieved the golds


I want to. The upcoming superstar. And it would be lovely for the


narrative if all of the expectation on him, if you broke the record here


and he took over the mantle from Usain Bolt? That is what they want.


With Usain Bolt it is not just performances. Wayde Van Niekerk has


brought the world record in Rio, that is what I like about him. We're


not into the final yet, it is the semifinal but this will be classic,


we have got Fred Curley, we had Kirani James, pushing him. I think


he can beat the world record, I think he will find the semifinal


cool and easy, perhaps lose -- perhaps learning some Bolt moves!


The semifinals are tonight and we will be back on air on BBC One at


around half past six this evening. It has been lovely muscling in on


his sofa, I heard so much about these conditions! Gabby Roslin will


be here with the rest of the action. Thank you for joining us. Matt


Bonner at 6:30pm on BBC One. We will have a host of action from the World


Championships in London. We will see you very soon. -- that is over on


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Presenter Gabby Logan is joined in the studio by expert pundits Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson as Great Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson continues her quest for a first global heptathlon medal at the World Championships in London.

Johnson-Thompson begins her second day of competition in the long jump before switching to javelin, traditionally one of her weaker events despite recent signs of improvement.

It is also the day of the men's and women's marathons, while on the track the action includes the opening round of the men's 110m and 400m hurdles, the former featuring Britain's European indoor champion Andrew Pozzi.

Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Andrew Cotter, Steve Backley and Jessica Ennis-Hill's former coach Toni Minichiello describe the action.