Day 4, Part 1 Athletics: World Championships

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Day 4, Part 1

Action from day four. Can former ballet dancer Sophie Hitchon become Britain's first hammer thrower, male or female, to earn a podium finish at a World Championships?

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In a few hours, Scotland's Laura Muir will run three and three


quarters laps of this track in a bid to become the first British woman


ever to win the 1500 metres in a World Championships.


COMMENTATOR: Laura Muir were doing what she does best. People ask me


what it's like to be a distance runner. For me, the powerful balance


between the physical and mental process of what running is all about


is best summed up by these words. With every step you tread, and every


breath you take, determination makes you run. Never stop. Got to win. Got


to run until you drop. Keep the pace, hold the race. I've got to


keep running the course. I've got to keep running, and win at all cost.


I've got to keep going. Be strong. Must be so determined and push


myself off. Run on and on. Run on and on. We all love a bit of iron


maiden. # I've got to keep running


# And win at all cost # I've got to keep going


# So determined to push myself on. Paula is hiding in home work corner


tonight, not because we have just found out what is on her playlist.


Michael was very surprised to hear a bit of iron maiden there. We thought


perhaps she propelled herself to the top with a bit of Police, but no!


Steve Backley and Denise are in the house tonight to kick things off on


day four. We are already here. It feels as though we've packed in a


lot of athletics into the four days. It's really given us a lot to talk


about, a lot to think about, some great performance. What has been


your highlight so far? The crowd has been fantastic. It has changed the


World Championships. I have been across the field events, and last


night's controversial victory for Tom Walshe of New Zealand. One of


the most popular guys on the circuit, and for him to take gold


was fantastic. We will look back on that, because as you say, very


controversial. Denise? I think it is because it is a World Championships,


it's how you are going to conduct it. These championships have been so


well organised. There's been a lot to fit in. But the ticket sales, the


crowds, we've seen a lot of young children here. It's been a real


family occasion, and very much athlete centred. So many people who


couldn't get tickets for the Olympics five years ago got


themselves here to experience this incredible stadium. It is not a


white elephant. That is the amazing thing. The regeneration that was


promised of this area has happened. When you see the apartments,


the shopping centres, everything is busy and people are having a great


time. The first session in Moscow four years ago had 1500 people in


the crowd. There were 60,000 here. The timetable has been fantastic.


Kicking off with Mo Farah on the Friday night was a great idea. Yes,


it's how you get good audiences, how we get people through the door, and


that makes it happens. There is no dull night, there is no poor ticket,


as you will see tonight. Here's what's coming up. We will see


Britain's Laura Muir bid for a medal in the women's 1500 metres, in a


contest the papers have called the race of the championships. Reigning


Olympic 800 metre champion Caster Semenya is among a host of


contenders. Britain's Olympic bronze medallist, Sophie Hitchon, will look


to add a medal in the hammer final. Wayde van Niekerk is attempting to


do the 200-400 double here in London. He is in the heats tonight.


Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake also goes in those 200 metre heats. He has run


inside the world's Tom ten this year. In the women's 400 metre


hurdles heats, the Americans are the ones to watch. Amy Doyle will also


be in hurdles action. The British team captain is a former European


champions. Reigning Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen is going for a


third consecutive gold in the women's triple jump. America's


Alison Phoenix also knows a bit about World Championship medals. The


ninth time world champion races in the semifinals tonight. Aries


Merritt is bidding for more glory in the hurdles, having won gold in this


very stadium in 2012. Omar McLeod is the man to beat. The Jamaican 12016


Rio gold, and has been the standout performer this year.


So the action kicks off on the track with the men's 200 metres heats.


Wayde van Niekerk is back on the track again. That is at 6:30pm.


The evening concludes with a red-hot 1500 metre final. That is being


billed as one of the finals, if not the final of the championship. So


loaded with incredible talent. The crowd building up nicely. It is


Monday evening. It is incredible to get people out here on a Monday


evening, jigging! There are the athletes getting involved. It really


is fantastic. Amazing to do that just before your medal ceremony.


That's what it's all about. It's fun, it's entertainment, and it's


about beer as well, clearly! It extends beyond the arena, right out


into the park, the Westfield shopping centre. There's athletics


fans everywhere. It's fantastic, everything we wanted. And the hotel


is just a stone's throw from here. A stone's throw for Steve, anyway! We


go back after in the evening, and everybody is talking about the


performances. Some people have years of knowledge, some people are new to


it. But you want that blend of knowledge. Yes, and it really helps


performances. If you walk into an empty stadium for qualifying, it


doesn't feel great. Coming here with 60,000 people in any session it


feels like it's completely different. Katarina Stefanidi, the


Olympic champion of Greece, won the World Championships last night. She


was absolutely fantastic. She is one of those polled halters her run up,


she has such confidence. With her placement, you really believe in


her. The keyword is consistency. Stefanidi is really consistent. Her


worst is still really very good. That breeds a level of consistency,


confidence and stability. She can deliver under pressure. She did last


night. She gets it right when it matters. It is hard to be a


favourite, but still come through and win. She continues to be


dominant. She hasn't gone over five metres yet. She is seventh on the


world list. Sandi Morris, who jumped last night, is higher than her. She


went for 5.02 last night, and Jelena Isinbayeva has the world record. I


think the point is, consistency. The takeaway for any aspiring jumper,


Thrower, anyone, being consistent really sets you up for handling that


pressure well. It has been a rich pot of talent coming out of Greece


as well. Is it one of those things where you get a champion and people


start following an event, and it attracts more. Absolutely right. We


have seen it in different events. The most obvious one is the middle


distance era in the 80s in Britain. And the javelin in Germany now. The


guys who are top three in the world are all German. You aspire to be the


best in the world in your country, and you go through the ranks. There


she is, just about to come onto the rostrum. Let's have a look at Holly


Bradshaw from Great Britain, who came here with great confidence from


her British record last year. What happened last night that meant she


didn't get the podium? She is a great performer. I think the wind


was an issue. They had a strategy. Getting it right at Champs is a


precarious business. That was a third time clearance. Under


pressure, she really responded well and showed us what a brilliant


pressure jumper she is. 4.65 is the same height that went on to get a


bronze medal. If she had cleared that first time, she would have got


a medal. That is so close. That's why she was so distraught. Under


pressure here, waiting for the wind. I think she got a bit distracted.


She was over that and came down on it. If she had cleared that 4.65


sooner, what that would have done to her as a performer, you cannot


underestimate the confidence that would have given her going forward.


Agreed. She has experience. She has been in major championships before.


I wanted her to do it and I know she wanted it more than anything in the


world last night, but it wasn't to be. More painful because it was so


close. It would have been lovely to see her in this medal ceremony, but


sport is brutal. It is, but you have to keep the faith, trust in your


team and your ability, and let that hope and the reason why you got into


athletics still shine. Not give up. Hopefully it spurs her on to bigger


and better things. There is the head of European athletics. I hope it


really inspires her. If she goes away from this knowing she can do


it... She has jumped 4.81 this year. Two British records. It's been a


good summer for Holly Bradshaw. It's been great for Stefanidi. Olympic


and now World Championship. Steve, does she have the potential


to dominate in the way Isinbayeva did? In terms of medal haul,


absolutely. She has learned the knack. Sandi Morris is a better


jumper in terms of lifetime bests and it's a good lesson to everyone,


get it right when it matters. We saw that last year in Brazil.


Absolutely. Maybe she can go on to jump five metres but well she is


winning global world titles, she's doing OK. Congratulations to her. We


need to talk about the men's shot put competition last night. It


looked like it was the that love the Americans. Tom Walsh is one of the


most popular guys on the circuit so before we get into the controversy


we should talk about him first. Yes, he was in a daze, I don't think he


could believe it. He's a really nice guy, down-to-earth with a big smile


on his face as you can imagine. It wasn't expecting to win and that


creates a nice story. Let's look at his throat here. He took the lead,


this wasn't the eventual winning throw. It took the lead at the


halfway stage so he was in contention right the way through the


competition. Not the biggest man, still a big man. He could still make


it onto the front row for the all Blacks! He probably could! But he


was taking on Joe Kovacs, the reigning world champion. But there


was controversy and we will have a look in a moment at those throws,


but first let's look at the medal ceremony and the New Zealand anthem.


This very international World Championships now, 11 golds from ten


nations which is incredible. It shows the depth of athletics going


round the world. It obviously varies from continent to continent and


where they emphasise the events but it is great. I remember having the


debate with Sebastien Coe in Zurich off air, which is the most global


sport, football or athletics, and he was arguing the case for athletics.


When you see the spread of medals it is very accessible sport. In the


men's long jump there were five continents represented in 12


athletes. It's not only 205 countries competing here but the


finals are going across the board and this is a good example again.


American dominance in the past. Joe Kovacs, the previous champion. And


here he is. What a great applause for him. And again, that's why we


love coming to London. Because the crowd and spectators are so


knowledgeable. It's great. Ladies and gentlemen, the national


anthem of New Zealand. Very strange to hear in New Zealand


anthem and not see a haka beforehand! It had its controversy


and its drama, so Steve, explain what happened because we were


sitting here saying we couldn't see with the naked eye. We saw the


Olympic champion, Crouser. Where he extends at the beginning of the


line-up, rotational throw, he's a tall man, but the red flag goes up.


His left heel touches outside the circle. The official is Eagle eyed,


he has clocked that. He doesn't foul at the front, which is typically


where the infringement would happen. It is at the back. He's already


celebrating because it is way over 22 metres. It would have possibly


challenged for the gold medal. That's a big call, isn't it, because


you can hardly see it. I don't remember seeing that before but it


is a foul. You exit the circle made throw, it is a foul. Joe Kovacs,


this is slightly different, at the front of the circle but slightly


unusual. You will see him celebrating, slightly more animated.


Look at the left foot. This is during the throw. He doesn't foul in


the recovery, he does it during the throw, really unusual. He probably


would have felt that what his reaction was priceless, he hit the


roof. The best throw of the competition was for Tom Walsh. The


controversy had gone on. He maybe had a covered anyway you could say,


I would like to say, and victory to extend dashed she was already in the


lead. That wrapped it up for the big Kiwi. There has been a few moments


of controversy, some surprises and a few


upsets, and Tori Bowie caused one of them. Yes, a big upset. Tori Bowie,


I think it was fantastic to see her come through. The bridesmaid last


year at the Olympics but delivered when it really mattered by the


narrowest of margins. It was an incredible throw of the body across


the line. Really just a thrilling end to that race. While we were all


taking our breath mid-race, but Elaine Thompson was disappearing.


Yes, as Michael alluded to, when she came out of the blocks she almost


seemed to stumble and go backwards. Very disappointing to see. I think


an anti-climax really. She had looked good through the heat and


semis as well. A 100-metre double for the United States with Justin


Gatlin the night before. And Bowie. A popular member of the American


team and it is lovely to see her on the rostrum at last. She was part of


the 4x100 team last year but this is really special. Ladies and


gentlemen, the national anthem of the United States of America.


Bowie of the USA takes her gold medal for the 100m. And it is


disappointment for Jamaica because by now they would have expected one


or two if they were honest. Nothing yet, it is Jamaican sprinting


heading into a down period or is it too early to say? I think it is too


early to say but the contest between the USA and Jamaica has been raging


for years. It seems the USA are on top but again, look at the spread of


medals there. It is really fantastic. Let's have a little look


at the 100m from last night. You can see Bowie, but her competitor has an


explosive start. Bowie starts to come through at this point but look


how close it is at this line. And if she'd dipped, it may well have been


her. Is racing on your own sometimes like that an advantage? It is, but


if you think about Schippers, who was out of the action just focusing


in her own lane, that helped to secure the bronze medal. When she is


close in the action she gets tight and great bronze medal for the


Netherlands there. We have touched on the point the table is really


well spread. It is showing you how truly global the sport is, Steve. It


is, and I'm sure that will roll on through this week. That race was


fascinating, the United States with two gold medals, because the shape


of the race was almost identical to the men's. I have sat on the


finishing line with the commentary team obviously, and in lane seven


they look behind, and then shutting down over the last five metres as


Tori Bowie did there. The Americans going strong, two gold medals in the


sprints, does that convert into the jumps? It didn't in the long jump,


did it? No, but it gets shared around. Let's just hope for a few


more British medals. Tonight obviously there are possibilities


with Laura Muir and Sophie Hitchon. The action is about to start and


it's the 200m, the men's 200m heats so let's get down there. Deed crown.


Good evening everybody and a great evening in store and we begin with


the sprinters. There is Yohan Blake. The two top ranked men in the 200m


are Isaac Makwala and Usain Bolt decided not to run. Seven heats, top


three and then the fastest losers through to the semifinal on


Wednesday. This is how the first one lines up.


The very good young talent from Japan on the outside. The conditions


this evening not bad. The sun came out briefly around about five


o'clock but it has cooled off a little. Rumours of a thunderstorm


later on. Let's hope not. So Sani Brown of Japan, the 18-year-old who


looked very good in qualifying, not so good in the semi. Blake, a


silver-medallist in this event behind Usain Bolt in 2012 in this


event. 9.97 this year, has gone under 20 seconds. Baloyes, it will


be interesting to see if he can produce anything like his best here.


Many of the athletes get qualifying times, but not his. If we don't see


them regularly on the circuit, sometimes the times are not matched


here, including Smith. He ran in 20.25 in Lexington in May, and not


much since then to be fair. Its first three, so not too


difficult for the good guys. I think Blake, also the former Jamaican now


running for Switzerland. Almost a full house already. Blake


gets away well, so does Wilson, but Sammy Brown starting well. Smith is


trying to get on terms. Only the top three go through. It's going to be


very tight. Blake, Brown, then Wilson. Just about following the


form book. When you look at the 100 metres and an American one, too,


Bolton not getting up there, just outside the medals, he's still


running very well. He's got to be positive about this 200 metres. He


needs to be positive about this 200 metres. He doesn't run many, just


the Jamaican Championships. I even saw Usain Bolt's jaw drop at the


first 100 metres. Look at Johann Blake's shoelace. It's an done. I


don't know why he forgot to do that. The American 100 meter ran a lot


slower than Blake. Tie your laces, guys! Isn't that what your coach


tells you? He looks very controlled, though. Tries to just coast around


that bend, then he just goes flat out down the home straight. That's


what got him to that incredible time of 19.26 back in 2011. There he is,


Yohan Blake. 20.3 nine. Nowhere near that fast. Sani Brown continues his


education. And Alex Wilson, the other qualifier. The fastest loser


spots, that may not be fast enough. I wish I looked as relaxed as Yohan


Blake when I ran! Sophie Hitchon has got a job to do tonight. She is


looking good. I know her coach is trying to take the pressure away.


Are you confident she can do well? I am. I saw her this morning. I was


out for a jog, and I bumped into her. A mile north of here, walking


towards the stadium, around 10:45am. That shows how long the day was. I


am seeing a pattern. You bumped into Tom Walsh last light, Sophie Hitchon


now... Maybe that is a tall order, because the field is very strong.


But last year in Rio she was sensational. Let's have a look at


that throw. This is her in Rio. Last round, British record, winding up.


The rhythm of that is what she has to find tonight. Talents,


coordination and stability. You can't fire a cannon from a canoe!


That centre axis is like the turning moment of an orbit. Those arms have


to stay long. The force pulling her away from that centreline. The knees


are highly flexed. That is the low point at the back and the orbit I'm


talking about. Her centre of gravity moves upwards. That high point of


release at the end. Retaining that balance, and the power released up


into that hammer. Four turns, balance and rhythm are key tonight.


If she can get that right, she can do well. Is for turns the average?


Fall would be the typical. If you go into quick, you decelerate and you


get no power. A lot of nerves. Retaining that balance is key. Huge


forces. Retaining that length down the hammer. If you shorten it at the


key moment, you lose the speed. You were impressed last year in Rio with


her mentality and her competition head. It was her second Olympic


Games, but her first real chance of getting up there, and knowing she


had a real chance on the last throw, and maintain that composure. When


you watch athletes coming through the ranks, you say, you've got


talent, that how do you learn, and how'd you learn from mistakes? We


saw those lessons learned coming to fruition. She was so com posed. She


breaks records year in, year out. That is why there was a quiet


confidence among the team that she can deliver tonight. The maturity


and the attention to detail she has is great. Let's look at her


qualifying throw from the other night in just a moment. But first,


the second of the 200 metre heats. Those lights look fantastic.


Sparkling just like the athletes were on the track.


COMMENTATOR: That is how they line up in the second heat for the men's


200 metres. There is Rachid Dwyer, who won the


Commonwealth title in Glasgow a few years ago. King was fourth in the US


trials behind Ameer Webb and Christian Coleman. Coleman not


electing to run the 200 metres here. His team decided he needed to focus


on the 100. The young Kenyan ran in the 100. Richards, one of seven men


to have got below 20 seconds this season. Ran well in Kentucky. Under


the University of Alabama. Noise at the moment for the triple


jump continuing. Seven heats in total. This is the second of them.


Richards away very quickly. Already passed Otuonye on the outside. King


of the US outside, and the wire. Richard is leading them into the


home straight. A quick run from Richards. 20.06. King and the wire a


long way behind. Very, very fast. He is not too far away from that 20.05


Richards the first man to really fly in this 200 metres. You describe


that perfectly. He was flying from the very beginning. Really stepped


up in the first 15 or 20 metres. Hurtled past the fields, and just


kept focused. Glanced in there with that cheeky look to his right hand


side. He must be thinking at this stage, where is everybody? When you


are running 20.05 in a heat, there's not going to be many people around


you. Off this turn, that is the important it, to come into that full


stride length. Knees up and pump hard. That's what he does, but he's


glancing going, am I going that quickly? I can't believe it. An easy


heat. He made that look easy. He didn't exactly ease off. Richards,


very impressive. He's the defending champion,


two-time Olympic champion, love this stadium in London, loves being in


the UK. Christian Taylor. Remember that world title he won in Beijing?


Almost a world record. The task it is to go beyond 17 metres.


He is always beautiful to watch. That was very easy indeed. We will


be looking at something more like 18 metres come the final. He can go


home and have an early dinner! Well over 17 metres. He has been in great


form this year. Triple jump favourite, as he has been for the


past few years. The Shard oh taking him on. Nicely on the board. He is


always technically good, Taylor, and full of confidence this season. He's


not worried about the distance. Just wait for it to officially come up.


Safely qualifying. STUDIO: That world record, 18.29,


held by Jonathan Edwards for 22 years now. Every year we have said


that it feels like it's getting closer. We know that Sophie Hitchon


is in action tonight in the hammer final. She qualified with one throw


the other night, looking incredibly relaxed. An easy qualification. And


I think Sophie needs the pressure of a championship. At the British trial


she looked out of sorts. The older you get... She is still mid-20s and


has many years to come, but she has been competing enough now that she


needs the impetus of the pressure of a world champs. She responds when


the pressure is on. I think that will happen here. She struggles a


bit at the smaller meetings. Here is Sophie in qualification. No one had


gone beyond the qualifying, so she is very much in charge of the


competition here. Popped it out to make automatic qualifying. That's


the way to do it. Confidence is such a big factor. I'm looking to see how


she responds when the pressure builds tonight. When you get your


first global medal, it does change you and affect the way you think


about things and how you approach your sport. It is that confidence.


She wants to be in this arena. And others are looking at her. Not only


does she puff her chest out and think, I am the one who can medal,


but others look at her as well. And that really does affect you. I'm


really looking forward to that competition. She really looks like a


star. Yes, and she eggs youths that. The way she walked into the circle,


the way she conducts herself. It is majestic. It is heat three of the


men's 200 metres. Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, world record holder


and Olympic champion is aiming to do the 200-400 double, and has six


races. Yes, and it is a tough ask. He wants to get through the races as


quick as possible. And Makwala is trying to do exactly the same thing,


his rival in the 200 and the 400, from Botswana. Daniel Talbot is


outside of van Niekerk. What a race Talbot ran, got himself into the


team with a new personal best. Did very well in Rio last year, getting


into the semifinal. This is very interesting, because Alonso Edward,


former silver medallist in 2009, is back in lane three. I don't think


the danger will come from here, though. Volko may well be an issue


for Daniel Talbot, who enjoys the applause of this huge crowd in here.


I'm sure they will do the same fault Wayde van Niekerk. A new personal


best, 19.84. He has done that twice before. There is Volko. Could well


seize a personal best over 200 metres. And Da Silva. 20.15 in the


Brazilian Junior Championships. His last race was over 400 metres. It's


rumoured he picked up a bit of an injury after that. He ran in


Switzerland as well. Da Silva's hobby includes Samba


dancing, like Andrew Cotter. Fastest loser spots available but I really


don't think Danny Tolbert will be thinking about anything other than


top three. He knows Wayde van Niekerk won't run this flat-out or


try to cruise through here, Danny can't afford that luxury. Ellis of


Barbados in lane six as well, need to watch him. Danny Tolbert gets a


pretty good start. Danny is on a good bend, as he normally has. So


Talbot is facing van Niekerk. Actually Danny wins it, and a new


personal best. Wow, Danny Talbot. That is a new personal best, and


Danny Talbot 20.16 moves him above Marlon Devenish, Julian Golding on


the UK all-time list. And he was easing up. Once you are in the full


flow and they started looking at van Niekerk, and by winning that will


affect the lane draw in the next round. Boy oh boy, wasn't that a


great impression that Danny set for all of the other British athletes in


this event. If anyone wanted to believe what's capable, Danny has


shown you, hasn't he? Hard-working this season and he's getting his


just rewards. We were wondering what he would do. He comes here, bang


bang bang. I cannot believe, Colin. I know we are sitting beside and the


camera favours this side, they have given it to van Niekerk by one


thousandth of a second. I thought Danny got it. That shoulder will


have got it for him. I think that's exactly right, Steve, let's have a


look. It is close enough. Anyway, it was close. He has a new personal


best. He is with Phil. Danny I think you thought you had


won that as well. Yes, but I got through and that's what it's all


about. Were you aware of the time when you crossed the line? No, I'm


not interested in times. It is nice to know I have got a personal best


but this isn't about times. What about the reception you received on


how much did it inspire you? Amazing, I felt really good today,


the warm up was really nice and I felt in the best shape of my life.


To get the lift from the crowd as well, it's really nice. And can we


ask what more to come? The only thing in my control as I have to


recover properly, a rest day tomorrow and recover again. I don't


like to plan too far ahead. Thank you. Wasn't it a good, nice


and balanced run by both of these athletes. Van Niekerk is enjoying


his running this year. Great over the 200m as well. Giving that cheeky


look there. Danny glances at him and says I can be as easy as you as


well. Good competition, that is what you like to see. Well run,


gentlemen. 20.16. He didn't have to worry about the lesser placings.


Third actually went to Volko. Despite the season 's best, that is


a fastest loser spots but we still have another four races.


I would say we might have an anxious wait, it might be a forlorn one.


Great Britain's Nathan Fox, and we have already seen Taylor go beyond


the automatic qualification of 70 metres exactly. Nathan Fox would be


no -- would need a new lifetime best to make it to the final. Fox, first


round. High on the hop. Lost a bit of speed through the phases there.


It is good on the board, let's pick out the positives of this. Just


popped up and he has to come down hard, and then he's fighting to


retain any speed across the ground. It's over 16 metres. The


26-year-old, sixth in the Commonwealth Games, probably his


most notable performance to date. You can see high forces there. When


the triple jumpers get it right they just skip across the ground. 16.27,


in eighth place in the first round. So Sophie Hitchon, this is just the


warm up so stand easy. She's just trying to build a rhythm, find the


positions she has primed thousands of times across all of the work that


goes into this. So slightly slower. They do three turns I think, she


will have four. Just below 70 metres and that is further than she has


thrown in some competitions this year, easily in warm up. That bodes


really well and sets her up nicely. Onto the heats in the men's 200m.


Web, the US champion. Read the American champion isn't among the


fastest in the world, but 11 men have quicker times this year than


Webb. Varies Guliyev, now competes for


Turkey. Lemaitre in 2011 was running very


quick times, sold 11.20. So a mere web goes on the inside. --


Ameer Webb. So the four on the inside will be


the strength in this race. A good run from the Ivory Coast, but


Lemaitre, and this might be a tight race. Ameer Webb, looking across to


Guliyev. Guliyev looks strong, he has done for a few seasons now.


Moved to Turkey for the better facilities there. 20.16, so exactly


the same time as the previous heat, the time of van Niekerk. And Danny


Talbot. Yes, Guliyev had a nice controlled race. Doesn't get the


best of the starts. He's trying to control the bend, as he comes into


the transition. Tracking quite tight which will throw him out further in


the lane but he's so controlled that he does it really well and he's not


working too hard. This is turning out to be a very interesting first


round already. Good times. What I found interesting is when you see


Danny Talbot as well, you can most go more quickly when you are


relaxed, when you know you are qualifying and not straining. Yes,


you don't want to cause any tension whatsoever. Guliyev looks like he's


literally out for a Sunday stroll. This is a mouthwatering competition.


Here is Ameer Webb, US champion. Working harder than Guliyev, that's


for sure. But he's through and that's the most important thing.


This is Will Claye, seen his team-mate Taylor go through


automatic qualification. Will Claye, maybe in casual mode. The US


champion. Capable of going beyond 17 metres but he is shy of it so maybe


a bit too casual for the Olympic medallist from Rio last year. Two


Olympic silver medals in succession. He has played second fiddle to


Christian Taylor a bunch of times. So Will Claye, waiting for his


measurement. It is only qualification, top 12 to go through


to the final. Will Claye, 16.95, in fifth place.


Christian it is always great to see you and I know London has a special


place in your heart for many reasons and it's great to get the job done


so easily, I'm sure. Thanks, it's great to be back, great memories in


the stadium. Now it's all about having fun. I wonder where you feel


right now in terms of that record and whether it is within your reach.


Is it something you are stretching for, ready to grab? Yes, we have


done a phenomenal job to get this point. I know I am back in top


shape. I love competition so whoever in the final it will be pushing. A


big target on my back but I want to do something to make history. I will


be the first person to defend a championship title and I am here to


jump 18.30 plus. And this crowd will help. Absolutely, they were


phenomenal already today. It's nice to have evening sessions with the


crowd really getting into it soaks thank you for making me feel like an


honorary Brit. I want to put on a phenomenal show for them. Thank you.


There is the, cage ready for Sophie Hitchon and there shears, is, to


throw this final. Anita Wlodarcyzk, the overwhelming favourite. Is the


introductions to the athletes, to this massive crowd. This is going to


be fun. Wlodarcyzk. And a big roar for Sophie Hitchon. Looking relaxed.


That is looking good for Sophie. Good warm-ups, good qualification.


She is healthy. We can see the other athletes, the other contenders.


There is Zhang. Has that pedigree not been on top form this year?


Klaas of Germany. She will need to improve on her PB to get amongst it.


There is Wang. A highly competitive field for Sophie to contend with.


The first use of this evening, Isaac Makwala, the world number one in 200


metres, the man who will be taking on Wayde van Niekerk, does not


start. That means he's deciding that the 400 is going to take all of his


attention tomorrow night, so it means he will be more rested to take


on van Niekerk. So there is some mind games there. There is the lane


he should have been in. Warren Weir on the outside. He loved this


stadium back in 2012. Jamaican one, two and three. The other guys didn't


realise Weir had come third until he came around. Greaux, we have seen


his team-mate run very fast. Now we have Dodson. Really looking forward


to seeing Tortu run. The Olympic junior champion at 200 metres. Then


we have Siame, and then Jammeh on the inside. He is a real talent,


only just turned 19. He will now think he has a great chance of going


through here. Only seven athletes anyway, and then with Makwala not


lining up... Warren Weir, we would expect him to go through. Greaux as


well. Tortu, the youngster, a big chance for him. Inexperienced in 200


meter running. Warren Weir got left a little bit


slow. Dodson started quickly in the blue on the inside. It is Siame who


is leading it. Warren Weir really struggling. I think he's been run


out of it. The 19-year-old thinking, did I get it? I think he did. Ahead


of Warren Weir. Very, very tight. So Siame ran a very fast time, a new


national record for him. Greaux we would expect to be up there. He's


finished second. And it is Tortu who has got their ahead of Warren Weir.


Very good to see for the young Italian. Italy has great history in


this event. A former world record-holder, held the record for a


long time. Italy has good heritage in this event. The big surprise for


us is Warren Weir. Really struggling there. What does that sign for us


for their 4x100 team? I'm processing the Makwala thing as well. If he


declared, which he obviously did because he was drawn in a heat, you


cannot come back and compete in the 400 metres without a medical reason.


The panel will decide. That will be an interesting challenge. A medical


problem today and a miraculous recovery tomorrow? You know these


athletes. It means Warren Weir will not go through as the fastest lewd.


That's too slow. Tortu has taken one of the favourites out. Not sure


whether Makwala will be here tomorrow. Another talking point.


Women's hammer about to begin. The first throw of the competition is


Hanna Malyshik. The dubious honour of getting the first mark out to set


the pace. Clipped the cage on the right very slightly. Bang on the 70


metre line. Sometimes athletes feel their way into a competition. Hammer


tends to be one of those. Settle in, get rid of the nerves. This is all


about timing and rhythm. Keep your arms long, get as much speed into


the hammerhead as you can, get the timing right. They've done a little


warm up, but this is serious business now. We will see how that


involves. The leading mark in the first throw of this competition is


69 metres. Just to give you a distance orientation, Sophie, 74


metres. The rain starts to come down. This is really significant for


Sophie and all the throwers. Hopefully just a small shower.


Hammer throwers hate this. No spikes like a sprinter would have. Here is


price. Sets herself up. A slightly flat orbit there. It means the


hammer lands the way short of 70 metres. A 74 metre throw this year,


so that is way down. The rain is coming down. Hope that doesn't


become a factor. A slightly greasy circle underfoot is where it can


impact. The next throw up is the very finest ever in women's hammer


throwing. The most likely winner of all events in the preamble that so


many people are speculating across all the events here. Wlodarczyk, a


resounding favourite. Odds-on to take the gold. Her personal best of


their at the end of last year, which she did after breaking the record in


Rio. Olympic champion, Wlodarczyk. Slightly off-balance. That's not as


good as she would have hoped for. The frown on the face. She opened up


with 76 metres last year and went on to throw 82. Hits the cage hair.


Doesn't look as comfortable as we've seen her. She's through close to the


world record just over a week ago. I think the rain has become a factor


in this first round. She does take the lead. I bumped into Sophie


Hitchon this morning on her way into the stadium. A huge cheer in support


of the British champion, the Olympic bronze medallist from Rio. She just


had to words to say. She said, "I'm ready". Sophie Hitchon, round one.


That's good. That will be over 70, I think. That is a big throw and a


good start for Sophie. It will take the lead. That's what she wanted,


just to get her rhythm in and get her balance orientated. She can


build from there. She opened with a foul in Rio a year ago. Really good


stuff. 71.47. Very early stages, but she goes into the lead. She will


need more than that to contend for medals, I would suggest. You've got


a crystal ball! I think that might be good enough. Let's see how the


rain affects things. The rain makes it a little bit quicker. It affects


the lining up of your head, your hips, your arms with the ball. If


you start turning quicker than you can control, who knows what will


happen? Down the other end of the stadium,


they are getting ready for the six of seven first round heats for Great


Britain. Tsar now Hughes go here. A pretty good lane for him. Chasing


the man who got better as the 100 metres went on, and finished fifth


in the 100, as he did in Rio. Hughes was fifth in the last World


Championships. That is the cheer for him. A huge talent, and just 22.


Tsakonas of Greece, seven times the Greek champion. Ali, a Sudanese


citizen, but raised in Texas. And Millar, the 100-200 double in the


New Zealand championships. All the quick men get a rugby jersey


put on them very sharply in New Zealand. We saw Simbine. We didn't


see Young of the United States. He only finished fifth in the US


trials. The really go through automatically.


Zharnel Hughes gets a roar from the crowd. A good run from Sakho lasts


at the moment. -- Tsakonas. Hughes is being run out of the automatic


qualifying. Tsakonas of Greece. Zharnel Hughes, what was his time?


Needs to beat 20.58. I think it might be quick enough to go through


as one of the fastest losers. There are three fastest losers, and it


looks as though he's going to be OK. I was watching Zharnel. A really


strong first round for them. Very competitive run. Glanced at the


scoreboard, tries to see where everybody fielded. He is working


hard to try and get himself in that position. Just trying to hold his


form, but the Greek just comes in. When you are already tired, you are


fatigued and you have a bit of lactic acid, very difficult to pick


up your pace again. He's had his problem. Last year was nearly a


total write off for the young man. But he's very young. Usain Bolt says


he's extremely talented. Works hard. With that in mind, he's got his


future. Zharnel, it is a waiting game for you now. You are in one of


the fastest losers positions. Tell me about the race. I think I got off


a little bit too slow. I tried to stay relaxed as much as possible in


the home straight. As the fastest loser at the moment, it's looking


good for you. Tell me what you are working on now for your day's gap.


The rest is there. I'm healthy, so that is good for me. Today was like


a warm up for me. Hopefully I get through for the semis, and I better


myself. Let me ask you about comparing this experience to your


previous World Championships, where you finished fifth in the final.


This year has been difficult, because I have suffered with


injuries all season. I've picked myself up nicely and I'm in good


shape. I wish you well. Thank you. Hughes is the fastest of the fastest


losers, so hopefully he will go through.


STUDIO: We were discussing early on with Steve Backley the drama of that


shot that competition last night. It was all built up with you and your


team-mate, and the US, Kovacs, ended up with the silver. You did not get


on to the rostrum at all. Had it been a legitimate throw, it would


have won you the gold. We showed earlier on the shots of it and what


we assumed the problem was the it and why it wasn't a legitimate


throw. Look again at the footage and Teles where you believe this was a


legitimate throw. The foul was called on the left foot. As I turned


right there, they said I touched outside the ring. When I saw the red


flag come up, I thought it was at the front of the ring on my left


foot. In that instance on a through, that is where I go left of centre.


Taw Hill that it -- to hear that it was called on that was a surprise.


In the heat of the competition, that was a better throw. You think the


Shadow proves that you foot didn't go out?


Yes, it is hard to see at that angle. How do you keep your hopes


alive? It is difficult. All we can do, we are really looking for a side


view that will finalise it. We have a rear-view but not a true side view


that would see under. If anyone was filming that last night from the


side, get in touch! Can I ask a quick question, Ryan, wouldn't your


foot be rising at that point? It shouldn't really be in contact with


the metal strip around the ring. Exactly and my shoes are hard


archers so they don't have any flex in them. Above the ball of the fort


it is a solid piece of plastic inside so there is no flex, it is


kind of a hard edge. Tough call, we have got to do what we can to


hopefully ride it. Can you stay with us because we have the next heat of


the men's 200m so we will take this and come right back to you.


Interesting stuff, so Mitchell-Blake, the man


from Newham, loving his opportunity to compete in front of the home


crowd. Aaron Brown of Canada, very experienced even though he's only


25. Clarence Munyai will be one to watch. No one in lane eight. Morris


should have been there but he has not started. His quickest time


outside of South Africa has been 20.03. Brown's personal-best is


exactly 20 seconds where is Mitchell-Blake by contrast has


already gone under 20. Based in the US, when his parents moved out


there, but very much a London boy. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake in great


form this year so he needs to run like Danny Talbot did. A brilliant


performance from him. Hughes is the fastest loser at the moment. Only


six athletes in this. So just concentrate and if you could win


this that would be helpful and helps with the lane draws in the next


round, where it gets really tough. Britain's second man of all time,


Mitchell-Blake in this last heat. Doesn't get the best of starts. Also


Munyai going very well indeed. The three of them pulling away, and


Mitchell-Blake starting to come through. Backs off a little bit,


Brown responds. It will be tight on the line, 20.09! Looking good,


looking smooth, and he applauds the crowd because Nethaneel


Mitchell-Blake knows he might be one of the outsiders but he will be


thinking like that. This is nicely warming up, with two of the British


athletes running very nicely indeed. Hughes is through as well so we will


have three of them in the semifinal. We are waiting for the win to come


up on the scoreboard. It is very close, I suspect it was Brown,


Colin. I think so, we have been wrong. He didn't want to take any


risks. Do it the way you know you can do it. Why play in this


circumstance? Get yourself into the qualifying position, as Nathanial


Mitchell Brown has done there. -- as Brown has done there.


Back to this women's,. This is Wang of China, very capable. Sophie


Hitchon is in the lead at the moment. That is a good throw from


Wang, over 70 metres. There is your new leader. We are in the first


round, it is the early stages and we talked about the athletes needing to


find their rhythm. Tony miniature low coached Jessica Ennis-Hill, the


Olympic champion, have you ever a hammer? I have thrown one but that


was in the Northern league. The thing is how quickly they accelerate


the ball. Just watch how the ball gets faster and faster with 50% of


the speed being generated by the last one and a half terms. So Paul


and have a potential successor, Kopron. That's decent as well. Good


speed, and another throw around the 75-metre line and these will be


significant distances, as we assess the challenge that will come from


Sophie Hitchon. The event leader just shy of her personal best, 73.40


one. But 74.76, Kopron goes into the lead. I talked about a potential


successor, it would be if Wlodarczyk, the 22-year-old, can do


just that it is this athlete, Anita Wlodarczyk stepping into the Hammer


Circle for her second throw. 70.45 in her first throw and unusually


finds herself in sixth place but she is way better than that, the world


record holder of course. Round two of the Hammer. Wlodarczyk, quicker,


more balanced. It is a much bigger throw. It is over 75 metres but it


is a foul. That is very unusual for one of the most consistent athletes


in the world. Let's look at this, she steps out. I think in trying to


accelerate the hammer faster she is pulling away. She's off balance at


the point when it is the fastest and trying to release it. Here comes


Sophie Hitchon to a huge roar from the crowd. Very supportive of Sophie


Hitchon. She has meddled on the global stage, she knows she's


capable. 71.47, looking to build the rhythm in the second round. The hand


raised aloft. It is a big effort, maybe she thought it was a little


bit more than it was. It looked better, didn't it? Let's have a look


here. Long arms. I'm not a hammer expert but it seemed to have a


greater speed. Doesn't go out at such a high angle. Good scream, good


shout at it. Stays in fourth but this competition is just starting.


So lots more drama to come for Sophie Hitchon. She knows what's in


front of her. Six throws for the athletes if you make top eight and


Sophie Hitchon at the moment is in fourth place.


Just look at the result of this, Mitchell-Blake has come through


obviously very comfortably, looking very good. Hughes goes through. We


are told Isaac Makwala was ill with food poisoning. Semifinals of course


there will be free of them. As I said, Hughes there, 20.43 and these


are some of the slowest qualifiers by rights.


Thank you, a great round of 200m heat and the 400m hurdles women kick


off shortly but Ryan Crouser is still with us because we are trying


to disseminate whether you have a case for the grand jury to sit. You


have the right of appeal but you are looking for a specific angle to show


it was a legitimate throw. Yes, we have a few looking straight from the


back and from the quarter ring shot... Does that one help you? Yes,


everything we have seen, in my opinion and most of the people who


have viewed it, see that it is a clean throw, but we are looking for


the side angle that would give a definite shot to see daylight


underneath that shoe. What is the time limit that you have to get the


grand jury to sit again, because this cannot go on and on? The rules


are not specific, but they do reference the medal ceremony as


optimal, getting it done before them, but I believe they will want


to get the call right. That's all I can hope for. If something comes up,


that we can get a definite call, something new. That's all you can


hope for that they will do the right thing and make right call. And you


will potentially be giving the discus ago next year? Yes, might be


fun to pick it up. I have 63.90 so a little over a metre further and I


can get the world standard. We look forward to seeing you throw that


next year, and best of luck with this.


The world long jump champion is coming in shortly to the studio, but


Ryan's American team-mate and world champion Justin Gatlin is in the


house tonight, and taking selfie is as well, keeping himself warm. It is


getting a bit chilly in the London this evening.


Eilidh Doyle, out on the warm up track. And there is Linford


Christie, 1993 world champion, the year of his Olympic gold in


Barcelona. And he has been coaching for a long time now, hasn't he,


Denise? Yes, putting in the hours and giving back to the sport, and


clearly having a laugh with some of the volunteers, which is great.


Let's get back into the stadium because the hurdles are out. The


Olympic champion, Mohammed is out as well so it's the women's 400m


hurdles round one, Andrew Cotter. The Americans have an incredible


challenge in this athlete with three wonderful athletes. That's how they


line up for the first of five first heats.


There is Lauren Wells. Nugent, third at the Championships. Not too far


from a personal best. The 21-year-old Cuban goes in five,


then McKnight of Trinidad and Tobago. Watson in lane three, the


Canadian. And Rosolova of the Czech Republic. In 2012 her husband upset


Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Sage Watson, who I think is more of


a threat than Rosolova. Delilah Mohammed, the Olympic champion, is


there, the fastest in the world this year. She pulled up in Lausanne very


early, and was only six in the diamond league meeting. If you


questions to answer here. This is not an event that you can


take it too easy, because you have this stride pattern to keep.


Muhammad up there already. Moving along so easily and effortlessly.


Already with a need over Nugent. Muhammad leading them home. For to


go through automatically. Look at the lead she has. Sage Watson of


Canada are also going well in lane three. Trying to give Muhammad a bit


of a race, but Muhammad still clear. The Cuban was in a position, and


then she suddenly faltered at the last barrier. Muhammad, Watson and


Rosolova just coming through to take third place. You saw what can go


wrong when the lactic acid builds up, like with the Cuban athlete.


Muhammad with a comfortable fit three. It is nice to see her finish.


She's had some problems this season, mainly extending from a nerve issue,


something similar to sciatica. That's caused her not to be able to


compete as well as she wanted to do. I like to see her going out hard


like she did, committing herself over those barriers, getting into


the groove of the race. When you do that, you can have that nice cruise


into the final few barriers. She is quality, and still the favourite to


my mind. This is Wang of China in the hammer. We have just seen


Fyodorov of Poland with 73.02. A big scream from Wang. That is better.


This competition is hotting up. And Wang is ranked third on the world


list this year. Gets her feet down early and stays in contact. A good


example of how to control that high forces. Looks like that has gone


into the lead for Wang. 75 .94. Takes the lead from cop from.


I'm just going to give you a bit of news. It is incredible because the


two athletes who raced Mitchell-Blake have now been taken


from qualification from that heat because of the Lane infringement.


Noma Kuala, no brown, so Mitchell-Blake going through.


That is the first heat in the women's 400 metres hurdles. Muhammad


very, very comfortable indeed. Rosolova and McKnight with seasons


best times. Wlodarczyk, four times world record breaker, three times


European champion, twice world champion and now twice Olympic


champion. She is in seventh place. Only eight to go through, and this


is the third round. Surprisingly seeing the world record holder in a


situation she unfamiliar with. She is going to need a through beyond


71, 72 metres to stay in contention. Looks like it was off balance again.


Really down on what she is so consistent at doing. I've never seen


her off. She is so consistent. It's really hard to get across just how


much of a favourite she was going into this competition. But Anita


Wlodarczyk looking really out of sorts. 71.90 four. She goes ahead of


Sophie Hitchon. And that pushes Hitchon into seventh place.


Wlodarczyk into fifth place. The competition really is in the reach


of Sophie Hitchon. Fast again. No response from Sophie. Another throw


beyond 70 metres. Looks like it is in the same hole again. I looks like


she comes out a bit early, as if she needs to hold onto the hammerhead a


bit longer. That's good. Is it travelling fast enough on release?


Does she need a bit more speed and really work that last one and a half


turn. Every single throw of hers has got slightly better. With three more


rounds to go, she is finding her rhythm, finding her style. I think


she will go the distance. It's all about rhythm. She's working her way


into this competition. Her best last summer. Hitchon very much involved


and in contention for a medal, but in sixth place at the moment.


Jessica Turner has lain to in this next heat of the 400 metre hurdles.


Hopefully that will not faze her. She's done brilliantly to get in.


This is the first athlete from her club who has made it in to an event


like this. When she won a medal at the European under 23 is, she was in


lane eight on that occasion. The fact she is in lane two, she has a


huge task ahead if she is to finish in the first four. Tate and Hejnova.


Back in really good form, Hejnova. Colin is favouring the Americans,


but I wouldn't say that Hejnova is going to be too far behind.


Cassandra Tate, got the wild card entry. For Americans in this one.


She won the Diamond League last year. Had a very consistent season.


Rodriguez, and then Folorunso, the new European under 23 champion,


beating Jessica Turner. Petersen from Denmark, another having a very


good season. One that the bronze medal in Rio, the first ever for


Denmark. A huge cheer for Jessica Turner. What a season she's had. 21,


and running in the World Championships. 56.08 her new


personal best. She was leading in those European under 23


championships with two hurdles to go. This time she can see the whole


field. She will need to run the race of her life here, with Petersen,


Hejnova and Tate. The crowd will get behind Jessica


Turner. There are four fastest loser spots available, so if she can run a


personal best, you never know. Hejnova is controlling this. Going


past the young Swiss, who looks a little ragged at the moment. Jessica


Turner is in the battle. Needs to keep her eye on Sara Slott Petersen


in lane four. Just about in fourth at the moment. Can she hold it in


the home straight? Rodriguez starting to come through in the


middle. Jessica Turner stuttering there and faltering badly here. They


are all slowing up. Hejnova had the chance to look across. An untidy


race for Tate. It seemed to go out really hard, and


then people were suffering a bit in the home straight, including


Hejnova. Not the smoothest of qualifications I've seen from her.


The technical side of this event is so crucial. You have to get it


right, because you have to deal with the fatigue factor and the


technicality of the event. Deciding whether to go hard into a barrier or


back off, which leg you will take it on. Whether to conserve energy or


not. All of this is going on in these early rounds. That's why you


may see somebody like Hejnova, who is so talented, make that kind of


small error. Jest turn-up of Great Britain there. Not enough today. She


was doing so well until that penultimate hurdle. She started to


lose some of her form coming off that bend. Maybe overwhelming, but


she gave it her all. On that wide shot there, you can see we have a


guest in our house this evening. The first gold medallist we have had in


the studio these championships. Man yoga, you gave us a fantastic long


jump competition. Had a brilliant year and had that early seasonal


form in Shanghai. How confident were you coming into this World


Championships? At the beginning of this year, I've told myself to take


everything that is coming in front of me. With Henderson not qualifying


for the final, did you think that it was yours to take? I was not worried


about anybody else. I was just focusing on my race. I don't care


how far they are jumping, just focusing on myself. A good attitude,


Michael. A great attitude. Seems like there's a lot of great attitude


coming out of South Africa right now. You guys are really starting to


come along. It reminds me of when Jamaica started to dominate the


track in athletics. What is the atmosphere in the South Africa right


now with so much competition? The talent in the squad is huge. What we


are doing right now in South Africa. Last year we got some medals and


that motivated as so much. We keep motivating each other. At small


meetings in South Africa. We started to prepare ourselves very well


competing with each other before we went international. It doesn't


matter what you do. I can do long jump, another guy does the 200


metres. I will put pressure on myself to do well as well. When you


go International, the South Africans can dominate athletics. As well as


dominating your event and being impressed by your performance,


people are very impressed by your story and what you have overcome.


Four years ago, you were addicted to a similar substance to crystal meth.


How did athletics get you back into the focus you have now? I love


athletics with all my heart. It's rather like a hiccup of life.


Everyone makes mistakes. That was a wake-up call for myself, to go out


there and show myself that it wasn't like meant to happen. Everything in


life is meant to happen. I learned my lesson. I was a kid. I overcame


it, and today I am the world champion. Just have to focus on what


is going on now. I am chasing the world record now, so it really


excites me that people can say I was out for five years now, I'm top of


the league. How much of an inspiration are you? In South


Africa, in the townships, there is a huge problem with this drug. I've


seen it myself in those townships. It is an insidious drug. You must be


an incredible role model to young people who also have athletic talent


and abilities, that they can go out and prove themselves in all kinds of


areas. There is a huge struggle on


substance abuse. I am an inspiring person to inspire everyone


struggling with addiction. I just want to make sure every day I'm


staying healthy. So if everyone is watching, just focus on what's going


on today. Doesn't matter what happened yesterday, it matters what


is coming tomorrow. Luvo mentioned the world record, and no one has got


close for a while. It has been a while since someone


got close. Before it was 1968, one of those moments we all remember,


then of course Mike Powell and the epic jump of Carl Lewis. Those guys


you have studied, and what do you think you have to do to get there,


if you feel like you can accomplish that? I can say the technology we


have now is not the same they were using back then so we have the


advantage of getting more powerful in strength and stuff like that. It


has been done by a human being so I believe I can do it all so. The main


thing that keeps me going, I was born in 1991 when the world record


was broken. It is destiny! Will you stay with us because we are going to


back out for another 400m hurdles, and I have just noticed your nail


varnish! Have a look at that! Stay with us and we will chat further.


Andrew Cotter. It is very similar to mine.


Sophie Hitchon is about to go again. As you can see in the hammer cage,


Sophie Hitchon has taken to the hammer circle. The order has been


reversed so the best thrower goes last. Sophie Hitchon, fourth round


of the hammer. No. The foul, two throws remaining and for --


frustrated look on the face of Sophie Hitchon.


Tracy of Jamaica in lane two. Little in lane six, Yusuf Jamal, in lane


eight. Again, it is four to go through automatically and Little


second at the US championships and the blistering race in Sacramento in


June. Already Little is making up huge ground. Fontanive of


Switzerland trying to make up ground, but Little clear at the


moment. She needs to stretch for that one. She was short and try to


reach it, now she is struggling. She will feel that in her legs, but


Fontanive is coming close. Shamier Little in all sorts of trouble. That


was extraordinary. You saw her stretching for that barrier, trying


to keep the stride pattern, but when you are getting tired and you are


short on it, she went for it, hit it hard, and she can perhaps get away


with it in the first round but cannot afford that further down the


road. I would describe that race as a total disaster, the finish was


atrocious. Worked hard at the very beginning, got into a groove but


then she decided oh, I'm not sure if I'm going to change down or not. She


came to dens stop. Tracey flew past. All of a sudden virtually the same


thing happened as she approaches this barrier. She goes from hero to


zero in the blink of an eye. That left Tracey a long way clear because


Shamier Little, look at the shock on her face as she hits it. Whoa! What


has happened here, she says. You wouldn't expect her to be so


disastrous. Same thing again, she's worrying how to negotiate that and


they are really basic issues and basic problems there. Just awful.


She is running on sheer terror. She did finally make it, just, in third


place. Which I can confirm for you now, a long way behind Ristananna


Tracey. We are in the fourth round of the


hammer, and Anita Wlodarczyk on 71.94, she threw 10m further ten


days ago. That's the pressure of the World Championships. The fourth


round looks more controlled though. It is still off-balance but a better


throw. That is more like it, that will take Wlodarczyk into the lead.


She just had to get it right once, and she has thrown a throw, well,


better than anyone else in the world this year even when it wasn't


perfect. That's how good she is. It would have been a huge upset if she


hadn't taken the lead at some point in the competition. 77.39,


Wlodarczyk in gold position. And Luvo Manyonga has stayed with us


a little longer. We were talking about the atmosphere in the stadium,


what have you made of the crowds that have come out? I was not


expecting so much people. It's a great atmosphere. I love to


entertain people when I am jumping so it gives me the adrenaline


pumping so it was great. Shall we have a look at your winning jump


again? I'm sure you have seen it a couple of times but it won't be too


much trouble to see it again. Talk us through it. Did you feel when you


took off? They didn't feel it because I was holding back to get


the safe jump but when I saw it on the screen, I didn't feel like it


was 8.48 so I was securing myself. So you are holding back almost, you


say? Yes, because my first one was a note jump. I said to my coach after


the safe jump I am going all-out. But it was enough, it turned out,


and you had a novel celebration. Never seen a sand angel before! Was


that premeditated? This is brilliant. I am a Christian, I


believe in God, so I would say my life was being controlled by God


since the day I started athletics. This gold medal came luckily, I am


blessed. If you can see now, we are praying, thanking God for the


opportunity he gave us. I think from your story what strikes me is that


you get second chances in life and you used yours to the maximum, with


your dabs as well, fantastic. Yes, it is a popular thing, everyone


dabs. I wanted to be the first champion to do the dab. Well it has


been wonderful having you here, and we have a really great campaign


which recalled Get Inspired at the BBC, and I think you will have


inspired a lot of people with your story, Luvo, so best of luck with


whatever you do going forward. Now it is another 400m hurdles heat, and


Eilidh Doyle is in this one. Expect allowed roar.


Absolutely, one of our most popular athletes. She's in lane nine. We are


not using lane one. Carter, the very good American. We are keeping an eye


on the hammer cage off to the left because Sophie Hitchon is going


again. Fifth round. So, from one Brit to the other,


Sophie Hitchon, 71.80 her best so far. She will need a lifetime best


to get back into the medals. It is a high throw, another 1/70 metres. The


bronze medal line you can see, way out. Kopron, with silver. You can


see Sophie Hitchon will have to dig really deep in the last round. One


more throw remaining, and possibly a medal slipping from her grasp. One


more chance for Sophie Hitchon. Eilidh Doyle just looking across.


She will be trying to focus on the job at hand here. She has been so


consistent here, doing very well on the Diamond League circuit and she


just wants one of those better races that we have seen from her, just to


make sure here. Out in lane nine. I'm sure she won't mind that


actually, she can just focus on her own race here. With Nel, they know


each other very well indeed. Very well matched, those two. Carter, who


won in Monaco, a really good performance in Monaco but Eilidh


Doyle was not there, she had gone home to prepare. 52.95 her best this


year, had an amazing American Championships. So the roar goes up


for Eilidh Doyle. Heat four, the top four to go through. It should be a


fairly straightforward race for Doyle but you cannot mess around


with the hurdles. Eilidh Doyle just pulling away from Wenda Nel. Maybe


when they get onto the home straight, they can change down,


realise that you don't have to push too hard, just safely negotiating


the last two barriers. With Woodruff on the inside. Eilidh Doyle just


using a the line, Wenda Nel ahead of her there. We know that the


Americans are so good. It doesn't really matter at this stage in terms


of trying to take them on. Eilidh Doyle in lane nine, Colin. I guess


the only thing that can happen to Eilidh Doyle is something can go


horribly wrong. We saw it with Little. You cannot slow down or take


it easy. Yes, you don't want to mess about because you want to get into


that rhythm. It has been a long time since the final Diamond League race


for them so you need to get into the competition atmosphere, get a feel


for the track and the turns. When to push it and change down. So they are


doing a good job in delivering their stride pattern is early.


Eilidh Doyle is one of those people we can rely on, when she gets her


stride pattern right, she's very confident with it. Holds her form


well. Runs off the barriers well. That's what you want to do in this


event, conserve energy and get a good rhythm, good timing. That is


enough for a lean now, our team captain. Back to the hammer. Anita


Wlodarczyk took the lead in the fourth round. It is her birthday


tomorrow. She looks en route to take gold here. Looking to extend her


lead. She is more on balance now, but still not perfect. Look at that.


The Gold line will be shifted down the field slightly. She's not happy,


is she? Doesn't look quite in control of her body parts. You see


her falling sideways and release. Wlodarczyk. The cream rose to the


top in the fourth round. In the lead. We conceive there, Eilidh


Doyle's time. She's through safely. She's with Phil now. Well done. Tell


me how it felt when you were in the outside lane there. You had to set


your own tempo and not worry about what was going on inside of you. You


have to stick to your own race anyway, with your rhythm and your


stride pattern. Coming into the home straight, I eased off a little bit


too much. Need to focus on tomorrow. You are team captain, and added


responsibility. It has been great. Hopefully I will go into tomorrow


and lead by example. What about having to step it up tomorrow. Such


a tough competition, with the Americans particularly strong. Yes,


you could run a PB and not make the final. As long as I can leave it all


on the track tomorrow, I'll be happy. We wish you well. Sophie


Hitchon there, staying warm ahead of her last throw in the hammer. She's


in seventh place at the moment, with a best of 71.80. He was very


animated last, her coach, as Sophie through a British record in the last


round. She's going to have to do similar here in the final. All of


her throws so far have been very similar indeed. She's found a rhythm


that she almost needs to step out off, and find something bigger and


better. Silver medal at the moment is cop prop.


Wang is in silver medal position behind Wlodarczyk of Poland. Quiet


and tidy as she turned in to that. Wang put together a very impressive


series. Five throws. Looks like another improvement. No improvement


for Wang of China. Stays in the second place. Tense moments for


Sophie Hitchon. The coach plays a part. What can she do? She's


stepping into the circle. A personal best of 74 metres. She needs to


break the British record by 22 centimetres. I think Sophie Hitchon


is capable of this. Year-on-year, she has improved her personal best.


This is it. This is tension. One of the biggest moments of her throwing


life. 26 years of age. Support from the home crowd in a World


Championships. She will have dreams of this moment.


It's a better throw, is it? It is, but it's shy of that bronze medal


line. Unfortunately, on this occasion. She knows the bronze was


out of reach. A better throw, a better rhythm. She's chasing the


bronze medal line, which is Malwina Kopron of Poland. Beyond her British


record. It was her best throw, but doesn't improve her position. The


work is done. She's in seventh. It's all over. Enormous disappointment


for Sophie Hitchon after her efforts in Rio. Here is Meghan Beesley,


going in the final heat of the women's 400 metre hurdles. Claxton


goes on the inside, of Puerto Rico. Montcalm, three times the Canadian


champion. Not this year. Sage Watson took it from her. Sprunger, good


progress this year. Ran 54.29 at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.


Whyte, the Jamaican champion. Massive progress from her this year.


She's come down to 54.29. Pedroso, the Cuban who runs now for Italy.


Four to go through automatically. Meghan Beesley may be chasing a


fastest loser spot. The final first-round heat of the


women's 400 metres hurdles. Meghan Beesley has had injuries over the


last few years, but goes out very quickly. Beesley going out so, so


fast. Whyte hits the barrier and upsets her stride pattern. Iuel has


a lot of ground to make down the inside. Beesley in a good position.


Head is starting to drop a little bit, but Beesley in a good position


in the home straight. Does she have the strength after missing Quelle


Beesley trying to hold on for the fourth automatic place. Whyte coming


through. It's Sprunger, Nathanial and Whyte. Beesley run out of the


fourth automatic qualifying place. Lea Sprunger judged it well because


she started slowly but came through in the latter stages. There's no


hiding place if you are not able to do training, not just in months but


in years, and Meghan Beesley didn't have that. That's one of the for


poor Meghan Beesley. But she will not give up. She's a fighter. She


gave it all. The problem was she had to spend a lot of time recovering.


Her time has come up as 56.41. She might go through as one of the


fastest losers. Inside lane, Sprunger. She had a really nice,


steady pace. She didn't really worry or stress. She knew the quality of


the field. Nobody was inside her, everybody was outside her. She could


pick people up. A good performance by Sprunger. Competent coming


through. Let's have a look at Meghan Beesley. She hasn't had the


opportunities to put as much work as she wanted to recently, especially


into the technical side of this event. This is crucial. She checked


back there, but she doesn't give up, knowing there's an opportunity to


progress to the next round a fastest loser. That was the great thing to


see that you do when right to the finish. That has got you through in


the end. I can't believe that. Scraping through this season right


at the very end. I qualified two weeks ago. Hopefully, tomorrow I can


come back and run something I'm pleased with. Andrew was saying in


commentary how difficult it is when you haven't got that work in the


back and you have to deliver a performance. It's great to have a


crowd in the stadium. I've forgotten what it's like to compete, because I


had so long off. I've got another opportunity now to show you what I'm


made of. Well done getting through. Thank you. All the effort coming


down the home straight was worth it, because Meghan Beesley has gone


through as the last of the fastest losers. It's so difficult in the 400


metres hurdle when you are just missing that rhythm. But she will go


through to tomorrow's semifinals. That's how they finished here. A


great run from Nathaniel, a big personal best for the Nigerian.


Pedroso and Beesley going through as fastest losers. Sophie Hitchon


fighting back the tears as she exited the hammer cage after her


final throw. It was a better throw, but only enough for seventh place on


this occasion. Feeling for Sophie. Dreams of more after bronze last


summer in the Olympics. Only two throws remain. Malwina Kopron is in


bronze medal position, behind her team-mate, Wlodarczyk, in gold, and


Wang of China. That will not count. It will be measured, but it's no


improvement. She's very pleased with her medal. What a lovely reaction


from the young Polish athlete. Hammer is such a big event in


Poland. Masses of success, mainly through Anita Wlodarczyk. Malwina


Kopron and Wlodarczyk, they have finished their competitions. But the


competition isn't over. Kopron is guaranteed bronze, but Wlodarczyk is


not guaranteed gold, because of the Chinese athlete.


She needs a lifetime best here. It is a big draw and a big cheer. But


it's shy. Wlodarczyk turns her back. I think she knew that it was too


much for Wang. Wlodarczyk begins her celebrations of taking another


global title. Twice Olympic champion, now three times world


champion. Three times champion of Europe. So it is Poland gold and


silver. China takes the silver. Good throw in the last round for Wang.


Confirmed as the silver medallist. Wlodarczyk, a slightly imperfect


competition, but it was enough for gold. Celebrations begin in the


Polish camp. It's the first medal to be decided in this evening's


session. COMMENTATOR: Laura Muir doing what


she does best. She is a class above everybody else, for me. Oh, my Word!


She has smashed the British record. This is a display of distance


running as it is very best. She has a chance to make history. And it is


about one hour 35 minutes away from that. 9:50pm, the last event on the


track tonight. It is a loaded final. Paula Radcliffe is back in the


studio. We will talk about that shortly. Let's just reflect on that


hammer competition. Sophie Hitchon would have had to better her PB by


20 centimetres to get onto the rostrum. It didn't seem to be her


day-to-day. She threw a qualifying throw with ease, but didn't get near


that today. It was a strange competition. All of the girls were


down on their performances. You can see how bitterly disappointed she


is. It breaks your heart to see her like that. She knows that when you


come into a competition healthy, ready and on your game, but then not


deliver, it is so hard to take. She looked so confident with her first


throw. Her warm up throw looked good, and then she just plateaued.


She seemed relaxed, and sometimes you cannot put your finger on it. I


don't know what happened between the warm up and now. We saw it with


Katarina Johnson-Thompson. You make mistakes. Holly Bradshaw as well.


She made those mistakes, and they really hurt. It will be interesting


to hear what she's got to say, and reflect on where it went wrong.


I'm not sure she's ready to speak. Is she? Yes, she is. I was saying


composed yourself first, I know it is an emotional night for you and


you gave it your all, just not your night tonight. Yes, I just couldn't


quite find the rhythm I had in qualification. I'm just


disappointed, I have not produced it tonight. Tell me about the


experience here, winning the bronze medal. It probably adds to the


pressure in a way. Yes, I am just disappointed I couldn't do it for


the crowd. Tell me about the psychology of what the other women


are doing. You know in your last round you have got to throw a


British record just to get into the medals but you know you have done


that before. Yes, I knew I was in better shape than that, I showed it


in qualification but it didn't click for me today and I'm really


disappointed. Your coach has always talked about five, six-year plan.


Your best is not right here and now, it is to come. Does that help soothe


the situation? Right now I don't think so, maybe in a few weeks.


That's why we compete and everyone else did better than me today. Thank


you for talking to us, I know it's an emotional night. All the best,


Sophie. Apologies if perhaps you felt we should have given her


another beat there but she bravely stood up and spoke to us and the


emotion was heightened and very raw. Let's get back outside because the


hurdles are set, they have been for the 400m women's hurdles so it is


time for the men and Andrew Cotter will call the first race.


This is how they line up. The news is that Barr has succumbed to the


vomiting bug. Lahoulou is there fore the man on the outside. The Polish


champion made the final in Moscow a couple of years ago. His season best


has not gone below 49 seconds this year though.


Santos, familiar name, younger brother of Santos who took silver in


the Olympics five years ago. Mowatt with a new personal best this


season. Coroller of France, the junior champion a couple of years


ago. Hasn't quite kicked on that amazing talent as 17-year-old.


Lahoulou of Nigeria on the outside, no Thomas Barr, he has had to pull


out. Two to go through automatically, and the two fastest


losers over the semifinals. Clement may be one of the favourites


for the fastest qualifications. Long stride carrying him forward and


Clement looking down at the moment. Decent run from Lahoulou on the


outside. Mowatt tends to pick things up in the second half of the race.


It is the hugely talented Norwegian youngster in the front, Warholm


clear, but being chased hard now I Santos. Clement the Olympic champion


is coming through like a train. It is Clement who takes the victory,


judged perfectly. He kept his fans and follow was wondering there a


little bit but those who watch him regularly knows he tends to finish


quickly. Judge did well, takes the victory and moves through to the


final on Wednesday. Clement looks calm, knows exactly what he can do,


the champion on many occasions. This occasion, he has experienced it. He


will be watching the field thinking, I will put my foot down when I feel


like it. Highly talented, a good sprinter as well. When you know this


event and your opponent, you can judge the race perfectly and that's


exactly what Clement has done. So, the action coming thick and fast


as it always doors on day for but we are building up to the last event on


the track tonight, the women's 1,500m final. Laura Wakeman has


qualified for the final as well, but the field is littered. Your notes in


front of you, normally you are putting lines through things which


are very important for significant achievements and it is just


achievement, achievements, achievement. Yes, I have stars by


the main ones, it is double stars and triple stars. It is so


intriguing the way it will be run because Custer -- Caster Semenya is


the favourite, and Laura Muir so I cannot see who else could take that


on. Ore Oduba is there and he has someone who knows Laura well.


Callum looks so comfortable here and I am shivering in my boots! Let's


talk about Laura because you had words with her this evening, how is


she feeling tonight? She's feeling ready for it. Just doing her own


thing and thinking about herself. And you will be there cheering for


her. Like you, she's the future of British athletics but she has an


opportunity to put herself on the world stage. Absolutely and if she


does get a medal it will be some race. It is absolutely stacked, I


think four or five girls that could win it depending on what happens.


Absolutely, we will be rooting for her and next year it could be a big


one for Scottish athletes, yourself included, looking forward to the


Commonwealth Games. That is a big one for you. Yes, hopefully I can


get a medal this time and not fall short. I was talking with Paula


after you finished the marathon in fourth place on Sunday and


immediately afterwards there is the disappointment that you were so


close to a medal but have you put it into perspective? Disappointment is


slowly leaving but it is still there. It's the fact I could see


them with 20 metres to go, just there in the distance. If you had


told me a year ago I would be fourth in the World Championships, I would


have bet your hand off but it is still disappointing. I'm sure he


will turn that into positive energy for Laura Muir in that stadium right


now. I need more layers, this guy has three, he knows what he's


talking about. Thank you, and just time for me to chat to Michael


Johnson about the 200m heats. If we could just clear up heat seven's


disqualification. Aaron Brown of Canada and Munyai of South Africa.


Yes, you can see the young South African there, both online there and


once you get on the line it is hard to get off, most guys won't even


know they are on it. Now Aaron is coming back to the right and they


are both all over the place. That is an automatic disqualification. Both


of them will have gained an advantage from running on the line


and in the inside and therefore both have been disqualified. Brown was


not really in there as a major factor.


The potential finalists and obviously disappointing for Canada


to lose him certainly. This means that other people have qualified


because of it but van Niekerk in his heat came second, didn't he? He did


come second to Danny Talbot but both, once they knew they had been


clear of the rest of the field, they both relaxed and sort of eye


communication of we have got this. Van Niekerk looking very relaxed but


earlier we saw Danny Talbot running extremely well with a personal best


on the outside lane. Van Niekerk saying slowdown, I don't want to run


this hard, and Danny saying, I do! He got into the semifinal, and I


will shake your hand after this is over but right now I'm going to


focus on the finishing line. And to clear up Isaac Makwala has food


poisoning, which means that if he produces a doctor 's note he can


compete in the 400m and it turns out that one of the hotels in particular


that the athletes are staying in, there have been seven cases of food


poisoning, five have gone to hospital, and reports of another


hotel having food poisoning as well so if he has got food poisoning his


not going to feel very good about those 400m. We are going over now to


BBC One. We have plenty more great action for you on the track, the


men's 400m qualifications continue and we are building up in one hour


and 20 minutes to Laura


Another compelling night of athletics gets underway in the London Stadium as Gabby Logan introduces the action on day four of the World Championships.

Former ballet dancer Sophie Hitchon made history last summer by becoming the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in the hammer throw. Can she now nail another milestone by becoming the nation's first hammer thrower, male or female, to earn a podium finish at a World Championships?

The early track events include the semi-finals of the men's 400m hurdles, the opening round of the women's equivalent and the men's 200m heats, featuring British trio Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Danny Talbot and Zharnel Hughes.

The commentary team is led by Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter and Steve Backley. Ore Oduba provides reports alongside Phil Jones.