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A powerful run. It's her personal
All smiles from Katarina
Johnson-Thompson. That's more like
it. What a performance from Katarina
The heat is on.
should be her time now.
In the next few hours, we shall see
if it is. It's a big night for
Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson,
going for gold in the pentathlon. If
you have not been able to go out
today because of the snow and
freezing conditions, stay right
where you are. We have some great
action for you over the next four
hours with the likes of Katarina
Johnson-Thompson and last month's
medal winner for Great Britain,
Laura Muir, all in action. A lot of
people have braved conditions to be
here this evening. It was supposed
to be a sell-out, but not quite
everyone is in their place. But I am
delighted that these three. Greg
Rutherford had no choice, he can't
get out of Birmingham! But you
always intended to be here because
it is the men's long jump this
evening. Denise Lewis and Michael
Dobson are here for what could be a
great evening for Katarina
Johnson-Thompson. She has got
herself into a great position.
The talk before these championships
was, could she deliver on her
potential? Could she mentally hold
the pentathlon together and deliver
a performance that justifies her
potential? And so far, it's looking
And the long jump
final, Greg, you say it's not just
all about one person.
No, I think
Lawson has jumped well. He is a fast
athlete and could be one to watch.
And we have the women's 60m. It is
wide open, Michael.
It is. There are
a lot of races that these ladies
today. It's going to be exciting.
Once we get into the semifinals, we
will start to see who emerges as a
potential medallist because that
race is wide open.
Well, let's just
mark your card as to how your
evening is going to pan out.
As Denise said, Katarina
Johnson-Thompson has left herself in
a great position. Here is how her
day unfolded. First up on the track,
we have the 60m hurdles for the
pentathlon. It is all done in one
Is this an opportunity for
Dadic. The medal contender is out.
Rodriguez, last try.
That was much
better! That's more like it. She's
in the lead overall. Shot put next.
She moves to the back of the circle.
That is a really big shot put from
Katarina Johnson-Thompson. That is
huge. That is going to make such a
difference to her.
difference to her. Rodriguez, her
final put. That put her into first
She looks relieved and this morning
the word was that if she gets
something with a 12, she will put
herself in a good position.
According to our stats expert, who
knows a thing or two, he has
crunched the numbers and if they
both hit their PBs, that is what the
outcome would be. She would have
called by some way from Rodriguez.
There is some room for comfort that.
But obviously, hitting your PB in a
major championship is perhaps easier
said than done. But for her, you
would think it would be the event
she would want next, the long jump.
Yeah. She's jumping well again. 6.71
at the trials. She's looking good on
the runway. Does she need to hit
that personal best? I don't think
so. She just needs to feel confident
and do what she does best in the
long jump. When she is confident,
it's all good.
She has had wobbles
in the long jump in a major
championship in Beijing. But it's
about here, I know what I have got
to do. She has made her first jump,
which must be a comfort for a long
Absolutely. We saw that a
lot of people are struggling with
the runway. It is a quick runway,
which soon suit Kat. If you tax it,
she could jump big today -- if she
As they introduce... I
was about to say the contestants,
but the athletes! As they are
introduced, these women have already
been introduced and have to go
through it again. It just ramps up
the nerves, doesn't it?
But it adds
a bit of razzmatazz to the event,
which is nice. We need that. I think
the athletes don't really mind, as
long as they can get through it
quickly and keep their minds in a
safe place, this is fine.
a big smile on her face just there.
Michael, she must know this is an
event she loves and an event she
knows she can do in front of a home
I'm not sure if you can judge
how Kat is feeling based on what you
see. It goes up and down. She's
pretty cagey when it comes to
showing exactly what she is feeling.
I think you wait and see. Also, her
mood and her emotional state are
somewhat dictated by how she
performs and how the competition is
going for her.
What we did see which
we don't normally see is the
expression of joyous emotion in the
shot put. I talked earlier about how
she could respond to coming into an
event that she hasn't been good at,
and that is what she is capable of.
She has the ability. That body
language, the buoyancy you see is
fantastic. That will bode well
moving into the long jump.
a long time ago that it all started
in the hurdles. They were first out
on the track this morning, those
women. Five events in one day is
more than they used to. It is an
arduous day but she did the hurdles
this morning. She equalled her
season's best. It wasn't as
explosive, perhaps, as you were
hoping, but it was a steady start.
It was steady. She got through it
safely to put herself in contention.
We know she struggles getting out of
the blocks with those long levers,
but moving through to the high jump,
we know her capabilities and this
was a great jump, 1.91. She made it
Shame she couldn't get a
few more points, but to do what she
did in the shot put, she will have
forgotten that by now.
First put, a
new personal best. Look at that
place. I thought it was great. There
was a sense of relief, as there is
one athlete has been working and
they the benefits.
they the benefits.
Again, I am
hesitant to try to read into that
what it means, because I believe
that based on what we have seen
before, it can change in a
heartbeat. So in terms of what she
needs to do, she doesn't need a PB.
She doesn't need to be thinking
about what happened before in the
long jump, just focus, as Greg said,
getting a safe jump. That then build
We can also see that
she is not dwelling on the fact that
the high jump didn't go as well as
she was hoping. It was below par.
But she reacted well in getting a PB
in an event that she is known for
not being that great at. It should
give her the confidence to go out
and enjoy an event that she loves
6.93 is her PB indoors for
long jump. There is clear water
between her and Rodriguez.
Rodriguez has never jumped indoors.
Kat has a lot of experience.
the difference for Rodriguez if she
hasn't jumped indoors?
thing in an indoor arena is that
there is no wind. With the long
jump, it is good to have a bit of a
following wind to give you an
impetus to jump at the end. She will
not have that. You are on a raised
board here, so you are not on the
solid track that you would be
outdoors. There are real
differences. Generally, it suits the
lighter jumpers. But we will see how
she responds. The Cubans are
incredible jumpers, so I expect her
to do well.
She will be getting
ready to jump shortly in that long
jump competition which is just about
to get under way. Steve Backley will
be all over it.
I am indeed, Gabby.
It has been a compelling morning for
Hopefully, she is refreshed and
rested after three events in that
first morning session.
first morning session. The long jump
is the penultimate event. And it is
Erica Bougard of the United States.
She is carrying a hip injury. No,
that was an infringement. It sounded
OK. Must have been a small foul. She
is saying it was just beyond the
legal limit. Crikey, that is about
as close as you get without a foul.
Greg Rutherford was talking about
this. Katarina Johnson-Thompson will
want to get a good jump in. That was
not valid for Erica Bougard.
There is the line-up for the first
of the five heats.
of the five heats. There has been a
slight redraw in this one. Silence
inside the arena.
inside the arena. This should be a
Boons has set a new personal best
this season. Andrea Vargas of Costa
Rica in three.
Watch for Neziri, the Finnish
athlete. She is alongside Nelvis,
who heads this very strong American
contingent in the women's hurdles.
They have the three quickest times.
So the United States could form a
clean sweep here.
Eefje Boons, Andrea Vargas, Sharika
Nelvis, Nooralotta Neziri, Elizabeth
El Torito, Stephanie Bendrat. Four
to go to automatically. A good start
by Veronica Borsi. Through comes
Sharika Nelvis. Looking very
comfortable. 7.97 for Sharika
Nelvis. And in fact it is a Elisavet
Pesiridou of Greece who is down, the
last barrier her undoing. A
demonstration of what can go wrong
in the hurdles. And Elisavet
Pesiridou might have been expected
to come through, but Sharika Nelvis
avoiding such pitfalls, and she is
through to the semifinals. Take us
Eefje Boons can be
difficult for some athletes,
especially burglars, because you get
a trampoline effect and, if you are
not used to that, running
consistently on these boards, it can
be tricky, and that is what happened
to the Greek lady. But Sharika
Nelvis is quality. I think she will
be looking forward to encountering
her fellow countryman later. 7.90
seven. It looks great.
A great start
by Stephanie Bendrat, who has been
going so well this season. She just
clipped the barrier, but Sharika
Nelvis was going so well. Contrast
a contrast to Glasgow, but
totally in control here, cruising
through dress up eight second
performance, looking comfortable. --
through to a below eight second.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson looking
forward to her first long jump,
penultimate event in the Pentax
long. At the moment, she is in
second place, 13 points behind
Rodriguez, the Cuban. But this is an
event where she can dominate, she
can definitely get back into the
lead, and she would expect to. And
possibly she'd expect to get some
daylight between her and the rest of
the world season's best personal
best, something in excess of 6.50
would be great. It's a good jump.
Waiting to see the white flag. It
is. Look at that, a really good
start. In and around 6.5 metres. Was
that a shake of the head? Good
She should be pleased,
controlled the runway really well,
didn't lengthen like sometimes,
plenty of room. Rate start. -- great
Her coach looking on, 6.50
exactly, a really good start. With
Rodriguez to go next, and Ivona
Dadic a couple points behind, she
needs to marker out and put pressure
on the other girls.
That's what she
done, because Rodriguez's PB is just
6.29 from this year. Can she
respond? It's around the six-metre
mark, way down on Johnson Thompson,
and it's a foul. So Rodriguez, the
leader, a foul in the first round,
under the pressure. She wouldn't
have wanted that.
The tiniest of
margins, just drifting. But now
Katarina is settled, she's got 6.50
in the bank, it's up to the other
girls to put the marker down. Kat
can now build on that. She is in the
driving seat, exactly what you want
in the first round. Ivona Dadic of
Russia, in third place coming into
this long jump. Season best of 6.35,
so down on Johnson Thompson also in
her best effort. Somewhere just over
six metres for Ivona Dadic, as we
come towards the end of this first
round of jumping. Only three jumps
for each competitor, and then just
the 800 metres to come.
celebrating -- decelerating into the
board. She got an indoor best of
6.21 and she has jumped 6.22 this
year. 6.29 for Ivona Dadic, that's
good, that's solid, it keeps her
pursuit of a medal on course.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson will feel,
I imagine, pretty good about that
opening jump. What's it like, when
you see the white flag and you know
you've nailed a solid jump which has
given you a good amount of points?
Gilles Villeneuve couldn't.
Absolutely, and looking at Kat's
jump, technically very sound. If she
has more pressure, she will propel
herself to a bigger one. She has a
lovely upright position through the
air, no rotation. If she really put
some mustard on that, she will go
far today, I think.
far today, I think.
What are you
seeing from the other girls,
Rodriguez and Dadic? Rodriguez
getting a red flag, so she will feel
a bit on edge, knowing she's got to
pull one out of the bag. And you
said Dadic was a bit on her toes.
She's coming in in a plant or flex
position, breaking before she has a
chance to take off, so she's
elongate in her foot and not getting
underneath herself, not striking
underneath her hips to give herself
a catalyst to really push off the
board and jump far, and it is
because they are forcing it more,
desperate to get a distance out
there to get close to Kat, and
because of that they are making
mistakes they shouldn't make. The
other risk, with your foot out, is
there is a chance of injury.
get back out there but for the
second heat of the women's 60
This second heat, fairly
straightforward qualification, but
what a moment for Megan Marrs, a
city of Lisbon athlete, Loughborough
student at the moment, and a long
time since somebody from Northern
Ireland represented the British team
in the championships. In fact, her
mum competed in the European indoors
in 1988 she will be up against
Christina Manning, one of the
favourites in this event. We've just
seen Sharika Nelvis looking calm and
straightforward qualifications, 7.90
seven. An experienced Austrian,
Beate Schrott. There she is, she has
set six personal best in my
reckoning this season, huge
improvement, she didn't like the
qualifying time set by British
athletics, which I'll explain in a
minute. Andrea Grant Jovic, Isabelle
Pedersen Norway. A former junior
champion. Yes Megan Marrs, the IAAF,
once countries have put their
entries in, have a chance to draw
further down the entries list, and
they sent individual invites. She is
a pay against one of the best in the
world, Christina Manning. -- she is
up against. She missed out on a
medal last year at the World
Championships. Not by much. And
Kendra Harrison is yet to go, from
the USA, with three great 60-metre
hurdlers. Four to go through.
Christina Manning got out well. It
is Christina Manning and Isabelle
Pedersen. Andrea Ivancevic taking
third. I reckon Megan Marrs might
have got this fifth or sixth. Colin
is screwing his face up, going, you
got that wrong, Steve. We'll sort it
out. We are heading for a USA one,
two, three, we?
Possibly, but I'm
sure that others will have something
to say about that. It seems to be a
good place for her. But Pedersen
from Denmark, we know her quality.
We've seen her many times on the
circuit, but now another
opportunity. Christina Manning from
the United States, she got the
invite here because she won the
indoor tour, she just missed out on
automatic selection for the US
championships, but she finished
third in that, incredibly fast time.
For me, she is a person you need to
watch out for, because she is more
than capable of producing a red-hot
Eline Berings got the
fourth spot. Looking at Megan Marrs,
a huge moment for her, she couldn't
have begun the season thinking she'd
compete at the world indoor
And massive moment,
up against people she's watched on
the screen for many years, and she
can't believe she is warming up
alongside them. A good opportunity
to experience what it's like. She
ended up in six, in 8.28. She will
go home and be happy with it.
Christina Manning, watching her
back, you seemed to slow down at the
end so comfortably through.
just want to get everything going on
and that's what I did.
You had a
massive performance in last weekend
to secure your place through a wild
card. What's it's been like
preparing at the last minute and
getting ready for this?
preparing for this all year, you
know. It doesn't really feel
last-minute. When I didn't make the
US team, I was like, I'm going to
win Glasgow and make that team, so
I've been preparing since the
beginning of the season.
The US team
is so incredible, you came third in
the trials with an incredible trial
and still didn't make the team. How
much is that helped to push your
performances, knowing that your
compatriots are so good?
me every time because you want to be
the best, and I am competing against
the best. I go out there I go after
it every time.
Fantastic. Thank you
for speaking to us. Of luck later.
Thank you. -- best of luck.
A nice performance, and what a way
to keep the draft of your neck,
earrings with pom-poms on pigs
Christina Manning looking good, and
it personal best from Pedersen. --
earrings with pom-poms on them.
Christina Manning looking good.
The US champion, Erica Bougard, has
been pushed out of the medals, the
US champion, but there is a foul in
the first round of the long jump. We
are into the second round, Erica
Bougard looking to make amends. Big
acceleration. It's around the
six-metre mark. It's a good job.
Valid jump, at least.
accelerated into the board, like you
should, but she didn't really get
across it. Her hips went back early,
the head comes down, and she comes
in for an early landing. More like a
forward somersault. You need to keep
your body upright and fly deeper
into the pit.
A bit forced, still in
Somewhere in Texas or California,
there is a conveyor belt, and
American women hurdlers just come
off it. You are such good hurdlers.
There is always somebody else coming
to bolster it. You've got a world
record-holder, and it's not enough,
it could be two, three.
you are right, there are so many
hurdlers, and it's not it's an event
everybody does. Not everybody does
it. It's a difficult event. There is
just a tradition over the years. You
think back, Gail Devers, amazing
hurdler, and it's always been that
way but it's very competitive at the
NCAA level, and I think they push
one another, and it breeds a
fantastic group of athletes.
Christina Manning the latest one of
those. Let's get back out to the
long jump with Steve Backley.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson really
solid in the first round, 6.50, and
the good news for her is that the
competitors are faltering.
you are right. She has cemented
herself in that position. I'm not
sure the opposition can respond.
Rodriguez's best indoors is 6.29.
It's up to Kat to express herself
and get the biggest other she can
going into the 800 metres so she
doesn't have to run too fast.
role this year, 30 seconds for the
horizontal jumps and throws, and her
clock has begun. She has to start
the run up before it gets to zero.
Johnson Thompson, round two, to back
up that 6.50 first round ever.
Cheering from the crowd. Thumbs up,
I think it's exactly the same.
She might have a few more
centimetres. Drifted off. She puts
her foot across herself, but she is
controlling the runway. It isn't
overextending. Drifting a bit, but
that's fine. 6.43 for Kat, backing
it up. No improvement, but she
stayed out in front. The only
athlete who can really threaten is
Rodriguez. But has that foul...? She
looks a bit anxious, knowing that
she really needs to get one in here
to take the pressure off.
That is not enough. It is a legal
jump, which maintains her movement
towards the podium. However, she
overrotates and doesn't get across
She has a lifetime best
of 6.29m. This is 6.15, pushes her
into third place. Going well for
Onto the third
heat in the 60m hurdles, which
includes another athlete from Great
Britain, who goes in lane one.
Marilyn Nwawulor got the qualifying
time in Belgium last month. She is a
multi-eventer. We have been talking
about the crossover from heptathlon
and pentathlon to hurdling.
Alongside her, the Romanian. Talking
about who might challenge the
Americans, the German athlete is in
lane three. This is the third of
five heats in the women's 60m
hurdles. Cleanly away.
hurdles. Cleanly away. Charlton of
the Bahamas goes swiftly.
the Bahamas goes swiftly. She was
flying in lane eight. A good run by
Visser as well, but it was Charlton
who sneaked it on the line. We will
keep an eye on the time of Marilyn
Nwawulor in lane one. I think
Charlton has taken that. A good race
and a season's best time for
Charlton. Someone is very excited in
the crowd. But a good run from
Yeah, you're right. In the
middle, you can sneak away without
anyone noticing you, and that is
what she did. When you are as
competent a hurdle as that, there is
no need to panic. Just do your
stuff. And that is exactly what she
did McCain through comfortably to
take the second position.
Marilyn Nwawulor, she was given a
time of 8.22, so the two who are not
the automatic qualifiers here are
the two fastest losers at the
moment. So it is not a bad run.
Yeah, it's clean and aggressive.
Yeah, it's clean and aggressive. It
was a good, solid run.
We are getting towards the end of
the second round in this long jump
pentathlon. Ivona Dadic, 6.29 in the
Ran much better than
her first round. She gets a white
flag, but she is bending on the
board. As she puts her foot in, the
need buckle is a bit. She turns her
head back in take-off, so you are
not carrying the speed across the
board, which is what you need to do.
Ivona Dadic at the moment is the one
who can really challenge.
who can really challenge. But she is
not a better 800m runner.
A clumsy effort for Nana Djimou.
really getting the speed.
really getting the speed. She
doesn't really complete the
Harrison is going in the next heat
in the 60m hurdles, another
phenomenal pergola. Michael, the
world-record holder has had a mixed
bag. She didn't qualify for Rio and
didn't make it to the top three in
US trials. She finished outside the
medals in London as well. She to
feel that her time, she is one of
those people who you would not
begrudge being on the top of the
Right, but just because
you are the world record-holder,
doesn't mean that you are an amazing
competitor. That is what she had to
work on. She had to work on her
competitiveness and the ability to
deliver those impressive
performances that she is capable of
when it counts, knowing that she is
the favourite. That seems to have
been a problem for her over the last
few years. It will be interesting to
see what she does here. This is an
opportunity for her to get a global
medal. Interesting to say that,
given that she is the world
record-holder, with no global
metals. It is not only in the UK
that there is that problem. We have
that problem in the US as well.
It is interesting that you say that,
because there is room for so many
things to go wrong with the hurdles
that if you can't make it through
the rounds, you will be punished at
You will be, but that is
not something you would expect from
Harrison here. She is such a
beautiful hurdler to watch, very
aggressive and dynamic. It is just
that mental chink in her armour
which will be the difference at the
final, should be get there with her.
That will be the front and whether
she gets that global title or not.
Let's see how the journey goes Cram.
So, Harrison is in the middle in
lane four. They are not losing lane
one indeed heats. It is fairly
straightforward for the better
athletes. They want to make sure
nothing untoward happens.
This is Kozak of Hungary. The
21-year-old is having a good season.
Ziketh from Ivory Coast. Plotitsyna
is another veteran, fourth in the
European indoor Championships last
year. Lindsey Lindley from Nigeria
and there is Angela Whyte.
and there is Angela Whyte. Megan
Marrs only just missed out as the
This and one more heat to come.
Sally Pearson is in the next one.
We have already had five women under
eight seconds. My start from
Harrison. Look at the speed, this is
going to be super quick. Whoa, 7.78!
An absolute field between her and
the rest. We have had the others
easing back and taking it easy going
through. Kendra Harrison, showing
what she is capable of. That was
very quick indeed. She just didn't
slow down, did she? Like she had a
bus to catch or something. Maybe
want to get back to the hotel.
was certainly an exceptional
performance. Let's have a look
again. Steve, you will remember that
there is not alone in the race for
these women today, so she can
happily blast her way through, have
a feel of the track, see if she's
feeling comfortable. Just practise
everything, there is nothing wrong
with that. Really strong and
aggressive out of the blocks. If you
remember London last year, she
smashed into the first barrier and
that caused her a problem early on.
So she's brushing off all the
cobwebs, getting the journey out of
the way, making sure her technique
is solid as she prepares for the
following rounds. They will be the
Kendra, that was a
massive performance, particularly
for a semifinal.
Yeah, the goal was
to come out and run each run as if
it's the final.
You have massive
competition from your own
compatriots in the USA alone. What
sort of signal do you think that
I am sure they are not
worried about me. But we are going
to put on a great show and there
will be faster times to come.
think we are going to see a 1-2-3?
With us Americans, I think so.
two things to talk about in the
result. One is that 7.77. And the
fastest losers will go through at
the moment. It means that Nwawulor
is still hanging on by her
fingertips. But there is one more
heat to come. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson has a really
healthy buffer at the end of this
long jump going into the last event
of the pentathlon, get hundred
metres. We have been doing the maths
with Tony Minnich yellow. We think
she has a lead of around what would
equate to six metres, four seconds
over Dadic in the 800m. But she does
have one more jump.
have one more jump. So that is a
four second buffer we are talking
about in the 800m. But she can
about in the 800m. But she can
extend that. There is good
camaraderie between the
multi-eventer 's. Johnson-Thompson
is capable of putting it out of
reach here. Last jump.
reach here. Last jump.
much better. Seemed to carry the
speed across the board there.
Fingers crossed. She's not happy
with it, but I figured more points,
and that is what you want.
So no change. However, this athlete
can make a huge difference here,
because Dadic is currently in second
place, with Rodriguez in the bronze
medal position. But she can close it
down. At the moment, she is 100
points behind Kat Johnson-Thompson.
And that is worth about six seconds
over 800m. So if you can visualise
that, what is that?
About 40 metres.
Now, the official has stopped her so
that we can do the presentations for
the 60m hurdles. She was ready to
go, and now she has to wait. That is
not fair. It is not fair if you are
composed and ready to go.
major champs. That is what you have
got to put up with. So Rodriguez had
to compose herself here, stay
focused. Until that code is removed,
the clock will not start.
the clock will not start.
cone has been removed and the
sweeping is complete.
The runway is
clear. Rodriguez of Cuba, currently
in bronze medal position.
in bronze medal position. She is
looking to improve on 6.15... There
is a red flag. We shouldn't
celebrate, but she did slow down
into the board and went straight up
into the air, trying really hard. I
think she knows.
She put her foot into the
plasticine. One more athlete to go,
Dadic. Johnson Thompson has really
controlled this competition. Maybe
not jumped as far as she would have
hoped, but she has performed
superbly and put the pressure on,
and the pressure has shown.
Rodriguez faltering slightly. So
it's only really Dadic who can close
that gap of four seconds or so, the
equivalent in the 800 metres. Last
chance for Dadic to move closer to
throws her head back again. Is it a
bit further, looking at that? White
Identical jobs in the first
two rounds, both 6.29. It is not
same again, is it?
Looking at her
face, it might be a bit better.
6.40. She's closed the gap. We will
update you with the equivalent
points, but it's a season best for
It makes the difference about
two seconds. However, Katarina
Johnson-Thompson is a better
800-metre runner by about two to
three seconds. Ladies and gentlemen,
stay in your seats!
It's going to be
good. The athletes for the next heat
in the women's 60 metres hurdles
have had their introduction. Sally
Pearson, a big roar from the crowd a
moment ago. World champion, former
Olympic champion, she has won this
title before. It's all about the
Gold Coast, the Commonwealth Games
for her this year. She could
challenge the Americans this year.
So to record low of Germany. --
You'd expect as well, with a quality
line-up, that one of the fastest
losers' lead might be under threat.
A good start by Pearson. Already a
long way clear of the rest. Amusan
going strongly, and she speaks it at
the line. She takes it from Sally
Pearson, 7.95. A good run by the
Nigerian, just 20, but she has run
so well on the American college
scene. A student at the University
of Texas, and Amusan, not an
American, but she runs and she has
that fierce competition in the
United States, and a very good run
to take it just ahead Sally Pearson.
It was an interesting race all
around. Sally blasted out of the
blocks, as we normally see her do,
and I expected her to ease away from
the rest of the field, but Amusan
came through strong, a lovely, nice
and rangy athlete. Have a look at
Sally Pearson, right in the centre.
Amusan to the right, our left. Sally
working hard. Look how mice and
controlled Amusan is. She rolled off
these barriers well. She hits the
ground and charges the line. Does
enough to take victory.
No sign of
any easing off from Sally Pearson,
so take an fair square by Amusan.
The focus for Sally Pearson is very
much on the Gold Coast, and it's all
about the Commonwealth Games for
her, she lives and trains there, but
slightly concerning signs for her
chances it, overhauled by Amusan in
that way will stop
that happened. Tomorrow will be be
telling day for them. They have to
Looking of the others, a
talented Belarussian athlete, Alina
Talay, she came through well.
think she had a problem with the
second barrier, going a bit higher
than necessarily, and then she
snapped herself in, got back into
the focus. How much running she has
left, tomorrow will be key.
semifinals around about this time
tomorrow, they kick off the evening
session, and those four will be
through, Amusan, Pearson, Alina
Talay and Karolina Koleczek.
So, Katarina Johnson-Thompson did
exactly what she needed to do in
that long jump competition, and the
way she approached her first job was
so crucial to get herself a clean
jump, to get herself a good
distance, Denise, but then to
compose herself throughout and set
that standard to the rest of the
field. You felt there was a
nervousness, especially with
She needed to establish
herself and say, listen, you all
know this is my best event, but I'm
here to do business, and she did it.
6.50, hoping for a bit more, and she
seemed to want to push it a bit, but
we talked about how consistent she
has been for those three jumps. It's
really good. And should put pressure
on the other athletes. But Dadic,
who Tony tipped as one of his
favourites, you can see why she is
there and fighting for a medal. She
is so consistent and able to pull
things out of the bag when you least
expect her to.
A season 's best is
what you want in those moments, and
she is one of Tony's stars of the
future across the championships, and
it looks like she has a great
competitive head. We knew it
wouldn't be a strong bed for
Rodriguez, not the strongest.
but strange because the Cubans are
usually very good long jumpers, so
interesting that she struggles with
it, but I think they could all look
at Kat and see how to structure a
runway in order to make those jobs
consistent, because Kat was building
through the run, getting up to speed
when she needed to, taking the ball
towards the end in order to get the
same point on the board. The others
worry that all over the place, quite
a lot of fouls, people struggling
with the boards, as people do here,
and I think a lot of good work on
Bizarrely, they had two
identical jumps, both of them. This
was her third jump. Look at this.
was her third jump. Look at this.
this point, Kat is in a scenario
where she can let it go a bit, and
Tony noticed it, pushing a bit
harder on the runway. Look at the
way she's landed in the sand. You
can read an awful lot from landing
in the sand, it's like reading tea
leaves in cups. You can see where
people are going wrong. Her slight,
what you want to do is your heels
come together, and your bum goes
past and it's quite similar, but
quite a difference with Kat. Her
right leg seems to be sweeping
earlier, and she is losing a bit on
that. She needs to look at that and,
if she can get them all nailed and
even, it's a big amount of distance
she can gain.
And these are
heptathlete. You are talking about
finite details as a jumper. But
juggling all five events, and
generally if seven, it's about
division of your time. You want to
spend more time working on your
runway, because that delivers
consistency, but the menu shy, you
don't have time to do it.
thinking about that, within the
pentathlon, that would seem to be
the most difficult event, the long
jump, because there is so much you
can get wrong with the run-up, and
we saw that today, and in the
heptathlon Kat has got it wrong
before. Maybe there is a case for
doing work there, not so much so you
can get more distant but so you can
be more consistent, because it seems
like it pushes people out of the
You are talking about when
Kat has got it wrong, and we are
talking about a centimetre, you
know? For consistency, what she
normally has on the runway, she has
been a world civil medallist, so she
knows to long jump. It might have
been that little bit of detail. --
she has been a world
She is a good long
jumper, so unwell with -- on one
level you can break it down more
than with some of the other events,
because she is naturally good. I
said earlier, with some of the right
things, she could be a seven-metre
jumper, but she would need to put
more time into it.
Talking about the
age-old dilemma with Kat, do you
work more on the pros, where you are
weaker, or do you push elsewhere?
Today, she's done a really good
throw for her in the shot put, which
has given her a platform to go into
the long jump.
It's a fine balancing
act, and the detail, you could
dissect it all day, but what matters
is, can you come to major
championships and be competitive and
minimise the mistakes, and she is
proving that it's coming together.
Let's have a look at the standings.
Heading into that 800 metres, coming
up at about 8:15pm. She is in the
lead. This isn't reading we've had
before in the final event of a
global event for Katarina
Johnson-Thompson. There she is, 33
points ahead of Dadic, and she is a
quicker 800-metre runner and Dadic,
in front of a home crowd... What
could possibly go wrong?
She is fit
enough. She has got good endurance.
This crowd will be roaring her home.
The only thing that could go wrong
is that she goes too hard, but I
doubt she will do that. She's got a
good head on her in terms of pace
judgment, and I expect her to be
running through this.
She has to
enjoy it, doesn't she?
I'd like to
enjoy the celebrating after she's
one it. She has been very focused,
poised, and that has worked for her,
so I'd like to see her continue to
do that, and not enjoyed this too
soon. Just finish it up and then
enjoy celebrating a medal.
And it is
for her, let's not forget, five
events in Monday, it's not what
these women are used to.
not used to it but in some ways I
think they find it easier, but what
is tiring is the warming up again,
the sore legs, moving into the next
day and having to warm up, so
getting it done, there is some
beauty in that.
I don't think you
give the body long enough to realise
how hard it is working. It's like
heavy training in the winter, it's
the next day when you feel awful.
During it, you think I'll get
another job. By the time they wake
up tomorrow, they will be stiff and
struggling to walk around, I
imagine. My body could never put up
with that, because it's so much
pressure for so many events, and
it's very impressive.
Let's head to
our number cruncher in the
commentary box. You have been
working out what she's got to do in
the 800 metres.
because there are a couple of
dynamics. Katarina Johnson-Thompson
as, looking at my piece of paper, I
apologise, a two second lead over
Dadic, 33 points. Stay with me on
this, Dadic has a 65 point lead over
Rodriguez. However, that relates to
four seconds. The difference between
Dadic and Rodriguez's PBs in the 800
is about three and a half, so if I
am Rodriguez, I think, I can still
get a silver medal, so I will run
hard, and that changes the dynamic
of the race. It will not be a cruise
around, Rodriguez will probably be
pushing for a silver, and that will
push it on. The scoreboard is up,
and you can see the point margins
Thank you, Tony, we
can always rely on you for the
numbers. I think you are going to
give Rachel Riley a run for her
money! Next up on the track, the
semifinals of the women's 60 metres
and Asha Philip is in the one, which
is loaded with talent.
talent, but the objective is clear.
She said she's come to these
championships for a medal, anything
less is a disappointment for her.
She will have the support of the
home crowd. Birmingham is like home
for her. Game open.
Looking at the
names in this, people would think,
Olympic champions, world champions,
but Asha is a fantastic start.
built for this event. She has Dafne
Schippers on the outside, Murielle
Ahoure on the inside. But she has to
be careful and patient run her best
race in order to get into the next
round and that final.
Steve Cram has
this semi for you.
Yes, we've got a world leader, and
Olympic champion 100 metres, a world
champion, Dafne Schippers, 200
meteors, and the European indoor
champion in Asha Philip, not to
mention the fact that Ahoure is a
two-time world silver-medallist. Not
your average semifinal! This is
tough for Asha Philip. I saw her
earlier and she said, if I've got to
beat some people, I've got to run
fast, and she's right. There two
fastest loser spots available if you
don't make it into the best top two,
and he was Kelly-Ann Baptiste of
Trinidad and Tobago. The big names,
Murielle Ahoure in lane three, and
in superb form this year, unbeaten
on the circuit. Asha Philip, British
champion and European champion from
last year. Can she hang on to the
big names around her? Dafne
Schippers, how good is she going to
be here? Maybe Asha Philip can get
ahead of Dafne Schippers. Looked
pretty good to me in qualification.
Elaine Thompson was taking it easy
as well, the Olympic champion. Not
such a good 2017 for her,
disappointment in London, she wasn't
well. This young lady can start very
quickly, Xiaojing Liang, just 20.
And what are we going to see from
Javianne Oliver? The world lead, got
left in the box this. If she runs
like that, she will have no chance
of getting through. It's not just
those four, and there is a big
danger if she decides to wake up
after this morning. That is why she
is in lane eight. Although all of
the attention in the middle lanes
here, watch out for Oliver.
Let's put it this way, if you don't
finish in the top four, you don't
have any chance of getting through,
because there are only two fastest
loser spots. The first of three
semifinals. Asha Philip in lane
Thompson Murielle Ahoure gets a
cracking start. Ahoure wins it from
Thompson. Then Oliver and then Dafne
Schippers. Really good performance
from Ahoure. I think Asha Philip
will have to accept that she got a
terrible draw in terms of
qualification. We will see what time
she ran. It's been taken down to
7.01, a world lead for the IED.
Superb start as ever from Ahoure.
She desperately wants to win gold
this time. Elaine Thompson and
Schippers were not too far behind.
But Ahoure was excellent.
was. I was watching how she was
going to be in the blocks. What
they're going to be any anxiety?
This was such a loaded semifinal.
But they waited and there was a lot
of discipline. The gun goes an
Ahoure explodes out of the blocks,
drives really hard in those yellow
shorts. Asha Philip did well to hang
on in there originally. But when the
really strong players come in, Dafne
Schippers pulls Elaine Thompson
through. Elaine then steps up
another gear. What a semifinal. And
we still have a final to go at the
end of the evening. Asha Philip 's
will be disappointed that she was
drawn in this one, but that is the
nature of the beast. Her time is not
bad. That would not be far off
winning some of the other
Asha drives hard, works well. But
now she will already feel Dafne
Schippers alongside her. Ahoure has
already gone. Now she has two stay
relaxed and work hard. Tough
semifinal, but she did her best.
Knowing how competitive Asha is, she
will think, I run OK, but if I could
have run a 7.10, she would have run
her season's best. She could have
just gone a bit quicker and I have
been enough. But that was a stacked
First of all, we have to look at
this from a British perspective
because as European indoor champion,
Asha Philip would have expected to
get herself into that final.
When you look at the athletes who
have run seasons bests and they are
in the top three, she had to be
putting herself amongst her season's
best and putting herself up there to
Edge was only 100th of
a second off her season's best, so
you can't ask for much more. I think
she got a bit high out of the
blocks, like a bound. But that is
fractional. We knew Ahoure would be
out there. Look up Schippers.
out there. Look up Schippers. I
don't think Asha was going to be
able to do much more than this. She
was in the worst heat you could get.
Oliver, who is incredible, came
fourth in this race. I don't think
she could have done much more.
think she didn't run her best rate.
She has been consistent all season.
Where are talking about fractions of
a second here, but she will be
disappointed with that.
disappointed with that.
But if it's
not her best race by hundreds of a
second. Majka I am looking at the
execution here and it is almost
identical to this morning, which is
what you want. I don't think there
is much more she was going to be
able to do. If you could fault
anything with that race, it is not
the execution. Maybe there was a bit
more speed she could have got in the
lead up, maybe a bit more speed
endurance from her training. But I
don't think you can fault much
there. It was a bad draw for her.
She is obviously disappointed,
because she has just walked through
the interview area and hasn't
stopped. We will hopefully get a
word with her later. But if you were
listening this morning, she had her
interview where she said she expects
to be among the medals and she would
be very disappointed if she isn't,
so I am sure she will be. Let's get
back down for the next of these
semifinals. Andrew Cotter is all
over this one.
Look at some of the names here in
What a run that was from Ahoure.
What can another one from Cote
d'Ivoire do? There is destiny
Carter. Didn't look too impressive
in the first round.
in the first round. Swoboda is an
amazing talent. I would be very
surprised if over the next two
semifinals, anyone beats those
fastest losers' times of Dafne
Schippers and JVM Oliver. I would
really expect us to go through as
the two fastest losers. That was an
incredibly quick first semifinal.
What can they do in the second? Ta
Lou has been unbeaten this year
since the meeting in Berlin.
Just two to go through
automatically. Second semifinal in
the women's 60m.
the women's 60m. A good start by
Pinto. Ta Lou leaving the rest. It
is close for second place, but Ta
Lou takes it 7.09. She wins in the
same time as Dafne Schippers, in
third place in the first semifinal
by comparison. That was a hard run
by Ta Lou. She has been rounded down
to 7.08, the winning time. She will
have to step it up because Ahoure in
the first semifinal looked very
quick indeed. But it is another
Very strong run from Ta
Lou. And we expect that from her.
She's really good out of the blocks.
Worked hard, drove all the way. When
it comes to the semifinal stage,
there is no messing about. There is
so much talent alongside you that
you have to work. A strong time. I
will be interested to see what the
other times are.
It was tight
between Ahye and Pinto. I think Ahye
might have sneaked it on the line.
Burchell ran strongly, but she has
been given it. She takes second with
7.15, a slower time than Asha Philip
in the first heat. It is just the
luck of the draw for Asha Philip.
Well, that endorses everything we
were saying about that first
semifinal with those times. If you
look at the difference between first
and second place, it is going to be
tough for Asha to take.
years. It was unbelievable how
stacked that field was. That is just
the luck of the draw. We can't go on
about it, it is what it is and she
will be very disappointed. We felt
this was an opportunity for her.
came into these championships with
the right attitude, saying exactly
what you would want someone who has
been around for a long time to say,
wanting to deliver on the big stage.
It is tough, but she has to bounce
back. She has the Commonwealth
Games, so she needs to move on.
will find it difficult as well
because if you get yourself into the
final, anything can happen. That is
what will hurt her looking at what
That time for Ta Lou puts
her right amongst the Schippers and
Elaine Thompson. She is going to be
in the mix in the final.
It will be
a great final. Ta Lou has been
running well for the last couple of
years. She has been very consistent.
She has a cracking start every time.
And she is a championship performer.
Every championship, she gives the
best performance of the year. She
built into it and get a great race.
Not as relaxed in the face as I
would like to see, but it is
obviously working well for her.
Let's just get back outside because
the athletes in that race have been
looking up at the big screen,
waiting for the results, which still
hadn't come in a few seconds ago.
Andrew Cotter, what is going on?
They are still having a look at it.
We have got confirmation of the
result, but it has gone down to
thousandths of a second. We said it
was close between Burchell and Ahye
and they have been given exactly the
same time. Steve Cram, there seemed
to be a lack of lanes as well?
haven't got nine lanes, so either
they don't take an extra fastest
loser, which is probably what they
will have to do. That reminds me of
this morning. Ahye was thinking,
brilliant, I'm in Kombucha to she
didn't see her name, in the results
for a long time. -- she would have
been thinking she was in. Here,
there should be one less fastest
loser. I think that is how they will
So we have one more won to
come. Sadly, we can't have nine
lanes in the final, so these two are
dead heating for the top two.
dead heating for the top two. Just
Steve, going back to Barcelona in
1995, looking at the final, there
was a British representative who
lost a place in the final on the
toss of a coin. He and his rival had
the exact same time but there was
only room for one of them in the
final, so it might come down to the
toss of a coin.
Except that they
would have had the same time as
fastest losers. Here, they could
just take the ninth fastest person
out. Let's find out in a bit,
anyway. Bianca Williams made it
through as fastest loser to the
Koh-i-Noor Horne, the South African
record-holder at this distance. She
looked a little ragged this morning.
The revelation was this young lady,
Zahi from France, who looked very
quick indeed. Did we miss somebody?
Lane seven is not there. That should
have been Evans.
We have seen Asha Philip not going
Mujinga Kambundji got into a rut,
into the same routine. Zahi in six.
Zahi didn't get quite a good start
as previously. Carina Horn came
through late for a third but it
would be good enough to qualify
unless she's very quick switch with
that winning time of 7.10, I don't
think she will be. The question for
me will tidy this up is Dafne
Schippers is the slowest of the two
fastest losers. Are they going to
take Dafne Schippers out of the
final? Because we've got
theoretically nine qualifiers. Colin
Jackson, and so.
No! That's what I'm
saying. It's an interesting dilemma.
They don't have long to
work it out!
They've got blue paint.
They could quickly put another
Kambundji change in her
coach, going back to the old
environment, she's certainly
improved. I think she ran former
controlled and she did in the heat
this morning. -- far more control.
Good times, 7.10, very controlled. I
don't thing was panic that any
point. Didn't get the best of starts
but everything she did she did well.
The hall itself do the rest of the
field and she's switching off and
cruising through. I don't see she
pressurised herself at all. Bianca
is on the right of our screen. Not
smooth out of the blocks. I've seen
him more aggressive and focused than
that. She said it was a surprise for
her to be as you can understand
that's the reason why.
rewarded with a personal best so I
think should be pretty pleased with
that. She did well to make it
through as fastest loser. It bodes
well for outdoor.
Always. To get in
our female team in the four by one,
you have to prove you are in great
shape and running personal bests.
Lets the tidy this up, this heat.
Carolle Zahi was slower than Asha
Philip so that go through.
Technically we have nine qualifiers
for the final. Tuned!
Anyone got a
coin? I think if you are the slowest
of the fastest losers, even if your
Dafne Schippers, you're going to
feel a bit nervous right now.
and it doesn't matter who you are.
If you are slowest of the fastest
losers and there isn't a lane for
you you have to watch it.
you're combing through the real
bottle now trying to find out
exactly how this works to find out
what your fate is. If you are the
slowest they will eliminate one,
which would seem to be the fair
thing to do if you're going to how
only have eight lanes. It is what it
They lose Dafne Schippers from
the final and it tells you what
we've been saying all day that this
is really wide open and this is very
much a kind of even spread amongst
these women. The times were very
Not only does it tell you
it's very open, it's also very fast.
It's fast athletes that...
interrupt you. Which is hearing a
bit of white smoke has come through!
We have confirmation that actually
Schippers was the fastest losers so
she is through. And Oliver is the
one in danger. She is the fastest
woman out of the United States team.
And came into the Championship as
the fastest in the world but didn't
perform well this morning, she was
horrible out of the blocks and then
she ran better in the semifinal but
still not enough for an automatic
qualifier, which she should have
been having run 7.02 earlier this
year. That would be on her if she is
out. Maybe they will paint another
Do you think, if you're
being really brutal, but the slowest
It's not in the rules.
Exactly. It's given to finishing
one, two in your heat.
Would you do
No, I... I think it's
fair the way we think that it's
going to work out. I think the
person who was one of the fastest
losers doesn't go. The slowest
fastest loser doesn't get in.
said earlier the US is so good at
producing hurdlers. There generally
always have someone close to
dominating or dominating so to have
a winning 60-metre final without
anyone from the US would be a shock.
You would expect with the strength
and depth about there would always
be at least one who would make the
Not so wish for the indoor 60
metres. A lot of sprinters for the
100 metres that will contest the 100
Fastest in the world this
year, you'd think she'd be in the
You think that she would be
in the final but what you're saying
is she's the only one that even...
Even in contention to be in the
final. The others didn't even make
it to the final. But think about who
we have at home who are 100 metre
sprinters, if this was the outdoor
World Championships and the women's
100 metres, and no US
representation, that would have been
The queue has been taken
from her name so she has no longer
qualify for the final. Nine became
eight, as the Spice Girls once
signed and that is the line-up for
the final which will take place this
evening just after 9:30pm. It'll be
the last event on the track. Pick
your winner from that slots, then!
At this point, array array. The only
thing she would have to look for is
if she gets the start and runs like
she did in the prelims because she
did get to the semifinals. Not
looking quite as good as in the
preliminaries but she looked
I'm glad we cleared that up
eventually. Let's get out onto the
track because Elliot Giles is out
which means its 800 metre time. This
is an event where you got to get
your tactics right. Content Aird you
certainly have to do. It adds to
that one it's four lapse for 800
metres because it becomes a bit more
furious and chaotic. Alvaro De
Arriba, bronze in Belgrade last
year. Drew Windle finished second at
the US indoors behind Donavan
Brazier. A strong finish there, came
storming through to take second.
Andreas Kramer likes to run
outdoors, so I'm sure he'll adopt
that if he can hear. European under
23 champion last year, still 20.
Elliot Giles, a hometown boy with a
Indoor champion. Recently added that
if his outdoor title. On the inside
in lane two, Mohammed Hamada
Mohamed. Elliot Giles carrying
British hopes here. Kyle Langford
deciding not to run the world
indoors and Giles with the
supporting goodwill of most of the
crowd but with that comes pressure.
The first of effectively two
semifinals in the men's 800. Limited
field with very top qualifying
standards set by the IAAF.
standards set by the IAAF. Perhaps a
better chance for Elliott Giles.
Andreas Kramer likes to different
run. Only two go through
Two go through
automatically and then the two
fastest losers. You have to think
that is what Mohamed is doing. It is
shocking in a world indoor
Championships we only have ten men
in the 800 metres.
Giles is being stretched at the
moment, the whole field is
stretching out with Mohamed. They
will start to come back towards
Giles and Drew Windle will certainly
finish strongly. Don't rule him out
and don't rule out Alvaro De Arriba
who is running an experienced race
here. Two go through automatically.
Don't rule out Drew Windle. You
close very fast in Albuquerque to
grab the qualifying spot and he is
capable of doing it again today.
Elliot Giles has played well so far
and he's got something left.
Giles eases his way past.
Elliot Giles is looking up at the
big screen and being carried on by
the support of the home crowd.
Giles just hangs on for second. De
Arriba wins. A quick time indoors
and Elliot Giles goes through as an
automatic qualifier and Drew Windle
will have to wait and see but it was
a quick race.
It was. You have to
think that Drew Windle probably will
go through anyway. I'd like to think
that Elliot Giles was easing down.
He was checking the screen down the
back straight and looked very
comfortable at that stage. To ease
down when you know people are
breathing down job back and the
final is something you should be in.
He's done well, managed to get the
qualifying spot. .
You can see how
happy Elliot Giles is. He knows he's
an automatic qualifier but we can
see his time and he knows it's good.
1:45.46. That puts him third on the
UK all-time list behind Sebastian
Coe. Very quick indeed from Elliot
Giles. That's the way to move
through to the final tomorrow night.
This is effectively a straight
semifinal. Not many athletes running
here in the men's 800 metres. Tough
qualifying standard. The great race
but Elliot Giles.
And he'll be
pleased with that. A big boost. He
probably want to say thank you to
effectively the pacemaker. Look at
De Arriba in the Spanish vest. He
eventually won and that's the beauty
of the 800 metres. They were all
coming back, all starting to fade
back towards him and it looks like
he's picking up the pace. He's not
the rest are fading. Giles able to
look at the screen and see where he
At this stage, Elliot Giles is
doing everything right. He's looking
at the screen, looking he was coming
behind him so he knows where the
danger is coming from. He knew that
De Arriba was coming through. You
can see his shoulder starting to go
up but he is maintaining his form,
keeping running hard through to the
line. The only fault he made was
moving slightly wide and believing
that space for Drew Windle to make a
last ditch for the line.
and Elliot Giles was able to hold
on. Drew Windle may well go through
as one of the two fastest losers
over these two effective semifinals
but that was a very good run from De
Arriba, the Spaniard. So too from
Elliot Giles. That time, third on
the UK all-time list.
the UK all-time list. 1:45.46 to
automatically qualify for the final.
Giles, personal-best there, through
to the final. Happy with your
Yeah, I'd just seen the
playback. I shouldn't have eased up
because they could have got me. I
think next time, just run over the
line because I could have easily not
been in the final then.
off your personal-best.
I think my
PB doesn't really affect me but
again it's a PB soap not bad.
if I told you that is the third
fastest time for British runner in
Well, we better get
a bit quicker, haven't we? To more
places to take.
You've heard the
crowd tonight, which was that
Just hearing the
accident was great. I'm based down
south so it's great to be around
What do you make of your
chances for the final?
We get a game
plan. The first job was the heats
and then I got second.
Best of luck,
Easing down, he said.
1:45.46. Great run from the Spaniard
to take automatic qualifying along
with Elliot Giles. Drew Windle may
well be good enough to see him
through. All of his answers, Elliot
Giles, would seem to indicate he's a
man who is very confident of his
form. He expects a lot more from
himself. When he said, I should have
them through the line, not eased up,
tells you what kind of shape using.
Tells you his his mentality and
about his trajectory. He's really
come into his own the last couple of
years. We've been on the team with
him. He's a great person to be
around and really applying himself
to his training and that the
It's really interesting. He
was in my apartment block in the
Olympics in 2016 and you could see
the determination of everything he
was doing. He knows and he knew even
then that he had something special
in him. This could be that
opportunity. The world stage, to go
out and show that elevates himself
going into the outdoors which is the
most important thing. To go out and
really push it. I spent time with
him, in certain athletes you see
this in a focus. It's not be, it's
just an inner knowing that they have
the ability to do it and I think
we've been talking about for a long
time, British athletes not just
being happy with making up the
numbers, going out and waving to the
crowd and going home. With Elliot
numbers, going out and waving to the
crowd and going home. With Elliot,
if you go out there and do the third
fastest time of all time, and you
say, I'll have to read it quickly.
That's a good approach.
I like it but it works. That's
why I like it. It works and I wonder
if he's one of those athletes, given
what Greg has just enlightened us
about, if he was one of those
athletes to sit back and watch some
of the other British athletes and
say, that doesn't work. It doesn't
work to just be out there and say,
I'm going to have fun with this and
enjoy being here. The content to
come and be on the team. I need to
expect more from myself and knowing
that if you prepare your -- compay
yourself to the great athletes
around the world, athletes that are
making the finals, those athletes
that are consistent, those last
night who in the high jump, the fact
that they were opposing, there were
lines on the track because now it's
a different configuration, they
still perform. That's what you want
to aspire to. It seems like he is
one of those.
He's working out about training, new
training environments, going to
different countries, acclimatising,
making sure he's ready and I think
he's applying himself and that's
what you want to see from young
athletes coming through.
will be impressed by that
performance and in the next semi-,
Steve Cram, you've got a man in Adam
Kszczot that's going to be one of
those pushing for the medals,
something Elliot Giles is going to
have his eye on.
Absolutely, I think
Elliott hasn't got a better chance,
I will reiterate having seen him in
training camps over the last couple
of years, he's very focused but he's
a massive talent, one of the most
exciting athletes we've got and I
don't think you've even tapped into
some of that talent yet. You just
saw the confidence he has. This man
has plenty as well, Brazier of
United States, a front running man.
He'll be pleased in some respects
his team-mate Emmanuel Korir didn't
make it because Crusat is good,
Giles is good, he can cope with the
pace and it will depend on the
final. We'll find out who will join
him of course here. What sort of
race is run. If Brazier frontrunners
this, he's only 20, and he's not
frightened, this man here, you might
remember in Portland how he shocked
us all, nobody would have picked him
out beforehand. He hasn't been
running anything like that this
year. We'll see how he goes. This
should be about Kszczot and Brazier,
Smaili on the outside as well,
there's a lot of new young talent.
Such a shame Korir isn't here but it
opens the door for others. Suso will
do nothing but watch and wait.
Brazier likes to get out there in
front but he might think that's what
they're expecting me to do and he
just manages not to step on the
line. Smaili takes advantage.
Brazier is happy to sit towards the
back, with Kszczot.
taken a risk with the decisions
judges have been taking so far
today, Adam Kszczot is where we
expect to see him, in his element
racing indoors. He makes the move is
only when he needs to unzip uses as
little energy as possible until he
needs to and he is unbeaten so far
I really like this
Brazier kid. We were talking about
Elliott and Kyle Langford as young
talents, but this kid is only 20 and
he's a lovely looking manner. He's
got a great action. He's got pace.
He's not frightened either. It is
3.26 not fast at all, we are heading
for something slower than the first
one so you don't want to be a
fastest loser here. Kszczot will
have to wake up bit and Brazier will
have to be aware of the kickers.
can see Adam Kszczot focusing on
where he needs to be an starting to
gather himself ready to react.
Brazier is poised in the perfect
position. Now here comes Kszczot.
It's the one thing Brazier doesn't
have an awful lot of experience as,
this fast change of pace here and
he's having to hold off the
Spaniard, who has moved into second
place and Brazier is struggling for
pace at the moment. Smaili coming
back into this, the American
struggling. Scissor where he likes
to be Konko, Chuck -- controlling it
off the bend. Scissor still has work
to do here and on the line, Smaili
just sit on the inside. Well, if
you'd said to the United States team
that led to top Mac men would not be
in the final, Korir because he
didn't get his Visa in New York and
Brazier because he let others
dictate, why do you go to world
champs and not run your own race?
You should have gone out there, made
it quick, run at the front, scissor
would have kicked but it might have
taken the others out of the
equation. Another one of the medal
prospects has gone, Kszczot wins it
and Smaili joins them.
that very well in the closing
stages. Brazier, maybe he thought
the work was done for him but he
wasn't going fast enough and it
wasn't doing enough damage to
everybody else. Scissor, when he
goes, he has that change of pace
that does so much more damage than
he is able to do outdoors. People
are able to react outdoors but
indoors he gets the jump on the rest
of the field and he's playing with
them here, down the back straight
he's looking up but he's got another
gear and all the way down the home
straight he's still looking around
because he's got that gear ready to
go. He tucks backing behind Adam
Kszczot and Smaili moves through,
senses the gap opened up.
senses the gap opened up. He's so
experienced, Adam, and knows they
are both sides and he's toying with
the man still has that bit extra to
stay ahead will stop
yeah, I will
correct myself, Korea, who lives and
trains in America is of course
Kenyan. -- Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir.
Windle goes to as a fastest loser
and Brazier will be disqualified, I
thought he was running on the line
away from the start. There is his
foot on the line. I thought he did
it round the bend anyway. Anyway,
he's probably going to say thank you
for disqualifying me, because it
won't come that I was fifth in the
semi or the heat.
They might have
another look at Smaili down the home
straight because he looked very
close to the line, certainly as he
was trying to duck through on the
OK, keep an eye out for
that, so Adam Kszczot through OK,
Smaili joining him as a qualifier
but the others were too slow.
A great performers, are you happy,
they chased you to the line?
happy. Only the first 200 was really
quick. I attacked 250 to go, as
usual in this season, so I'm really,
really happy. It seems like the
fastest guys, although they are in
the final right now, so it's easier
Of course you've got
bronze and silver. You are really
looking for the gold.
hopefully tomorrow I will run for
Your performance there, when
that bell went, you absolutely
rocketed. You knew you had that well
within your sights.
I knew I am able
to accelerate and pass everyone on
this short straight, and I did it.
Especially I was especially happy
because I was in the right timing. I
made a big surprise for the fastest
guys. I saw how they looked behind
their backs and immediately after
that I hit, so it was great.
you very much for speaking tours.
We've had a great night
so far, but there's low more --
loads more to come. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson running for gold in
the final event of the pentathlon
and after her bronze last night,
Laura Muir is back in action in the
heats of the 1500 metres. The men's
long jump finalist sure to
entertain. Luvo Manyonga hoping to
add to his outdoor world title from
London. And some of the fastest
woman in the world will contest the
final of a loaded with men's 60
metres. -- women's 60 metres. Let's
talk more about the men's long jump
final, a man who knows what it's
like to be in the final of the world
long jump final, a global long jump
final, Greg Rutherford. We were
rather you were out there obviously,
you didn't feel after Glasgow you
are quite in the shape you wanted to
be to push it amongst the medals, so
who do you expect to be up there on
the rest room at the end of the
I've been casting Mike Beady
Eye and watching them go through
their runway practices and both Luvo
Manyonga and Jarrion Lawson have
been smack bang on the board
perfectly, so they've given
themselves a great opportunity to
get on the board and maximise
chances. Luvo popped off the board
and I thought he looks on today. We
could see an 8.5 plus me to jump,
but if you look how close the
borders here we'll see him slide
through and he'll hit the back edge
of the pit which is always quite
scary for the jumpers when you are
in the air as well but it makes
quite an interesting competition.
is going to be an interesting
competition and indoors you explain
the difference as well for athletes,
it's not just a transference of
skill, you've got a lot of other
things to consider, the speed of the
runway, the fact there's no wind.
You were talking about the women and
the pentathlon earlier on, so remind
us again why it's so different in a
First of all you don't
have wind, it's zero zero no matter
what, so you don't get the bonus
behind you which is a plus wind, or
a negative wind which is not good
for you. Jumping on board can really
suit some people and be awful for
others. Heavier jumpers and I
gestured towards myself, you can
struggle at times because you can
misjudge the take-off. You feel the
ground beneath you give way. Someone
like Luvo Manyonga, Jarrion Lawson,
quite soft off the board, this could
suit them. It's a fast runway and
it's perfect for jumping big.
light show has started because this
is the way we introduce our
finalists here, the pyrotechnics
will get going in just a moment as
the men are presented to the arena,
which there are a few empty seats
but I'm impressed, with the amount
of snow that's been falling in
Birmingham today that the crowds
have come out tonight to see these
finals, these great athletics so far
and this meant's final could be
something very special indeed --
this men's final.
trusted as the men's high jump,
which is quite interesting! They can
go relatively high, but the idea is
to go longer in the long jump.
have got long jump, they are not
We are going to see
something special from warlord two
of these guys. Here's the European
champion as well, so it will be
Tell us about Jarrion
In the end the AA in the US
he set the world alight,
exceptionally fast and good long
jump and he's a speed based long
jump, similar to myself. He has the
ability to run superfast times. If
he was to focus on the sprints,
which maybe he should do, he could
run regular - tens, for sure. There
are so many good athletes, you have
to get busted up for different
events. Remember being in Florida
one time seeing a load of guys at
the Florida State who
the Florida State who would-be
British champions, they were not
quick enough even for their
collegiate team. Jarrion Lawson has
everything, he could be one of the
greatest, I think.
In the last few
major championships we've seen some
real quality US long jump is. Just
not quite potentially pushing
themselves through, we saw the
brilliant competition in Beijing at
the World Championships, which Greg
reigns supreme at, but they haven't
quite mixed it. Then you get the
likes of Luvo Manyonga coming along
and taking another crown away from
the great long jump is.
always in there for the medals and
Jarrion Lawson, silver last year, I
think he wants to upgrade that, but
Luvo Manyonga has been very
consistent and has made for really
good long jump viewing over the last
few years. Manyonga, in terms of his
story, he's got an amazing story and
he -- we hear so much about there
rather than personalities. We have
to work on that and work with these
Sorry to interrupt you, I
think these long jump is doing the
best entrance so far of any of the
finals we've seen in terms of
putting the show on!
They are known
for their style, right, Greg?
think they are happy to be on the TV
for a little while, it's a new
experience for them!
They are having fun. I mix it up
with these guys all the time,
there's a lot of big personalities
down there. Some of us get on very
well and we have a good laugh,
others are bit insular and within
themselves, but generally the young
jumpers, like the pole vault is and
high jumpers, they are not out there
enough for people to know it I
Manyonga has been public
about serving a suspension for a
recreational drug that he admitted
to using and he's using his platform
as a champion to speak to people
about recreational drugs and the
dangers. It's a fantastic story and
he's an amazing athlete. That's a
personality. He's a great guy.
Incredibly difficult background in
South Africa, not many of us could
He was a drug addict. To
come through that and do what he's
doing now is testament to his
Next up, the women's 1500 metres,
featuring Laura Muir.
Muir is using
this to get to
featuring Laura Muir.
Muir is using
this to get to them -- Dibaba. She's
definitely got medal, what colour
will it be? Dibaba trying to make it
three world titles in a row kicks
again. One last effort, Dibaba,
looking for the line. She's just
about going to make it. Dibaba gets
the gold, Hassan gets the Silver,
Laura Muir the bronze. 2.37 for the
last kilometre, that is very, very
I don't think I need to say much
more than your first global medal.
Yes, so happy! I can't believe I've
got one now. It feels like it's been
coming for so long and I'm so glad
to get on the podium.
so much talk about just how strong
that field is, how special is its
knowing you've got your mettle
against that field?
Yeah, getting a
world medal is really tough but
everyone was in that race, it could
have been anyone, or the fastest
times in the world weather. To come
away with a medal in that field and
being so close to the front, as
well. I'm just so happy.
When we saw
that break of three, we knew a medal
was coming. Did you think you could
have got the silver on that home
My legs were tired! At
last ten metres I think I was happy
to stay on my feet and my legs were
really tired. There's so many
different ways the race that have
panned out but I could have been
fourth or fifth costs, so to come
away with a medal, there is no
disappointment is their
away with a medal, there is no
disappointment is their toll.
have a word with Paula Radcliffe who
is in the commentary box. Eilish
McColgan also going in these heats.
I saw Laura in reception at the
hotel today. She looked incredibly
relaxed, looked like she'd recovered
well from last night. What will the
tactics be in these semis?
tactics will be to expend as little
energy as possible and stay out of
trouble and qualify safely. She said
after the race yesterday, her
trouble and qualify safely. She said
after the race yesterday, her
preparation has actually been easier
even though she had a hard race last
night for this race this evening
that it was for last night with the
fight to get here because of the
weather conditions. It's poor Eilish
in the second heat who has a much
more difficult qualifying act ahead
In terms of confidence, we
talked last night about breaking
through finally, upgrading from
fourth to a podium finish in a
global championship. Will she have
woken up this morning with a
different feeling about herself?
Will that be the first thought on
her mind? That they when it happened
to you, what's it like?
It's like a
weight is lifted off your shoulders.
She is known that she's been capable
of getting the world medal. We've
known it. But actually going out
there and delivering is something
different. She did that last night
so she now has the confidence that
that gives her and just the control
over the other girls that it gives
you, as well. She's no longer the
person who runs fast and can't quite
get there to the medal. She is the
person who runs fast and can get
there and get a medal. She is bigger
danger for the other athletes in
being confident herself.
very much. We'll join you shortly
for the first of those 1500 metre
semis. Let's the Steve Backley.
What's been happening in the early
exchanges in the long jump?
COMMENTATOR: very early stages in
this long jump final. Radek Juska,
third man to jump.
third man to jump. Sarah 's Leeds in
Know one over the eight-metre mark
yet. Good on the board, good height.
Good tension, good atmosphere in the
stadium this evening. The world's
best long jumpers.
best long jumpers. 7.99, Juska goes
into the lead. Shi China chasing
7.99. -- Shi of China. Wasn't good
on the board. Shi making some
adjustments or needing to. Top
eight, three further jumps. After
three jumps there will be that cut.
15 start. There is a cult of seven
after that three jumps -- there is a
cull of seven. We turn our attention
to Tyrone Smith, the oldest man in
the field at 33. Best this season of
7.7 seven. He's going to need all of
that and some to make that cut mark.
Ruswahl Samaai is keen to get
involved, standing behind him. One
of the really talented South African
jumpers all involved here this
evening. One on the right of your
screen, as well. Fairly deliberate
on the approach, good acceleration.
Just lengthens before the board,
Smith. That causes him to slow down
a little bit.
7.75 for Smith.
a little bit.
7.75 for Smith. Two
Laura Muir, then. The
bronze-medallist in the world indoor
Championships, setting out on a
quest to win another one hopeful in
the 1500 metres. Qualification here
I don't think we'll be too much of a
stretch. The first two in each heat.
Some good athletes in here. Louise
Gregor. Aisha Praught, Jamaican,
having a good year.
having a good year. Games everyday
of other -- gens Nvidia
I think the point about the
3,000-metre race, why you are more
tired is the really hard last
thousand metres. An even pace race
and a bit of a kick.
and a bit of a kick. They might not
run as quick in the final. This is a
hard 1500 metres, the 2000 metres
last night. Coming straight into a
1500 metre heat. The quality of
those two, Laura Muir and Dibaba
should see them through here. We
have lain disqualifications in the
3000. I was going to say at least no
one will get disqualified for
running out of their lain! Just talk
a bit quickly about running two
events in Championships when you
have that hesitancy of your bike, a
medal. It opens up the freedom to go
and run as you want and as you wish.
This is more familiar territory for
Laura, the 1500.
It is, it's back to
her home event. To some extent she
had practice at this which is why
she did the double in Belgrade last
time. It certainly makes it easier
that it was a straight final in the
3000 metres. That's a completely
different kettle of fish when you're
trying to do it and have to run
heats in the 3000. Laura actually
ran the fastest 1500 of the year so
far in the second half of that race
last night. Faster than she had to
run to win the Scottish universities
indoors. She ran hard at that point.
She shouldn't hopefully have to run
that fast tonight to qualify, but
she has to be prepared and capable
of doing that, should someone else
decides to go out and make this hard
because she has to qualify
comfortable and with ease to stay on
track for the target she's set
You can sort of see what
Aisha Praught is doing. She's run
fast this year but doesn't really
want to lead this all the way but
she was trying to entice someone
else to pick it up and so you end up
winning 33s and 34s which isn't
quick enough. It's not going to be
adorable but it's certainly not
going to mean that the other two
heats are going to think, crikey,
the first was quick! They are all
lining up there. Dibaba kicks going
to the front and moving back. Laura
Muir keeping out of trouble.
Muir keeping out of trouble. Luiza
Gega moves to the front. She has
good pace but it's not too quick
which I think Laura Muir will be
Nobody was keen to come
past Aisha Praught. Peres moved
round of the outside and put a bit
of pressure on her. And also by the
fact they all Northern is just
sitting there, waiting to kick at
some point is going to be Dibaba and
Laura Muir will follow her at that
point. They need to be in the first
two to guarantee themselves going
through to the final.
what she likes to do. Get things
moving along. She'll wind this pays
up. Laura can decide to go with her
or sit and kick for second which I'm
sure she'll be able to do. A 32 is
picked up and Dibaba will keep doing
this, it'll stretch them out. Laura
Muir trying to make sure she's in
the controlling spot, which she is.
She is now deciding, I might as well
move past. Laura keeping an eye on
what's happening behind her. Praught
coming back again.
coming back again.
primarily a steeple chase and she
can finish first. She can finish as
fast as Laura Muir on best legs but
I'm tired legs -- tired legs she has
to make your she has a book that.
Keeping Dibaba inside.
Keeping Dibaba inside. She's got
three, four-metre and expends Seu
extends a bit but Praught is still
there. Laura just needs to be aware.
She looks comfortable, she's looking
at the screen. Dibaba will keep
going away and I'm sure Laura will
keep some distance between herself
and Aisha Praught who is well clear
of the rest. As expected, gens every
De Vanna and Laura qualify with ease
and it's ended up being reasonably
quick. Praught takes third. Not a
cancer there but also you didn't
have to turn on the burners. Didn't
have to really dig deep and kick
hard over the last 200, which is
good. It's those sort of heats that
sometimes make you a bit nervous. No
dramas for Laura and she'll feel
tired. You do. You can't not feel
tired. She would be delighted that's
over with and relieved.
She will and
it's a funny thing, sometimes you
feel more tired in heat than in the
final just because you're not
prepared to completely go to the
wall in the heats unless it comes
down to a last-ditch attempt to get
yourself into the final. She was
trying to conserve as much energy as
possible. She ran it very sensibly,
chatting about the screen, checking
to the sides, sensing there's any
danger coming from either side of
her and just doing what she needed
to do down that home straight. She
has took the very fast. There were a
couple of quick laps by Dibaba. Kept
running through the line. There are
two more heats to go. The three
fastest loser spots, she must be in
with a chance and sets the bar for
others to aim at.
with a chance and sets the bar for
others to aim at.
That was a
relatively slow race. The top two
spots me you had to get it.
Yeah. It was quite a
quick race for a heat. A bit scrappy
at the start. I tried to stay out of
trouble and followed Dibaba but
didn't go that hard. I kept an eye
on the screen for weather girls were
me and wanted to secure the second
There was quite a lot of
shunting in the early part of the
race. What was it like trying to
find your rhythm?
It was OK. I got
used to it. The start was scrappy
and a few people came out of
nowhere, stepping to the side of
things. It was mine and I got the
job done unscathed. All set for the
The job is done and
you're through to the final
tomorrow. Let's think about
yesterday. What of the last -- what
have the last 24 hours be my?
not really had chance to celebrate.
Had to prepare for today and 1500
tomorrow. I'm so happy to have the
Banks were speaking to us.
All happening in the last 500
metres. Aisha Praught dragged down
to a 4.07, which looks good for
qualifying spot, but those two
definitely true. Onto the second
heat in the women's 1500 metres.
Meraf Bahta, only 12 in the 3000
metres here. Hanna Klein made the
final of the 1500 metres in the
Championships last year. Kate Van
Buskirk of Canada alongside her.
Dominique Scott, one of her four of
the nine who run in the 3000 metres.
Beatrice Chepkoech, infamous for
missing the job in the final of the
3000 metres steeplechase at the
championships. Eilish McColgan Randa
metres, as well. Her mother lives in
the 1989 world indoors, silver in
the 3000. Sixth in the 1300 which
I'm told was 13 minutes later.
That's a quick turnaround.
Stand back from the line, please,
Somebody with a tow line.
Chepkoech stars as the favourite
here. A bit of barging in the early
stages. Chepkoech wants none of
that. Slight advantage for these
runners that they know the first
he'd started slowly but built up to
a good pace. Times you are looking
for, fastest losers, 4.07, 90 four
Marta Perez of Spain. The two
fastest losers, if you don't make it
through as the automatic qualifiers.
Eilish McColgan sitting near the
back of the field as Beatrice
Chepkoech takes it out.
much easier ways to run 4.09 than
the girls who did in the first heat.
The girls in here looking up half
the night on the fastest loser spots
need to get moving earlier in the
race to give themselves a better
shot. This looks like a better pace
Won at least we didn't
mention is Colleen Quigley. In
fourth place at the moment. Second
in the US Championships between
Shelley Hoolahan. Chepkoech takes a
glance at the screens. Won the
overall IAAF indoor tour title. Run
very quickly in Glasgow. 4.02. Shows
what form she's
what form she's in. Colleen Quigley
mixer move round the outside.
think Bahta might have said
something in the qualifying stages
for this race today when she
realised she wasn't really in the
hunt. I'm not sure that Claudia
Michaela Bobbitt that. Chepkoech, if
she's in the form she was in last
week in Glasgow and she has been so
far in the 15 hundred metres, over
1500, then she's just running with
ease. I think that is a change from
the steeplechase to the 1500 metres
that may well stick further than the
I wonder how much was taken out of
the legs of Dibaba in the 3000
metres, because Chepkoech will hope
it took out a great deal. She looks
so comfortable out in front, as
Bahta, and a Liz McColgan has made a
bit of a move to get into sixth
place, creeping around the outside
with that very, very long stride
alongside the South African
Dominique Scott and Colleen Quigley
and perhaps the pace has dropped a
little from Chepkoech. It's
beginning to bunch up a little more
at the moment.
Starting to bunch up
and that gets dangerous when you've
got this many girls in there and
especially with legs as long as a
Eilish McColgan. She looked like she
would move wide, then realised there
were too many girls in front of her
Rand has lost the momentum she
started, and she has to start all
We have seven or eight
athletes out front, Chepkoech
leading, they've closed behind her.
Colleen Quigley, the American in
fourth place, Dominique Scott of
South Africa, a leash McColgan, a
fall, Bahta is down and she will not
recover from there, I'm sure, was
just a couple of laps to go, a long
way back and the pain etched on her
face. What caused it, we'll find out
afterwards because there may be
something to say on that, but Bahta
could be given a run in finally she
was impeded because she was in a
very good position but she will not
get back into things in this race.
It might have been Colleen Quigley
who brought her down and she was
most disadvantaged by that. A Liz
did well to swerve wide. I'm not
sure she's got much left for this
Two go through
automatically three fastest losers.
Chepkoech is controlling things.
Dominique Scott running well,
Quigley of the United States running
around the outside and Dominique
Scott may be paying for the 3000
metres there but she is hanging in,
the South African. Chepkoech of
Kenya out in front, then Van
Buskirk, Colleen Quigley trying to
find a way through and here comes
quickly around the Canadian to take
second, ahead of Van Scott and
McColgan crossing the line now, so
she will not go through but
Chepkoech certainly well and Bahta
may still go through because we will
wait to see what caused that fall
and if she was impeded. You can see
what it means to her to have fallen
there. McColgan perhaps the running
of the 3000 metres still in her legs
but apace she couldn't live with
this evening. No, she couldn't, she
said she hasn't felt herself in the
last couple of weeks and she didn't
look herself out there but that's
sad to see from Bahta. She may be
advanced to the final but is she
capable of running and running well
in the final now, because she has to
be her. She was basically run over
the top of.
This is Bahta, in behind Klein, and
quickly behind her clipped her
Quigley, who goes through, Quigley
did well to avoid her Rand did well
to go on and finish in second place,
but another look.
but another look.
Yeah, there was
definitely a bit of argy-bargy going
on before that, a bit of armed
tangling around the bend and
probably in that Bahta is as much to
blame as Quigley is but it does look
as though... May be her knee caught.
I don't think it was intentional
from Colleen Quigley but it was
certainly caused by Colleen Quigley.
It's a good job she's a
steeplechaser because she did well
to keep going over her.
If you were
a judge what would your decision be?
Bahta in great distress, obviously,
I don't know, can they
advance Bahta without disqualifying
Quigley? I don't think it was
intentional. But certainly...
stands at the moment Chepkoech and
Quigley going through as the
automatic qualifiers and Van Buskirk
just sneaks into the second of the
fastest losers at the moment ahead
of Perez of Spain. McColgan down in
Coming towards the end of the first
round of the long jump final,
Echevarria of Cuba, 19 years of age,
still know one beyond eight metres
yet. That is a long effort, he has a
season's best, a lifetime best, of
8.34 metres and the 19-year-old
looks as though he's come to play.
He shortens his stride, accelerates
in. Perfect board, absolutely
A great tradition in
Cuba, of course, 8.19, Echevarria
takes the lead. Jarrion Lawson,
hugely talented US champion. First
It's around the eight-metre mark.
It's a valid jump for Lawson. Maybe
just a bit of tension there, not
quite into his running yet, looking
to force it. Manyonga, the only man
who hasn't jumped to conclude this
first round. 7.92 Lawson in force,
expect more. -- in fourth place.
Here's Luvo Manyonga, the world
champion last year. Silver-medallist
in Rio by just one centimetre. His
opening job. It's huge! But it's a
foul. That's a massive effort. A big
smile from him. It shows what he's
capable of. But it is a foul. It
won't be measured. Five jumps
remaining. Manyonga looking in great
Still no news yet on that little
collision involving Bahta. I have a
feeling she may get advanced. I
don't think they'll disqualify
Quigley, but we'll see. Hassan in
this one who held up Laura Muir in
the 3000 beta final, Chebet, not
necessarily the best of the Kenyans.
Houlihan is back, Shelby Houlihan,
who didn't run a great race in the
final. She finished fifth, Henrik
started moving up to the 1500
metres, it will be interesting to
see if she can build a career at
this event -- Anita Hinriksdottir.
Nilsson, the Swede, and Hassan.
Hassan doesn't always get the 1500
metres right. She missed out on a
medal in the 1500 metres, yet won
medal in the 5000, which she hates,
but she still getting to grips with
the longer distance. The one person
we didn't see there was a bit of a
threat here, say on -- Seyaum.
Hinriksdottir, who has one of the
most distinctive, lets calling that,
running actions, which we've got
used to seeing over the years and
she's always front run 800 metres.
Surely she doesn't think she can
then run 1500 metres in the same
If I'd ask you to bet who would
be at the front, you would put your
money on Hinriksdottir. She only
knows one way is to feel comfortable
racing and it's a step out of her
comfort zone to raise 1500 metres
indoors. Straightaway she goes to
the front. She does have that very
long loping stride and for that
reason she's probably more
comfortable running out on her Rome,
but I think she just relaxes more
that way. She's looked at those
times. What she needs to do to put
this raise up there for the
qualifying times to come from this
final race, and she's getting on
with it and getting it done and
Hassan, a stumble there already.
surprised Hassan is quite so far up
early run but she's got involved.
Hinriksdottir setting a good pace
and they are certainly heading for
under 4.10. She's slowing a little
bit, the other is starting to bunch.
Seyaum is a talented young is the
opium, isn't always the best
tactically. You always have to watch
Arafi, the dangerous Moroccan. When
it comes to championship racing, she
has been found wanting over the
years. Shelby Houlihan will be
relying on her quick last 200 metres
but she can't give the Steele much
of a start.
No, she's probably one
who is not happy to see
Hinriksdottir setting off at this
pace. It's only just outside four
minute pace. Even at 33 As she's
comfortably ahead of a 4.09 pace
that is needed to progress as a
fastest loser, so it's asking
questions of people in the field
already in the gaps are starting to
open up further back.
through two seconds through 800
metres, 2.12, but she's slowing down
and Hinriksdottir, if you are trying
to run 1500 metres that's not really
the rate do it. You have to keep
building the pace, or you start a
bit slow and get quicker. Dawit
Seyaum thinking she doesn't want to
use this energy so she goes back.
Chebet and Seyaum and all of a
sudden there's a big bunch, being
controlled from the front.
sensible from Hassan, when you are
coming in on tired legs and when the
race has been set up for you, as it
has by Hinriksdottir so far, she
needs to make it a long run from
home. She can't rely on that change
of face she usually has when she's
up against Seo and Chebet, and Arafi
who has squeezed their way through.
A push at the back from Hendrix from
Iceland. -- from Bendix Dottie. The
change of pace, Hassan having to
find her elbows to try and hold up
Chebet. She will save it for the
last lap but keeps Chebet running
wide. Chebet wanted to cutting.
Houlihan, dangerous, lurking, the
American. They take the bell. What
about Hassan? Only top two by rights
here. All of these could go through,
they are quick enough. They could
run a big last lap. He closed Hassan
and Seyaum, tactically sometimes
badly conducting herself. -- here
goes Hassan. Chebet is holding the
second place, then Arafi. Houlihan
will come again but Hassan kicks
away. Chebet comes through in
second. They all go through there
and if Seyaum hadn't given up, as
she obviously did, she might have
got through but I don't think she
will. So it
will. So it will be Praught who goes
through as the fastest loser from
Laura's heat. Quicker than any of
those would have wanted partly
because Hinriksdottir took off. It
was nice to see her at the front for
a while. Hassan, Chebet, fast
finishing Houlihan doing well. The
big names are through.
The big names
are all through apart from Seyaum,
who made a big tactical error. I
think she just went to hard when she
went and then she wasn't able to
maintain that. She tightened up and
you are right, she's doing that how
all a bit down the last straight and
threw away the chances of advancing
in that final fastest loser.
Second round of the long jump.
Season's best for Samaai but he's
capable of much more. Second jump.
Similar kind of distance.
you may have snapped over eight
metres, sunk a bit and lifted off
the board. He's sunk a little bit
into the board. Didn't carry speed.
Just prepared... That's close. Good
board, little bit to spare there.
Only one man so far over eight
metres. That's Juan Miguel
Echevarria of Cuba.
Echevarria of Cuba. Marquis Dendy,
hugely talented American. The
defending champion, wide eyes.
Somewhat 35 metres back. His legs
heavily strapped. In this the second
round... That looks over eight
metres, possibly. Not happy, shake
off the head there.
For me, again,
just that preparation step. But
again, there are two techniques. The
straight leg run off the board or
that sink and leg. Either way, you
have to lower the hips and raise
them and carry speed across the
border to the distance.
man who can produce something big.
8.02 in third place. Right, John
Miguel active area of Cuba is in the
lead. 8.1 nine. Second round jump. A
big effort. Is it valid? It is.
That's 19 years of age, Echevarria
has taken on some much more
experienced jumpers like the South
Africans. Team-mate even Prideaux
set, five times world indoor
champion. Echevarria extends his
lead. 8.28. Brilliant jump.
Fantastic from the youngster there.
Just to tidy up the 1500 metres
As expected, the two fastest loser
spots going to Arafi and Houlihan.
Seyaum not going through. Let's look
at the full qualifiers. I still
think the big names are the ones
that will win the medals in the
three thousands could well be the
medallist in the 1500 metre final
when it happens tomorrow night.
The three big names through.
The light show behind us is because
the men are entering the arena for
the shot put final. You'll see them
shortly. Sorry, the women's shot put
final. I haven't seen the athletes
coming and I just knew there was a
shot put final tonight. Let's look
at the long jump which is definitely
men! You can tell us about
Echevarria who's put himself out
there with a fantastic jump.
someone I'd forgotten about. He's a
Cuban who is very good at jumping.
They've had a history of fantastic
jump. Pedrosa, my favourite jumper
of all time, is the most famous of
all. They have this conveyor Belt of
jumpers coming through and you can
see technically they love trying to
mimic the way Pedrosa would jump
with a 2.5 hitch which is movement
you year. Interesting that most long
jumpers struggle with 2.5. Even Carl
Lewis struggled to get all those
rotations out. Perfect on the board
and a good structure runway. This is
what we were talking about earlier.
The girls were doing it in the
heptathlon. It's about pushing
through to the right positions,
getting up right, attacking the
board, which is exactly what he did.
Came through for a lovely jump.
8.28, he is not messing around.
Gilbert is a bit of pressure on.
Luvo Manyonga will go out there and
do something very special. -- he
went out there and it's in special.
It was a foul but he's putting out a
marker for the left. He laughed it
off. This was the foul. He laughed
it off and waved to the crowd.
is the foul.
You can see he's
supremely confident. He has a nice
dry face, gets himself upright and
soaring through the air there.
looks very dangerous. Is it shorter,
The interesting thing in
the UK, we have a lot of one metre
this is the distance from the pit
and people aren't a huge fan of
Where you live now with
Where you live now with
COMMENTATOR: Lawson getting ready
for his second attempt. He's in
fifth place. Well, stretching,
trying to reach further into the pit
but he's got no distance on that.
What's going on there?
accelerating in but then he is for
me a little bit low in the hips and
doesn't quite get through. Swells
the arms forward and comes in a bit
too premature into the pit. Maybe
reaching onto the board little bit
Lawson, stays in fifth place.
At the moment, it's the young man,
Echevarria of Cuba, 8.28, who is in
the lead. We have one athlete to
complete rounds two and it's the
main man, Luvo Manyonga. The man who
is highly fancied to take the title
here. But he did carry that foul in
the first round. It was a big foul.
A big jump but a long way over the
board, as well.
board, as well. Manyonga, round two.
Off a foul in the first round. It's
a big effort, it's a huge jump, but
it's another foul. He's not smiling
this time! Or maybe years. He knows
it's a big effort but he's put
himself under some pressure.
so, I think so. Great speed on the
runway but lengthening and putting
it over. Why we going to get to see
how much of a foul it is? It's a big
foul, it's a big foul. It's
inaccurate in terms of runway but
you can see and that plasticine
board, because it's raised gives you
a little more left. You often see
big jumps because it's like jumping
off a box so you get the lift and
that raises your centre of gravity
faster and harder than normal.
athletes to complete and go forward
after three jumps. Manyonga is not
among them as we stand. One more job
to get among the cut.
If you can nail one of those could
be summing special coming out of the
world champion Luvo Manyonga
tonight. We are all looking for
something really special to come
from Katarina Johnson-Thompson in
about five minutes' time. She's in
pole position in the pentathlon.
We've expected so much from this
brilliant young athlete over the
years and she's always come up
against something troubling her in
her events at major championships
but she seems to have got things
A powerful run and it's a personal
best. All smiles from Katarina
It's much better,
that's more like it. What a
performance from Katarina
there to be shot at. The heat is on.
It should be her time now.
a great position. She's in the lead
by 33 points. She has a better
800-metre time than her nearest
rival. It's about getting out there,
running from the front and just
doing what she can do. Not worrying
about the others around are jostling
, no, it's her medal
to lose. She's in a great position
and she would hopefully have
visualised that this would be the
case. She has mature. I think this
is the time when she can step up,
run her own race. She can afford to
track if she wants to but I think
she'll go out and try to impress the
crowd, do herself justice and take a
box that has been missing for a
The story of her day
started early this morning when the
women came out for the hurdles and
it's an event... It's not her best
but it's one that she usually start
with a good confident time and
performance and she did that today.
She looked slightly tense but trying
to get that event out of the way
with a half decent time is what she
did in order to go into the high
jump, something she is an excellent
athlete at. She's been approaching
it the right way today, nothing has
been getting on top of her.
that right balance from her. The
high jump is great but this for me
was the event were I thought, yes,
Kat, you got to grips with who you
are, what you are about, and you
delivered a performance that is
respectable for your standard of
shot putting. You can't ask for
Definitely not. It is one of
her weaker events so to get a PB is
a big thing. This long jump, we
could have expected more from it and
she was peppering around 6.5 metres.
She is a better jumper than that.
She had such a commanding lead and
That's how it looks as
she heads into four lapse of this
track in front of a home crowd. A
home championships. Every British
athlete wants to be in that position
and the athletes are being
introduced to the crowd as they have
been five times today for each of
their events and expect when Kat
comes out, when she's introduced,
there will be an enormous work. She
has to focus on the job in hand.
I think he will. She'll be focused
and really focusing on producing her
best performance. It really worked
for her today and I think she'll
continue. I don't think she let her
guard down. I think she understands
now that this has been a real lesson
for her that allows her to be able
to figure out, how do I get myself
emotionally prepared to go into
these major competitions and produce
my best performance and be the best
that I can be? Hopefully she's
learned that. It's not over yet.
She's still got to executes the 800
This isn't about the score.
Lovely reaction and a big smile.
big smile. She's got to lap it up,
use the energy, the advantage of
being at a home championships gives
you. She's confident. She has no
theatre in the 800 metres.
And a two
second lead, we think.
She'll utilise that. This is about
getting the medal, being the
favourite going into these
championships and delivering.
hoping and praying, wishing, that
it'll all come off for Katarina
COMMENTATOR: Take nothing for
granted in sport but the crowd
expects and Katarina
Johnson-Thompson should know that if
she runs to their potential this
will be not a lap but four lapse of
honour on her way to a world indoor
title again. You may think two
seconds is very little but it is
significant, it's huge. 2.3 seconds
effectively a lead ahead of
everyone. Rodriguez is pretty clear.
Yorgelis Rodriguez of Cuba is one of
the fastest 800-metre runners out
there but she has to overhaul Dadic
by 4.4 seconds and nobody really
outside the medals.
outside the medals. Erica Bougard
might but she has a bit of an
injury. Katarina Johnson-Thompson
can work of people. Dadic will
perhaps work of Rodriguez or someone
else who is out there, and stay
close to them. Very difficult to
open a gap that would be able to
overhaul. We have seen it before.
150 points in 2016. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson should be
The first thing I
would have said to Kat is keep out
of trouble. There are too many
people in these first couple of laps
and they wouldn't normally be used
indoors to having so many around
them. She's doing that. The only
thing that can get in the way of her
winning a gold medal is surely her
tripping up. Let's not wish that
upon her and let's make sure... She
needs to make sure she keeps it nice
and clean, doesn't get into any
bother. I'd like to see her almost
running wide if necessary to make
sure that happens. It'd be great if
you could win this 800 at the end
but if you're going to win a world
title, a great way to do it is to
win the last event.
positions at the moment, if only
that it is in silver medal position.
She's out in front. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson. Moving around the
outside, Bougard who is a strong 800
runner. Dadic has run 2.14. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson hits the front and
a bit of a roar from the crowd.
Wishes controlling this nicely.
Wants to stay there, keep it out of
trouble, winding up gradually the
crowd are loving this, loving the
chance to say well done to Katrina
Johnson-Thompson. Can she get a win
in a last event?
It's very crowded
at the front. I'm not sure anything
will change with regard to the
medals as the American... Those
three in the front lead and its
Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the
gold medal position. Dadic pulls out
now. Katarina Johnson-Thompson says,
this is my race, my time, my title.
Sometimes in the past she's left the
biggest of stages with only
disappointment but here she will
leave with it all. She has the gold
medal! She is the world indoor
champion, silver will go to Ivona
Dadic and brands to Yorgelis
Rodriguez of Cuba. It is gold,
beautiful gold, for Katarina
Johnson-Thompson here in Birmingham.
Toni Minichiello alongside has
watched throughout and coached the
last British winner of this title in
2010, Jessica -- Jessica Ennis and
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, it would
have been nice to see her against
Natalie Thiam but it's a great
springboard going forward.
she has to use as a springboard. My
concerns are in events by she's been
really good, like long jump, and we
seen jumps of 6.80, we are seeing
6.50. Is one of the worst long johns
she's ever done. We've just seen a
2.16 800, with the big three
missing. It's not convincing. But a
win is a win. You are world
champion. Use that, take the time,
let that an absorbing onto the
comfortable in the end from Ivona
Dadic with Rodriguez from Cuba in
bronze medal position, so silver to
Dadic but Katarina Johnson-Thompson,
it was impressive, it was dominant
in the end and again, we'll see
going forward how she can challenge
Nafi Thiam, who is herself the
dominant figure in the sport at the
moment. But Katarina
Johnson-Thompson this evening
belongs to her and Kevin Meyer, who
is going for gold in the men's
Stefflon, congratulate the winner of
the pentathlon. Great Britain and
Northern Ireland have their first
gold medal of these championships
and to the European indoor title,
Katarina Johnson-Thompson now adds
the world title.
the world title.
Great to see
Katarina Johnson-Thompson smiling,
celebrating, raising the British
flag will stop it's just wonderful
to see her thriving of the
championship. She showed lots of
character. She came into this
competition with expectations of
gold and she stood strong. A couple
of times when she was asked
questions and she has delivered here
across the whole of today. Great to
see her winning this final event,
the 800 metres, and taking gold.
Wonderful scenes. Great Britain's
first gold of these championships.
You could almost see a glint of a
tear in her eye as she came through
the mind, Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
We'll talk about the title and the
quality of the field, there are some
good athletes in there and more
importantly she has to beat those
athletes and deliver in an event
where things can go wrong, as we've
seen in the past.
Johnson-Thompson it's never going to
be straight and study. It's always
going to be a roller-coaster ride
and you know what, that's why we
watch sport. That's why we watch
sport, for its unpredictability.
First gold medal of the
championships for the home team and
congratulations from Katarina
Johnson-Thompson from all of the
It wasn't a quick
race, it wasn't a quick 800 metres,
comfortable in 2.16 four stop those
two switched positions overall and
Dadic hang onto the silver medal
position ahead of Rodriguez, but
gold for Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
So flip second and third in the
overall standings as Ivona Dadic
able to hold on for the silver medal
ahead of Rodriguez of Cuba. Out in
front and comfortably so, Katarina
Johnson-Thompson winning that gold
medal. Gabby Logan Matt
congratulations, you are world
champion, Katarina Johnson-Thompson
and that will sound pretty good to
her arrears because she's come
close, she's had her wobbles in
major championships. It doesn't
matter who was there today, she beat
the field and did what she had to
She did what she had to do, she
raised her game, she's improved as a
competitor and that's been the bit
that was lacking. Today, she has
been the I hope she beat, -- she's
been the Kat I hoped she would be.
Today, she was gutsy and I love that
and I hope she believes this is
going to be the springboard to a
very, very exciting season. She has
put her stall out there. She will do
the Commonwealth Games and European
Championships and this could be the
year that she comes away with a bag
Indeed and this is an important
point, it could be the stepping
stone, the springboard this season
for her to cement and to put
together three big competitions, as
the knees have articulated there,
the Commonwealth and Europeans, that
when she goes into a World
Championship year she brings that
experience with her.
I really like
the way this four year cycle is that
of athletes to take this year, work
on some things so that at the end of
the day it's about the World
Championships the Olympic Games,
outdoors, and that's what every
athlete once who has that potential.
She has certainly showed years ago
that she has the potential, so this
is a great stepping stone in the
right direction. As I said
yesterday, this was going to be
critical for her to have that
success here. It's not something I'm
sure that she'd like to talk about
in the past, it was always there for
her. You've got to get past and get
beyond the mistakes and be able to
string together a great performance
and show the best version of
yourself against the best in the
world and against the rest of the
world and she was able to do that
here. It bodes well for the future.
She's put some demons to bet there
important and now she has become a
world champion it will make it much
easier for her to go into the major
championships and think, I can do
this, I can win it. You have to win
it somewhere and at some point in
order to go on and have the
successes and this was the perfect
time for Kat to do that and it's
wonderful to see across-the-board
she had a pretty good time again.
She wasn't exceptional in some of
her she didn't events, need to be
today. She got it done and was an
exceptional champion to watch.
Katharine Merry is doing the stadium
interview with Kat and we will hear
from her speaking shortly but let's
have a look at this long jump
competition. Steve Backley.
Is Johnson-Thompson continues her
celebration, the long jump
continues. There has been no change,
round three. He's limping away,
Samaai, he may be hurt.
took a sting there. He seems to be
all right. Great speed. Just the way
the foot hit the sand and then it
recoils, that's probably what he's
done. He's hyperextended the near
little bit as its hit the sand so
that's probably what has done it.
Hopefully he can run it off.
season's best for Samirah I, he
stays in second place. -- for
Samaai. Mokoena, ten years since he
Wing this title, languishing
slightly. 7.53 and that's still
under, it's a foul anyway and that's
the end of his competition. So South
Africa, an ex-champion may be making
way to two youngsters, Samaai.
Mokoena there, Manyonga and Samaai
looking like they'll take his title.
Commonwealth Games contenders.
Let's hear from the new world indoor
pentathlon champion, sounds good,
doesn't it, with JJ Chalmers.
It's a real honour to get to say
Yeah, I can't
believe it, actually. Doing it at
home is something I dream of doing.
I'm so happy I got to rectify it.
I'm happy I got the opportunity.
you put into words the emotions
here? There must be a real wash
between everything from jubilation
between everything from jubilation
through to release, perhaps.
for sure. All my family are here
today and that's something that
normally happens. I went through a
hard year last year towards the end
of the year and I wanted my family
to see me achieve something, so I'm
happy they got to be here and
witnessed it, every event all
afternoon. It's something I can't
That's the thing
they get to see here today, but
you're away and fans working so
hard. Can you give us some sort of
idea of the level of sacrifice it
takes to become a world champion?
Yeah, it's been very difficult
especially last year. I had to leave
my two dogs in the hands of my mum.
The dogs have got very fat now! To
come home and see them, it's very
lonely out there in France. Not only
have my left my family and friends
but the language barrier is
different as well -- is difficult as
It's early days but can you
begin to think about how much of the
springboard this could be,
particularly for the outdoors?
this is what I wanted, I wanted to
start winning medals and hopefully
this is the start of something.
We've got the Commonwealth Games
next month. It's something I want to
begin to do and thankfully got my
first competition come first
Fantastic, thank you for talking to
us. Go and enjoy yourself.
Well done, Kat, everyone is very
proud of you. A medal for Great
Britain and well-deserved as well.
She's had to wait a while but it
makes it even more sweet, I'm sure.
We moved to the 400 metres
semifinals and what a tough one to
begin with four Eilidh Doyle. You've
seen the Springer, who is produced a
superfast time this year and this
very talented young American here,
Wembley, of the United States. She's
a great person for Eilidh Doyle to
work off -- Shakima Wimbley. Only
the first two into the
the first two into the final and
Eilidh Doyle knows she's got a tall
order to take those two on outside
although Lias brother looked as
though she was working harder than
her season's best might have
suggested. -- Lea Sprunger.
suggested. -- Lea Sprunger. The
Lithuanian in lane three.
Lithuanian in lane three. Ukrainian
setting a new personal best in
qualifying for this semifinal.
Bezekova from the Slovak Republic.
Bezekova from the Slovak Republic. I
don't think Eilidh Doyle is going to
be able to necessarily match the two
for pace. The only thing that may
happen is they may reason each other
and she just needs to be there to
pick up pieces as well, if they
overcook this and Lea Sprunger a
little vulnerable. I was impressed
with Shakima Wimbley. So Eilidh
Doyle trying to make it through to
the 400 finals. Zoey Clark yet to
come on the other semis.
Watching 4-lane infringements, which
we saw happen in the men's event.
Eilidh Doyle has started pretty well
down the back straight. As expected,
Lea Sprunger and Shakima Wimbley
have done out quick. Sprunger will
try to come across. Sprunger allows
Wimbley to control it and Eilidh
Doyle has the inside curve. These
three with a metre or so, the
Lithuanian in green and yellow. Look
at Wembley, controlling this from
the front, those long legs of hers
stretching out. Lias brother might
just fade in the home straight.
Sprunger goes away, Wimbley will win
this from Sprunger, that's the form
book right there and Eilidh Doyle in
third place. She didn't do anything
wrong, Eilidh Doyle, that's as good
as she could have hoped for there.
She got herself in a decent position
and was there, ready, if Sprunger or
Wimbley were to get it wrong and
fade but they didn't, they stayed
strong and in the end Eilidh Doyle
was third will stop the form book
said that was what was going to
The stadium has fallen
silent, but there's nothing to be
ashamed of. She ran to her
abilities. Sprunger and Wimbley were
the favourites to take the two
automatic qualifying places.
Sprunger is the quickest
non-American this year in the world.
Sprunger, we thought she might fade
a little bit but she's been running
so well this season, the tall Swiss
athlete and Eilidh Doyle unable to
close it. It's not all over yet
because two, no, it's just the first
two straight through to the final,
there are no fastest losers. So
Eilidh Doyle will not go through.
Wimbley and Sprunger. Doyle unable
to close the gap. It goes according
to the form book. It was a good,
clean race. She didn't do anything
wrong in that race. She got in a
good position but was unable to
close on Sprunger.
The time 51.34,
51.71, a bit slower than Eilidh
Doyle's season best but we'll get
her views on how she figures that
third place looks.
beautiful gold, for Katarina
Johnson-Thompson here in Birmingham.
A solid performers, are you happy?
Yes, I knew it would be very tough
with the American in that race and
Sprunger. It would have been great
to make the final but this is all a
process to the Commonwealth Games.
You've had a great solid run, commie
beanpole at point. A lot of stuff to
take forward to the Commonwealth is.
Death at that. Trying to work on
that first 200 so I could be like
that out on the hurdles. I need to
get that the hurdles now.
been great to watch, thanks for
been great to watch, thanks for
talking to us.
COMMENTATOR: Lawson, 7.92, in sixth
place. He is not guaranteed a
further three jobs if peoples 's
finger out. Sixth place. Only eight
get a further three jobs so it's not
guaranteed. That may be slightly
better. He's very quick. Sub ten
second 100-metre sprint. Not using
it to great effect here. May be
creeping over eight metres.
that will be enough to get him
through to the top eight and getting
those extra two jumps, get him to
the fourth and fifth round. Only
four athletes progressing to six. Up
into third place.
moment here for the outdoor world
champion, Luvo Manyonga, who has to
get into the top eight here. Third
attempt. Oh, look at that! He's a
class apart. That looked really in
It's way beyond eight
As casual as you like!
Corrected his runway. The upper body
is upright. Rotates the arms and
into a great landing position.
That's class, that's class.
class indeed. He needed to deliver,
made the adjustment. 8.33 takes the
lead. At the halfway stage.
Brilliant jump for Manyonga.
of three semifinals and Eilidh Doyle
does not go through from the first,
but Zoey Clark will try for Great
Britain and Northern Ireland here.
Not the worst semifinal for
Stephenie Ann McPherson, she'll be
strong in this one. There is Clark.
This was supposed to be just
preparation for the Commonwealth
Games. That was the target. Running
so well on the brink of making a
final. Stephanie McPherson perhaps
facing the wrong way. She's getting
better. So experienced. Madiea
Ghafoor, the Dutch champion. Again,
very powerful athlete.
very powerful athlete. Justyna
Swiety-Ersetic here. Perhaps got it
slightly wrong in the heats, lest it
very late. That is her trademark but
you can't leave too much to do here.
Raphaela Boaheng Lukudo of Italy
goes in lane two and only inside the
German champion Nadine Gonska.
Just two go through, no fastest
losers here. Three semifinals and
Zoey Clark, lane six, a good lane
she has courtesy of her victory in
the first round. McPherson just
inside and Madiea Ghafoor, her main
challenge will come from there.
Britain have only had three
finalists in this event. Sally
Gunnell in 1989. Catherine Murphy in
2003. Katrina Cox in 2012. We are
hearing that Leah Springer has been
disqualified -- Lea Sprunger has
been disqualified for a lane
infringement. We've seen it happen
before and it has happened to, if
not one of the favourites, one who
certainly could have challenged for
a medal. So Eilidh Doyle will go
through to that final. Not official
yet, but... Good news from Eilidh
Doyle's point of view. Second
semifinal of the women's 400 metres.
Zoey Clark on the outside, Stephenie
Ann McPherson chasing her down.
Madiea Ghafoor in the bright orange
vest of the Netherlands with Justyna
Swiety-Ersetic. You can get in the
best position as they break and hit
the band? Stephenie Ann McPherson
looks to be in front as she round
the bend but Swiety-Ersetic is
running well for Poland. The
Jamaican Stephenie Ann McPherson
running a little wide there around
the bend but Zoey Clark in a decent
place at the moment. Stephenie Ann
McPherson out in front, two go
through only from this. Madiea
Ghafoor chasing down Zoey Clark.
Zoey Clark glances at the screen.
Stephenie Ann McPherson out at the
moment. A strong finish for the
Polish athlete, Swiety-Ersetic.
Stephenie Ann McPherson takes it.
Oh, so close at the line! Justyna
Swiety-Ersetic was getting closer
and closer all the time. Clark
didn't fade and she looks to the
board and we look to our computers
and that was close. I wonder if
Swiety-Ersetic got it for Poland.
McPherson is safely through and we
I wish Zoey hadn't spent so
much time looking at the screen in
the back straight. She looked
comfortable and if she concentrated
more... She tried to respond to
Swiety-Ersetic coming through. She
seems in control and then all of a
sudden realises, hang on,
Swiety-Ersetic is there, tried to
respond, really hard to respond so
late and on the lean, Swiety-Ersetic
has got the verdict, not by much. I
think three thousandths we're
seeing. What a shame because Zoey
would have looked at that semi when
it was drawn and thought, I had a
great chance to go through.
close but was it a slightly early
lean? She was learning from five
metres out, Zoey Clark and
Swiety-Ersetic finishing strongly.
Zoey Clark still had plenty to give
but it's that change of pace and at
this pace you can't quite inject
that when you're running.
to respond when someone comes along
side you. You're trying to maintain
anyway. It's been flipped.
MacPherson has been disqualified.
Stephenie Ann McPherson has been
disqualified than aware it was, it
was the first bend, I was watching
her and she took a couple of steps.
MacPherson on the first bend, I'm
convinced that's where it was.
seemed as if it were agony for the
British. She tried to respond there,
Clark. You can see it and that dip
and Swiety-Ersetic tried to take it.
Stephenie Ann McPherson has been
disqualified. We saw in the men's
400 metres earlier today mass
disqualifications and Eilidh Doyle
has gone through because of a
personification of Lea Sprunger. In
the second semifinal, Zoey Clark
will go through with Justyna
Swiety-Ersetic because Stephenie Ann
McPherson, it is official now, she
has been disqualified. Zoey Clark
and Eilidh Doyle both going through
to the final and Zoey Clark talking
to the final and Zoey Clark talking
Zoey Clark, I can say, it is
official that you are in second
place, through to the final. What a
swing of emotion.
It's a bit crazy.
It was so close between me and the
other girl on the line and I thought
I'd missed out. I wasn't sure what
to think now.
Let me know what
you're thinking on that home
straight as you saw her coming into
your vision. You seemed to double
down a bit.
I think I didn't really
get that race right. I eased off a
bit too much and Stu was coming
through strong. It's hard to find
that extra gear once you already
kind of held off a bit. I guess
we've got another chance to redeem
You into a final to
World Championships, had does feel?
Amazing to be in the final in an
individual event. It's the first to
me, so I'm really delighted.
way to get in! It was fantastic to
watch. Best of luck.
much, thank you.
watch. Best of luck.
much, thank you.
confirmation of the first semifinal.
Eilidh Doyle is now there. I can't
really see where Lea Sprunger was
disqualified. I'd avidly sought
McPherson over the line. We have two
bricks in the final.
Back to this
long jump with Manyonga in front.
He's taken the lead away from the
Cuban. File in the third round but
now four. What a huge response from
the youngster. 8.33.
the youngster. 8.33. Joanne Miguel
Echevarria has taken it back to him.
The audacity of the young man. Just
the competitive nature, the ability
to respond. Absolutely superb. What
is the distance? He's clapping. 8.3
six. He goes into the lead with a
personal best performance in the
What a brilliant jump
that was from the Young Cuban. But
Luvo Manyonga has two fouls and
8.33. Chasing that lead. Well, if
it's a white flag, it looks long. It
is! Manyonga, great responding jump.
What a phenomenal competition, it
ages on and edges on. That looks
close on the board but he's got the
Love how he runs free,
love his extension. Brilliant on the
board and a superb response to a
huge leap from the Cuban, 8.3 six.
He's stretching everything out of
that now. Oh, this is going to be
close! 8.44! A new world lead. Takes
the lead. Two jumps remaining.
last semifinal. Phil Healy going for
Ireland. Courtney Okolo of the USA
may well be the favourite here
although Jenkins has the outside
lane, the Jamaican didn't look too
good to me in the qualification.
Let's see who gets disqualified this
time! One talking point is the lack
of discipline of the athlete and
also the fact we are having these
finals ruined, really, the 400-metre
races. It's becoming a bit of a
lottery and so many of the big names
will not be contesting it. That
leaves the door open for others. It
is up to the athletes not to
Is not super quick but quick enough.
Jenkins trying to get going.
Belimpasaki feeling her come to the
side of her. Belimpasaki may
challenge to get the second spot is
Jenkins fades. 51.8 one.
Jenkins fades. 51.8 one. Zoey Clark
and Eilidh Doyle will join them. We
have to wait and see in each race
now, find out. We do the commentary
and we do the replay and don't know
if they've got through.
conditions! I just saw Maria Brown
sacking. She's got wide arms in her
running style -- Maria Belimpasaki.
She was keeping Jenkins further and
further out. Phil Healy not going
through their butt Okolo was fairly
untroubled. I didn't see any lane
infringements. The Greek athlete
isn't good to look at what she ran
quite cleverly because Jenkins is
not the tidiest runner and she kept
her lane and kept her out but
nothing much to report there.
Courtney Okolo pretty strong.
the 400 metres here in Birmingham
continues to deliver all kinds of
shocks and surprises. It really is
turning into something of a lottery.
After the heat this morning when we
saw in the men's whole heat
disqualified which has never
happened before in the history of
major championships, that a whole
heat has been disqualified. We saw
the two British athletes benefit
from disqualifications and elevated
to the final which will take place
tomorrow evening. We have taken a
close look at Stephenie Ann
McPherson, the Jamaican, and her
disqualification. Michael, cast your
beady eyes over this.
is... Denise and I were just saying,
she is on the inside lane with the
outside foot. That's a blatant!
Yeah, I mean, that's blatant. You
can't get away with that. We wonder
whether she may have known. I don't
think she did because she's not
looking down to see that clearly on
the inside lane and that's just a
major violation and she's still on
major violation and she's still on
the lane, on the line rather. That's
unfortunate because she was one of
the athletes that would figure into
the medals. We were saying, I don't
know if there's something about the
outside lane and the way the track
is but athletes seem to have a lane
violation as they come out of that
bank. They come down the hill into
It looks that way.
Five has been predominantly an issue
but we need to check that out. That
moment you're carrying, I don't know
whether they are just wobbling out
of balance or something but it seems
to be a common thread.
We touched on
it earlier, it doesn't looks like
the banks are too high so you
wouldn't expect that. There are
certain tracks around the world
where it is a bit like a velodrome.
Where is here it's not like that but
also its confusing as to why that
Let's look at the long jump
competition, which is really hotting
up. We had a wonderful
competition, which is really hotting
up. We had a wonderful wonderful few
minutes where Manyonga responded to
Echevarria with this fantastic
He's shown his class here,
the reason he's the world champion
from last year. He has a great drive
through for his run-up and manages
with a slightly extended foot in
front of him to really load it in a
positive way to come through the
distance. If you put out your foot
in front of you and drag through
it's a lot of pressure on your
hamstrings. He is able to control
that and produce these fantastic
jumps. And it technically is well
looking really good and completing
by getting his legs out in front of
him. It's impressive to see and on
the board, he's fixed the problem is
slightly and do you know what I
reckon going into the last couple we
might see a really big one because
his early fouls were massive, so it
will be very exciting to see where
he can go.
Can I say very quickly,
who said it was a good idea having
Greg Rutherford watching this men's
final? He's jittery, he's been a
They were not jumping
very far and it was becoming a
problem for me! I need them to jump
And they did, they're
delivering, he's delivering all
kinds of insight for us. Thank you
very much, Greg.
A brilliant competition, I'm sure
Greg is enjoying it plenty. Dendy,
8.02 so far, only four athletes will
compete in the final round. Dendy
isn't amongst them as we stand. That
might change it. It's a much longer
jump. And he knows it. Dendy so far
his best, 8.02 in the second round.
That's a massive improvement. For
the reigning world indoor champion
from two years ago.
That the leg
shoot, it's all about leg shoot.
Great speed across the board but the
position he gets, he puts his feet
out in front of him and manages to
get his centre of gravity over,
fantastic. Another personal best
from another athlete, 8.4 two.
starting to wake up, finally, in
this penultimate round. Lawson on
8.02, the US champion left wanting a
little bit here but that's better as
well. Well, really, it's taken four
or five jumps for the athletes to
find their rhythm, find their feet
and unleash some competitive
instinct. Lawson looks as though
he's improved. I remind you that
only four athletes will take an
effort in the final round. There's
another cut. Lawson has gone into
fourth, with 8.1 four, one jump
remaining. Well, what a competitive
effort we saw in round four, 8.36
from Echevarria, a personal best.
The 19-year-old, oh, what has he
done here? Well, you mentioned
fearless earlier, Tony. That is an
enormous jump. This is going to be
close to taking the lead back.
a young man who doesn't respect his
elders. He's getting in there and
jumping with abandonment. It's
fantastic to see! What a great,
great competition. Plenty of room on
the board. He is safe as houses.
fell back on this. I'm keen to see
that landing again. 8.46, a new
world lead. What an amazing
It's incredible you can
jump a personal best, you've gone
further than you've ever been before
in your life, somebody jumps further
than that and then you respond again
and jump further still. That is
class, that's incredible competitive
The 8.44 from Manyonga, a
Commonwealth record, African record,
it was a world lead but it's now in
second place here at the fifth
round. Well, that's enormous, but
it's another foul from Manyonga.
He's enjoying himself. Another big
We've got 8.46, 8.42 metres,
it's incredible. 8.44 in there, what
an awesome, awesome competition. Not
since the days of Carl Lewis and
Powell have we seen that kind of
He's jumped out
of the pit, nearly. He says he
doesn't put on a limit on how far he
can jump. Really enjoying this
competition. The final round about
A great long jump competition
continuing, some more news from the
400 metres. Belimpasaki has been
disqualified so these will be the
finalists, we think. Wimbley and
Okolo, the two Americans. Eilidh
Doyle and Zoey Clark from Britain.
After all the disqualifications,
these are the ones who are left.
Extraordinary, it's almost making it
a bit farcical, you think of the big
names who have gone, their own
fault, but we'll be back for the
men's 400 metres semifinals.
Dendy, his waiting for that cone to
be removed before he gets the all
clear that he can jump. This is the
final round, only four athletes
remaining. Dendy and Lawson, both of
the United States in third and
fourth place, it's the young man,
the Cuban, Echevarria. Two
centimetres ahead of Manyonga, the
world outdoor champion.
world outdoor champion. So the cone
has been removed. Dendy, a cry for
support. A big PB in that fifth
round, has he got more? He's capable
of doing this. But whatever he does,
others can respond. So Dendy, last
chance to get into the lead. He
likes it a lot. It's a valid jump.
think he didn't quite plan to his
foot on the board. -- he didn't
quite planned his foot on the board.
Just that forward lean,
deceleration, didn't really plant
his foot. A difficult position to
take off from.
There is no room for
error at this level as Dendy waits
for these measurement. It is eight
what -- it is 8.18, no improvement,
in bronze as we stand but his
team-mate, Lawson, can push him down
the sport. Here is Lawson. Dendy at
the moment 8.42, in bronze. Jarrion
Lawson, the US outdoor champion,
came into this competition with the
second best on the world list, 8.38,
from the US trials. We know he's
capable. Last chance to get into the
medals. A foul. Lawson, fourth place
for him here. 8.14 his best and he
clears the way, Americans celebrate
with third and fourth. I bet they
can't believe that. 8.42, further
than anyone had jumped in the world
coming into this competition, in
third place, would you believe it.
There is your two leaders, leader
and second place, I should say, the
two men have exchanged leading
positions throughout this
competition on a number of
occasions. First up it is the
occasions. First up it is the event
leader, Juan Miguel Echevarria. I
wish I'd picked him now as my one to
watch because we are going to see a
lot of this young man. Can he go
I think he tried so hard, I
think he was behind the board there.
8.46, he's in the lead but there's
one more jump. He just has to sit
and wait to see if he's hanging on
to that gold medal. Yeah, quite a
bit between him and the board there.
You can't force it. It's a good
example of you can't force it and he
is way behind the board.
force it, but I tell you what, you
have to respect him for giving it a
good go. He's in the lead. Can he
hang onto it? 19-year-old, will he
become the world champion in the
There's nothing more he
can do about it, he has to stand and
watch, as Luvo Manyonga, who has his
flag ready, a flag that has been
used to celebrate gold medals in
this competition on a number of
occasions. Five times, Ivan Dodig
Rosa has the young man Echevarria
done enough? He's only two
centimetres ahead of this man, Luvo
Manyonga. 8.44. Final round, final
jump, to change his fortune. Oh,
that's a big jump! It's another foul
Oh! Fantastic, fantastic,
thank you, gentlemen, for the
entertainment. What a great
competition. An absolutely superb
competition. The way it got better
and better. Wow, we've seen a
19-year-old world indoor champion
with a great distance. The Cubans
have got a jumper again.
Congratulating the young man of
Cuba, Manyonga gives his
congratulations as well. A potential
superstar of the future, a surprise
winner here. Looks to the heavens
and its gold for Cuba and Echevarria
in the men's long jump.
Well, we have seen some characters
in this long jump competition and
we've seen real character from that
man, Echevarria. Just 19 years old,
previous best 8.28 outside, what a
future he has.
Cubans have an rich history of great
long jumpers and I tell you what, at
19 years of age, to go out and do
that is something really special. I
would always say you can generally
at 20 or 30 centimetres by the time
you get outside. If we can do that
we might see some real hot
competitions coming this summer.
It's a shame there's Motorola world
or Olympic games outdoors this year
because it really could be exciting
-- there isn't another world or
Olympic games outdoor this year.
It's brilliant, when people get to
see how things keep changing and how
the battles play out during these
long jump competitions. You can
really get a feel for how exciting
they are. That was one of the better
ones we've had for quite a long
Absolutely and I'm very
passionate about the showcasing of
field events. We've done it today,
which is brilliant. Wow, what a
competition. You know, it was of
Olympic standard. It was fantastic.
So impressive to see how he
responded, Echevarria, to Manyonga,
who kept putting in, kept fouling at
first but then put in the big jumps
and Echevarria had to pull out
another one. Here is the winning
It can be incredibly difficult
at times and it's something he that
shows a real champion, when you can
keep responding to every else around
you. You can see here he's
incredibly fast, he has a nice
loping stride, attacks the board,
beautiful upright position. If you
can stop the over rotation you can
really extend through into the
bigger distances and it's something
he's doing there, which as I say, in
the summer... I was talking about
Jerry and today and for whatever
reason he didn't get it right. He
jumped 8.38 at the Nationals or the
US not that long ago but it wasn't
happening today. I didn't expect to
Dendy today, to come out with that
real big amazing jump is a fantastic
way to go out there and do it. We
saw that with Jeff Henderson at the
Olympic Games in 2016, much to my
dismay, to suddenly catch one and it
completely changes the dynamic of
the field. It was a wonderful,
wonderful competition to watch. I
was on the edge of my seat, it was
fantastic. Greenberg and we've been
seeing some great long jump
competitions over the last couple of
years, Greg, and we are seeing
fantastic young athletes like
Echevarria coming up, Dendy, we've
been waiting for him to explode and
Lawson, last year he had a great
Is the long jump
getting the competition -- is the
long jump competition getting the
attention it should? Are the people
in the stands experiencing the long
jump and the back and forth the way
we get to see it? To see how
exciting it really is.
stadium is the best place to be
viewing it and at home, sadly, we've
spent many years of not seeing how
it's unfolding. You go to Diamond
League events and they are wrapped
up in four jumps, these are the
winners, these are the positions. To
excite people we need to show
exactly how the sport unfolds and
exactly how the events go, because
as we said, this was an incredible
competition, a great one for people
to see, and for people to say I want
to be involved in the jumps because
they are brilliant.
can round it all up for us.
thrilling competition, there is the
final result, an historic one, Dendy
the Proms, Manyonga, an African
record, a Commonwealth record, but
the Cuban, 8.44, seventh best ever.
It was in UK allcomers' record, he
beat Mike Powell's previous best
which has stood for 25 years which
puts into context. A brilliant
performance from a 19-year-old,
event of the championships so far,
the men's long jump. The men's 400
metres has been decimated by those
who have been disqualified. This is
the first of three semifinals, those
who are left.
who are left. Javon Francis, Aldrich
Bailey Junior of the United States
in lane six. You think of those who
we have lost, disqualified big
names, Brenes, Taplin, Haroun.
Steven Gayle and Alonzo Russell, all
disqualified in the first round,
4-lane infringements. We've seen
Lias Bronner and MacPherson
disqualified in the women's
semifinals -- Lea Sprunger. Everyone
will be aware that a toe on the line
and you are disqualified. The
unforgiving rule 1:63.63.
The poll finished very
The poll finished very strongly in
the first round. There's Aldrich
Bailey jointly, second in the US
championships behind Michael Cherry.
Michael Cherry goes in the second
semifinal. The Polish champion,
as it is in love athletics
Championships these days, a strong
Polish team. Jovan Francis have been
part of the Jamaican squad for a
while now. Took silver in Rio at the
Olympic Games. Such a talented
youngster, as was this man. Silver
behind Karami James in London at the
Olympic Games. As a 19-year-old, we
got was 18, but 19. Patrik Sorm of
the Czech Republic. One of the
fastest losers who are advanced
because of disqualifications. Lucas
Bua, Spanish indoor champion. There
is a theory that you should just jog
round very slowly, stepping away
from the lines and taking chances.
Just two go through automatically
straight to tomorrow's final. A lot
of athletes have not been coping
with the lanes indoors here.
The first of three semifinals in the
men's 400 metres. Bua, Patrik Sorm,
Lech Walesa and toss, Jovan Francis,
Jacob Katrina, Aldrich Bailey
A good start by Jovan Francis of
Francis of Jamaica looking to get
himself in a good position. The tiny
figure of Miguel Santos. The barging
and battering is there and sometimes
not giving an inch to the big man
from Poland. These three battling
for the two positions. Look Santos
in a position to try to challenge.
Bailey just starting to tie it up
will stop Santos comes through to
take it and Santos and Bailey take
perverse two places. The only two
places and they will go through to
the final. Very, very good race.
Santos judged it well. What a talent
he was as a youngster, and he'll
have his chance here in the final
tomorrow because he timed it well
and came through to take it on the
line from Aldrich Bailey but a very
Yeah, a lot happened
there at the break which meant that
Jacob has been really got on terms.
Santos was patient and as strong as
we've seen from him from a good
little while. You're making the
point that the quality...
Santos is saying, what are you
doing? With real! By winning you get
a better lane draw in the final.
We've had this event is completely
decimated by disqualifications.
We'll wait to see if any happen in
the semifinals. At least Luguelin
Santos we know is at his best. A
great 400-metre runner.
nice to see the break at 200 metres.
That's when so much happens in the
400 metres. Bailey was dying on his
legs here. Santos takes the victory
and his younger brother goes in one
of the next semifinals, Juander
Santos. Let's see if he can make it
through to the final, as well.
Bailey safely through, to bring to
the ground. Unofficial results. We
shall wait and see what it looks
like Miguel and Santos and Aldrich
Bailey are through to the final.
like Miguel and Santos and Aldrich
Bailey are through to the final.
STUDIO: With the 400 metres, we
really do have to say unofficial
results because it might only be a
matter of seconds before we find out
who's disqualified. You were a bit
worried about Bailey.
Bailey came off one of the corners
and his foot came across the cone
and I don't know why you would do
that, given all of the
qualifications and macro
disqualifications we've seen. We may
see something coming out from him
with a DQ by his name.
are going down and the rostrum has
been set up on the stage tonight.
Last night it was on the infield but
it's just to our right in the studio
here and it is of course for the
medal ceremony for the women's
pentathlon. Just looking over there,
I'm seeing Katarina Johnson-Thompson
standing behind the gold medal
rostrum. This really is a moment,
and hopefully will be a pivotal
moment, a seminal moment, in her
Representing Cuba, Yang
Representing Cuba, Yang
the bronze medal, the Cuban. Just
underperformed a little in the long
jump. Lost a bit of ground on the
woman who is about to collect the
silver medal. A bronze medal well
earned. No medals changing positions
in the 800 metres. These three went
in these positions. If only that the
with a good long jump. Just worried.
-- just worried Katarina
Johnson-Thompson for a moment. Dadic
able to make up the time in the 800.
That was quite an achievement. This
woman is about to be cheered to the
Representing Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, Katarina
To the top of the podium. Doesn't
happen too often in a career through
injury. She would admit
underachievement on the biggest
stage but here at the world indoor
she takes gold.
she takes gold.
gentlemen, the national anthem of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
# God save our gracious Queen
# Long live our noble Queen
# God save the Queen
# Send her victorious
# Happy and glorious
# Long to reign over us
# God save the Queen. #
Nothing now but a smile on the face
of Katarina Johnson-Thompson. They
have now been 14 winners of this
event going back to 1993, 14
different winners. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson is the 14th. Bronze
for Rodriguez, silver for Ivona
Dadic and gold for Katarina
Dadic and gold for Katarina
STUDIO: One of those winners in the
past of course was Jessica Ennis,
back in 2010 in Doha. We'll know
what happened to her. This can be a
moment for Johnson-Thompson going
forwards into those big global
competitions where she knows she can
quit together, she knows she can put
the performance in. She can have my
disappointment is along the way but
it's about how you carry on
throughout the day of this concept
did, -- through the day of this
Hopefully a turning
Hopefully a turning
point in her emotions about all the
things that have gone before, that
this is truly a moment to savour. We
have had those roller-coaster
moments but she has performed really
well and she's earned that medal.
She is grafted, worked hard, just
She's done it now and that's
the relief. Relief is the big
overriding sensation you have when
you windage and beaches. It's all
these maybes and ifs and things that
can go wrong. By listening that
goals right and you can have a kick
on from that moment and go on to win
more. 2010, we saw the start of
Jessica Ennis coming through and
doing the most incredible things she
did and we all believe and I think
we all know Kat can do that.
questioned herself the last couple
of years with injuries and the
changes in training environment. She
questioned whether she had what it
takes to get the top position. Those
questions, when you can find the
answer, they are a big relief. And
they are a weight off your mind as
Gregg said. Hopefully the buoyancy
that will take her into the next
part of her preparation.
The key is
it becomes down to something
practical at the end of the day.
That is has she learned her lesson
that allowed her to have the spring
the group performs as she had today?
Was it but it all just happened
right today? Just like it happened
wrong in the past. Or was it, this
is what I did wrong in the past,
this was my approach and what didn't
work. This is what I did today and
what does work for me. In order to
duplicate this type of performance,
you have to duplicate the same sort
of setup, the same sort of
preparation, mindset. You have to be
able to do that, so while she was
certainly celebrate this, she can
reflect on, what did I do right?
Relive this moment from a practical
standpoint so she can apply this at
the Commonwealth Games. Another
success like this.
And she will face
Dadic again if they are both fit in
Berlin in the European Championship
in August. Another chance to say,
yes, you might think you might be
the up-and-coming one but I'm going
to be sure again. It's a chance to
put herself against them.
competing against these ladies for a
while now but it's really about
turning inwards and focusing on,
what did I do right? What was that
emotion, how did I keep it together?
She's proved she's able to do that.
We are heading out for the next of
these 400 metre semifinals. Lee
Thompson of Sheffield is out there
in the semifinal and I think he was
a product of a benefit of one of the
disqualifications this morning,
Steve grams. You will take this
perhaps as a bonus but want to put
himself right back there in the mix.
COMMENTATOR: He did
himself right back there in the mix.
COMMENTATOR: He did benefit but he
still ran well. This is his best
ever Championships, just 20 years of
age, from Sheffield. He's just seen
one Thomson on the rostrum, so who
knows what future he has? He's just
starting his career. Huge
opportunity for also of athletes
here with so many disqualifications.
I think there's been at least ten
anyway. We've missed the two guys on
the outside which either two most
impressive. They are lanes five and
six. Thomson in lane three will
obviously be doing his best to try
to get on terms with them. See what
happens and then as we've seen, you
never know. 46.23, superb
performance in the British
Championships to announce his
arrival into the British team.
I know what you are all thinking,
you're watching the feet, anxious?
I'm sure the athletes must and I'm
sure they are beginning to realise
what's going on. Thomson just
lacking a bit of pace through this
first 200 metres but he hasn't got
to panic. Santos trying to get in
there. Thomson will just have to
pick some of these off here. 21.3
through the first 200 metres,
reasonably quick. The two best
athletes here, Hooley source and
Cherry. Oscar whose loss has been
very impressive, challenged by
Cherry. Those two are expected to
win. Thomson has to settle for
sixth. These two well was going to
be the best. He's impressing me. I
wasn't... To be fair, we've lost so
many of the big names that now he's
looking like a real contender for
the gold medal. That was a quick
semi-and barring any surprises, we
will expect Husillos and Cherry to
be contenders for the medals. Lee
Thompson tried very hard and when
you have to run wide, when you don't
get involved in that first 200
metres, it's a long journey around
the outside. But he's acquitted
himself pretty well, particularly in
Leeds, I thought. It'd be a bit
tough to come back and emulate that
in the semi-.
We saw, as you are
mentioning, the reason these two are
a long way clear, Husillos and
Cherry is we are missing athlete who
perhaps would have been lifting the
quality of this semifinal otherwise
worried not for the
disqualifications. Husillos and
Cherry a long way clear. Good time
by Husillos, he looking very
impressive. Some come into the
meetings in Championships and find
good form at the championships.
Husillos has been strongest season
and seems to be peaking.
45.6 nine. Here's a look back at the
third round of the women's shot put
final. 18.98 metres. A put the owned
19 metres. Great effort from her.
She has thrown over 19 metres this
year. Fourth in the World
Championship last year.
Maybe put a bit of spice into the
weight room to get the power needed
and the desire to get onto the
rostrum. A new indoor national
record for Thomas-Dodd. Anita
Marton, deprived of gold two years
ago by Michelle Carter in the very
last putt of the competition, this
was her response to that throw in
the third round. A beautiful example
of rotating shot put. That putt
winged out as 19.48 metres, good
parlance, drives upwards, hard,
catches on the reverse, nicely
timed. -- good balance. That gets
you a putt over the 19-metre mark,
Marton, a brilliant competitor,
deprived two years ago, takes the
lead with a world leader at the
halfway stage. Here is a look back
at what happened in the heptathlon
high jump. The best clearance so
far, Warners had a solid first day,
a clearance at two point 02, in
second place overall -- 2.02 metres.
There is a PB there, adding two
centimetres to his previous lifetime
best. He is probably the man who is
giving this man most to think about,
went clear at the second time of
asking. Many are putting up a solid
performance, but he's going to need
all of it to take the gold -- Kevin
Mayer. Kai Kazmirek, his third
attempt at 2.05. Gave it a good old
rattle. But a successful jump, all
about points. 60-metre hurdles, pole
vault and 1000 metres tomorrow. But
the best jump was this man, Maicel
Uibo of Estonia, 2.17, that's how to
do it. Great history and events,
Vergini all the most -- they had a
famous Estonian multi-event and
Maicel Uibo goes into the medals.
The heptathlon summary after the
four events of Day one and Kevin
Mayer, as expected, the Frenchman,
out in front by what is it, 45
points or so, I had of Damian Warner
and Maicel Uibo has rocketed up the
leaderboard into third place.
up for the third and last of the
semifinals of the men's 400 metres
and this is how they line up.
and this is how they line up. The
athletes on the outside of the
favoured athletes. -- the athletes
on the outside are the favoured
athletes. Maslak going in lane four,
admitted he ran a bad race in the
first round but there are questions,
he doesn't seem to have quite the
same form he has had in the past,
winning two Will two world indoor
titles, he is superb indoors but he
will have to go out more quickly
here in this semifinal. He will know
that a lot of his potential rivals
to take his title away have gone.
to take his title away have gone. So
Maslak will have a great chance.
He's still got to make it through
here, because only two go through.
Lendore, bronze at the last world
indoors, had the quickest first lap
this morning going through 221.62.
Janezic, impressive, behind Fred
Kerley last weekend. Maslak I'm sure
we'll go off quickly. He left too
much to do in the qualifying this
morning, he scraped through. You
Cywka ran from Kuwait goes in lane
three -- Kyran.
three -- Kyran. He won a world
junior gold for the USA in 2012, now
runs for Nigeria. Had to find some
additional fastest losers this
morning and Litvin of Kazakhstan was
one of those. He finished very
quickly, the 22-year-old.
quickly, the 22-year-old. Can Maslak
made it through to another final and
take his chances there? I gain, far
from guaranteed. Doesn't seem to be
the imperious Maslak of recent years
and only two going through
automatically. To tomorrow's final.
Lendore, the last of the semifinals
in the men's 400 metres. Away they
go and Maslak seems to be firing out
of the blocks and already moving up
alongside our the Slovenia. Lendore,
so quick through the first 200
metres this morning, will try to
break in the lead but Maslak has
come roaring out of the blocks and
over the first 200 metres. He will
look to control it and hang on.
Lendore coming across, he wants the
lead and these three a country mile
clear of the rest. Its 342-macro
places only in the final. Lendore,
Maslak and Janezic, can he overhaul
the defending champion? Maslak
looking strong at the moment. Might
Lendore be the one to suffer and
struggled on the straight? Maslak
comes through, Janezic can't quite
get there, I think Lendore hung on
but he really was just holding on as
Janezic came charging through. I
think he had just a bit too much to
do. Maslak learned from the first
round, he knew he had run badly
tactically in the first round and he
knew he had to get out more quickly.
Lendore loves to go out strongly
over the first 200, but this was a
Yeah, just watch
this, Lendore thinking he's there,
Maslak, much better from him, gave
up the lead at 200 metres, wasn't
super fast and look at the tall
Slovenian finishing so fast.
Maslak's arm is out because he wants
to get his chest ahead and there's
no one with a bigger chest than
Janezic. He can't quite get there,
Lendore just hanging on by three or
four hundreds, the result coming
through. A good race.
As you were
mentioning, Steve, it's about Maslak
looking for that when which he got,
because you got a better lane in the
final tomorrow. Maslak, and as
mentioned, so many big names are out
already so Maslak's chance of
winning three world indoor titles,
he's got a chance, he'll be in the
final and that was a better run from
Just as we saw at the climax of
the men's long jump final the
women's shot put will be decided by
the top four performers so far in
the first five efforts, taking their
final three. Only four athletes.
Yang Gao, of China, best in the
second of 18 point 77, twice fifth
that the World Championships. She is
guaranteed force, can she improve
it? -- she's guaranteed fourth
place. It's not going to improve,
it's about 18.5 metres. So Yang Gao,
Lilia, strikes hard. -- she is
linear will stop shy of 19 metres. A
team-mate, Gong, has gone beyond
that. So Yang Gao settles for fourth
place and steps aside, clears the
stage for her team-mate. So Gong Li
Jau, 29-year-old champion last year
in third place here. A big scream
and it's a big effort as well.
Possibly her best so far. I don't
think it's enough. Because Danniel
Thomas. , 19.2 to four silver and
Anita Marton of Hungary, I don't
think she's improved her position. A
good competitive effort though. It
is her best, 19.08, a season's best,
but has to put up with a silver,
sorry, bronze medal, and make way
for the silver-medallist,
Thomas-Dodd, who did take the lead
at the halfway stage only to have it
taken back by the Hungarian. Can
Thomas-Dodd do to Marton what
Michelle Carter did two years ago?
She needs to throw in excess of
19.48. No. Bang on 19 metres. It
wasn't meant to be. 19.2 to in round
three, that's no improvement. A
great example, just leaning
backwards, leaning away from that,
and lost some power. Of course, if
she'd chased it out she wouldn't
have saved it and she would have
fouled over the front and it
wouldn't be measured. A national
record and the silver medal for
Danniel Thomas. , which makes Anita
Marton, I met her and she said she's
been under the weather, had a cold
for a few days. You would not know
it. A massive effort, 19.48 metres,
silver two years ago, guaranteed the
goal. The shot put equivalent of a
lap of honour, this. -- guaranteed
the gold. Maybe she will extend her
lead. Another big effort. A great
demonstration of competent shop
putting. 19.48, her best so far. Has
she improved it? She is celebrating.
Its 19.62! A wonderful final effort
from Marton. Hungary take their
first-ever gold medal at the world
indoor Championships and its Anita
Marton with a world leading 19.62.
Wonderful scenes in the celebrations
Well done to Anita Marton, in a few
moments' time we'll see the medal
ceremony for the men's long jump,
which was a wonderful competition a
little bit earlier this evening.
They have to walk just behind our
studio, the men, to get up to the
stage, which is to side and Luvo
Manyonga, when he went past, gave a
lovely big wave, didn't he, guys? A
big smile, big beaming smile.
Obviously he was pushed into silver
place by a wonderful effort from the
young Cuban, but it really was an
young Cuban, but it really was an
entertaining, a spectacle worthy of
Absolutely and again we
sort of looked at Luvo Manyonga and
looks at Lawson at the start and
said these are the two who will
probably battle out, completely
forget to link -- forgetting the
young Cuban who gave the performance
of his life. To PB like that at 19,
what a wonderful way to do it and
really exciting to watch.
It was the
perfect competition, wasn't it, the
lead going backwards and forwards.
But in the end that very young man,
19 years old, very little experience
on the international stage, showed
his composure and incredible
character, Steve Backley.
was a great competition.
was a great competition.
The IWS --
the IAAF world President...
pleasure to hand out a medal to a
wonderful young Cuban long jump,
pleasure to hand out a medal to a
wonderful young Cuban long jump,,
first Dendy who really celebrated
the bronze medal ahead of his
team-mate, Lawson. 8.42, you
wouldn't have believed that was only
enough for a bronze medal. Very,
very high-class. -- very, very
high-class competition. This man,
gold outdoors in London last summer
but here in Birmingham, he jumped
further, 8.44 metres, but only
enough for silver. But he knows he
Gold-medallist and IAAF
world indoor champion representing
Cuba, Juan Miguel Echevarria will
well, from one Cuban legend to
another, well, one for the future
may be, he is world indoor champion
at 19. It wasn't only a massive
jump, it was the way he did it in
responding to a true champion in
Manyonga. And we will hear a lot --
a name we will hear a lot of and the
Cuban national anthem.
NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS
Remember that name,
Remember that name, Echevarria.
Brilliant performers and that's
going to be a tough one to beat in
terms of the performers of the
championships early stages to be
calling that. That's going to take
some beating. A world lead.
Brilliant performers for the young
man and a gold for Cuba.
STUDIO: It certainly was. It's one
of the competition so far in
delivering a fantastic finale,
performances you'd expect of this
standard of competition. The crowd
was treated to something special
yeah, they absolutely wear.
I said it earlier, what nominal
jumping. Befitting for this world
stage. I don't know about you, Greg,
but South Africa at the moment have
a really healthy crop of South
African jumpers at the moment. It's
interesting how they've emerged as a
Yes, we had Godfrey
Khotso Mokoena. He's a bit older
Khotso Mokoena. He's a bit older
than me. He wants in 2008 and seem
to be the start of this resurgence
in South Africa. In Cuba, we've had
a few 8.2, 8.3, especially in
Havana. But then they never really
produced another as they have
previously. Now we have a new kid on
the block. You'll really be mixing
it up with those South Africans. It
makes it really exciting.
you make of his potential? Is he a
guy who can get over into 8.5 and
Absolutely. Watching him
out there today, 100%. What you jump
in doors, if you get a nice wind,
and nice bit of sun like to get in
Havana, he could maybe produce a lot
more than 8.5, maybe 8.6. He reminds
me of Pedrosa, just a bit taller.
That really works in his favour. His
vast, powerful, has range on the
runway and has a competitive edge.
That's the whole package. We see a
lot of talented jumpers over the
years but they've never had the
edge. To do what he did tonight,
that shows a top competitor coming
You have to have that
competitive edge now at long
jumping. It's extremely competitive.
Yes, it's starting to change.
Thankfully I had my period of
winning with 8.3 and 8.4 as I did in
that time. What you find is when
these are -- whether slight lulls
and at one period it was just me
going into the majors and thinking I
had a great chance of winning it,
and others seem to never be pushing
it, now we have a load of guys
pushing the event. What will happen
it will have a lot more guys are
jumping significantly further
because there are so many.
more and more events night and it is
the fast women, the 60-metre final.
But it earlier this evening we had
three semifinals but there was one
in particular, the first one, which
was loaded with talent.
Unfortunately for Asha Philip, it
was the one she was drawn in but it
didn't fail to deliver.
was the one she was drawn in but it
didn't fail to deliver.
No, look at
the gap. On a world-class field,
that is semifinal. She got a
cracking start, great athletes,
great power. Dafne Schippers on the
right side. Further over in lane
six, the field was loaded. Asha did
well but this was always going to be
tough for her. She was unfortunately
drawn in the toughest heat of all. I
can't take anything away from her. I
think she ran pretty well and did
the best she could and it was always
going to be tough.
Watching her run,
she didn't tighten up, didn't worry.
This was heat to.
The Ivory Coast,
Ta Lou. They want to macro heats.
Ivory Coast is looking really good.
This is going to be an amazing final
and I can't wait to see at.
Thereabouts to enter the arena to
the usual fanfare -- thereabouts to
enter the arena. Only two women have
dipped under seven seconds today,
Elaine Thompson and morale of
hooray. We shouldn't necessarily be
expecting super-quick time is --
Because they don't
have the daylight that Greg was
talking about, the fatigue starts to
set in. They are on hyper girl mode
and you get a faster time. It could
go the other way and we could see a
very fast time. These athletes also
know they're going to have to run
fast in order to get on the.
not thinking about three lanes or
two lanes. They can put everything
into the 60-metre race. Often these
guys go out and compete in multiple
Dangerous right here. I
think because she didn't have a fast
time coming into the championships,
she was counted out a bit, but she
has improved every round, so Elaine
Thompson can be very dangerous.
hope she holds her form and gets in
the mix. From what we've seen so
far, I think this young lady year,
who has delivered every time at this
stage. In doors she's so well suited
for it. She gets out really quick.
She's one of those women who has run
under seven seconds. She is very,
OK, that's what
these guys think. Steve Cram, it's a
wide open race, isn't it? Hopefully
it will be spitting spectacle to the
end of our first full day here in
COMMENTATOR: Yeah, just to pick up,
I think you were referring to their
best times ever. Nobody has run
under seven seconds. Would be
unusual. It's been a while. Shelly
Ann Fraser Price a couple of
championships ago run under seven.
Only nine people have ever run under
seven seconds but two of them are in
the field, Ahoure and Thomson have
done it in the past. How quickly?
Ahoure in lane four, she has to turn
silver into gold here. She's twice
won silver medals at the world
indoor Championships. Head team-mate
Ta Lou, last year won a silver medal
outdoors. Ivory Coast have never won
gold at a major champs. Could this
be the first time? Kambundji in the
middle of them but don't forget
Dafne Schippers, the world champion
of the 200 metres.
of the 200 metres. Murielle got the
best start. It's going to be gold
for Ahoure! 1-2 for the Ivory Coast.
6.97! Murielle Ahoure has finally
done it! Her country will be so
proud, its gold and silver for Ivory
Coast. Murielle Ahoure has run one
of the quickest ever 60 metres.
Superb performance, a brilliant
start. The rest were chasing her
home and look what that means to
her. She's a brilliant 60-metre
runner. Ta Lou is the silver winner
and that will go with the two she
won outdoors last year. She will be
delighted with her team-mate. Your
60-metre running with a special
skill. Lots of great people have
never been able to combine that and
outdoors. We've talked about some of
them, the likes of Nelly Kuhlman.
The beginnings of these world indoor
Championships. What Ahoure has to be
one of the best ever now and she can
put herself right up there with all
those other big names, particularly
with that performance today, Colin.
Yes, an outstanding performance by
Ahoure. And the Swiss sneaking in
with the bronze medal. Very nice to
see, but there is our gold and
silver-medallists. She lives up to
seventh all-time with 6.9 seven. A
world leader and what an indoor
season that young lady has had! .
We'll have another chance to have a
look at it, Colin, but the signs
were there in the semifinal that
she's come here on the top of her
game. I've always wondered whether
she is ever quite had the belief
sometimes, you know,. Obviously
Elaine Thompson was in this but
she's had some great people to race
against. Last time she won silver,
Shelly Ann Fraser priced ran 6.98 in
the final so it isn't as if you have
been beaten by good people. This was
a chance she had to seize this time
round. She's just found Kambundji,
she got the bronze.
Brilliant deceivers. They've worked
hard all the way through the season,
just edging their way through,
haven't they? Taking victories when
it matters, Kambundji sets a new
national record of 7.0 three. When
it came to it at the world indoors
she produces another good strong
performance. 7.05 for the Swiss.
Great performance but there is our
gold and silver-medallists.
She's just unfortunately been in an
era when there's been some great,
great sprinters from Jamaica, the
US. Dafne Schippers is in the 200
metres, as well. This could be the
turning point for Ahoure.
times you'll see that Elaine Thomson
and Dafne Schippers get in there at
all. She's a brilliant exponent of
this. Full of confidence, great run
in the semifinal. She just did
exactly what she knew she was
capable of. Accurate at the
beginning, out of the blocks really
hard, very fast, getting into the
good caters she has. Your Mac or she
doesn't go from side to side,
straight as an arrow, keeping focus,
all power going in the exact place
it needs to be.
Focused hard. Don't
want to put any stress or strain,
she knows that Elaine Thomas...
Thomson, she knows she's living
champion, she knows she can close
down but it won't happen this time.
Look at that wild, focused,
determined. Work, work, work, all
the way through to the line. Nothing
Elaine Thompson could do on this
occasion. Ahoure is out hard,
aggressive, controlled, and takes a
very good victory. 6.97, a world
Well, when you
come and win your first ever gold
medal at a World Championships for
your country, never mind yourself
individually, you do want to do it
with this sort of performance. This
is a top ten ever performance from
Murielle Ahoure. Ta Lou with the
silver and Kambundji with the
bronze. Brilliant performance from
those two. Enjoy this from Ahoure,
it may signal something from her in
the summer. She can do well over 100
metres, as well. 5000th of a second
between Kambundji and Ta Lou woman
who was rewarded herself with the
silver medal. And the world leading
6.97 and the gold medal for Murielle
Ahoure. First ever goal for the
Ahoure. First ever goal for the
STUDIO: You talk about being born in
different eras and how perhaps your
history would have changed were it
not for being born a particular
strength. Murielle Ahoure, had she
not been born in the era of Jamaican
dominance in spread she would have
been world champion in 2013, 14.
This is someone who is not -- this
is not someone who has suddenly come
to the fore at 30 will stop she's
been knocking on the door, waiting
for the moment and she brilliantly
She really did, she is a
fantastic talent. She was at the
University of Miami in the US and
she's been there in the finals
trying to get amongst the medals.
This was a fantastic performance by
her. Start to finish, every round,
she continues to improve, as herself
and established herself as a
favourite from the beginning and
said, come and get me. She went to
the finals and did the same thing,
got out of the box, even away from
her compatriot Ta Lou, who is a
brilliant starter and said, you've
got to come and get me and no one
was able to do that.
Lets go and
hear from Ta Lou.
Silver medal in an
incredible, incredible race. How do
I'm happy because when I
came here I didn't expect to have a
metal because it's not my best. I
just came there to work for my stats
and I'm happy to have a silver
medal, so I'm just happy. I thank my
coach. And so on, and so on.
to come from behind there to secure
that second. What were you thinking
as you sort of came from behind so
You know, my start is bad. I
Your start was not
the greatest, you had to come from
behind. What were you thinking? Did
you believe you could do it?
for me, I was last. I have a big,
big finish. I do what my coach tells
me to do. Just run, run, run, do my
best to be in the top three. I
finished I was like, oh! I get it
and I finished. It's OK for me. I
didn't expect to do that. My best is
and Ivory Coast one,
two. How special is that?
because, you know,
because, you know, every day, it's
really good. We got a gold medal, I
was happy because she has two years.
She had too many problems so for her
it's really a big gift for her this
year, so I hope it's really good for
Bank is so talking to us.
Please, come on. A phenomenal
bronze. How do you feel?
amazing. I'm just so happy I got the
Coming into this, Denise
Lewis said you were one of the
athletes to watch. She seems to be
Yes, it was a very good
competition. I gave my best and I'm
so happy because it was a very
strong field. All the fastest women
in the world were here. I'm happy.
That was an incredible field of
It was crazy. I was in the
middle and got the bronze! I'm just
What will this do for you,
moving forward? The confidence of
knowing you can come to a
competition of this size and get the
Yeah on its just a amazing. I
never thought I be able to do that.
It was always better and better. I'm
just happy I achieved it. I'm
looking forward to next season.
Sitting in the aisles clapping, was
the rail Ahoure. How happy are you?
An incredible performance.
you, it's been a rough couple of
years, the last couple of years, I
lost my father to cancer, he was
battling cancer and we finally lost
him almost a year ago now, so then
the anniversary of his death is
coming up on March the 24th. It's
been a terrible time for me, so
just, I'm at a loss for words right
now. I just know that he was here
with me today, and I've worked so
hard to get back on top. The biggest
thing was working on my mental,
because mental execution wins races.
Coming into this race I just knew
that I had to be as sharp as an iron
out there and just go out there and
focus on my lane and execute.
say, it's been a difficult year, but
such a massive sacrifice that you
have to make to get to this level.
Can you give us an idea of what it
Oh my goodness, I have so
many people to thank, my coach Alan
Powell has been unbelievable, he is
by rock, my mental Carmelita Jeter.
My massage therapist, my whole team
has been fantastic. To do this
turnaround, we came into this season
saying, OK, I've got two silvers at
the World Championships and my goal
was to be able to get a gold this
time, so there are times where I
thank God and I'm so blessed.
you very much for talking to us,
thank you for winning such an
Thank you so much,
What a great winner, grabbed what a
great way to win the day -- great
way to end the day. We seem great
performances at the Diamond League
and at the Olympic Games and World
Championships and 30 years old,
sometimes you have to wait for your
moment, don't you?
Sometimes you do,
the team around her, all of the
work, she came
the team around her, all of the
work, she came into this
championship is absolutely ready and
rocket start, she never gave it up.
A great transition we just saw
there, a translation out of Drive
phrase into maximum velocity.
Fantastic running here, very
efficient. You look at all of the
athletes, you see Kambundji, some of
the athletes' arms out of their
side, she's very efficient with
every step and that's how you get to
the finish line quick. It's not just
about speed and power, its
biomechanical efficiency. She's one
of the best in the business at that.
She's always been very efficient.
She's a fantastic victory from a
well-deserved because of all of the
work she's done in putting this
together. This doesn't just happen.
The speed, power, efficiency, it
doesn't just happen. It's not
doesn't just happen. It's not born
talent, you work on those things.
Head on shot, not a lot of wasted
motion. If you watch Kambundji, the
bronze-medallist on the left of the
screen, arms coming out, elbows
coming out, not on what -- not a lot
of symmetry, the right arm is doing
something different to the left but
the opposite with Ahoure, everything
is symmetrical and efficient.
a great race. You talk about
Kambundji, for me it was a step up,
stepping up on an occasion like this
is a big deal. She's definitely put
them on the map today.
is a big deal. She's definitely put
them on the map today.
her out, Denise. We said is not
necessarily about winning medals but
yours has gone and got one for you.
It was about picking out names and
people who may have a great
championship and somebody who may be
a name to look out for in the
future. Kambundji has done it for
you, she has put herself out there.
Dadic, Tony Minichiello, she got the
silver in the pentathlon earlier and
Michael, it's the turn of the men
tomorrow, and the Chinese will be
out there. Christian Coleman of the
USA may have something to say about
him making tops one.
We were told we
could not pick Christian Coleman.
That's why Christian Coleman's name
is not out there because he's one to
He's already a world
I'm looking forward
to that 60 tomorrow and the Chinese
will be in the final and has an
opportunity to do something special.
It's Christian Coleman's race to
win. He's got the target on his
back. He seems to be an athlete who
is well prepared to carry that
burden who we will get to see
We saw Kenny Harrison
today make absolutely sure that she
was through to the next round, a
brilliant run in the hurdles,
another world record holder in
Coleman out tomorrow. It's exciting
when people are here at the top
when people are here at the top of
their game and he'll want to take
home top spot.
I think Coleman can
go out there and what we've seen
going out with the guys running fast
as he could put a seriously fast
time down, another world record. It
would be incredible for everybody
here and everybody watching, if they
get to see somebody winning a world
record. Sometimes it's a
Lets hope the
weather is kind to as tomorrow and
people can get here to these
championships. If you can't and you
have a ticket, don't worry, plenty
of people will be watching at home
and we'll be
of people will be watching at home
and we'll be starting at 9:45am on
BBC Two. In the evening, the session
starts at 5:30pm. Of course we have
the 400 metres finals to look
forward to, two British women going,
Zoey Clark and Eilidh Doyle, going
in this 400 metre finals, which
Zoey Clark and Eilidh Doyle, going
in this 400 metre finals, which we
are very excited about. There's been
a few disqualifications, a few
controversies along the way. Greg,
we have to say goodbye to you from
I've not been invited
back... I'm waiting for the umbrella
to pull me off in a moment.
stay as long as you want but you
have other things to get on with.
We've loved having you here for a
thrilling long jump competition.
Thank you for having me, it was a
Safe journey back
home to the hotel, put your winter
boots on. We'll be back tomorrow,
9:45am on BBC Two.
Gabby Logan presents live coverage of the World Championships from Birmingham. The evening session includes the men's long jump final, the women's shot put and 60m finals, and the semi-finals of the both the men's and women's 400m.
Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis, Paula Radcliffe and Colin Jackson provide expert analysis, while commentary is by Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter and Steve Backley.