Gabby Logan presents continued live coverage from the London Stadium, including the finals of the women's 1,500m and the men's 110m hurdles.
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Champion of the world. Usain Bolt! At 9:50pm tonight Scotland's Laura
Muir will run three and three quarters laps of this tract in a bid
to become the first British woman ever to win the 1500 metres in the
World Championships. COMMENTATOR: Laura Muir doing what
she does best, digging deep and grimacing down the back straight.
People always ask me what it's like to be a distance runner. For me, the
psychological balance, the powerful yet intricately woven physical and
mental process that racing is all about is maybe best summed up by
these words. With every step you tread, with
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 costs.
I've got to keep going. Be strong, must be so determined, and push
myself on. 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 costs # I've got to keep going
# Be determined and push myself on # STUDIO: She is a fair maiden that we
didn't have Paula down as an Iron Maiden fan, you live and learn. The
women's 1500 metre final is the big attraction on Dave four, so far
we've had three amazing days. So many controversies, stories and
magic, that's why we love the sport so much, and all that has been can
-- captured here and lots of action is still to come. Laura Muir is out
on the track, she has just arrived on the warm up track, getting
herself ready. One hour 16 minutes away. It is quite a chilly evening,
the temperature has dropped a few degrees so she will keep those
layers on a little longer, I think. Iron Maiden fan, Paula Radcliffe, is
the sandwich filler Twin Denise Lewis and Michael Johnson, whose
musical taste is no doubt will come out over the next few days. Did that
surprise you about Paula? Nothing surprises me about Paula, I can see
a bit of Iron. A bit of head-banging. Paula has surprised me
before so I can see that. Tonight come of this final is such an
exciting final, they are calling it the greatest final in the
championship in terms of the sheer talent that is in there, and it's
difficult to pick out their favourite. Who would do that after
last night anyway's it personifies exactly that, just how great sport
is when it is unpredictable, when it is all down to that intriguing
battle over what people will do, how they will run it. Because, not
everybody can go into that race and execute the plan from start to
finish. Laura Muir is one of those people who can do that, she can have
a plan and go out and lay everything on the line for that plan, there are
lots of girls in the race who will not be prepared to do that, so
that's why I say when we looked down to find who will be the natural
frontrunner to take that on to take the race and take the sting out of
Caster Semenya who has looked frighteningly easy through the
rounds so far. Sifan Hassan has been the best woman in the world so far
and knows she is in better shape than she has been. Genzebe Dibaba
has not been in good form. They'll have to do something. Will Laura
Muir run safe and run for the bronze medal? Laura Muir has never done
that in her life. Will she lay it all on the line and go for gold and
in doing so really lay herself wide open to the people who will sit and
wait like Jenny Simpson, Laura Weightman sneaking over the radar,
and Meraf Bahta. Some headlines from what has happened so far this
evening, if you are not with us on BBC Two for the women's hammer final
and Sophie Hitchon of Great Britain came into this as a contender for a
rostrum finish but sadly it plateaued for Sophie this evening,
she was landing her throws around the same mark of the final throw as
it was in Rio was her best at 72.32, immense disappointment finishing
seventh, and of course a bronze-medallist in Rio a year ago
and not able to improve her PB tonight which would have taken her
to a medal finish, Denise. She was bitterly disappointed afterwards.
Bitterly disappointed. A lot of expectation. Britain are not only
looking for medals, but for her personally just being in shape,
mentally focused, and not delivering what she expected to be a great
performance. And of course it was won by Anita Wlodarczyk, the out and
out favourite, her distance was down, 77.90, she threw, but it was
enough, a couple of metres ahead of second place, so congratulations to
Poland, one and three in that hammer final. Just as we came on air it was
the men's 400 metres hurdles heats, the second heat and Steve Cram is
your commentator. COMMENTATOR: There is the line-up for the second
semifinal, Jack Green in lane three, the real dangers in five, TJ Holmes
of the USA, Mamadou Kasse Hann of France, Jim Yuille hide -- Jaheel
Hyde of Jamaica. And Mitu qualified by rights and two fastest losers
through to Wednesday's final. Jack will have to run quicker than he has
done maybe in his career to get through here. Changing down on
hurdle eight in the heats, he said he might change down earlier today
in hurdle seven and bring it home from their but he has already got
some ground to make up, TJ Holmes going well, the 20-year-old of
Jamaica Jaheel Hyde going well and outside him Jack Green with a bit of
distance to make up. They will need to be strong in the home straight,
they have gone out hard. Jack Green has got to go here. TJ Holmes,
Jaheel Hyde, over on the inside Kariem Hussein is coming fast. Look
at Kariem Hussein. TJ Holmes will get up to second place, Jack Green
may have been fourth. Fourth is the least he would have to do given the
time was 49.13, a really messy race from everyone, Kariem Hussein in
lane two did we had to do and everybody is, to be honest, did not
perform up to scratch, so whatever happens Jack Green is out, not quick
enough in the heat, terrible race from Jaheel Hyde, terrible race from
Hann, Jack Green is out. Confirmation of the result, slow
semifinal, they went out hard and could not bring it back, the only
one who ran his own race was Kariem Hussein. TJ Holmes got the nod, so
those two through to the final, no fastest loser.
The last of the semifinals, these are those who will contest it.
Here is Samba both Qatar, running for Qatar of the last couple of
years, from Mauritania, 48.31 this season. Looked very good in
qualifying. Ludvy Vaillant of France, another youngster, a new
personal best this season, 49.31. Might struggle against the athlete
outside and in side. Yasmani Copello, the bronze-medallist in
Rio, former Cuban are now running for Turkey. Ricardo Cunningham of
Jamaica is 36 now, giving away a few years. Much of his career was spent
as an 800-metre runner but pretty good times in this event now. And on
the inside in lane two, Eric Futch, the US champion, down to 48.18 this
season, works with the same coach as Kerron Clement. That second
semifinal was very disappointing in terms of standard from a lot of
them, the times, not just Jack Green, but everyone down on their
best. The fastest losers, two of them from the first semifinal,
48.66, the last of them Kemar Mowatt of Jamaica. So, Eric Futch, Ricardo
Cunningham, Yasmani Copello, Ludvy Vaillant of France, Samba of Qatar
in six, Marcio Teles of Brazil goes in seven, the Italian in eight and
the Argentinian in lane nine. The last of the semifinals of the
men's 400 metres hurdles, the final is on Wednesday and a bit of a
movement made by samba of Qatar in lane six in the red vest, the tall
figure striding beautifully down the back straight, samba with a fraction
of the lead at the moment. The Brazilian, Marcio Teles has fallen,
and it looked nasty. Samba still moving nicely, and also the French
youngster Ludvy Vaillant. Yasmani Copello, the Turkish athlete is
beginning to look like he is jogging, so powerful in the final
stages. Eric Futch trying to get into things and be American does
that, the Olympic champion is spent. These three are battling. Eric Futch
checks so he misses out on automatic qualifying and it's about the time
now, as Samba takes it, Yasmani Copello second and Eric Futch run
out of automatic qualifying, the US champion. The time of the winner is
48.77, so he will not go through, Eric Futch, it will just be those
two men in the first positions. Yasmani Copello. Marcio Teles is
getting treatment. Samba of Qatar was the winner. This was Marcio
Teles taking a nasty fall on the back straight, just getting back to
his feet. Third from the left of your screen, I think he cracks it
with his lead leg, he was all over the place and he hooked his lead
foot under the barrier. You've got to remember that these hurdles are
weighted, they are not flimsy and will just drop. Have a look at this
race, this is what I call a well-balanced race, they didn't go
out particularly hard, they went out with the right pace. Getting into
the rhythm of the 400-metre hurdles is important, you heard Eilidh Doyle
say that, you don't want to mess about, get into your stride pattern
and get it right and these two athletes did that and they are
rewarded with a direct place in the final. Good, solid, and looking
forward to a good final. Marcio Teles is getting helped off but that
was a slower heat semifinals are the fastest losers both coming from that
first semifinal, which we will tidy up for you later on.
Another field event final just about to get under way, the women's triple
jump, three main contenders, Rypakova, the Olympic champion of
2012, the Venezuelan at the bottom of your screen, one of the most
successful athletes in the world across all events, Caterine Ibarguen
makes her quest to be three times world champion. So, Olga Rypakova
enjoyed this stadium in 2012 en route to becoming Olympic champion.
She is now 32 years of age. It was bronze last year for the Kazakhstan
athlete. Behind Rojas and Ibarguen. Rypakova, round one of the women's
triple jump final. It is a big jump beyond 14 metres. That is a good
start for her. Season's best of 14.64, rangy athlete, good step,
good balance, stretched well in to the middle phase, held it into the
final jump. Let's have a look at the board. Slight adjustment can be
made. It is a really good start for Olga Rypakova. She is a 15-metre
jumper when she gets it really right. 14.45. In the lead in the
first round. Caterine Ibarguen chasing Rypakova's gleed. Look at
that. -- lead. Another athlete that can go to 40 metres and beyond as
she did last summer on the way to Olympic glory, 15.17 on that
occasion. -- 14 metres and beyond. She looks as if she has made inroads
into the leading mark of Rypakova, that looks closer to the 15-metre
line for Ibarguen. Synonymous with the event, probably as much as
Christian Taylor is on the men's side. Christian Taylor, we sought
qualify earlier this season -- we sought qualify, this is the final,
medals on offer, a bug when has two medals already in her collection. It
is young versus old. Ibarguen is 33 years of age, Rojas, the Venezuelan,
21 years of age. 14.67, out in front.
I mentioned Christian Taylor. This was earlier this evening in the
qualifying. 17 metres exactly was needed.
18 metres 11. That was his best from this year.
Good on the board. Out to qualify. In excess of that 17-metre mark. His
team-mate was better, 17. 20. Only three athletes got the lead in
qualifying. Got the automatic qualifying in the men's triple jump.
Christian Naples of Cuba. The 18-year-old was the third.
Will Clay also making up that American ci yes. But Christian
Taylor goes into this final, 17. 15. Here are all the qualifiers for that
triple jump final. That looks like the battle.
Nathan Fox, unfortunately not able to get into contention.
19th place. The qualifiers then for the final of
the men's 400. Clement, the quickest of them.
We have a very busy night still to come here. Let's look at what's
coming up. The women's, Allyson Felix is out
there for the 400 metres. Reigning Olympic champion Omar
McLeod has talked about breaking the hurdles record this year. Can he do
it tonight? The man who holds that record is Aries Merritt. Going for a
first outdoor world title. And Laura Weightman, she's looking
to shine in that 1500 metre final at 9. 50pm.
Joining Weightman is Caster Semenya, an Olympic champion over 800 metres.
Looking for a first 1500 metre medal. There'll be Faith Chepngetich
Kipyegon. Can she grab gold? On paper, it is one of the hardest
races of the championship. Nine-world champion finalist Allyson
Felix features at 8.55. You can expect a fierce battle
between Aries Merritt and Mcleod. It is the 1500 metre final. Could be
the race of the championship, not least if Laura Muir gets herself on
to the podium. And Laura Muir, on her own there, in the warm-up area.
Just under an hour to go. Her date with destiny. She's been magnificent
indoors, a double champion, breaking British records. She's got a hugely
talented field to contend with. It is absolutely stacked. Not least
Caster Semenya. She's there on the right, the South African, who of
course is dominant in 800 metres. She's chosen the 1500 metres this
time around. She made her qualifying look very straightforward. Let's
look at the medal table. Had a few chances to add to tallies.
And this evening we have seen a couple of medal ceremonies. But it
is very, very even. New Zealand, of course with that shot put gold in
the men's competition last night. United States leading the way, from
Ethiopia. There have been a few women actually really who we had
high hopes to get on to the rostrum, Holly Bradshaw, Sophie Hitchon,
obviously, as an Olympic bronze-medallist. Of the six to
eight that British Athletics have targeted, would they have been in
that group? I think so. At least from KJT as
well. There would have been at least a couple in there. I think that six
to eight range was pretty much based on, yes, we have two guaranteed for
Mo, and then we've got a whole... Guaranteed, even after thafl 10 K.
That was the way they are looking at it. It is two guaranteed there. From
the rest, we've got a whole bunch that everything needs to go right.
Things need to go right in there. I had Walkins in there. There are some
that aring noing on the -- are knocking on the door. Calum thought
he was capable of getting that medal. That's a good sign, he can
come back and attack for more. Sophie Hitchon said she's her, the
biggest disappointment - nobody can be more disappointed than she can
herself because so much was riding on it. That is all a good sign.
Thaul goes in and gets them more fired up the next time they come
around. It is UK Sport that set the target of six to eight. They would
have been hopeful with it being a home championship that would have
been at the upper end of that tally. UK Sport set the target and how it
affects the sport should we not get the medal target. You must be
chuffed about how the United States are doing at the moment? I think
that, though, you know, with what we do, in terms of getting people sort
of hyped up, Sophie Hitchon, I mean, I think that was just a lot of
pressure on her. She's tenth best coming into the world in this
championship. Her performance was tenth best in the world. To expect
her to leapfrog six people to get into bronzed people is expecting
quite a lot. It is the women's 400 metres semi-finals about to take
place now on the track. Steve Cram is there for you.
Not a Stella year. Hayes of the United States. This is
McPherson of Jamaica who will hope she can get ahead of these two we
are seeing here, Hayes, 49. 72. Really enjoy watching her. Her
husband will take part later on in this week. The Olympic champion.
Patience Okon George, of Nigeria, in lane four.
51. 06 this year. Roxana Gomez, Bianca Razor, another
couple in this, Ashley Kelly from the British virgin islands on the
outside. And Gunta Latiseva-Cudare, of
Latvia. First two to go through. The only
British athlete to make it through was Zoey Clark. It will be tough for
her at this level. First two and fastest through. We
expect the Olympic champion who has been in great form all year. And 400
metres against the American champion, Quanera Hayes. It should
be straightforward for those two. When she won that Olympic title, she
threw herself over the line. Coaches maybe giving them diving
lessons! I don't know. Is Quanera Hayes suffering here? She's
beginning to run now. She's got a lot of ground to make up. McPherson
is up there with Miller-Uibo. Yes, maybe McPherson is going to now
try and hold off. The charging Quanera Hayes. That was too slow
through the first 200 metres. She's trying to get there. It will be
McPherson who takes second. What on earth was the American champion
doing? I know she would have looked at that and I said the two should
qualify, no problem for the Olympic champion. But the American champion,
well actually I will let Michael come in on this. I was astounded.
That couldn't have been the game plan. Steve, I have no more than you
do. I don't know what she was doing there. She literally was asleep on
the back stretch and when she saw the Olympic champion, Miller-Uibo,
come by her she didn't react. This is a semifinal. You know you are
under pressure. Get up to race pace. At this point everything looks OK.
But she never really pushes down the back stretch. You see Shaunae
Miller-Uibo go past here. Now Miller-Uibo, now she's married and
getting into the current and not running it like a final. Now she can
relax down the home stretch. Quanera Hayes, on the outside,
trying to get back into it. Looked like maybe there was something wrong
on the back stretch. She's obviously got the speed and endurance, because
she's making a mad dash for the finish line. Trying to get one of
those guaranteed spots in the final. But not to be. But maybe she'll get
in on time. She may well do. It may well be
quick enough. The overall standard is not great, isn't exceptional this
year. At this point she seemed to switch off. And you see Shaunae
Miller-Uibo go past here at that point. You wonder after what we have
heard about some of the athletes suffering from food poisoning and
maybe something was wrong. It looked at 200 metres she may have taken a
look down, but now things seem to be OK, back in to it. And technique
looks great. Technique looks fine. It looks like there's nothing really
wrong here. It will be interesting to see, to hear from her what was
going on and I am sure we'll get some news. Shaunae Miller knows
she's got this in hand and knows she'll have a battle in that final
against Allyson Felix, who we will see coming up later in one of the
semi-finals. That should be a real battle between those two.
Allyson Felix coming up in the next semifinal. Zoey Clark will be in the
third. Let's tidy that up. The Olympic champion winning, very
comfortable. McPherson taking second spot. And Hayes, the US champion,
50. 71. The women's triple jump final, 14.55
in the first round. Trailing 14.60 seven. That's better, though. The
battle of the South Americans. It is playing out as anticipated. 14.67,
the league is under threat. She has evened out her phases
somewhat, carrying the speed through into the job very well. 14.98,
silver last year in Rio. You can see the speed continuing into the jump
and is giving her plenty of distance. Lots more to come from the
young Venezuelan, going into the gold medal position. 14.82 in the
second round. So, what can the reigning champion do to respond?
She's had her lead taken away. Hitting the ball well. Well, it is
shy of the gold mine -- hitting the board well. Similar to her first
round jump of 14.60 seven. -- of the gold line. The battle of the South
Americans. It is also experienced versus youth. Ibarguen is the most
experienced triple jump, at 33 years of age. Rojas, raw and talented, in
the gold medal position. Ibarguen relegated to silver at the moment.
But four jumps remaining. 14.69, a slight improvement for Ibarguen.
Nearing the end of things on this rather cool Monday night in the East
End of London, looking down at the stadium. A wonderful site, heading
further west, towards the centre of the city. Just four races left. The
next is the second semifinal of the women's 400-metre hurdles. In front
of a capacity crowd. Conditions are pretty good. It's a little bit cool.
Look out for Naser of Bahrain as well in lane seven.
There is Shericka Jackson. Bronze in the last World Championships and
Olympics behind a big two, Allyson Felix and Miller-Uibo. Felix is
winning in 2005, 2007 and 2009. 400 champion in Beijing four years ago
and an Olympic 200-metre champion here five years ago. But the Olympic
400 metres escaped in Rio. Nirmla, from northern India. 51.28 this
season. Lydia Jele of Botswana, some way down on her season's best time
of 50.30 two. In qualifying she was 51.40 one. Get a closer look of
Naser of Bahrain in lane seven. Vasiliou is in lane six. Ajayi of
Nigeria in lane eight. Williams-Mills in nine, the
Jamaican. Allyson Felix is in four. Keep an eye on Naser, the
19-year-old in seven. Running a personal best previously.
The second semifinal in the women's 400-metre hurdles. There is Naser in
lane seven with the blonde hair. Look at Allyson Felix, look at her
go, passing Shericka Jackson already. Allyson Felix is moving
along so well, Jackson trying to respond and doing so at the moment.
Two automatic qualifying places. Jackson responds. Felix sitting
alongside her. Felix with that long stride, a graceful sprinter, moving
around the bend. But Naser is still there and so is Williams-Mills, the
35-year-old Jamaican on the outside. Two automatic places. Felix in the
clear but here comes Naser. Jackson trying to get there but Naser coming
through. Allyson Felix well... No, Naser takes it. 50.0 eight. It was a
huge personal best to come down to 50.57 in the first round. This
19-year-old from Bahrain has just run 50.0 eight. A huge national
record. Astonishing time. She's beaten Allyson Felix. In the final
is when it matters and Felix had a little bit to spare but not much,
50.0 eight. We highlighted Naser the horse and -- Naser beforehand and we
will see her in the final. This was astonishing from Naser. Absolutely
astonishing from the 18-year-old. Allyson Felix was a little bit
different, running quickly down the back stretch. She has the gas on
here right now but you'll see that she's sort of comes off the gas, I
think she thought they were running to quickly. She sought Naser. Right
here, Felix takes her foot off the gas a little bit thinking that she's
not this. -- she saw Naser. Naser on the outside, third from the left,
now just racing down the home stretch. A very good race here. Nice
technique. Strong, able to hold her speed down the home stretch. Allyson
Felix she's that she gained on her and has to get back in, going to the
afterburners but not able to win this. A very quick heat. Felix out
of the blocks quickly, she has the 200 metres speed she can use, a lot
quicker than most of the other athletes in the heat. Nice and
relaxed down the back stretch. Let's see if we can see, just after 200,
she starts to slow down, her arms dropped a little bit, she starts to
relax round the bend. I'm not sure of that particular strategy. Maybe
working on a couple of different things in anticipation of what she
may get from Miller-Uibo in the final. We see her now in control of
the race, checking the big screen but then she has to kick back in
right there. Someone is coming up on me and I have to kick back in and
that's tough, a tough way to win. We talked about that in some of the
other rounds of the 400 metres. Easy qualification for Allyson Felix,
she'll be in the final but it was an amazing run by the young
18-year-old. Fantastic running there. Very interesting run. Naser,
50.0 eight. Felix has a bit more to give but Naser is a contender.
Williams-Mills and Jackson, the Jamaicans can adjust faster than
Hayes, so the American is out -- the Americans, just faster than Hayes.
It has been billed as the battle between Venezuela and Colombia but
Rypakova of Kazakhstan can spoil the South American party. She's done
that in the past. 14.45 in the first round. Trailing the South Americans
in the second round. We're into the third. Good extension there and
that's a big effort. That is going to threaten, maybe not for the lead,
which is Rojas at the moment, 14.80 two. Staying warm. Just locked
herself slightly in the second phase. What should be happening, she
should be leading with her thigh, rather than her foot. In the hot
phase, leading with the thigh and in the step phase, leading with the
third, slightly ahead of the hips. Difficult to maintain speed. The
critical thing is maintaining speed into the jump from the step phase.
14.77, a season's best, she goes into second place. There is
Ibarguen, relegated to third. You've been studying the phases, Toni, what
have you made of the difference between Rojas and Ibarguen? Both
hopping the same distance, 5.0 but the step phase is the difference,
and the jump phase, Rojas has a better job phase. It is like
Ibarguen should sacrifice a bit of step so she can have more for the
jump phase. Now to the third of the three semifinals.
Zoey Clark of Great Britain. There is Zoey Clark. What a year she's
had, I don't think she could have imagined this at the start of the
season, winning the British trials, 400 personal best, 200 personal
best. Gordon from Jamaica, winning the NCAA. Could be a threat here.
Montsho, former world champion, pipped by Christine Ohuruogu in
2013. 14-16, she is back. Not that welcome, I guess. Francis of the
United States, will she run better than Hayes did. We saw Allyson Felix
as well, going well, but just missing out on winning her semi.
Mupopo, the African champion, a new personal best this year in the 200
metres which may help her this year. Spell my of Germany. When you luck
through this semifinal, I know that Zoey Clark is actually the slowest
on the season's best in this. But she is in lane eight, with running
well this year and was close in qualification to her personal best.
The race of her life here. If a couple of others don't run well.
Hayes didn't, she is out. 100th of a second in terms of the fastest
losers. She isn't in but Felix is, so they are watching.
Gordon from the University of Texas, running for Jamaica here.
So, Zoey Clark will certainly have the crowd cheering her through this.
She certainly tapped it in the first 100. Bamgbose on the outside.
Francis is going very well in the middle, the American moving away
from Mupopo. Montsho is in the mix as well. Zoey Clark will have to try
and battle and get at least a personal best here. Mupopo is trying
to chase down, she is in four. Francis is leading it. And going
very well now, Francis, looking strong. Is she going to hold it?
Pressure from Mupopo. First two go through. Gordon trying to get there
but they are pulling away. Clark finishing well, she may be fifth
here. The American wins it, perhaps six or seven for Clark. 50.39, the
winning time. A couple of outstanding athletes. The young
Bahrain athlete throwing her way in, surely it is going to be between
Felix and Miller-Uibo. Just waiting for the time to come up for Zoey
Clark. I think very close to her personal best, if it isn't. It may
be only 100 or so. It is a personal best. Yeah this is... Francis was
always going to be the favourite for this race but I think you're right,
Steve, it is shaping up to be an amazing battle between Miller-Uibo
and Felix. Francis will put herself in the mix. Struggling a bit here,
looking a bit slow coming down the home stretch but great strategy,
putting herself in the mix. Montsho on the right-hand side. Former
world-beater at 400 metres. Struggling. Francis always runs this
way, you can see the rotation from right to left. That's think she'll
have to rectify if she to get some faster times and started to mix it
up with the likes of Allyson Felix and Miller-Uibo. Still, great
qualifying by Francis there. Rojas, 14.82 in the second round.
Rallying support from a big crowd again here inside the Olympic
Stadium. She is out in front. It's time may to stretch out and try and
create a gap between her and the rest of the field. Round three. The
event leader, Rojas. Again just chopping slightly. Another big
effort. Bang on the gold line that is hers.
That's good. Reaching, that active foot back underneath. She carries as
much speed as she can in the pit. Space on the board. Maybe more to
come from Rojas. The flamboyant indoor champion. She can do it when
it matters. She's in the lead and extended it. Rojas, at the halfway
stage, out in front. Are we witnessing a changing of the guard?
Ibarguen looking to respond. Oh, it is a bigs effort.
Really big jump from Ibarguen here. Works off that final phase and into
the pit. It is 14.89 for Ibarguen. We have a competition, no Brits
involved, unfortunately. You can throw a halt over the first
two, at least. Season's best for Ibarguen. Six centimetres between
gold and silver. Three jumps remaining.
Confirmation of the result: Gordon will be disappointed with
that. Zoey Clark taken 300ths off her personal best. Let's look at the
qualifiers. As I said, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the champion.
Look at Williams-Mills. This will be her sixth World Championship final
at the age of 35, going through as the fastest loser.
# No-one to run to, baby... Laura Muir doing what she does
best... She's a class above everybody. Oh, my word! She's
smashed the British record. This is a display of distance at its very
best. She has a chance to make a bit of history.
Laura Muir will be going in about 31 minutes' time. This stadium is
anticipating, well the world of athletics is looking forward to it.
She will need to warm up because the temperature has dropped. There's
Semenya settlement Laura Weightman in the back-- there's Caster
Semenya, and Jake Wightman in the background.
Caster Semenya we have seen dominate at 800 metres when she races and
well now, the 1500 metres lies in wait for her.
I mean truly, these are the names of 1500 middle distance running and
they are all going to be lining up. It really is a loaded field.
Of course you wouldn't have a race without Genzebe Dibaba. Look at that
time the second fastest in the field is Laura Muir, which you cannot base
it on paper, Hassan will be a certain contender. It is hard to
separate these athletes. Caster Semenya, we have seen her run over
the years dominate racing. She decided to go for the 1500 metres.
When ever she races controversy is never that far away. Here's Phil
Jones. Laura Muir triumph in the 1500
metres final, a new headline act will be born. Another scenario could
see a more controversial outcome, involving an athlete used to
dominating the front and back pages. Caster Semenya has raced through a
career dogged by accusations and recriminations. Eight years ago she
announced her athletic prowess to the world, aged 18, having found
herself at the centres over her gender. All the controversy could be
behind her. She is going to dominate at this event. Controversies aside
for the time being. With World Championship gold and rapidly
improving times her identity was ever more scrutinised. The burning
question, was she in fact a he? It wasn't really good for me, for
publicity to become a world champion and you never celebrate it. So it --
she was asked to take a sex verifiation test. She was declared
ineligible for competition pending the outcome. I felt humiliated. At
the end of the day you cannot control what people think. 11 months
passed when the IAAF announced Semenya was clear to run. While the
sport was introduced new regulations testing testosterone levels, Semenya
was back winning silver. Another silver followed in London, 2012,
which will likely become gold after the Russian was stripped for the
title for doping. Semenya's biggest golden moment outright would come
four years later at Rio. Her time eclipsing anything she had
previously run. Semenya steps on the accelerator! Semenya is the
champion. For those who chased the first three home that night
questions over testosterone levels remained. The medallists were in one
camp. The next three finishers united in another, in suspicion and
perceived inequality. It is out of our control and very much relying on
the people at the top sorting it out. I think the public can see as
well... Sorry! Like, just how difficult it is.
The debate continues to make headlines, with newly commissioned
research by the IAAF of a naturally occurring levels of testosterone
suggesting 800-metre runners have a 1.8% advantage. And while that
evidence is being considered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, all
Semenya can do is simply be herself. What I dream of is to become a
Olympic champion, a world champion. I can't stop running because of
people. I can not stop because of people say, she looks like a man,
this and that. You understand. It is their own problem. Not mine.
Caster Semenya said it is their problem, it is not mine. She had her
time away from the sport. She's come back. There still is this cloud,
that the IAAF is still looking into this situation. Where are they at
now? First of all, it is a complete minefield. To find a way out of
this, that is fair to everybody, is pretty much impossible. So, what
they have to do is find a way that is fair to the majority and respect
the rights of everybody. And it's really, really difficult. Looking on
the VT there with Lindsey and when she breaks down, because it's pretty
much impossible for Lindsey Sharp or for some of the girls with normal
levels of testosterone to compete on a level playing field with the girls
with elevated testosterone levels. It's that big of a performance
enhancer. Even if it is only 1.8%, that is still a couple of seconds
and that in racing is the difference between a medal and no medal. Of
course if you were artificially ingesting that level of testosterone
it would be seen as an unfair advantage and it would be, you'd be
doping. We saw in 2012 Caster Semenya winning a silver medal... .
: There are a lot of things in the mix there. This is the biggest issue
here, this naturally produced testosterone. Within that there's a
range of women who can use that testosterone and those who cannot
use that testosterone. And those that can't use it don't get the
advantage from it. And so then you have to look after those people's
rights in there as well. And it is just so complicated. And on no
foaled of play is this fair -- and in no field of play is this fair.
And no press dented in any other sport where you say, this is what
happened in this sport, this is very unique problem. Sorry, challenge,
let's say. It is a problem because it causes controversy. It is in
other sports as well. It is in weight lifting and boxing.
But the thing is, is there's no, I can't think of a single solution to
this. I mean, what is the solution to
this, where everyone is treated fairly? The Lynsey Sharp interview,
that was tough to listen to. At the same time what's the solution to
rectifying this for Lynsey Sharp? There isn't one, because Caster
Semenya is - it's not her fault and there's, you can't take her right to
compete away from her. It's a tough one. There are some
challenges at the end of the day, they are some challenges that there
are no solution for. I think this is one of them. The solution they would
put on the table is the solution that was there in the past, that if,
as a female, you have elevated testosterone levels, you have to
take medication to bring your testosterone levels back down within
that range to be able to compete. And yes, on some levels, that's
looked at as a performance dehappenser, if we can use that
word. It -- dehancer, if we can use that word. Maybe we have to talk
about certain females, it is the same as what... When women have the
time of the month - that can have a detrimental effect too. You are
right. There's no fair answer. You hear from Caster Semenya herself, it
is emotional. She's been dragged through this for so many years and
we are debating about it. We are not the scientists. We are not the
scientists. Should she win tonight this whole thing explodes again. It
is front-page news. It will be just awful. It is, because there are no
edifying headlines that can come from that, are there? It seems, as
you say, it seems unfair to everyone, her included justifying
the way she was born. How can you say to somebody, you are wrong? It
is that. We don't fit into categories. As athletes we don't fit
into normal categories. I guess what they are trying to do amongst all of
this is be fair, as I say, you cannot be fair to everybody. They
are trying to be fair to the majority of athletes and find a
solution. That solution may come in September. Before then, we may have
her winning two events. She could set the world record here. Thank you
very much for the moment. Let's go outside. The roars were of the
110-metre hurdlers and Aries Merritt has been in this stadium before. He
knows what it is like to win here. The world record-holder. What a five
years he's had to get to this point. Over to our commentary team. Colin
Jackson knows something about winning these championships.
Aries Merritt revealed a couple of years ago he was suffering from a
kidney disorder. He won bronze at those World Championships and
immediately after he had a kidney operation. In 2012 he had it all in
hurdling. He was the record-holder, 12.80. That stands. He was world
indoor champion. He's never won the world indoor championships. But the
man he has to beat and the others have to try and catch is Omar
McLeod, the Olympic champion. In hurdles there are favourites and
Omar McLeod is the man to beat here. This is the event of so many
variables. It takes one click of a barrier for it all to come undone.
The second to last track event, that 1500 metre final to come. The 110
metres hurdle final is about to go. And this is how they line up:
Running as a neutral, Shubenkov. The fastest loser in the semifinal.
Ortega has looked impressive. Silver Medal in Rio. McLeod, Olympic
champion, the fastest man in the world this year. Such raw speed.
Baji, the Hungarian. Because of his great run in the semifinals, he led
Aries Merritt home there. He may be struggling against him inside and
outside. Dari and, suffering injuries -- Darien. Brathwaite of
Barbados, coming through with 13.26, a season's best. This may be the man
for Jamaica, if Parchment can get it right on the big occasion, bronze
five years ago and silver at the World Championships in Beijing. But
a very popular figure. Aries Merritt loves the stadium.
Waiting for their final race. Dari, a last cry of encouragement --
Darien. Shubenkov, McLeod, Baji. Brathwaite, Parchment. Aries Merritt
is in lane nine. Can Merritt finally win his first world title? Jamaica
still waiting for their first gold of the Championships. Is McLeod the
man to deliver? The final of the men's 110-metre hurdles.
McLeod at quickly as he always is, Baji is already losing contact.
Shubenkov trying to get there. It is McLeod and Shubenkov, but it is
McLeod who celebrates the gold. Olympic champion, world champion.
The Jamaican flags can fly at last. A valiant defence from Shubenkov of
his world title but the Olympic champion is the world champion. Omar
McLeod from Shubenkov, from Baji, who takes the bronze for Hungary.
Nothing for Aries Merritt here on this track this time. McLeod, the
world champion. What a run by Omar McLeod. The world leader, only one
fault, caused by cramp, during the season. Arriving here as a
favourite. When you've got those barriers in front of you, the
challenge and the pressure is magnified. Look at the celebrations,
the Jamaicans are thinking at last, we are on the board. Is this a
starting point for them to claim some of those medals back? That
might be Omar McLeod's mother. Your Championship record is safe, Colin!
McLeod becomes the world champion, the Olympic champion adding the
world champion. Shubenkov, we said he had looked very impressive in the
heat and semifinal but he was getting faster and he timed his run
so well. Aries Merritt, it didn't happen for him. Not winning a medal
here. He was finishing strongly but a fifth place eventually behind
Darien and Baji, who took bronze. I was saying he'd had quite a stellar
season. Something switched on in the semifinal. He beat Aries Merritt and
he thought to himself, I am one of the best high hurdle is in the world
and I have a chance. Trying to have a clean, safe race and if you do
that you can be rewarded with a medal. Shubenkov on the outside,
he's won this title before and doesn't want to give it up. Omar
McLeod, nimble over the barriers. He knows he must keep focused, he knows
that if he doesn't make a mistake he can get the title and he wins it
clearly. Shubenkov is clearly in second place. Everyone else, a photo
finish, a dash to the line. So close for third to sixth. Shubenkov
doesn't seem to have that raw speed any more, a couple of tenths of a
second missing from his best. And when you've missed so much training,
he has been ill, he had to come through the transplant. All these
things that would tell when it comes to the pressure of the occasion.
Slightly out of breath after round after round, it can count. The other
athletes will be disappointed, in particular Darien, who was in place
for the bronze medal but the last two barriers were his undoing.
McLeod is free, a great run for Shubenkov but look at Dari and over
the last couple of barriers. He chatters it and hold it back and it
literally pulls you back when you hit the hurdles. Really frustrating.
Sometimes people had a different technique where they can ride the
barriers down. But Dari and -- Darien committee has to sit back,
that sitting back technique. Every time he gets one he goes further and
further back. McLeod on the far right, look how he's just nipping
over them, using his leg speed. Look at that, he's so relieved. It's
amazing technique when you look because he isn't a tall man for a
hurdler. He has gone fractionally below ten seconds over 100 metres,
he has the speed between the barriers. He reminds me of an
American hurdler, Arthur Blake, with a similar technique. Good leg speed.
Look at that, so happy to see him getting the medal. Well, where Usain
Bolt couldn't manage it, McLeod delivers for Jamaica. Very, very
close as well behind McLeod. What a great title defence from the neutral
athlete, Shubenkov. That stumble from Darien over the last couple of
barriers. We're into the fifth round of this women's triple jump final.
Huge extrovert, Rojas. Just 21 years of age. Olympic Silver Medal est
last year. She's chasing the lead of de Waard when -- de Waard when.
14.80 nine. Roger as, short steps. A big effort. Looks like she was
slightly off the strike there. What she did do was keep the momentum
going. Even though it seemed like a short step, she was so quick on the
board she maintained the effort. That is a change from last year, an
improvement in her technique but is it an improvement in the distance?
Sitting at the top of the leaderboard in the triple jump
final. At the moment, 14.80 nine. Waiting for the measurement of
Rojas. Nervous moments, one job remaining. 14.90 Rojas goes into the
lead. -- 14.90 one. Taking the lead away from this athlete, Ibarguen.
The reorder after three rounds means that Ibarguen will be jumping last
so she has a chance to respond now and in the final round. This is the
penultimate round. Ibarguen responding to the best job so far,
from Rojas. Collapsing slightly. Running faster there. Crowding the
board a little bit on that jump. Didn't quite swing, a little bit or
forward rotation, tipping forward. It doesn't look like it's going to
challenge all believe. 14.91, Rojas. That was 14.71, so no improvement
for Ibarguen. One jump remaining. What a competition is unfolding
here. Front on, Ibarguen, the champion, looking for her third
victory. Short on the last step, you can see the collapse on the hopping
phase. Ten times body weight going through that single leg. Susan's
best not good enough -- season's best not good enough, but one more
jump to come. STUDIO: So, there you go, there are
the runners and riders, the women who are going to be out on the track
ready for the 1500 metres final at 9:50pm. The list of personal bests
is incredible, the talent that is in there. Laura Muir has the second
quickest on paper against Dibaba, an incredible 3:50.0 seven. Where will
it go in terms of time? Is it going to be a quick race? Who is going to
take it out, Paula? It's really up in the air. Logically, I don't see
why every other girl in the race would let it go slowly apart from
Semenya. We saw the damage that was done with the 1.56 800 metres in
that part of the race. Caster Semenya is going to be laughing at
that, it will be easy for her. The only way they can run the sting out
of her is to make it hard early on but I don't see who's going to do
it. Laura Weightman is coached by Steve Cram. So I imagine they've
been talking about tactics. Have they shared anything with you about
how Laura would like to run the race? They aren't going to hear it
so you can tell us! I don't think Laura Weightman... I don't think she
knows that a slow race isn't going to suit her. She is going to see it.
She's going to run at a good pace. I haven't asked her that, I wished her
luck, I said she's in the best shape she's been in, she has the stadium
behind her. As well as the other Laura. She is in a World
Championship final, she has been in an Olympic final before, she must
just race hard and see what happens. The real laying the cards on the
table is going to come from the other athletes. Is Laura Muir going
to go for it? All of those, Simpson, I can't see Hassan taking it on,
Kipyegon isn't going to take it on, Dibaba might have but she didn't
look good at all. I don't think we're going to see her run from the
semi but she didn't look convincing at all, she was the one working the
hardest and was only through as the fastest loser. Definitely not in the
3.50 shape that was on the board. Did you want to come in but Jim at
Paula answered my question. She tends to hang back but with her new
training base, she's moved to Portland? She's made a lot of
changes, she's training will be Li with Alberto Salazar in Portland.
Training for the 5000 metres, she could have come here in three
events, she's very strong commit she's fit. She's struggled with
injury problems last year. She's a much improved athlete to last year.
She normally hangs at the back. She will probably do that now to see how
things settle but she's very capable of taking it on and racing hard as
well. Michael, we quite often see in the big events like the worlds and
Olympics, accidents happen on the way to the final and you don't
always get the women or menu wants to be in the final. To have
everybody out there on the track who should be there because of their
times and performances, it feels like we have that moment. Yes, this
was always going to be one of the races at this Championship that
would be hotly contested with some big names. They all showed up. It
will be a close race and that gets people on their feet. We saw that in
the women's 100 metres last night, despite the controversy around the
men's 100 metres, we saw that and that is what the fans want to see,
they love competition. This is what we need more of in athletics, just
coming to see Mo Farah and Usain Bolt. Karen and CDs great athletes
trying to -- come and CDs great athletes trying to win a medal and
only one of them can win. That said, it is a race, it is strategic, it
isn't a Diamond League race, it isn't one where people have to think
about pacemakers. It is pure. There is a Venezuelan and Colombian
ding-dong going on in the triple jump. COMMENTATOR: It is indeed,
Venezuela have never won a medal in the World Championships. Taking
bronze last night. That is their first. Bronze in the pole vault.
Now, Rojas is out in front. She is the event leader, 14.91, just two
centimetres ahead of Ibarguen who will get to respond to whatever
Rojas can do right here and now. The crowd are on their feet. The crowd
have been really across this entire triple jump competition. Rojas, the
last round, to extend her lead. Again, quick on the approach but it
is a shorter effort. Shorter than her leading jump and she has left
the door open. No more for her to do to fight off the challenge of the
reigning champion, Ibarguen. Lost the position in that hop. The
leg dropped and then didn't have the impetus to come away into the second
phase. Well, a tough position, that. She's
out in front. 1491 in the fifth round. That's her best so far. Two
centimetres ahead of the Columbian. It is as predicted. The battle
between those two. So then, the most decorated triple
jumper in the women's version, Caterine Ibarguen. Twice world
champion. Looking to make it a third. She will need a jump between
14. 91. Oh! Maybe not quite enough.
Difficult to tell. Those lines, if they are accurate, it looked shy to
me. Ibarguen... It is, it is 14. 88.
Wow! Really close. A great performance. There's your reaction.
I told you she was flamboyant! Venezuela, now a gold for Yulimar
Rojas. Champion of the world. Great scenes T crowd have enjoyed
that competition. Didn't go beyond the 15-metre mark, as anticipated.
Yulimar Rojas, of Venezuela, silver in Rio, takes gold here at the World
Championships. Fantastic scenes out there. Rojas
winning gold for Venezuela. Ibarguen looks delighted to be involved in a
great head-to-head. It was a great head-to-head. These two have battled
for a while now. Both great athletes. A fantastic competition
between those two. The 1500 women are not messing around in their
entrance tonight. This is, if it is in ig to go by, it will be a quick
race! They have been couped up in the room. They want to get out, do
some strides. Make their way, 200 metres around the track and get the
racing under way. A lot of adrenaline. A lot of nerves build up
in the room. Being stuck there... Is shorter distances like to show off a
little bit more from the middle distances. That could be part of it.
It could be like these guys are like, we don't have time for that.
This is serious business - 1500 metres. You try and run 1500 metres.
Don't want to be posing. Paula, can you call it for us? I am too
nervous! I mean call the result - I don't mean comment tat on the race!
She knew what you meant! It is one of the most unpredictable finals of
these championships and we can't wait. Nor can the commentary team.ly
happened you over now. -- I will hand you over now.
There are champions, European champion, indoor champion and in the
shape of Laura Muir, a double indoor champion. Some of the fastest women
in the world, including Dibaba. Everywhere you look, opportunities.
I've heard two rumours, just to go against what Paula was saying a
little bit, one is that Laura will take it from the start and that
Dibaba will not let it go before she attacks hard. If that happens we are
in for fireworks. One or the other I suspect will happen. Laura
Weightman, it is another major championship for here. Commonwealth
silver-medallist, European bronze-medallist, European champion
at 5,000 metres, now going at 1500 metres standing next to her. So, for
the two Lauras, there'll be massive support here and they will be hoping
that it is a good, true honest race. If Laura Muir will take it out, that
would be the brave way to do it. The person who has just added this extra
for all sorts of reasons is Caster Semenya.
I know we have talked about athletes getting disqualified. I think both
the athletes who beat Hayley on that occasion were later disqualified. A
great race in 2003 and we're heading for one here.
Sifan Hassan, to me would have been the favourite before Caster Semenya
came to the 1500 metres. Laura Muir, we have mentioned.
Genzebe Dibaba, how good is she? Jennifer Simpson, of the United
States. I don't have time to keep talking
about how good they are all. -- all are.
Let's listen to introductions as they go down the line, because the
crowd have waited. This is the last event. The very popular Jennifer
Simpson. Olympic bronze-medallist last year. She'll always be a
danger. Runs smart. Uses her experience. Bahta came through as
the fastest loser in the semifinal. Arafi, the Moroccan, who is always
dangerous in slow erases. Is Kipchirchir in the shape she was
last year. Some suggesting not. Scotland's very own Laura Muir,
running for Great Britain. We weren't expecting this, Caster
Semenya, in the final of the 1500 metres, yet to go in the 800. They
will all fear Semenya. And I think that's why Sifan Hassan,
they told me if it is slow early on, she will go after about 400/500
metres, last 1,000 metres hard. Laura Weightman, she's been running
very well, Laura. Loved the experience in London 2012. She so
wanted to be back in the final and she's here. We were expecting
Klosterhalfen, the brilliant talent from Germany, but her team-mate,
Hanna Klein, made it through to the final. So, what tactics to be
employed? What can Laura Muir do? Is there a medal here for Great
Britain? The women's 1500 metre final.
Well, we won't have long to find out what tactics will ensure. Laura Muir
has gone straight to the front. It may be that the rumours were
correct. It's going hard and quick. There's only one tactic here - run
for gold. Well, I spoke to Sebastian Coe he
said this is a classic dilemma. The 1500 metre runners realise you have
to make it hard in the first two lengths otherwise the strength and
power of the 800-metre champion will prevail. There is bravery here
already on display from Laura Muir. Big anticipation of this race. Big
pressure on Laura Muir. She sticks to the task. She said she would go
to the front. As you mentioned, Steve, she's gone to the front and
the crowd are going crazy already. She's doing it smart. The thing not
to do would be not to go too excited. She was over 48 seconds.
About 64, 65. 64 is four minute pace. 65, you can pick up this. It
will be about building, building, building. Make the first 400 strong
enough. A platform, so it has not been that slow. Kipchirchir thinks,
OK, you have set off, by -- Kipyegon thinking you have set off.
They are all nicely bunched. Laura Muir acting like a minipace-maker.
She'll want to explode off the front here. Yegon thinks, OK, you have set
off, by -- Kipyegon thinking Caster Semenya has got herself into
a good position there. Muir is doing the work. This is a
decent pace. You don't have to burst at this point. They are all
gathering. The pace is clearly slowing. This is all about tactics.
This is all about Laura Muir. Can she control the race at the front?
She's trying to do that. She's got Olympic champion on her shoulder. An
800-metre champion loitering on the outside. As we go through the
800-metre point, let's see, it's not very fast at all. They are not
running the finish out of this champion. This has played into
Semenya's hands. I don't understand that slow second lap.
It may be the tactic, but it's given Semenya the chance. Here comes
Hassan on the outside. Here's the first big move.
Semenya will be next to go. Laura Muir caught out. Jennifer
Simpson going past her. Laura Muir has got a position. Here we go.
Hassan. We have got over 500 metres to go. Laura Muir getting pushed and
shoved. Dibaba trying to move out here.
Caster Semenya looks comfortable. A little further back. Now Laura Muir
around the outside. Now Laura Muir comes. This is a big run. She's been
gathering herself. Can she get close enough? The bell sounds. They are
all in contention. The 800-metre champion is giving them a bit of a
start. Hassan is making it a long run. Laura Muir is in a good place
now. She's got the strength. We think she has got the strength. Does
she have enough tonight? She makes the move. Laura Weightman tried to
hang on. Semenya is coming past. Hassan and Kipyegon stretching away.
Laura Muir is going with them. Past Jennifer Simpson. It is a
better-judged effort from Laura Muir but Semenya is still a long, long,
long way back. These two at the moment got it between them. Come on
Laura Muir. Find a little bit. Semenya is still coming. Hassan and
Kipyegon, together, stride for stride. Arms going together. Legs
going together. Jennifer Simpson is coming back to
take in on Laura Muir. Semenya is challenging. It will be the Olympic
champion. Simpson is going to get there for
silver and Caster Semenya gets the bronze.
Well, I have to say Kipyegon was the one out of the big names I was
doubting a little bit. Hats off to her. I went quiet, because Laura
Muir was so close and, when you have the medal snatched away from you in
the latter stages, it's gut-wrenching. Gut-wrenching. The
winner and the world champion is Kipyegon of Kenya. .
Laura Muir run out of it by 700ths of a second.
Laura Weightman ran well, she was in sixth. Two British women in the top
six. I am trying to process this, because
it was an odd race. Muir went to the front early and that 71 lap, she
must have thought, I've got the confidence when the attack comes, I
can cover it. She didn't manage to cover frit the front because they
stole a march. Then she just wasn't strong enough in the end. You know,
fourth is the worst, worst place to finish and when you have been that
close, when you have run that well, Jenny Simpson was brilliant. I
thought her race was run. Goodness me, let's give it to Kipyegon. The
Olympic champion, world champion. Superb. So sorry for Laura Muir.
Steve, like you processing how that race went, was a bit strange. She
ran the first lap solid. She ran the second lap poorly, slowly, too
slowly. You know, a great 1500 metre runner, beaten, inexperienced
800-metre runner, if it was a true-run race. That was the essence
of a true-run race. However Semenya came from a long way back. Laura
Muir came twice again. Semenya's last lap of 57. 57.08 seconds, well,
again, she came from too far behind. But Jenny Simpson, you know, she's
experienced enough. She knows what to do and I'm still confused about
that race. I'd like to see it properly, because so much was
happening. So much was happening in various points of the race, not just
on the run to the finish. You have to say that Laura Muir was so, so
close. It was so, so brave and what she did. The second lap just let her
down a little. I just think if that lap had been
more consistent, there's no point in running 71 seconds. You are not
achieving very much. You are sitting at the front. The rest of them are
gauging it. She should be disappointed. She will be
disappointed. She'll be a great athlete. She's demonstrated that.
She's going to win a global medal, I am pretty sure. She nearly did it
today and you know the tactics of today's race slightly different
tactics, could have given her a medal.
It was close, but forth this time. Next time, maybe.
STUDIO: Welcome to the BBC Two viewers who have just joined our
coverage from the World Athletics Championships from the London
Stadium. We've just witnessed a fascinating 1500 metres final. The
best women in the world, a totally loaded field and it was an
impossible one to call, no one knew how it was going to pan out. And
still, as Brendan Foster said, he wants to see it again so he can work
out what kind of tactics were employed. Who got it right, Paula?
Obviously Kipyegon won the medal, but did Laura Muir do the right
thing and could she have done more? Was she beholden to the tactics of
the others? You know, it's so hard, when you're in that situation and
you are racing, you are the only one who can really make those decisions
and make that move and Laura did what she thought would give her the
best shot and it nearly paid off. Yes, if you look at who ran the
perfect race, then Kipyegon did because she won did, and Simpson ran
an outstanding race. She's so good. Thank you, Paula, for the moment. If
you're watching on BBC One, we're going to go to the news. If you wish
to continue watching, switch over to BBC Two now and we'll have more
reaction and interviews from that incredible 1500 metres
Gabby Logan presents continued live coverage from the London Stadium, including the finals of the women's 1,500m and the men's 110m hurdles. The women's triple jump also reaches its climax, and the women's 400m reaches the semi-final stage.
Analysis comes from Michael Johnson, Paula Radcliffe and Colin Jackson, with Steve Cram leading the commentary team.