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Colin Jackson has won his first gold
medal. He is the champion of the
Looking on not just an
aberration but in all. --
He is the world champion.
One, two, three.
Four, five, six.
And it's over. It is the fast show
today in Birmingham. Christian
Coleman the new world record holder
competing in the men's 60 metres.
And the big British headline last
night Katarina Johnson-Thompson, she
took gold in the pentathlon. But
fantastic sport everywhere we
looked. Actually thrilling long jump
taken by Echevarria of Cuba. While
Murielle Ahoure took the 60 metres
and the first ever gold for the
Ivory Coast in a major
championships. A wonderful evening.
But we are back for more. Good
morning to you on this lovely
Saturday. I do not know what it's
like where you are but we made it
into date without too much trouble.
Hopefully we will have a sell-out
crowd as we expect today further
second full day, the third day of
the world indoor athletics
Championships. I'm joined by Denise
Lewis and Michael Johnson who have
coordinated beautifully on the
wardrobe front! Never failed to
impress. A wonderful evening last
night. And we often, actually I
think we are honest in athletics
when a competition does not meet the
standards we expect. And the tenth
of, a great British moment for
Katarina Johnson-Thompson. -- the
pentathlon. And specifically for her
because of what she has been through
in major championships to date.
Great to see her finally just
getting it all together. For me not
so much about the medals but the
conduct and the manner in which she
performed consistently well. There
was no real highlight as such. Maybe
the shot put for me but generally no
highlight but just steady
performances and taking the
opportunity to win when actually she
should. I thought it was a great
performance and I hope that she just
kicks on from here mentally that she
can put it together.
You can only be
two is in front of you, the field
that there, and she took that
opportunity and that is what I
imagine she will take away from
I do not think matters about
the field, I do not think that this
was less of a field. Without Usain
Bolt. This was about her coming into
the competition is favoured. And
being able to live up to the
expectations she had for herself and
the fans have for her and being able
to put in a solid performance
without any disruption or let downs
without any mistakes. And also I do
not think it was about that score
either even though she was just shy
of the world record. It was not
about the record or about the points
but just proving to herself she
could get through the competition.
Unlike Laura Muir say who needed to
get on the podium and may be to
herself she could compete with the
rest, this was about proving to
herself that she could get through a
competition mistakes free.
letting myself down in any event. In
her interview afterwards she said
said something interesting, you know
that she is a very reflective
athlete, she has been through a lot
in terms of where do I go, just
focus on the jumps, keep focusing.
Of course those go through your head
but she said she was pleased to be
able to rectify the home crowd
situation. Because in her eyes she
failed in London in front of the
home crowd. And for her it was
important to write those wrongs.
There is an assumption I think when
you have a home games no matter
where you rise to the occasion and
it does not always happen for
athletes. It is an advantage but not
always and sometimes you can feel
overwhelmed and maybe Katarina has
sometimes underperformed or made
mistakes. But this was the chance to
deliver and there was a maturity
about her performance that I liked.
We saw some of that in the World
Championships even though she
finished fifth. She just came in
thinking stay in the moment. That
was key for her, to stay in the
moment. Because personally I think
that she thinks too much about the
outcome instead of staying with the
Maybe she needs all of her
events on one day!
I think it is
well known amongst athletes and
coaches around the world that when
you have that great opportunity to
participate in a home Championships
that it adds a tremendous amount of
pressure and stress. And it takes
you out of your typical competition
preparation mode where you go to a
foreign country, going to the
situation will you do not know, it
keeps you on your guard and keeps
all your defences up. You know you
have to plan specifically for that
but at home you tend to let the
guard down and most athletes know
that and much coaches know it. Here
in Great Britain since London, with
Mo Farah, all those successes, there
was so much focus on that. Jessica
Ennis. They all said yes I was
buoyed up by the crowd and it can be
that way for certain athletes. I had
that in Atlanta. But for most
athletes it is not the case. It is a
pressure packed situation and the
expectation is high. Then you start
to question whether you can rise to
the occasion and if you fail the
failure is bigger.
O'Hare, we will hear from him later
on about the pressure he felt in
London and it was discombobulatedly
to walk out of the hotel and for
people to know who he was and asked
for his autograph. All those things
that suddenly you have to deal with
that you do not in Istanbul or Doha.
And Katarina in one month will not
be in front of a home crowd so maybe
this was a great win for her but at
home also and now maybe she can
relax a little bit. Take some
confidence and take a little bit of
pressure off in a few different
Sometimes an athlete needs to
be able to draw on the experiences
and she has had a few fantastic
highlights here. That 198 in the
World Championships last year that
she jumped, fantastic. But to be
able to draw on those experiences of
composure and conduct and mental
strength, you need that and I'm glad
she managed to deliver it here.
think that is a plus. Can we talk a
bit about Echevarria put up --
Echevarria. That was a wonderful
and we've seen this in the long
jump, it has become one of the
premier events in athletics. This
19-year-old, that huge jump and he
knows it. He is a very confident
competitor, you onto the scene. Not
at all intimidated by the veterans.
He came out ready to compete. Great
coming off the board, fantastic
technique, and education for us last
night. Not many people can execute
that and he did it perfectly. It was
a great competition, I think the
long jump does not get the attention
it deserves. And the competition is
what makes the event so great to
watch. And that is what is great
about the sport. And I'm really
tired of people talking about
personalities. We had Usain Bolt, we
will not get his like again but that
is not what the sport was about.
Fantastic we had him for ten years
but you will not get another. But
you have amazing competition between
athletes. And I think this sport
does not highlight that enough.
is not about a group of individuals
trying to jump against themselves.
They were competing against each
other. Two centimetre increments.
And the crowd really enjoying it.
Responding to one another, yes.
will jump further than you. It is
having that strength and depth in an
event particularly like the long
jump. It is actually getting better
and better. I like the spread of the
countries vying for the medals. I
would like to see that a bit more.
We will see the triple jump later
on, not such strength and depth as
we had in the past.
events are getting very competitive.
And we will highlight those
competitions and look at the medal
table. Great Britain are up there in
joint second with Cuba and those two
medals of course Cuba getting their
medal as well as Echevarria from the
pentathlon. And the Ivory Coast are
topping the table, the first time
they've taken gold at the world
indoors thanks to Murielle Ahoure in
the 60 metres and the silver of
course. So night for them. Let's
take a look at where the medals
might come today, which events up
for grabs. Well past morning in the
triple jump final but dominated this
morning by the heats of the men's
60s. The fast guys on show at 1015
and many men want to become fastest
in the world. Then at five past 11
the heptathlon continues with the
pole vault, which I love. Almost
touching the roof. Ten past 11 the
1500 metres heats. Chris O'Hare and
Jake Wightman looking to progress
Then Oskan-Clarke hoping to progress
in the 800 metres. Let's talk a bit
about the fast guys. You have an
interest in Su Bingtian.
data on all kinds of athletes in all
sports and he is just rating off the
charts in his ability to produce in
the horizontal direction which is
what you want coming off the blocks.
He is able to keep very close to the
ground and just put forced back the
way no one else can. He has run
under ten seconds for the 100
metres, the Chinese record-holder.
But his issue, he's not able to
produce the same forced into the
ground which then translates into
speed. But that suits him well for
the 60 metres. So I expect he could
really figure in the medal positions
and challenge for top but of course
Christian Coleman and Ronnie Baker
from the US have been amazing this
year. Christian Coleman breaking the
indoor 60 world record and silver
Could be a force for the
future. Well let's have a look at Su
Bingtian. Illustrating what you just
said that great run in Glasgow.
is lower than anyone else if you
look at his chest and torso and how
much lower he is to the ground. Not
just because of height but because
he is able to keep that angle and
they had no much longer than most
other athletes. That is because of
his core strength and just that
freakish ability to do some that
many other athletes cannot do. That
is just a natural ability. But he is
strong and powerful. And very
confident in the start. He knows he
has a great start and if he gets out
quickly and gets great reaction that
he will have a naturally great
drive. The only issue for him is how
long he can hold the lead on folks
like Christian Coleman.
spoken about mental ability and he
is not that person that will be
phased by someone like Chris
More about him later but the
heptathlete are out. Steve Cram is
the first of the 60-metre hurdles.
Let's look at how they stand coming
into this, Kevin Mayer and Damian
Warner will go in the next heat, but
Maicel Uibo and Kai Kazmirek against
each other here, Kazmirek is the
better hurdler, he has a chance of
moving up into third position even
after this first event. Linden
Victor not taking part, he was in
11th position overnight. He decided
not to bother today. So Uibo, Gado
of France, Kazmirek in-form, and
Ziemek of the USA, in sixth position
overnight. The 60 hurdles is graded
on their season's and personal
bests. Uibo gets away well, Carnegie
close to Kazmirek? Kazmirek showing
his class, 7.95, a personal best,
get in! Well done! He knows that he
has got the chance to win a medal at
these World Indoor Championships,
and he needed a good start today to
keep the pressure on Uibo, don't
think he has got a chance of keeping
the bronze. So Kazmirek with a
personal best, 7.95. The
multi-eventers doing well, Colin,
the same yesterday. Not so much in
the sprints, although
the sprints, although Ahoure was
brilliant last night.
start by the German athletes, drove
hard, made very few mistakes, and
when you are a little bit fatigued,
a little bit tired, they can creep
in, especially when it is not really
your event. So today came a massive
chunk of macro his season's best, is
previous season's best was 8.09, so
a brand-new personal best, you can
understand why his reaction was so
positive. Good job, happy for him.
Well, a personal best, 7.95, but
Uibo has also been given a personal
best, 8.19, so advantage to
Kazmirek, not much between them
before the race, just 14 points, but
he goes into third place overall.
STUDIO: Let's have a little luck at
the standings for the men's
heptathlon, Kevin Mayer, who is in
the same training group as KJT in
France, the new king of the
decathlon after last season in
London with Ashton Eaton retiring,
coming here, obviously intent on
taking another global Crown. Before
that, he was 45 points in the lead
from his nearest rival, a healthy
rivalry with Damian Warner of
Yes, but a fantastic
heptathlon in prospect over this
next day or so. I just think Kevin
is one of those athletes that,
again, has not really been getting
the attention that he thoroughly
deserves. The set the European
record a couple of years ago,
stunning in Belgrade at the European
indoor championships last year,
setting five personal bests, and
again yesterday, really dominant
from the get go, and other PB in the
60m. He still has his best events to
come, which is pole-vault, just a
stunning athlete, super focused, and
he is looking good.
And he is at
there at the moment, ready for his
second day. He is looking in great
shape, a real kind of confidence
competitor, isn't he? Not afraid to
show that he is enjoying himself,
having a good time. Yesterday we saw
a lot of glare from him.
This is the personal best run of the
60m I was talking about, really
relaxed, doesn't seem to be best out
of the blocks, but once he gets into
his stride, just really lovely to
watch. Remember, these athletes are
always having to compromise how much
they attributed to each event, but
that 60m was really good. This is
probably his weakest event, the long
jump, he always struggles there for
some reason, but got it right
yesterday, and watch the reaction
when he gets the result.
sprinting looks good, good
technique, but is long jump, maybe
he could get a little bit more.
Where he is lacking is that he
doesn't have a lot of speed, he is
technically very good and efficient,
and that is why runs a good 60, but
there is no speed on the runway.
his height, he is not the biggest
decathlete at there of recent times,
but that shot put was just
phenomenal for what he can produce,
And of course in the high
jump yesterday as well, like you
say, reminds me a bit of Jess, not
the tallest, but gets over some
pretty good heights and clearances.
It is just, again, the consistency
of performance, being able to trust
in your technique, just delivering
when it counts. Solid high jump, he
will be disappointed, because he is
capable of jumping close to 2.1
But in good form today, and
Warner is the man pushing him, the
Canadian who may well have fancied
himself as being the air apparent to
I think he did, and I
don't think he expected that Kevin
Mayer would come along the way he
did, and it should create a very
good opportunity between those two
over the next three years, but at
this point it seems that Warner is
in a class by himself. Dunnock Kevin
Mayer? Sorry, yes.
Has made some
changes to his training structure,
moved back to the gentleman I knew
as the technical and head coach of
the Canadian team and that has given
I can hear everybody at home
saying, why aren't there any British
men in this? I am going to come back
to that which you two, have a think
about that, as to why that is. We
can answer the question from
yesterday, decathlete or have moved
into individual events, Michael came
up with a brilliant one. Andrew
Cotter might be scratching his head
Constantly scratching my head! The
second heat in the 60 hurdles, Kevin
Mayer goes here, Damian Warner as
well, so we have the first and
second at the moment in the overall
standings, just waiting for the big
introductions of the athletes to the
arena. An arena which is slowly and
steadily filling up, difficult to
get here as much as anything. Jan
Dolezal, seventh overall, the Czech
athlete. These are the quicker
hurdlers. Damian Warner, in-form
events yesterday, three personal
bests, and you can ask for no more
than that. -- in four events.
than that. -- in four events.
event leader, from France, Kevin
01 second, Mayer in front. --
Warner second. Dominik Distelberger,
the Austrian, down the rankings in
ninth place, a very good hurdler.
Twice silver-medallist at these
championships, but fifth at the
And finally, for the
Netherlands, Eelco Sintnicolaas!
regular in multi eventing for many
years now, able to somehow get close
to as personal best in the second
day, he could make a big move up
from tenth place close to the top
five, but he has been a little bit
away from his very finest form.
Just, again, to look at the overall
standings and where Mayer is,
certainly the favourite for gold,
but lots of variables in the pole
vault. The chances of getting close
to Ashton Eaton's world record
slipped with a moderate high jump
that Denise was talking about, he
has done 2.10. Damian Warner had an
outstanding first day, Mayer is 35
points behind the schedule of his
European record, 45 points
European record, 45 points ahead of
Warner, but Mayer is very strong on
the second day. So Mayer goes in
lane four here, a season's best of
7.79, also a personal best. Damian
Warner is the fastest hurdler here,
7.63 is his personal best,
outstanding time. Mayer will just
try to keep pace with Warner. Still
fast enough, 7.67, not the cleanest
race from Warner, but he knows how
good that is, because he has the
pace between the barriers. Mayer run
pretty well, but he was left by
Good strong run from
the Canadian, got out the blocks
really well, clad at the first and
second hurdles, but did pull it
back. If he didn't make those
crucial mistakes, I think he would
have been very close to his personal
Not far off, we are looking at
Mayer, a little bit frustrated with
his run, but Warner not far off
being a quality hurdler on his own,
he could compete in this event.
time of 7.67, you will see where
that would feature among the best
hurdlers in the world, very
competent as a hurdler, technically,
and when you grace that with his
speed, you get a decent performance
indoors. S look at this head on,
Andrew, look at one, seven strides,
smashing into the first hurdle,
which is crucial, the acceleration
part of the race, and you don't want
to make any mistakes, but he is good
enough to still pull himself
He is a 10.15 man over
100m, fastest ever decathlete, so he
has got that pace, and that was a
little bit untidy.
You don't want to
make those mistakes, they can be
crucial, especially when we are
talking about vital points. Each
inch that he pulls away from Mayer
makes it more difficult for the
young Frenchman to hang onto his
The other story in that race
was Oleksiy Kasyanov, fifth place
coming into this, almost had a
refusal at a couple of barriers,
17.75 is just a shade outside his
personal best(!) He will score very
little indeed, Kasyanov will not
feature in the overall standings.
But a great run from Damian Warner
again, 7.83 for Kevin Mayer, just
outside his personal best, not a bad
So we are getting ready now for the
60m heats, and going in the first of
those is the current world record
holder, recent new world record for
Christian Coleman, the man who was
part of one of the big dramas in
London, one of the huge stories, the
dethroning of Usain Bolt by Justin
Gatlin, and this was the man wedged
in the middle of the controversial
sandwich, almost like his story was
lost a little bit in that whole
thing, that pantomime.
It was - and
it shouldn't have been, because he
is just a fantastic athlete, and he
could have a very impressive future
ahead of him. Silver-medallist last
year, and you watching get some
amazing stats, this is probably what
we will see today in the 60, but not
able to hold it, this is what he
will have been working on in the off
season, the whole field coming back
on him between 70 and 100m. But he
still held on to the 100m silver
medal last year in London. A great
athlete, short in stature, only five
so you don't see a lot of 100m
runners that are 5'8", that is
tough, he loses the force and the
power at the end of the race because
he's just not that big. But he has
got a great start, as we saw there,
and I think most people are coming
into this indoor season, the 60m
world record will be in his sights,
if we can see the 60 from the 100 in
London at the World Championships.
Could he go lower here?
his world record is at altitude, but
he ran under the world record early
in the season but it didn't count,
because it was not at a major meet.
That did not count, but that was at
sea level. I think he can go faster,
that wasn't his best race.
height may preclude him lowering
Usain Bolt's record, well, not just
the height, the fact it is such an
Look, that world
record of Usain Bolt, you never say
that records will not be broken in
your lifetime, but that may not be
broken in our lifetime! Look, 9.58,
that is 0.2 almost better than
anybody else has run in history, you
don't just come out because you are
now the next person out to run a
world record, it doesn't work like
that. So we should not be talking
about world records any time soon
with Christian Coleman.
But he is
dominant in this field, and his
journey begins right now with Steve
Cram for the first of the men's 60m
Kemar Hyman in
Kemar Hyman in lane two, then
Stromsik, then Kim Collins, still
going well at the age of 41, the
only athlete who was here at the
last Birmingham World Indoor
Championships. El Aida, the youngest
competitor. Christian Coleman, he
was seen running at his primary
schools, the Our Lady Of Lizzie
school, I do not think he will show
much Mersey to the other athletes
here! Harris from Nauru on the
outside. So the first chance for
this Birmingham crowd to get to see
Christian Coleman, so much hype
around his achievements so far this
winter and indeed last year.
Interesting pimping of small
stature, at one stage he wanted a
football career but did not get any
offers from the major schools just
because he is too small, that is
what he was told. And that is to the
benefit of athletics.
benefit of athletics. We think this
track is pretty quick in Birmingham.
The three fastest losers also going
into the semifinals tonight.
into the semifinals tonight. That
was Kemar Hyman. He has made some
false starts in the past. So what we
were discussing before we came on
air about the 60 metres, exactly
this. So many disqualifications. A
lot of inexperienced people. We have
But Kemar Hyman is
experienced enough. I wondered how
long, they have been buried in the
set position to the gun. So they get
a little bit twitchy especially
early on in the morning but they are
experienced and they should know you
need to hold that position. When
they say set you have got to stay
there. And please do not mention how
fast the track can be!
reaction time is irrelevant because
once someone jumps out of the
blocks, once you have gone, you have
gone. Christian Coleman then. Just
trying to stay nice and calm and
A good crowd in this morning.
He stumbled a little bit, Christian
Coleman got out well and then just a
little bit, I bet that his heart was
in his mouth. He explodes out of the
blocks but then just stumbles,
recovered himself. I wonder if he
could have fallen and still got up
to qualify! Just a little scared for
It might have been the blocks
that slipped or just him and
stumbled. It is just him. Missed his
step. But he is so good. He can
easily recover even when he stumbled
he was still moving away from the
field, that is how talented he is.
Really cruising. He loses his
footing just there but even though
he is still coming out of the
driving says he is moving away, that
is how talented he is. Literally
just walking down there, looks so
relaxed. Very easy. Imagine that for
16-year-old this item, must be so
frustrated. To see that in front of
you, a man just cruising away.
you cannot hang a gold medal round
anyone's neck and there is enough
good competition that if he gets
anything slightly wrong, you are
talking hundreds of the second
between him and maybe
between him and maybe Ronnie Baker,
Su Bingtian, that will keep him on
So of course the top three
go through. A comfortable race for
Pretty decent. I just want to
make the next round. The start was
pretty decent. Trip to little bit,
made it through.
It was a quick
start and then that stumble but
before that a false start. Was it
difficult to compose yourself.
have been in races where we have a
false start and you just need to
stay composed and refocus.
excited for later. You have come
into this having just claimed the
world record this year. There is a
target really on your back.
so. But I do not focus on that. I
just do what I've got to do and try
Thank you for speaking to
He will cheer up! A new national
record for Jonah Harris, the
youngster running seven 03.
What about that stumble? Well the
time to do that is in the
preliminary and he does have the
ability to recover from that. Coming
out of the blocks with that quick
speed and power, you have to
overcome gravity, at diagonal, you
need to over exaggerate the motion
of the arms. This is just a
coordination thing. It is early in
the morning and if you're not right
on it that can happen and often at a
crucial moment. But not a big deal
for him in this rhyme. But there are
some guys if that sort of thing
happened to them in the final, they
would be right there. I'm sure that
will wake him up and he looked
fantastic. Just so much better than
Every time I hear him
being interviewed he's just so
Well it is the second heat,
let's get out there.
Su Bingtian you
would feel on a collision course
with Christian Coleman. Rodriguez as
well. And running for Germany for a
couple of years now Peter Emelieze.
Roche you may remember in the
Commonwealth Games, he saw Jamaica
through and Usain Bolt and company
took that goal. So unbeaten this
year, Su Bingtian.
year, Su Bingtian. And Christian
Coleman. Su Bingtian near enough the
ideal indoor sprint at 60 metres. He
gets out so quickly. Still good over
100 but the 60 is his forte. Three
to go through automatically.
start and look at Su Bingtian go.
Jogging over the line. Another thing
about him, he is so consistent, he
does not make many mistakes. He will
hammer out those times in the 60
metres. Fairly comfortable there,
658. An easy enough qualification
for Su Bingtian.
This is what we
normally see from him in the
qualifications, he does not put his
foot down hard until it really
matters. Qualified well, defeating
the field comfortably. But there is
a lot left in the tank for this man.
Those are the three to go through. A
technique to study, Su Bingtian.
does everything perfectly out of the
blocks, not wasting any energy. He
gets out of the blocks well, goes
through the phases, then into that
upright running and cruising all the
way through. He will step up another
gear as we go through the day.
the semifinals tonight just after
seven o'clock and Su Bingtian
rounded up to 6.5 nine.
rounded up to 6.5 nine. Those are
the three to go through. Ryan Fraser
and Su Bingtian. Roche as well. So
the men's heptathlon standings after
the hurdles. David Warner just
closing in on Kevin Maher. To within
four points. Kevin Maher with a
strong event to come. Especially in
the pole-vault. He is still
favourite for the gold ahead of
Damian Warner and Kazmirek. Anything
wrong with that execution from Su
Nothing wrong with that at
all. His unique ability is that he
has incredible power and he has the
ability to create those angles. He
is quite stocky and when you have
that kind of wit and girth a lot of
times you get a lot of side to side
lateral motion. You do not see that
with him, he's very efficient and
symmetrical. So he just came out of
that start position at a drive and
that is his advantage. We talked
about that yesterday. But you know,
just a fantastic athlete with that
power and combination of efficiency.
He is very efficient, not a lot of
wasted motion. Comes out right in
front and that gives him much more
distance out of each of those steps
coming out of the blocks. Most
athletes cannot do that. Just
perfect execution. He is very
consistent. Both feet coming pretty
much underneath his hips. He does
not get a lot of bad side to side as
you see with Christian Coleman. So
he is quick and also more powerful.
Just to ASCII briefly, he is working
with your performance unit in China,
will there be a wave of Chinese
sprinters coming because they have
not been dominant in the spring.
They have not been dominant but they
are using the same kind of model now
is the US, they have invested in the
sport, they have some fantastic long
jumpers as we saw last year in
London. They brought in a lot of
coaches from around the world and I
think we will continue to see them
climb up the medals table. And
across various different events.
Steve Cram, the third heat.
Hassan Taftian of Iran. Competing
well on the circuit this year.
well on the circuit this year. Often
Hamilton of Sweden, the Swedish
indoor champion. And some quick
times from the athlete from Zambia.
From the Czech Republic, Jan Volko.
So interest here with the Iranian
record-holder in lane three. We will
see how quickly he can go here,
A little twitch and stumble from
Hamilton and he has gone.
Hamilton and he has gone. Jan Volko
takes it but it was a messy race.
Where was Hassan Taftian? Callender
did not set off. Mechanism. I do not
know if that affected Hassan
Taftian. It may have affected
Hamilton because he almost fell over
coming out of the blocks.
bit of twitching going on. I just
think Hamilton again struggled out
of the blocks. He pushed hard,
really went for it and when you lose
your footing in the middle of the
field you are out of it. It is 60
metres and everything needs to be
virtually perfect. That is where he
fell down. But the winner, Jan
Volko, a great run. Only 21,
remember. You see that twitch left
of the screen, that could have
caused some problems for some people
but the winner comes out from the
far right of the screen. That makes
it illegal bit difficult.
little bit difficult. Coming up in
the next heat, our first look at a
British athlete, Andrew Robinson. We
saw him last year in Belgrade and he
was disqualified in the finals of
the European indoor Championships.
But very much up for these
It has always been a
speciality for me, the 60 metres. I
also like the 100 and 200. But with
the Commonwealth Games coming up,
plans changed and for me it was a
chance to step up in the 60 metres.
I always wanted to compete in a home
nation World Championship. I did the
Commonwealth Games in 2014. I got
quite a good ovation and that was
inspirational. Watching the World
Championships last year was
motivational, I was not there but as
an athlete you feel you should be
there. You know you can perform at
that level. So world indoors in
Birmingham, home nations, I thought
I would work towards that. I was
over the moon to be selected. And
that motivated me to go even better.
What is realistic for you what would
you be satisfied with?
The final and
then push on from there. In the
championship anything can happen. If
IPV and do not make the final it is
what it is. If I make the final and
perform, see what happens from
there. It can change quickly. As
long as I come back thinking I've
done the best I can, that is all
We have talked a lot about Attlee to
do not always translate to indoors,
but because of his build, he is
suited to indoors, and people may
not know that. He juggles his
athletics with teaching autistic
children, so not a full-time
athlete, is the final a big ask?
Look, you have got to go for it, I
like his attitude, I am sure in that
interview, you know, it is about,
ideally I get to the final, but
right now he is focused on finishing
as high as he possibly can in this
round to advance to the next.
navigate this eat first, Andrew
Yes, he is of the previous first.
Yes, as an Tian
Yes, as an Tian -- Hassan Taftian is
through, those are your qualifiers.
So there is genuine is
So there is genuine is -- Xie, part
of a very impressive squad.
Francesco Molinari, familiar name!
From San Marino. Former Jamaican,
Winston Barnes, as one, representing
Turkey for 18 months or so now.
Lester Ryan from Montserrat fills
lane five, and there will be a
decent bit of noise for Andrew
Robertson. Such disappointment, as
we talked about, in Belgrade at the
European indoors, a great starter,
can you possibly make the final?
Michael Pohl, second at the German
championships, we just missed out
Christophe Boulos of Lebanon in lane
one. I think he is running in
tracksuit trousers! No, leggings,
fine, all good! Robertson goes in
six. Paul Ma'unikeni in seven,
Michael Pohl of Germany in lane
eight, three go through
Oh, Andrew Robertson, well, just
looking at Francesco Molinari as
well. But those two
well. But those two left out.
Remember, Andrew, they can
disqualify more than one person. We
will look closely.
Looking at the
reaction times, Andrew Robertson is
given 0.2, there are the reaction
He was quite considerably
This might be
the end for Andrew Robertson.
the end for Andrew Robertson. Well,
it was a false art in the final of
the European indoors, and it might
be at the very first stage the end
of his World Indoors.
They all just
gathering by the machine, just to
the right of the athletes, they are
looking very closely at the
printout. They will make a decision
soon enough, but nobody is heading
over yet. We will find out shortly.
Well, a yellow card.
for that! A lot of people will be
Well... We need to have
another look at that replay, because
on the reaction times, you would say
Andrew Robertson would have been
disqualified. Just a warning.
wondering whether he was not steady,
if you look right in the middle.
Barnes in lane four.
Look how he
moves, his shoulders, he moves off
and then sits back. Of course, that
seems to have said off all the other
runners, so I think the starters
have used their discretion well this
Andrew Robertson gets to go
again, but is that a huge slice of
fortune? Barnes certainly twitched,
but you have seen athletes
disqualified, irrespective of
whether somebody gives a twitch, but
Robertson gets to go again.
Clearly outweigh this time,
Robertson into it very swiftly, and
he has to none, Michael Pohl
challenging for the third automatic
qualifying place, and he was under
real pressure. Barnes, an impressive
run for the Turkish athlete. A
nervous wait now for Andrew
Robertson, three going through, I am
not sure he will go through as a
fastest loser, Michael Pohl has got
third, so Robertson misses out.
third best time, Andrew, is 6.73, so
Robertson ran 6.7 four, behind, so
we will keep a close eye on fastest
Goes into the fastest losers
the moment, Pohl just getting it on
the dip from Robertson. He is one of
the three fastest losers, but three
heats still to come. Not his finest
start, left a little bit by Barnes,
but in a decent position here.
Barnes got out very well for Turkey,
rewarded with a very swift time of
6.58, but Andrew, you can imagine he
might be frustrated, perhaps nerves
got the better of him, knows that he
has an opportunity to get through by
right, not as fastest loser, and he
is more than capable of running
around 6.65, which would have seen
him through very comfortably indeed.
Hopefully, he will be able to have a
couple of words with us. He just
gets pipped at the end. So he has to
Andrew, a dramatic start to your
Yeah, a little bit,
disappointed, to be fair. I had a
really shaky indoor season, I don't
know what has been going on this
year, really, really disappointed,
to be honest.
As you stood waiting
for what was a yellow card for your
fellow athlete, were the euro is
coming back to you, what were you
Not really, I tried my
best to shut it out, I could hear
movement in the blocks, we were held
for a long time, so I knew something
wasn't right, to be fair. It didn't
faze me, to be fair, I am very
experienced in this, just
concentrate on myself.
through as a fastest loser at the
moment. Obviously, a long wait now.
You had a good run there, almost
threw in third, did you know the
German was sneaking up on the right?
I could see him coming up, but I
lost focus at the end, no excuse, I
used to run 6.5s last year, I don't
and astound why I have gone
backwards. It is something I have to
dress with my coach and my team.
long wait begins, I hope it comes
Vellios, as he admitted,
just not good enough. -- fairly
honest. As we speak, he is in the
fastest loser positions.
So CJ Ujah will be hoping for a less
dramatic he'd here. I have a feeling
that Andy Robertson, looking at the
three remaining heats, including
this one, and I think there is not
too many capable of running that
quick, they will not finish in the
top three. Anyway, we shall see.
Safo-Antwi of Ghana, formerly of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
Maibuca, Riffayn, Rodriguez. And
then CJ Ujah, who will get a huge
cheer from the crowd, I am sure.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Well, he knows that if you can find
his best form here, gets to the
final first of all, you never know,
anything can happen, there are
quicker men, we have seen a couple
of them already, but he is a good
competitor at his best, CJ, fairly
comfortable he'd here, we saw Joseph
from St Lucia, another 19-year-old.
Arthur Cisse from Ivory Coast. Cisse
has run 6.57 in Paris, a good win
from him at one of the meets this
year. A quick glance of the fastest
losers, Robertson will be keeping an
eye on these last three heats. So
Safo-Antwi in lane one, Cisse in
lane eight, CJ Ujah in the middle,
in lane five. Rodriguez next to him.
Safo-Antwi got a great start over in
lane one, CJ did pretty well, it
will be CJ, 6.59, nice run, quickest
starter was Safo-Antwi, Cisse is the
other qualifier along with CJ, they
know each other pretty well, so we
have got one safely through, Andy
Robertson will be looking at the
result, but given that the three of
them were reasonably well clear,
Rodriguez not far behind, we will
wait for the result with Colin.
well done, perfect words, CJ did
nothing wrong whatsoever, steady in
the blocks, a bit of movement going
on around him, but he kept his
focus, which was the most important
thing. Stamped out of the blocks
well, worked hard for the first
30-40 metres, allowing him to be
able to switch off, he took control
of the race really well, which is
what he wants to see. Now he has
established himself, Steven, as one
of the best sprinters in the world,
people are really showing him
respect. What he did in the Diamond
League last year really elevated
him, so, CJ, you are here for sure.
That is a good point, the fact that
he is getting a lot more competition
against the top guys, just missed
out in the Olympics and again last
year, but that experience on the
circuit is standing him in great
stead. Anyway, through nicely, let's
see what he thinks about that.
through in first, a statement of
intent for what is going to come?
Not really! You have got to go
through the rounds, I just wanted to
come out and run a bit faster than
in trials, I know I have got to get
the legs moving quickly, now I am
going to recover and get ready for
the next round.
Busy couple of
weeks, British champ income Glasgow
last weekend, how fresh are you
All part of the training,
it has come to the moment, now is
the time to be ready.
What is the
process now? Are you already
focusing on the next round, or will
you come down for a minute?
processes to go back and relax and
we go from there, comeback this
evening, tackle the next round.
Thanks for talking to us.
Good that he won his heat,
looked cool, calm and comfortable,
and we will be seeing him just after
seven o'clock in the semifinal. One
thing to note, Rodriguez is now the
quickest of the fastest losers, so
Andy Robertson is now second on that
list, only three fastest losers will
join the first three in each heat.
Yes, it is going to be very close
for Andrew Robertson, as we look at
the line-up for the next heat, the
sixth of seven, names to look out
for here, Ben Youssef Meite of the
Ivory Coast goes in lane seven.
Three to go through automatically,
and the fastest losers, three
overall, Robertson is still second
of the fastest losers at the moment.
Four here could certainly better his
In lane one we have Hameed of
Evra Tim Clark going well this
season. -- Everton clerk.
season. -- Everton clerk. From the
Seychelles, the youngest man in the
line-up, Sicobo. And the Polish
champion there. Meite made the final
in the Rio Olympics in the 100
mitres. -- 100 metres.
Three go through automatically. The
penultimate round in the men's 60
metres heats. Clearly the way, good
start from Tosin Ogunode. Meite
coming through, it was close. That
is going to be tight for Robertson.
Not quite for a breast but very
close. Meite coming through
eventually. Difficult in the 60 when
you hit that ramp and clatter into
the padding, sometimes that is where
the injuries can occur. Hopefully
not too serious. Just a bit of a
knock. But he got into his running
They think at the
end his foot got wedged down by the
photographers are. But we expected
Clarke to do much better, he
stumbled and missed his stride. Not
going to the accelerating phase as
well as he might do so it was
comfortable for Meite.
comfortable for Meite. Tosin Ogunode
sinking a little bit, not able to
get into that vital phase.
get into that vital phase. So
expected to be one of the people to
look out for in the semifinals but
he has made it through.
He will have
to improve things to challenge
Christian Coleman of course but
safely through and that time six
.724 Tosin Ogunode. So Robertson in
the last of the fastest losers
places with one heat to go. Andrew
Robertson waiting nervously to find
out if he has made it through later
today. And in this event Great
Britain has a very impressive list
Gardner away! A very
good victory. Dwain Chambers,
they're down in the blocks, he has
got the advantage, all the way to
the line! It is gold for Dwain
Chambers of Great Britain!
Three gold medals in the 60 metres
for Great Britain over the years.
Not sure at this year if we will be
able to say that by this evening
because we have some very fast men
and very good athletes out there but
CJ Ujah has put himself in with a
chance. What would now be like for
Andrew Robertson, almost willing the
next race is not to go well for some
It is agonising but it is
out of his hands, he cannot do
anything, it cannot respond so it is
just the waiting game but mentally
be prepared for both scenarios. If
he is back on then give it his all
because he did not execute that race
as well as he should have.
quite a messy start.
You never had
to wait! I was always waiting! But
going back to CJ Ujah, those three
gold medals from yesteryear, the
Brits were always the underdogs and
managed to keep composed and come
through and surprise people.
has a chance. You heard it here!
Let's head outside for the final
A couple of points today,
quickly. Andrey Robertson, his case
helped by the two nonstarters in the
race. He will definitely I think be
OK. He was looking a bit perilous
and then Ronnie Baker. Let's just
have a look at the starting this.
Mohammed from Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed from Saudi Arabia. Cray of
the Philippines. World number one
last year, Ronnie Baker. In any
other year he would be the gold
medal favourite but he has his
team-mate Christian Coleman to think
about. There is the confirmation of
Robertson, his place. Puddy much OK.
-- pretty much. Mohammed has run
6.60 this year.
6.60 this year. But this should be
Ronnie Baker all the way. Mohammed
gets a decent start alongside him.
Baker just cantering through. I
think third spot was De Grace of
Mauritius. Mohammed ran very well
against Baker. Got out well. Baker
may be thought he would just have to
use his way through and after about
30, 40 metres, had to start running.
Mohammed running well. Exactly my
same thoughts. He must've looked at
it and thought, a little bit of a
cruise. Then realised Hang on, I've
got company, I need to step up a bit
more. So he pushes on and then
switches down again. So really
showed his class. 6.50 seven. Still
I would think a very comfortable
qualifying for this man. I think we
will see so much more in the
semifinals. Everyone will be
stepping up another gear for the
even Mohammed glancing at the clock,
seeing how well he is doing. A good
performance by him. Let's take a
look, he comes very upright quickly
through the blocks. Not the same
drive bays as Su Bingtian. Now
thinking, I have got company, I need
to step up a bit. Then he loses
sight of his peripheral and switches
down. 6.50 seven.
think CJ can be happy with his
position in the first round in terms
of who look good. Baker looked good
of course, Christian Coleman, Su
Bingtian. Let's take a look at all
the qualifiers and confirm Andy
Robertson has made it through. Baker
ending up with the quickest time. No
great surprises. Then all went down
to fastest losers. All through to
the semifinals at ten past seven
Safely done, almost. Andrew
Robertson is through. Obviously some
nervous moments for him but he is in
the mix for the semifinals later
today and then who knows what could
happen. As we've seen even the world
record holder can have a little
stumble in the early stages. Let's
take a look at Robertson, at his
race again. Of course it came after
that falls start.
It did come after
the false start. Caused by the
athlete in the name number four. He
was actually allowed back into the
race, able to pull it back and get
back in. So Andrew gets out pretty
well but then once he transitions
into ultimate speed and just maximum
velocity, that is where it starts to
fall apart. He said he was not happy
with the way he executed the race
and that is because he lost form.
Look at him, nice and compact,
everything pretty symmetrical and
then the arms coming way out of the
side of his body. You can do that
and get away with it, it will give
you some power in the drive phase.
But into your full speed running you
need to pull in your arms and be
much more efficient and symmetrical.
As we talked about earlier with
And the contrast in
styles, just at the end he seemed to
be rotating a little bit.
tight in the legs. Exactly right. If
your arms start to come out of the
side, you're not getting that
compact power that is producing
force into the ground. You're
reaching a little bit. The wider
your arms, beside your body the
longer the strike. And that will
increase the next right as well.
Things that he could tweak this
evening. He quit because he is aware
of that, he talked about it in the
interview and that is what bodes
well for him. It is still going to
be tough because it comes down to
him running his 6.5 in the end. He
needs to run that. In order to have
a chance to get into the final.
Amazing when you analyse the 100
metres I always find it incredible
how many things to break down but
even with the 60 metres with things
falling apart at the end. So much
has the capacity to go wrong in
those short moment. CJ, not a lot
going wrong for him, a very good
start and a good run, fluid.
fluid and efficient coming out of
the blocks. Unlike some of the other
athletes quick out of the blocks, he
seems to get faster during the race.
That could be a problem for him, if
they are all ahead of him, he is
right there with the field coming
out of the blocks. Now starts to
pull away at 30 metres, from the
rest of the field. So that means if
you compare and contrast that to the
other athletes, Ronnie Baker, Su
Bingtian, Christian Coleman, he will
have to go and get them because they
are already out there. I do not see
how he can get a faster start
because already he is very efficient
out of the blocks and doing pretty
much anything that he can in the
start. This is the first round,
maybe he is a bit rusty and can get
quicker. But there's nothing wrong,
I cannot tell you anything that is
wrong with this, it looks very good,
very powerful. Nice and relaxed.
Doing everything he needs to do.
But it just has to be quicker. What
we cannot tell is how much effort he
is putting in. He has done the work
of the first ten metres but does he
know he has got another gear?
if he does we will see that in the
semis. I do not think he would come
out in the first round of the World
Championships and hold back but the
speed could come from the fact that
you have got another round in today
and you get quicker throughout the
day. We saw that yesterday with the
women. That is what could work in
his favour. Betty will do the same
thing but get more speed because the
body is now used to it and ready to
fire on all cylinders.
And as we saw
last night with the women you can
get quicker as the day goes on.
Let's head over to the commentary
box. Colin Jackson had his eyes all
over those seven heats.
thoughts? I stink -- I still think
Christian Coleman is looking strong.
That mistake he made was crucial but
he was still comfortable to use away
from the field. So we know he has
that magical 6.30 in his legs but
competition is not going to be easy.
You only need to make a tiny mistake
in the 60 metres and that will put
you under pressure and set you back
early in them race. It is a quality
field and when the semifinals start
this evening we will see who can
step up to the mark.
another look at Christian Coleman,
the world record holder and that
little stumble at the beginning of
It is just a matter of you
need to exaggerate the arms coming
out at that angle. He just missed
placed the foot, it is coordination.
And it is early in the morning,
first round, he is able to overcome
it, not a big deal for him. When you
heard him in the interview he is
always that way, very focused. Just
watched the left foot, started
actually with the right leg, just
went a bit outside of his body, just
a misplacement that caused counter
reaction on the left of his body.
But he is able to overcome that. It
shows the class of the athlete. How
good he really is. As you said he's
always focused, very sound mind, he
does not let things rattle him at
all. Obviously coming into this with
extreme confidence being the world
record-holder at 60 metres and able
to overcome and still win that race
easily. I do not think that is any
big deal that we should make too
Thank you very much, moving to a
slightly longer raise now, the 1500m
semifinals, the men's competition,
and the noise you are hearing just
there was to introduce the women's
triple jump, who are now warming up,
we will catch up to them shortly.
But let's focus on Chris O'Hare for
a moment, great season last year
heading into those home World
Championships in London, a lot of
expected of him, you may be final
but was quite disappointed to be
finishing down the field in 11th
place. JJ Chalmers caught up with
him ahead of today.
At the start of
the season, we said there was no
point doing the indoors unless we
were in with a shout of a medal, and
then, again, before the trials, we
have to make a decision on whether
we don't run the trials and
potentially risk not being picked
for the team. It has all been
structured around, am I or am I not
going to be able to medal? And we
believe I can.
How much have you
wanted this opportunity,
particularly the home crowd? How
long has this World Championship
idea been in your mind?
knows me, from a young age, I am
easy to anger, and it has been kind
of a challenge for me to manage that
anger in day to day life. But then
always being able to use it as fuel
when it came to racing. I never had
any issue with, basically, making up
stories in my head about people I'm
competing against, about how they
are holding me back, how they are
making it harder for me to survive,
harder for me to provide for my
family, and that gets me angry! And
that is good for me. But I have had
to manage it as well, so in London,
it was just an internal dialogue
with myself about these guys on the
track, holding me back from getting
my medal, in my country, and I was
just getting way too fired up.
Paula Radcliffe is in the commentary
box for us, very intense in that
interview there, is that normal? Is
that is normal demeanour, as far as
you are aware?
No, that is not
really the Chris that I know from
the training track, but certainly he
was very frustrated, disappointed is
putting it very mildly at the London
last year, and I know that it took
him a while to pick up the pieces,
get back racing, and he came into
this season really fired up, racing
very well in the beginning, then he
has had a bit of a foot niggly, I am
hoping that has settled down and he
is ready to race at his best.
Jake Wightman coming up as well, he
made rate strides last year, had a
very good season, how as his winter
It has gone well, he is the
first to say he is learning about
racing indoors, he said that he
cannot make the right decisions fast
enough indoors and he is still
learning with that. Having said
that, big questions over whether
Sulieman will even line-up in his
It is O'Hare first, he is
clearly looking for a medal from
these championships, it seems like
it would write some wrong is for
him, he is more than capable if his
tactics go well.
Usually makes very
good tactical decisions, he races
very well indoors. Part of that
maybe comes from the amount of time
he spent racing on the circuits in
America, but he tends to make
decisions quickly and put himself in
the right place.
That is coming up
shortly on the track, but let's see
how the triple jump has got itself
under way, or has it, Steve Backley?
Yeah, just getting under way now,
your athletes, all 17 of them in
total. Yulimar Rojas is the
defending champion, decided to
defend here, despite having not
competed yet this year. No British
interests, Asha Hansen, 15 years
since she won here at the World
Indoors in Birmingham. No Brits
involved. And here is the Venezuelan
first up in this triple jump final,
she is tall, six foot three. Won
with 14.51, shortest ever distance,
she will want to do something about
that distance. Over 14 metres in
this first round. And Rojas, gold
last summer, silver-medallist from
Rio. The first Venezuelan to ever
make a final, which is a big deal
back home in Venezuela. Comes here
trying to defend our title, really
good on the board.
good on the board. 14.24, her first
jump this year is a season's best.
Right, someone who can challenge,
second on the world list,
Papachristou of Greece, second
jumper. Strikes the ground much more
aggressive through the phases from
through the step, speed on the
floor, really pulling the active
board. The stages here, 17 athletes
in this competition, they are going
to have to stand around, it is quite
crowded down there, they will
probably have to wait 12 or 15
minutes between jumps. So again,
early stages, trying to put a market
in early, because you will spend a
lot of time waiting, I think.
goes into second place. Tori
Franklin of the USA is next up.
Twice US indoor champion, a best
this year of 14.15, so she will need
all of that.
A little bit rocky on
the runway, you could see her
shoulders oscillating, then hits the
floor really hard, doesn't skip
across the floor, keep the speed
going, slams the brakes on and then
in. If she were more active over the
top of her foot, she could go much
So Tori Franklin, 14.03,
goes into third place.
goes into third place. Prokopenko,
authorised neutral athlete, season's
14.44, but down below 30 metres.
Collapsed on the step phase, didn't
get out into the jump as she would
have liked. A little collapse,
doesn't come off, into the sandpit.
This is a international debut, so
maybe a little bit of nerves is
understandable, Prokopenko in fourth
place. So Chris O'Hare is ready to
go in this 1500m heat, a bit of a
stinker, to be honest, he would have
looked at the draw and thought,
really?! He has got Iguider, the
former world champion in 2012,
Olympic medallist from 2012, very
good indoor runner, Wote, former
medallist at the World Indoors of
Ethiopia, Ben Blankenship, who he
knows well, Blankenship finished
behind Chris O'Hare recently in the
States. He has also got Lewandowski,
very dangerous 800m specialist, who
is really dangerous at 1500 indoors,
from Poland. Only two guaranteed to
go through, so look
go through, so look at that, you
know, Chris is going to really have
to be at his best. And also, be
smart, which he often is in terms of
his tactics here, cos with two more
heats to come, you wouldn't want to
be in a fastest loser spot, it gives
the advantage to the others, they
can see what happens in this one.
And there are not any natural
frontrunners here either, you know,
Iguider likes to kick, as does
Lewandowski and Chris himself, so I
am not sure we will see anyone take
it out, possibly Blankenship might
decide to get things moving. Tough
Very much a tough one,
very and balanced for these
athletes, and for the women's 800
later on, the seeding has not been
great throughout the championships,
and he will have to race this as a
I think Mohamed was saying
that, look at this heat, it is
tough! Lewandowski, then forget the
times, the personal-best, the same
as Lewandowski, because indoor 1500m
running is an art, the 800m pace
helps a lot, possibly where Chris is
a little bit lacking with some of
the other guys. But he can finish
very quickly, Blankenship will maybe
suffer with the pace a little bit
here, but Chris has got enough on
the last 400m to contend with these
guys, and the thinking, I guess, is
that Iguider is, I would say, past
his best, but he is still, you can
see, this season's best, still very
capable. And a wily competitor, Dey
from Saddam. -- Sudan. So just the
top two, Jake Wightman is in heat
On your marks.
So let's see
how this pans out, Iguider getting
himself out of trouble, Wote
following him, then Blankenship,
Chris O'Hare moving up nicely into
two, getting a clip from behind
already, Dey pushing through on the
inside. Settle down, lads, settle
down! Some pushing and shoving at
the back, Lewandowski involved, he
gets himself on the inside now. I
would like to see Chris doing
exactly what he's doing, Paula, just
keeping that inside lane, just
keeping an eye on what is but this
is a job.
It is, and there is no
natural frontrunner, as you said. A
lot of the trouble on the first lap
was Dey, I do not know if he has
raced indoors before, he is much
taller than the other guys, and he
is having trouble finding space to
run. If the pace were quicker, that
would be better, but they are all
look around, waiting for some blue's
nerve to snap, to take up a quicker
Yeah, sometimes when it goes
to slow, you don't feel comfortable,
so although Wote has picked it up,
they ran a 33 for the second 200, so
he has got things moving a bit more
without putting his foot down. It
shows his lack of confidence in his
kicking, probably looking at Trump
and Iguider and Lewandowski and
thought, I need to get this moving.
-- O'Hare. Just about 30 seconds
there, a comfortable pace for these
He is picked it up in
contrast, but still not fast at all,
and you can see that everybody is
still there, given the quality of
others in this race, you would have
expected some of them to drop off
already. That is not happening, but
a gap is starting to open now, and
Chris is in a really good position
I think this will help
them, it's just spreads everybody
out, 28, just what Wote is doing,
winding it up. Slow first 800m, the
first lap was slow, the top guys are
pulled away from everybody else,
Wote, Blankenship, Lewandowski,
O'Hare, but Lewandowski will be
wishing it had gone slower! Pushing
into the 3:35 territory, he is going
to be uncomfortable with that. Wote
doing a good job at the front.
Years, and look at Chris O'Hare, he
has just placed himself differently,
so far any race he was positioned
perfectly, wide enough to step out
if something should happen on the
heels of Iguider, but not getting
Blankenship on his shoulder, in
danger of boxing him in, but here
making an early move, 300m left for
these guys, they will take the bell,
Wote still leading, Iguider looks
comfortable, Chris gritting his
teeth, Lewandowski shut him out.
Good move by the Pole, Chris O'Hare
with some work to do, he will have
to find something on this last lap,
still five men in contention with
just two spots. Chris is struggling.
Blankenship down the outside, Chris
O'Hare will not get into the top
two. Lewandowski on the inside, that
is dangerous, he will try to find a
way through but he has run out of
gas. Iguider looking very
comfortable, Blankenship, oh! I
think Wote was rewarded for his
frontrunning with second spot, very
tight on the line. Iguider looked
completely in control whole way.
Chris had nothing, I am not sure if
he has missed is training with that
injury that he has had, and
therefore when the pace went harder,
he was always going to be able to
kick, but he has lacked a bit of
training to stay with a good pace.
Sadly for Chris, very much a
confidence runner, and he has not
been able to get that from his
training coming into this, to really
believe he could commit. Much as he
tries to talk himself into it, when
the chips are down and he has got to
react, he was really tightening up,
he didn't have it in his legs, he
didn't look as though he was pushing
fully, and he is quick to take his
shoe off, I am hoping that the
injury is not too serious.
But really Iguider run it perfectly
and in fact it was Lewandowski who
make mistakes. When he made his move
Chris O'Hare tried to react but just
did not have it in his legs to be
able to follow Lewandowski.
Lewandowski may be showing his
inexperience a little bit over 1500
metres, just pushing on too soon and
it was Blankenship was slightly
misjudged, not getting into the top
two position but judged his race
well to give himself every chance of
the home straight of overhauling
Wote. But the youth with which
Iguider just floated past Wote. --
I'm trying to work this
out. I think Chris must be suffering
injury wise because 56, 42, 43, that
is easy within their normal grasp.
So Wote rewarded with the front
running, Chris looks to be in a bit
of pain, pretty sure his foot has
caused problems. That is the only
explanation for the obviously he
missed a fair bit of training so a
sad sight to see Chris there. He
sounded confident in the interview
beforehand but obviously that foot
causing problems. So just to confirm
the results, Souleiman -- Iguider
and Wote in the lead. Let's just
find out what went wrong.
those pictures there Chris, the
heartbreak and also the pain.
are you feeling? Not great. Seven,
800 metres to go, just took a couple
of steps right on the outside of my
foot. And just started grabbing.
Tried to get it out of my mind but
when I tried to force through that
stride I could feel it just a bit.
Kind of week. Unfortunately you need
to be on your a game and it is just
unfortunate. That season that
started so well has finished like
this. Huge thanks to everyone that
has come out to support me.
you very much for talking to us.
Painful for Chris O'Hare, mentally
and physically, that injury causing
ongoing problems. And this is the
line-up for the second of the heats.
Chris O'Hare is hanging on with the
three fastest losers.
There are high calibre athletes in
here as well and there will also
know about the pace from the first
tee. Berglund came onto the scene as
a youngster, the Swedish champion.
Vincent Kibet in there as well.
This is a quick heat as well and are
loaded heat, a lot of guys in here
will fancy their chances in a fast
finish. Looking at the likes of
maybe Berglund to take it on. It is
silly when they have a very strong
heat not to take up the chances
offered to them by knowing the times
of the past -- of the fastest losers
in the previous heat. Just looking
at the back there Vincent Kibet,
running pretty well. And there is
the Olympic finalist in the Rio
Games, Ryan Kay Wrexham there. --
And there we have the
18-year-old Tefera. Ryan Gregson not
racing as well as he has done in
previous years. The young Ethiopian
came a bit too close there, Tefera.
But he has hit the front. You see
that so often, with a teenage
Ethiopian you may not know too much
about, he has huge talent. Again
combining that talent with racing
knowledge as well, that is what he
has to do.
When you have as much
talent as him if you had the front
and just run hard you're not going
to go too far wrong especially in
qualifying. He looks very relaxed
and easy. Just decided to get out of
trouble and run a bit quicker.
Starting to feel the pace soon, a
smile on his face, Tefera. And
Vincent Kibet also beginning to
stretch out. So the pace lifts and
they hit the bell. It looks like the
two upfront are in control.
two upfront are in control. Ryan
Gregson has not finished yet. Tefera
out in front. The 18-year-old with a
bit of a gap, Vincent Kibet trying
to get there. Plenty of pace for
Vincent Kibet and he goes through
with Tefera. Slower than the first
heat, Ryan Gregson. That was a
change of pace from Tefera and
Vincent Kibet, they go through
automatically. So I think Ryan
Gregson run out of it.
A shame for
him, just not did not commit enough
to get moving in the race. Aware of
the times, he felt he had the pace
to be able to get past Vincent
Kibet. Vincent Kibet, his head was
back and he seemed to be struggling
but he had more left in the tank but
just looking around him and easing
through. Neither looking as easy as
Tefera did in front.
that and looking impressive as well.
And Vincent Kibet going through
automatically. Chris O'Hare still in
the fastest losers places at the
moment. Although still struggling
with his injury.
So the world leader in this triple
jump competition, Orji.
jump competition, Orji. Rojas of
Venezuela. A similar kind of
Accelerates into the board
and maintains the speed. Just goes a
little bit high. Good solid jumping.
The American has made a good
improvement this year.
improvement this year. 14 .13 here
today, in second place. Kimberly
Williams, seven times the Jamaican
champion. Sixth and seventh at the
Olympic Games. Over 14 metres. The
very first jump off the competition,
the Venezuelan out in front. What
goes up must come down. Handling
those forces really nicely with room
Really worked that step
phase very well. She has laid down a
serious marker in the first round.
Well use in the 1500 metres, Jake
Wightman went in the first heat and
Suleiman is not here, he would have
been a major danger. We heard he had
these problems. Not lining up here.
So that means I think Chris O'Hare
will almost definitely now be in the
Helped out by that second
heat, Ryan Gregson not quick enough
to challenge the fastest losers.
to challenge the fastest losers.
only thing that could stop Chris
O'Hare is perhaps Engels. The
Suleiman the others would have to
put in a big personal best.
Soloshenko has never broken the
record. Enzema is not going to do it
Engels there, nice moustache, liking
Jake Wightman has been impressive
and I think he has a great chance
here. He will be over the moon with
the way things have turned out for
this heat. So Chris O'Hare, only
three men in this race as I say.
Only two of them can go through. So
will Engels for instance think OK,
maybe I should just try to make a
decent pace. Does not look like it
so far. It is Enzema who takes it
out. Once they let it take away it
is essentially gone. You get a first
impression of what is happening in
the first few strides and Engels
just looking around him, not
interested in going to the front and
taking it up at all. Quite happy to
settle in. Gaps already opening up.
Even though it is a very pedestrian
pace. Jake almost could not believe
that seeding with rumours that
Suleiman might not be here. It is
crazy he had not withdrawn the heats
Another lap so at this and then it
will be between three. Engels needs
to trust his kick,
to trust his kick, Kaazouzi
certainly will. There is no one
around you, fairly easy at this
point. So he just needs to
concentrate and be there when the
pace picks up and make sure he does
not give everyone a head start.
to tempt fate but not the kind of
phrase were you expect anyone to get
tripped or be in any kind of danger.
So Jake has a clean run at this. His
main dangers in the race in front of
him so he just needs to wait and
bide his time and save as much
energy as account for the final one.
While not getting too complacent.
Sometimes the body just does not
wake up, the adrenaline is not
flowing as much as it would be in a
Chris O'Hare I can
tell you now is going to be through.
No way they can drag this back to
3.40 two. So Engels, Kaazouzi and
Jake Wightman will have two fight it
out. I cannot believe Engels has not
started to wind them up a little
bit. Jake might just want to think
about now moving into the last 500
metres about at what point he wants
to make sure he's in the position he
wants to be in. Does he want to go
from the front, is he happy to give
these to three metres, with two laps
to go. Jake Wightman just following
Kaazouzi. And now Engels moving to
And Jake reacts quickly.
He has been racing well over 800
metres. He might go sooner rather
than later because he wants to make
sure he has got this wrapped up and
he goes convincingly into the final.
He has got himself at the front, he
likes to be at the front. He has not
made his big kick yet. Engels still
there, Kaazouzi still there. Jake
needs to just keep the pressure on.
Stretching down the back straight.
Engels starting to struggle.
Excellent from Jake Wightman.
Completely controlling this, looking
good. Just keep moving away.
Excellent stuff from Jake Wightman.
Kaazouzi wins the battle for second.
And that is smart running from Jake
Wightman, he knows he does not have
the acceleration that some people
have so he just winds up a bit. Got
himself in front, controlling it
from here. Then he just winds up.
Does not let anyone use the
acceleration and he gets himself
clear. Great stuff, excellent 1500
metre running. Into the final and
Chris O'Hare will join him.
great run from Jake Wightman and
that has got to give him a big
confidence boost. Moving through
into the final. When he went, he was
controlled, he did not go suddenly.
While did a very gradually. Moved
fast to demonstrate. -- wound it up
very gradually. Cut straight round
and moved in front Kaazouzi and
controlled the race from there.
Checking the screen, working hard.
He will be where that Engels was
waiting, he knew Kaazouzi was on the
inside. A little bit wide down the
back straight. And he checks up,
still has more left, working hard
but definitely has more left in the
tank to react if needed. Contrast
that to Engels going all out to try
to reel in Kaazouzi. And Kaazouzi
will not go through, it was just too
Great performance, the crowd
certainly loved it!
At the home
championships, when you hit the
front, the raw is something else.
The top three go through in that
event, but three was not enough for
you, you wanted to win that heat.
knew the first heat was pretty
quick, and the second, so I realise
we were not on pace, so I had to
come out and try to win the heat,
felt pretty good.
How much has it
taken out of you?
The good thing is
that the next race is an evening, so
I will have a nap, ready to come
Great, thank you very
much for speaking to us.
Very tidily done from Jake Wightman,
and when I see later, I will tell
him 38.01 in the last segment,
Let's have another word with Paula
Radcliffe about those 1500m
semifinals, from a British
perspective, really couldn't be more
contrasting, the way that the races
and out. We will focus on Chris
O'Hare first, he has got himself
into the final by virtue of being
the fastest loser, but he was
complaining about his foot when he
was being interviewed, is he likely
to risk that.
to risk that.
If it is just an
injury that is pain and he is not
able to get the push off, which is
kind of what he was saying in the
race, he might just come out and
give it a go, but if it is anything
that will endanger the rest of his
season or his long-term career, he
will not make that decision to step
out. It was hard seeing him run like
that, he wasn't himself, even in the
prerace interview. But certainly in
the race and afterwards, he was
immediately taking his shoe, didn't
Steve said head of the
first of the semifinals, they
fraught with danger, the tactics, as
they are outside, but those extra
laps indoors. Jake Wightman
navigated that beautifully.
he benefited from another danger
indoors, in that they had not raised
very much in dollars, so the races
were not balanced very well at all.
But he judged is perfectly, took the
cards that he was given, handled
them with perfection. The others in
that final will be looking at him,
if they weren't already, as a big
danger. He is in very good shape, he
will have got a big confidence boost
from that. He will feel a little bit
for Chris O'Hare, I do not know
whether that would have been going
through his mind in the race, very
smart, he knew he was racing for the
first two, and he ran the best race
for him to be able to control that,
win it and go through without
In terms of the strength of
the field, as you look at the line
up for the final, where do the main
threats come from? Can Jake Wightman
run himself into the medals?
definitely got a chance, everyone in
the final has, Enzema always has to
be watched, even though he didn't
look too good going into the closing
straight there, he has made a
decision to commit to 1500m, he
could have come for the 800m, but he
has decided his future lies in the
1500. If it goes slow, he is a
danger, but Jake is looking good.
And the Commonwealth Games is just
weeks away, Chris O'Hare would have
been a big hope for Scotland.
his long-term view has to be what is
going to be the best? Can I race in
the Commonwealth Games? Do I maybe
need to not take my place here? Or
is it something that I can race
through and it will continue to get
Thank you very much, Paula,
the women's 800m coming up soon, we
will chat about Shelayna
Oskan-Clarke, but in the meantime
the triple jump is hotting up.
It is a steady start for most of the
athletes, the indoor and outdoor
world champion, Rojas, finds herself
in second place, Kimberly Williams
has taken the lead. So a second
jump, a chance to respond for Rojas.
Again, around 14 metres, and...
Didn't make enough of the hop phase,
really short, made it difficult,
didn't come off the board. Just
dropped it in early, got a bit of a
stretch. Let's have a look at the
distance, whether she will challenge
for the lead.
Below what we would
have expected, 14.37, the shortest
distance to have won this is a
previous of 14.41, two years ago. We
turn our attention to an event that
was concluded yesterday evening, the
women's shot put. And it was a
battle for the bronze medal between
the two Chinese athletes, Gong and
Gao, and experience told. A national
indoor record for Danielle
Thomas-Dodd, good 19.2 to there. It
was gold for Anita Marton. Well, she
led pretty much from the start, she
extended that lead in the third
round, 19.48, and then confirmed her
authority over the competition,
19.62, a new world lead in the final
round. Silver last time, two years
ago, so for the first time ever we
will hear the Hungarian national
anthem, first gold for Marton.
NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS
A POPULAR VICTORY, THAT, ANITA
MARTON, NOT THE MOST POWERFUL, THE
TALLEST OF THE STRONGEST, BUT ONE OF
THE MOST ATHLETIC, FASTEST, A WORLD
LEADING MARK, 19.62, silver two
years ago, promoted to gold here in
Just a reminder of the men's 1500m
and how it went, these are the
qualifiers, and you see the names of
Chris O'Hare and Jake Wightman,
qualifying in very different
factions. Chris O'Hare went through
in real discomfort, I think he will
struggle in the final, should he
run. Jake Wightman looked very
impressive, slower heat, but
controlled it to win. The talented
young Ethiopian in there, Tefera.
Good line up for the final, and the
final is tomorrow evening, as Jake
Wightman said, time to recover.
Well, Kimberly Williams is in the
lead, that first league of 14.37
enough in a surprisingly lacklustre
competition so far, but looking to
extend that lead here, then. It is
another jump over 14 metres. I
mention -- Hansen, who took the
title all our time ago, 15.01, and
now the athletes are struggling
around the 14 metres mark. Must have
caught her mouth there, I think.
That is a great jump. Really working
the floor. At that moment, I think,
oh, there you go, she has not hurt
mouth, she's just happy, 14.41, that
cements her first place. And she is
emotional because it is a PB!
after five events in the heptathlon
which has been going on over the
last two days, as expected, Kevin
Mayer of France is out in front,
four points ahead of Damian Warner,
who has made massive ground, big
improvements for the Canadian, we
look forward to seeing him at the
Commonwealth Games. Kai Kazmirek
blistering over the sprint hurdles,
pole-vault is next, only the 1000m
to go later this evening. So, then,
here is Damian Warner, in that
silver medal spot, he has had two
fouls, this would be a lifetime best
indoors for Warner, and he has got
it, brilliant competitive jump,
Kevin Mayer is
Kevin Mayer is 5.14
pole-vault, his coach there, who he
has just moved to last year, who has
made some real differences. If he
can stay close to Kevin Mayer, it is
going to be an absolute foot race,
the 1000m, for gold.
With height to
spare for Warner, Mayer has not come
in yet. He is that competent a
I'm delighted to say that Colin
Jackson is here to show off his
winter knitwear collection! We were
just having a conversation about the
multi-event is, and I left you
hanging a bit earlier, because we
were talking about how so many
women, and more than ever here it
seems to be specialising in
individual events coming from the
multi-events background, but
somebody posed the question on
Twitter, why are not many men doing
that? About eight o'clock last
night, suddenly, the penny dropped,
and you went, I know, the Norwegian
who want in London over the hurdles,
who started as a multi-event. Of the
theory is that men go into their
I think that is
right, when you look at athletes who
started as juniors as decathlete or
heptathletes, I think that is what
We were discussing the lack
of British decathletes, especially
when we had such an incredible
ambassador for the sport in Daley
Is spot-on, I looked at
the knees, and we were talking about
the legacy of sport, and how great
champions, and Daley Thompson is a
clear winner for us. So where does
Mayer get his influence from? So she
was listing the great male
decathlete from France to completely
went out of our mind.
Prost, and the
French record-holder before Kevin
Mayer, so just tradition and depth,
but I also think there is a real
passion for combined events in
Europe, and we lost that a lot in
Britain. I think some of it does
come down to the coaching, and the
standard of the coaching, bringing
it all together, having someone to
overview all of the disciplines.
He used to the reason, it is hard to
a living but actually with lottery
funding perhaps it makes it more
I would think so but
also you know, you need a real
commitment to the event. At the end
of the day as athletes you're
motivated by wanting to be the best
you can be, by recognition, and
money. And with the multi-events it
is difficult, you need to be the
best of the best to get that kind
of, to hit that. You need to be the
best of the best. Whereas if you're
not the best of the best in a single
event, you can do OK.
I think it
starts from the grassroots and
school level, having that broader
base. Sometimes in the UK youngsters
are not exposed to enough diverse
multi-events and that has an impact
the further up you go in the chain.
You need to start early. Well the
Frenchman Kevin Maher, of course in
the lead, moving between him and
Damian Warner, just entering the
pole-vault. He is a very good
Looking confident today?
He has warmed up well and had a long
wait since then. You might remember
last year he waited to 5.20 and went
out at the third time of asking. So
maybe making sure that he can take
the gold this afternoon. Five
metres, first attempt. And
absolutely aces it. That took the
He had a 45 minute
wait since his warm up. A little bit
casual on the planet. Did not have
an active bottom hand really, the
left hand. But an easy start.
So now we turn our attention to the
800 metres. Oskan-Clarke of Great
Britain did very well last year in
the European indoors with silver
medal. She pushed yourself onto the
global stage in terms of recognition
with the final in ageing in 2015. We
caught up with earlier. I would be
lying to say I'd do not want to get
a medal, I would. But for me it is
about that first step. I try not to
think too far ahead. It is the first
step of making the final. So I will
be delighted to make the final and
then go from there. I do not put
limits on myself. If I was to do
that then anything could happen. So
my first goal is to make the final.
Your PB just a shade of two minutes,
are you going to break the two
I hope so, I think you need
that in you to make the time, to be
able to run under two minutes. Some
of the girls have already done that.
So they can do it. I think I want to
do that to make the final. And I do
think I can do it.
Well her heat is up second but first
the runners and riders with Andrew
Well one of the favourites,
Wilson of the United States. So
impressive this year. And she has
been threatening, sort of the big
three with Caster Semenya.
And Niyonsaba. It is tight, the 800
metres. Just the winner to go
through automatically and then the
three fastest losers over the three
Velvere there. The Ethiopian on the
outside, the record-holder outdoors.
Gives you an idea of quality. The
European champion over five,
Chicoka. Wilson, silver at the last
world indoors. Then the Spanish
champion. Just want to go through
automatically. So no chances can be
taken here. The three fastest losers
over the three heat.
over the three heat. Wilson can try
to control this. The way that she is
running this season is so
impressive. I'm sure she would look
to hit the front and stay there for
She is very
experienced on the global stage and
indoors. Will very much look to
control the race. She knows the main
danger will come from probably
Chicoka although she has struggled a
little bit, did not look quite as
comfortable as over 800 metres.
the tape at the back of her leg as
well. When Wilson hits the front,
the danger is then just the others
know Wilson will have the strength
to outkicked them at the end. But
they want a quick race because it is
the three fastest losers and the
first of the three heats. So Wilson
at the front with Chichoka behind
will be wanting to keep it as a
fairly fast level.
They will want to
keep moving and keep the exit routes
open. Wilson just drifting a bid to
the outside, leaving a bit of space
if Chichoka had it in her to be able
to sneak through. Blocked a little
bit on the outside. Cannot go wrong.
Not particularly quick through the
first 400. Wilson still in front and
still seemingly in
still seemingly in control with
Alemu. So the bell sounds and Wilson
still in front. Alemu now moving
around Chichoka. Just the winner to
go through automatically. Wilson
unmoved at the moment. Immovable.
Carrying on and lifting the pace.
And I think Chichoka hit the inside
rail but Alemu try to catch Wilson
but Wilson just moved away. A pretty
even pace. Plenty left to spare.
demonstration from the American. She
was a class apart from the others in
that race and just ran how she
wanted to do it, out of trouble, at
the front. Enough to make the others
settle in behind her and then
staying in control of it. Only
picking up as much as you need to
hold off the rest convincingly. Very
easily through to the final. Alemu
behind, had herself in the right
position to be able to react. And
Chichoka not able to get out and she
had that stumble which knocked her
off. So she just could not real in
Alemu and will have to wait to see
if that is quick enough to get one
of the fastest losers spots.
Interesting with the pace because
through the 61 seconds in the first
400 then the others unable to
maintain that. So Wilson goes
through as automatic qualifier. The
others need to wait and see.
Damian Warner of Canada having a
really good afternoon. A good couple
of days, in fact. This is his third
try, five metres. To give Kevin
Maher is something to think about.
But too much today. Warner, five
metres, already a lifetime best at
four metres 90. Third time of
asking, PB. In second place but a
bit of David and Goliath because the
Frenchman is a superb pole vault and
he can need now is sit and watch
with only 1000 readers remaining. He
can just hope
can just hope that Mayer does not
progress out of his reach.
progress out of his reach.
vault, 30 centimetres better than
his PB. Over to the women's triple
Looking across to the
opposite side of the Arena in
Birmingham, Rojas in second place
behind Williams of Jamaica.
behind Williams of Jamaica. Looking
almost laboured through those
phases, Rojas. 14 metres 24. Not
quite as crisp as we have seen her
in the past.
That could be down to
the waiting around, if you have 15
minutes to wait you just go off the
boil a bit. We are starting to see
the competition hots up when they
cut the field down from 17 to eight.
Another valid jump, 14 .27, an
improvement, but still in second
place. Here is a man in a fight for
a bronze medal, jumped superbly in
the high jump, Uibo of Estonia. Look
Up towards his best. The
gap between his left arm out
straight. He puts all the energy
into that. 5.10 is great and plenty
more to come.
Loads to spare and
that bodes well as we increase in
ten centimetre increments. In the
bronze medal fight and Kazmirek of
Germany is in the bronze medal place
at the moment. Looking to match 5.10
and he does. Another huge clearance
as well. The multi-inventors looking
like they are in shape in the
Five metres used to be
an unusual thing. Now it is
commonplace. That is how good these
the vaulters are.
We now move across
to the next heat, the brutal heat
really in this round of the women's
800 metres, in contrast to the man
of course. Oskan-Clarke hoping to
make it through. You could make a
case for every single one of them to
win this with possibly the
win this with possibly the exception
of Chebet on the inside. The
European indoor champion in this
heat and then a very good new
American on the outside, very
dangerous. So Oskan-Clarke to win
this and you need to win to
guarantee a place in the final, that
is going to be tough. Needs to be at
her best but she has shown that
already this year and let's hope she
can produce that. Rogers I think
will be a danger. And you can never
write off Buchel. Although not
running as well as she has done in
the past. But a redoubtable
competitor much like Oskan-Clarke.
A couple of races to get warmed up
and then a great performance in the
Here is Kimberly Williams,
the event leader, looking to extend
the lead in the triple jump. She
knows Rojas is capable, having
already jumped a lifetime best.
Getting towards the halfway stage.
Williams: to the jumper of the third
round. We have then the top eight
and then just the top four in the
final round as in the rest of the
events. She extended her lead.
Well, she is a really smart racer,
Oskan-Clarke, I just wonder whether
Rogers, lacking a bit of experience
at this level, from Texas, she has
been at the University of Oregon,
has just finished her collegiate
career. Oskan-Clarke gets a huge
reception, of course the joint team
skip at the champs, Selina Buchel,
very good 800m runner in doors. The
two of them know each other very
well. Jenna Westaway, she has run
quicker in doors this year than she
has managed outdoors so far in his
career. And Winny Chebet, qualified
for the 1500 final, don't know how
much she will contest this, she
might want to save herself for the
1500 final. She has to run this,
because she was declared for it, if
she wants to compete tonight. So the
winner only and then the next three
fastest losers, the fastest loser
spot in the first heat was 2.2.
Oskan-Clarke started out on a 400
career, Rogers can run quick relay
legs, she has gone quicker on the
outside, she will be a danger if it
is slow, and they move across,
Rogers deciding not to go to the
front, you can see she was happy to
let Oskan-Clarke take the lead, and
she won't necessarily want to leave
this. Jenna Westaway has decided,
you know what, let's make it a
proper 800m race!
And why not, she
knows her best chances to run as
fast as possible, she will have seen
the times from the first heat, and
she probably would not think that
she could win this heat outright, so
give yourself the best possible
chance, and she is doing exactly
that, and is she doing Jelena
artisan Clark a big favour, as well
Shelayna is leading the
second past, Westaway is going too
fast, the others will catch up,
Shelayna is leading out the others,
trying to close that up a little
bit, Buchel suffering with her
fitness, Rogers will come strong at
the end, but she doesn't like the
fast pace early on. So a lot of
danger for Jelena Oskan-Clarke, even
though Westaway is a good eight
metres in the lead.
You can see
Rogers moving around the outside to
get into closer contention at the
bell, and now she's in a good
position to attack from here.
strong, a very quick 400m runner,
only the winner will go through,
Shelayna will have to hope that
Rogers has misjudged this. Buchel is
still a danger. Oskan-Clarke in a
good spot, I do not know if she will
get it, though, only the winner to
go through, a scrap to the line,
Oskan-Clarke is getting there,
Buchel got itself boxed terribly,
well done, Shelayna. That was a
tough race, and I think the others
have got a good chance of going
through as fastest losers, Buchel
got into a bad position, which was
good for Shelayna. I was just
worried she was leading them as they
were closing, Rogers did Shelayna a
massive favour by going first, and
then Shelayna was able to latch onto
that and come again, didn't panic,
use all of her experience, digging
deep competitively, so she goes
So impressive even in
a bad position, she doesn't panic
and managers to work into a better
position. She never panics. She was
in the wrong place a view times, she
went around Rogers, who immediately
stepped around her and launched the
long run for the finish, and in
doing so she brought the pair of
them easily passed Westaway. She put
Shelayna Oskan-Clarke into that
attacking position, and she was able
to keep her place, keep Michelle out
side of her and put herself onto the
shoulder of Rogers and be able to
control that race. She didn't go too
soon, she could have pushed hard,
but she didn't, she waited, and she
kept something in reserve, and what
she also did, I don't know if she
did it knowingly, she closed Rogers
back in to cut her out. So she is
working hard but not as hard as that
desperate search for the line from
Shelayna, you had
yourself a race there!
didn't expect the girl from Canada
to go out so fast, change of plan,
that always happens in the 800, just
try to keep as close order as I can
so that it wouldn't be too hard in
the later stages. Have to be quite
patient going around the bend, I had
enough to kick off, yeah! Are
pleased to be in the final.
say, a change of plans, what were
you thinking when she tendered into
It was really fast, wasn't
expecting it, but just to stay cool,
calm, just be confident in my
strength. Yeah, that is what I did.
All right, used only to catch your
breath, one last one about your team
performance, you are the captain
here, has your speech inspired the
two medals so far?
Welcome to be
fair, Laura missed the speech, she
was struggling to get in in time! I
hope I inspired them, they have all
worked extremely hard to get here,
they wanted to be here to perform,
and really what I wanted to do was
for them to perform to the best of
their ability, leave with no
regrets, and I hope I have done
Apologies, I know you have not
caught your breath, but that
performance will have inspired a few
of your team!
Yes, just one other thing to note,
apart from the other good
performance from Oskan-Clarke, Winny
Chebet had a token effort, you are
meant to give a bona fide
performance, so this will be
interesting to see if they look at
that. She is due to line up in the
1500m final tonight, but she ran
2.18, we will see whether that was a
reasonable performance. Lie got the
shot put is taking way, the sector
has been laid out, 20 helpers it
took to a wrecked the cage around
the circle here as the world
champion, one of the most popular
victories in the outdoor
championships, opens his account in
doors. The Kiwi, look at that, that
is a massive opening throw for Tom
Walsh! I thought he might settle
into the competition, but look at
this, quick on the floor, brilliant
example of how to work the legs.
Look at that, that is way beyond 21
metres! The world leader this year
is Tomas Stanek of the Czech
Republic, 22.17, that might be under
threat, but that is an indoor record
for Tom Walsh.
Ready for the last of
the heats in the women's 800m,
Margaret Wambui, a very familiar
figure, bronze at the last World
Indoors, and then Niyonsaba from the
Olympics, orderly and over from
Ukraine, silver last year. --
Lyakhova. Hendry, second at the UK
in doors, she needs to go close to
her personal best here. And the
stadium announcer doing my work,
Niyonsaba, no performance so far
this season, to measure her, but
that was the case in 2016, when she
went on to win the World Indoors,
Niyonsaba will be strong, will be
quick. Just the winner going through
automatically, Mhairi Hendry needs a
quick run. And the times you are
looking core, the fastest losers at
the moment, the Ethiopian from the
first heat and Buchel and Raevyn
Rogers. You need something inside
2.02, and the others will be
grateful that Goule was taking it
out at a decent lick, Hendry sitting
beside Wambui at the moment.
will have decided she needs to take
a little bit of a lead from
Westaway, take this out quick. She
hasn't gone quite as fast as
Westaway, which is probably better
for the other girls, but it shows
you the strength of the women's 800,
first and third from the last
indoors in the same heat.
It is like
reaching the semifinal stage at some
of the outdoor championships,
everybody here is now high quality.
Goule nose, and Niyonsaba, we know
what kind of form she is, she looks
very comfortable typing in behind,
and Hendry is at the back at the
moment, Margaret Wambui should
finish strongly, she has shown close
to two minutes, but still Goule out
Wambui has been racing,
she got a cell selected for the
Commonwealth Games team, first time
that Niyonsaba has raised this
winter, but as she usually does, she
comes out for the indoors
championships. She is dominating
So easy for Francine
Niyonsaba, a different league to the
rest now, as Goule tries to keep
pace, Mhairi Hendry trying to dig
in. Niyonsaba and the Goule,
pressure from Wambui. Niyonsaba and
Wambui, as we might have expected,
Mhairi Hendry trying to dig in and
hold on. Member, three fastest
losers over three heats, Niyonsaba
as no such concerns. Just inside
2.01, and Mhairi Hendry could not
get to Goule, Wambui will go through
with a time from second place, not
sure it is quick enough or Goule or
Hendry, but we will keep an eye on
that. Selina Buchel was the quickest
of the fastest losers coming into
this at 2.01, but Niyonsaba, don't
worry that he has not raised so far
this season or we have not seen a
thing, we knew she would be quick,
and I think she moves ahead of Aji
Wilson as favourite.
I think she
does, she ran so strongly there,
running a similar fashion to Wilson,
she let Goule run it out early on,
but then she went out very
convincingly. Margaret Wambui was
not able at any point to get on
level terms with Niyonsaba. Mhairi
Hendry didn't do anything wrong, but
she couldn't catch Goule to put a
socket with a chance of the fastest
Decent run from Hendry, we
can confirm times now. Niyonsaba go
through, Wambui will go through, but
not quick enough for the others.
Well, the pole bolsters have been
progressing, and it has been a
really good afternoon for Maicel
Uibo, the new height of 5.2 zero. A
few moments ago this was, the
Estonian making light work of that.
He is a 5.30 jumper at his very best
outdoors, but that is a very
competent effort. Kai Kazmirek
looking to protect that bronze
medal. Matched it. Also clear at
5.20, also at the first time of
asking, which does not matter so
much, it is about the points. A
lifetime best by ten centimetres.
Right then, Kevin Mayer, on two
fouls at the same height, he needs
this if he wants some breathing
space in pursuit of a gold medal at
the Canadian, Warner. Last chance at
5.20, and it is a foul for the
Frenchman. He knows the importance
of that, that makes it a full race
over the 1000m, the last event of
The critical thing
here is that it is ten points per
second in the 1000m, and the gap
between the two is now 34 points, so
that is three seconds. The
difference between what they can run
is around about three seconds. So
Warner can win this world title and
take it away from Kevin Mayer in the
5.60 at his best, Mayer, and
that is a mistake from him, that was
a chance to really move away from
the rest of the field. And he has
just let them right back into it,
and of course Uibo and Kazmirek can
go higher. Are in They the fight for
bronze. Still lots can happen from
Slight disappointment for Mayer, but
he is out in front.
disappointment for him, but more for
Margaret Wambui, guess what, another
disqualification, lane infringement.
Along with Niyonsaba and Wilson, she
would have been contending for a
medal, budgies disqualified. Not
good enough for Mhairi Hendry to go
through, I think it was in the
break. Well, there we are, as
Michael said, outside foot on the
inside line, so no excuse at all for
Margaret Wambui, clear
disqualification, so out she goes.
Which means, I think, that Raevyn
Rogers moves up in terms of fastest
losers, so that is the line up for
the final, Alemu sneaks in. Wilson
will be very strong, but the two
Americans as well, Habitam Alemu, no
Margaret Wambui in tomorrow's final.
The triple jump moves into the
fourth round. World junior champion
in 2012, from Spain and a big effort
and she knows that is a good effort,
as valid jump.
as valid jump. Kimberly Williams
still in the lead.
still in the lead. Service from
Peleteiro challenge. Good on the
board. Waiting for her distance to
come up, she knows that this could
be in with a shout and it is. A
lifetime best, 14 metres 40, goes
into second place with two jumps
remaining, Peleteiro. So the
Venezuelan has shipped -- has
slipped. And 14 metres 20, 27, the
best so far from Rojas. It sounded
good. It is further into the pit.
She is waking up. I think so, the
field was so big and the first three
rounds were difficult for the
athletes waiting now we are in the
business end of the competition. A
much better jump there on the third.
Good solid board. Normally she is so
animated and has been quiet so far,
Rojas. Season best in third place is
not enough yet to challenge for the
lead with two jumps remaining. So to
conclude the fourth round here is
the event leader, Kimberly Williams.
I'm sure she can barely believe it.
She is out in front.
She is out in front.
Not very skip
the, but still a great effort.
the, but still a great effort. Just
overextended, the Sinn went out a
bit far and difficult to get the hip
over the top of the foot and
maintain the speed input. But still
great jump. She has put together a
Still out in front for
Turning out to be
quite a good competition, the triple
jump. Three out of the top four with
a PB. Raising their game. And
Peleteiro of Spain, that
celebration, that would be my cardio
work-out! Those two footed jumps,
try that at home.
impressive. It was, very happy about
her performance. Took awhile to get
into it but now starting to it. Good
to see that celebration.
amazing what the runway is
delivering, a great young jump
yesterday in the men's event.
think we have got it, actually. You
tried doing both to let it jumps up
to your chest! That is quite
something. Quite a work-out right
there. Something in the breakfast at
the hotel. Let's speak quickly about
Kevin Mayer, having a great day
yesterday but now he is in a race
with Warner. And that three seconds
pretty much the difference between
The difference between their
PB and it is a shock. He was the out
and out favourite but Damian Warner
has raised his game, fair play to
him. It just proves things happen. I
cannot begin to tell you the quality
of this pole-vault thing. 5.60 best
and very recently as well. Coming
out of five metres, it just shows
He has done 5.20 in the past.
But it is an event that he is
relying on for the big points. Has
he just been backing off and working
on other events?
No, this failure is
a big shock and you see his
reaction, just disbelief. I can tell
you now his coach will be
dumbfounded as to what happened. But
I know he has been working on the
1500 metres and obviously indoor as
it is 1000.
it is 1000. Because he has not
really been tested over that
distance. And I think he knows he
has to produce something better than
he has done before to claim the gold
medal. It is what we want in the
final of a multi-event, the two
athletes at the top racing each
Damian Warner has just stuck
in their even though he has seen
Mayer just moving away and now he
has the opportunity. I'm a bit
surprised with Mayer, he has been so
consistent and just a real warrior
through the competition.
bit sloppy, maybe it is that
overconfidence that you can get and
you want to have a bit of it going
into the event that has mostly
But it happens. But it is
that balance, confidence but also
continuing to stay motivated and not
celebrating too soon and get
overconfident and get ahead of
You have to stay in the
moment. Let's have a chat with Paula
Radcliffe. About the 800 metres. And
Oskan-Clarke, looking at that
line-up now you feel she has a good
chance of pushing through to the
medals. She has a good chance. Her
main threat I think coming from
Wilson. She races so well in
qualification and that sets her up
to get the best out of herself. So
hopefully she can do that. Certainly
At 300 she looks a little bit
pained, the expression on her face.
Not looking as comfortable as she
ended up running about in the
interview afterwards she explained a
bit of that, you do not expect to be
anything but comfortable in the
heats but in the end it served well
and she never panicked.
waited around the bend, I do not
know if it was intentional in the
home straight but it was a clever
move to close off Buchel in the way
she did. She just grows with each
race and that is what you need going
into the final.
Of course that final
is tomorrow and just one session
tomorrow, the final session of the
World Championships on-air at 2:45pm
on BBC Two. We also have Mo Farah,
the half marathon, coverage of that
race as well. Let's get back out to
the triple jump.
the triple jump. It is Rojas of
Venezuela who seems to be slowly
waking up. Trailing Williams and
Peleteiro Spain. That is better.
Knowing that that is a big effort.
Much better, short, hot phase from
Rojas. Really reaching out and sets
her up. All that extra distance came
out of the hot phase.
out of the hot phase.
It is good on
the board and this is going to be
close with one jump remaining. It
takes the lead, a world leading
jump. 14.6 three. On the other side
of the track, Uibo.
of the track, Uibo. In the
pole-vault. He has already got an
indoor PB. This two matches outdoor
lifetime best. Five metres 30. Could
give him a better chance of a bronze
medal overall. He has got it!
Brilliant job. And he loves it.
is how much it means to him. He has
wintered well. Get it out, that
looks good. Great clearance. There
could be room for a little bit more.
Now he can change to a stiffer poll
which could take higher as long as
he can put the energy into it.
is really confident. And Kazmirek in
the bronze medal position, can he
match that? No.
The significance of
that, now 13 points separating Uibo
and Kazmirek. And ten points a
second. Both these gentlemen round
about two minutes 44 the thousand
metres. So we have a total race for
the bronze position. It will be
first man across the line I think,
quite frankly. A bit of a gap,
Kazmirek, if he can hold off Uibo by
Looks like a battle for
bronze and gold between one and
Mayer as we predicted earlier. So
the field reduced to four athletes.
Best in the previous round
so far, Panturoui. Not able to get
in the medal positions.
in the medal positions.
I think but
all of the eight should go through.
The other thing is especially
something like triple jump, you do
not get the rest time. And it is
tough. Looking at
tough. Looking at the card, this
athlete, Peleteiro, she has improved
one litre 20 through the
competition. -- one metre. That is
the widest I've ever seen in terms
of improvement. So she has a medal,
she is safe in bronze position but
can she get silver?
Fair to say she
is up for this, Peleteiro of Spain.
Guaranteed a bronze. Can she extend
that to silver and possibly even the
No, pushed too hard. She knew
as soon as she put down her foot.
And you saw that emotion. I have
missed my opportunity. 14.40, bronze
medal for her, fantastic
22 years of age and a
bronze medal and is a global
championships. World junior champion
in 2012, Peleteiro. Really good
performance. Great stuff. I lifetime
best. And there is the event leader,
Rojas. Just to remaining. They know
their medals cannot be challenged
other than with each other. They can
swap places. It is Rojas out in
front in the gold medal position at
the moment. She will go first. Then
Kimberly Williams in silver medal
position. They do not change the
order in this last round. The
penultimate jumper is the leader of
the competition. But whatever she
does here, Williams of Jamaica will
have a chance to respond. So Rojas
looking to put this out of reach of
the Jamaican. Fast on the approach.
Laboured through those phases.
think she was over the board, red
flag. That gives the last through of
the dice to Kimberly Williams. A
great position to be in. Throw of
the days may be. No luck involved in
this. -- throw of the dice. Kimberly
Williams, how much do you want it?
At the moment it would be a
successful defence of her indoor
title. For Rojas. Unless Kimberly
Williams who has already taken to
the runway and leaked out beyond the
14 metres achieved in the previous
round. This is the last jump of the
competition. She knows that she's
silver. -- she is guaranteed silver.
I last tried to convert it to gold.
Stride out, running hard and fast.
Good on the board. Is it long
enough? I do not think so.
she knows it.
The white flag. Good
effort, but not challenging that
lead, 14.6 three. Looks to be a fair
bit down. 14.3 two. Has to settle
for silver. Rojas the first to
congratulate her and celebrate
another victory. So successful
defence there by Rojas of Venezuela
ahead of Kimberly Williams. A very
entertaining triple jump final. PB
for silver and bronze and Panturoui
in third place.
The start of the
men's 4x400. Ukraine meant to go
This is the worlds leading through
are coming into the competition. He
is fancied to take the gold medal
but Tom Walsh and least a monster in
the first round. It is over 21
metres. It will not threaten that
massive puts of the New Zealand
athlete. The Czech Republic athlete
opened with 20.88 metres. He just
stopped on that. He did not transfer
the momentum as efficiently as we
have seen in the past. -- 20 .28
metres. One metre down on what he's
Renny Quow leads what looks like a
very strong Trinidad and Tobago
Quartet. These were world champions
last year. Renny Quow did not run in
the final. Let's look at Belgium.
Jonathan Borlee and his selection in
Ghent last month with a personal
best. Belgium are very experienced.
This is a quartet to look out -- to
look out for.
look out for. Krzewina ran well in
the individual 400 metres. The Czech
Republic, and then Trinidad and
Tobago. Jereem Richards comes in. A
bronze-medallist in London last
year. Deon Lendore is rested for
tonight. If Trinidad and Tobago are
near the potential, they will be
strong enough to go through. Two go
through automatically. Without
Ukraine going, it makes it a little
bit easier. We are keeping an eye
out for lane infringements. The
other athletes are waiting. Trinidad
and Tobago with Renny Quow, the
former Olympic and world final over
Renny Quow explodes out of the
blocks, as smaller figure than the
Czech Republic athlete outside them.
Also going strongly for
Also going strongly for Poland is
Karol Zalewski. Interesting to see
how Belgium will go with all that
experience. Dylan Borlee has done a
bit of racing so far this season.
Trinidad and Tobago are back in
fourth place at the moment.
has got it really hard, Zalewski.
They have not even put in one of
their better runners, Omelko, they
are saving him assuming they get
through. I think Patryk Adamczyk
would make way in the final if they
qualify. Jonathan Borlee has the
baton for Belgium. Trinidad have
some work to do to get back into
Richards for Trinidad and
Tobago now making a move. He is only
here to raise the relay. He eases
his way past the Belgium athlete.
Richards, can he hang on over the
last 200 metres? Years beginning to
fade. Borlee looking strong for
Belgium. Poland and a good position.
Richards tries to hang in. These
three beginning to separate
themselves but the Czech Republic
coming back. Poland bring a trained
in the lead with Trinidad and Tobago
needing to do some work.
A bit of a
gap appealing. You would think that
Trinidad would pull the spiked with
Cedenio at his best. There are just
hoping that on the second lap he can
close the gap. Cedenio is not really
doing anything. Knowledge and
Belgium are in the lead. -- Poland
and Belgium. Kevin Borlee will take
the bat in for Belgium. -- the baton
for Belgium. Poland are going to
hand over the Krzewina.
Belgium, side by side. Krzewina will
bring them home in a comfortable
position. It is two to go through.
See how far are clearly out of
garden. This much vaunted Trinidad
and Tobago Quartet are out of form
and out of favour. Gordon has a long
way to go. Can he bring them back
from the depths? Holland and Belgium
a long way clear. Trinidad in the
Czech are closing. All the work to
do for Gordon to get into the top
two qualifiers. Gordon is closing.
The track will run out. Krzewina is
strong in the closing stages. Kevin
Borlee brings Belgium home. Krzewina
gets the second automatic qualifying
place for Poland. So, Trinidad, the
world champions, do not go through
to the final of the World Indoors.
They are not in that sort of form.
Poland and Belgium bring us home.
Poland in second place, they will go
through to the final tomorrow.
Belgium in pretty good shape.
Trinidad and Tobago, I think they
will have known they were not in
that end of shape. Gordon, despite
his best efforts, could not get back
I do think Poland can get
stronger. I think Omelko will make
them 0.5 seconds quicker. When you
add up the four best times it does
not always give you the best team.
These two a well drilled. The
Borlees, they will not make any
changes in the final. They have put
out their number one team. Krzewina
was dangerous by the lead man might
get in front on the last leg. It
will be tough for the Great Britain
Quartet coming up next.
mentioning that the Czech Republic,
without Pavel Maslak, who was rested
for the final, they were not evil --
they were not even to feature in
that. Trinidad and Tobago waiting to
see with one more heat to come.
Poland and Belgium safely through.
This is a twice European, twice
world champion. His crown has
slipped slightly over the last few
years. He has been swallowed up by a
very strong world standard. That is
over 21 metres, though. He opened up
with 21.14 metres. The Germanys 27
years of age now. He had it all his
own way for a few years, but he is
in the chasing pack nowadays. 21.15,
in third place.
Back to the heptathlon. This man has
been the best of the vaulters in the
penultimate event. 5.40 metres. His
last try. He ran out of steam a
little bit, but the brilliant
demonstration. 5.30 metres clearance
at the previous night. He has given
himself a chance of a short head the
bronze medal. Really competent pole
vaulting from the Estonian. There is
no javelin today. It would be in the
decathlon, the javelin and the 1,500
metres. Indoor, it is the
heptathlon. Just the 1000 metres
left. Take a look at the numbers
across those names.
We just saw the Estonian athlete in
the fight for the bronze medal. Just
the 1000 metres remaining.
on the track, it is the second of
the 4 x 400 metres. It features
Great Britain. Not all those guys
are familiar to the athletics
watching public. They are not the
galleys we would've seen at the
It might be a
bit of an asked to qualify. They are
not familiar to me, honestly. It
could be tough. It should be easy
qualification for them. The United
States is in there. Of course, this
does not look like a very
experienced group. Experience counts
for a lot indoors. That will be
concerning. I am not sure how the
assembled a team who they are
planning to bring in in the finals.
It might be a little risky. We saw
Lee Thompson qualify yesterday for
the final of the 400 metres. We sign
last night at the hotel. I was
thinking, I wonder if he will be
part of that tomorrow. Obviously
not, maybe if they get to the final.
He obviously has the experience, he
has the experience on this very
track yesterday. That is a little
risky. Dominican Republic could be
topped. They have a tradition of 400
metres. The Santos brothers, one is
in the race tonight, probably
resting for the final. This could be
an interesting race.
It could be
tricky. It is important we give some
of youngsters the opportunity to
raise their game and step up and
work out what the global stage like.
It presents an opportunity for them.
The experience might not be there
but this is what the pathway is all
about, learning. Rodger is an
accomplished 400-metre hurdler. He
will have given the pep talk.
have seen lots of disqualifications
in the 400 metres. Let's hope this
is quite straight forward is for the
I think if the British
team are to qualify it will be a
case of some gadget will be a case
of the some of the parts being
greater than the hall. The Spanish
team are much quicker on paper. The
American team are quicker. We are
fortunate that Jamaica have not
decided to contest a team. The
Dominican Republic, Luguelin Santos,
he is not there, but the younger
brother, Juander Santos is there.
We're told that Lee Thompson is OK
but UK athletics wanted to arrest
him. He had two tough races
yesterday. I imagine he would come
in if they make the final. They're a
fastest loser spots if we are not in
top two. We can see Owen Smith
receiving the plaudits of the crowd.
We're looking at the time of
Trinidad and Tobago. 3.56, something
like that. This will be tough for
this young team. Sebastian Rodger is
experience, but we have Owen Smith.
Rodger will go in the second leg.
After that, Smith and Plenderleith.
I think the Spanish team will be a
danger. Lucas Bua made the
semifinal. You have Guijarro and
Samuel Garcia as well. They have
three men who have run under 47
seconds this year. None of our men
have. Just to give you an indication
of what is up again -- what is
against them. Maybe the crowd can
help and see they can raise their
Spain have Husillos running in the
final two so he is not in this team
either. They can get stronger. It is
the USA, with Fred Kerley, who made
a mess of the US trials for the
individual event. The USA are
leading through the stagger. Owen
Smith will try and slot in behind.
He is coached by a great runner in
the relays. Smith gave a little
elbow to Santos. We've seen lots of
disqualifications. You have to be
Sorry, the USA are leading.
Yes, company on my cable to look
around. Much more powerful athlete
those behind. Smith hands on.
those behind. Smith hands on. --,
yes, Norwood is able to look around.
It is a fierce battle developing.
But I'm Great Britain and Northern
Ireland, Sebastian Rodger is holding
often had. Washington keeps the USA
clear. The gap is closing.
news is that Lucas Bua of Spain had
a terrible first leg. They looked to
be out of it. Great Britain may be
able to cruise through. For some
reason the Dominican Republic
galleys treading water. Spain have
been let down by their most
experienced runner. He had a
shocker. He ran two rounds of the
400 metres. Maybe he was too tired.
Hopefully Rhoden-Stevens will bring
us home in seconds bait -- second
That was an extraordinary
first leg by Lucas Bua, not by the
rate -- not for the right reasons.
You can see the big gap back to the
Spanish athlete. It is Porras. He is
fading. Rhoden-Stevens is some way
clear of Spain.
Just straightforward business here,
just no mistakes. The same club as
Lee Thompson. No problem for him.
Plenderleith. Just needing to cruise
around. Spain will be thinking what
on earth went wrong on the first
leg. If you do not get into the race
in the first leg it is pretty much
gone up so the USA cruising here.
Norwood. Interesting to see what
kind of time we run compared to the
first heat. We will have Louis
Thompson you would imagine to bring
in for the final. Norwood just
cruising through. Great Britain are
going to be second. A bit of a
canter in the end. So pretty good,
solid performance from them.
Obviously they have others to bring
in by the final. Do not think
Belgium would get much better but
certainly Poland could.
Belgium, Poland and maybe Trinidad
and Tobago if they could find some
form, they will go through as one of
the fastest losers. But it will be
an outside chance for Great Britain
and Northern Ireland. But a good run
from this quartet. This
inexperienced quartet at this level
but they did a good job going
through to the final and lots of
things can happen so they do have a
Well they raised their game
in terms of what they do
individually this year. Owen Smith,
an excellent lead. Said Roger, we
know his capability in the relay.
This was Owen Smith, just use his
elbows against some tough. Dominican
Republic did not have enough
strength and depth anyway but it was
really Bua who just did not get
Keeping an eye on Bua here
and looking for any particular
incident but I think it is just
fatigue. Already after 200 metres
quite a long way back. Continue to
fade from there. His team perhaps
knew he was not going to be at his
best. But impossible from then on
for Spain. And the United States
taking a big lead which they never
relinquished. But sometimes it
happens in the relay. Individually
perhaps not at this level. Rogers
experience but collectively they
stepped up as a team and ran very
Owen Smith coming out
of the blocks, very good pace.
Rhoden-Stevens, 46.3. Excellent
stuff and we are through.
Wonderful performance, boys. Owen at
the breakdown you made sure you got
yourself into that in prime
Yes I tried to set the
boys up as best as possible. I did
not want to have to fight but to
have my own space. I think I set the
boys up well and they finished off
You started to get the
tussle against the Dominican. That
made a big difference to win that
I hope so, yes.
I hope so, yes. Oh and put
us in a great position and I just
had to do my job, very happy.
what does it mean knowing Britain
can perform at that level and how
much confidence does it give you?
Looking back in the 1990s we were
competitive in the four by four.
Remember Chris Akabusi and those
guys, so we always had that
tradition. But now the new people
are coming through, less familiar
faces but it does matter. We are
competitive in the world stage and
any team we can put up, we could do
Grant, you came in with a
pretty firm lead on the qualifying
position but anything can happen in
the relay and especially indoors.
The boys set it up well. The hard
work is always done in the first
three. Someone else was running by
me so I had to keep the momentum
going. I kept the pace slowing and
look forward to the finals tomorrow.
Well thank you very much for talking
to me and best of luck tomorrow.
I have to say hats off, guys. An
absolutely stunning performance from
four men who are not that well known
to most. That time is the fourth
fastest ever by a British quartet
indoors. There you go. That will
give them some confidence for the
final. And that is how they line up.
Poland I think have others to bring
in. Trinidad and Tobago made it
through. United States could even
strengthen as well so it is all to
Here is a man who produced an
absolute monster in the first round.
Set the record for the eighth
longest throw ever. Another big
effort and another huge distance.
Tom Walsh has come here and he means
He is happy with that.
Really get behind it. Really drives
it out. And that celebration.
stretch reflex, the rubber band, if
you like and then he can fire it out
with his arm. 22 .13, exactly the
same distance. Not a lot the rest of
the world can do about this. Romani
in the chasing pack, leaving it at
the moment. Currently in second
place, the Brazilian.
You see the
difference between them. Not as
smooth across the circle, not as
much speed as Walsh. That is the
difference, the amount of speed that
you can generate.
No improvement for
Well the studio getting over the
shock of Rhoden-Stevens going back
to the good old days of the 1990s,
when this lot were in their heyday!
He made it sound like
We need to have a word
I kind of like it. It puts
us in our place! That quartet though
should be very proud of themselves.
They were kind of untested in this
arena, most of them. But they did a
very good job.
They did. It will get
a bit tougher in the final but they
did a good job to get through to the
final. They should enjoy it. Just
enjoy it and have a good time with
it. That gives them the opportunity
for some young up-and-coming
athletes on the global stage to do
something and be competitive. So
Looking ahead to the
women, that is coming up in about 25
minutes. Great Britain have a few
more familiar names in their
quartet. But the American quartet
currently has Rogers in there, who
ran in the 800 metres less than an
And made the final. I will
be interested, when I saw her name I
thought I would be interested to see
if she shows up in the final of
that. They already put her in there,
they cannot change now. I'm not sure
about that. I would think that
probably is a typo order. I do not
think you could run that and be
ready for the final tomorrow.
before we look ahead to this lets go
back down memory lane. Not quite too
old athletics but 2012 in Istanbul.
Great Britain came out on top
against the USA.
Down the far side,
moving into second place. And
Britain handed over in the gold
medal position. What a performance
from the Olympic champion Christine
Ohuruogu. Hanging the final leg.
Ohuruogu. Hanging the final leg.
stunning run from Christine
Ohuruogu. She dug deep and found an
awful lot in the latter stages. Now
battling out in front. The reigning
world indoor champion from America
just biding her time.
strong in the lead. Improving her
advantage by two metres. Ukraine in
second place. Richards Ross in
second place. It is between Britain
and the USA. She looks up the
stream, punching for the line.
Holding on for Britain, it is gold
for Britain in the women's 4x400
Is this a quartet that could
challenge the USA?
Who can tell. The
thing is you need to be in the right
place at the right time and be able
to strike and get the bat on and
read the race. That quartet that we
relived so beautifully, took I think
the advantage of Richard Ross
running from the USA on the last
leg, of not being in the right place
at the right time and leaving
herself too much to do in the final
stages. So it is an experienced
team. Compared to the one we have
now but the US team tend to be
strong. They tend to be able to use
to deliver when it counts.
it will depend on who comes out
here. This team in the USA is very
strong. If they have Rogers on the
end as listed here she will be very
vulnerable. They should make it
through to the finals. But as we
saw, Richard Ross, that was the
Olympic champion on the anchor. And
if you make mistakes indoors it is
very costly. You nervous about this
US team? Not about getting through
to the final, no.
to the final, no.
Steve Backley, the
shot put please. We are in the
fourth round, and it is the big
German, Storl. 21.1 five. That is
better. Only the top four athletes
get to throw in the sixth round.
Traditional collide. Did well to
save that. Cannot encroach beyond
the board at the front of the
circle. He likes it. 21.15 his best
so far. What a time to produce his
season 's best.
Goes into second
place behind walls. Coming up
perceiving the women's semifinals of
the hurdles and the men's heats,
featuring Andy Pozzi, the European
indoor champion last year.
up with him earlier. Big news this
week is your co-captain position.
How does it feel? It is a great
honour especially because it was
selected by the other athletes. I'm
hugely honoured to do it. It seems
very fitting and great for me being
in Birmingham. I have raced at the
stadium for the past well over a
decade now. So nice to be returning
here. And it will be great but the
team feel I can offer something as
You are a local lad, you
grew up watching athletics in this
arena? Will it be a pleasure to come
back and live out a childhood dream?
I can think of anywhere I would
rather race than in Birmingham
indoors. I got into athletics I
think the first meeting I ever went
to go and watch was at this arena.
The trials for the 2002 world indoor
champions here. So strange that it
has come full circle and I am here
competing and hopefully pushing for
a medal. It means a lot more knowing
I have sat on the other side of the
fence here and watched as a
spectator. It kind of changed my
life in many ways. Leading me to the
path I'm on now to become an
It felt like last year was
the year Andy posse finally got
things together in terms of having a
good run competitions. He has been
troubled with injury the past
through the seasons. What you feel
he got out of the season as a whole?
The most important thing was to take
that European indoor title. He has
been favoured on numerous occasions
and has missed out. That filled him
with confidence. When he went on to
the circuit, people started to
recognise who he was and what his
name meant. He was a champion. It
gave him confidence. Outdoors, at
the back end of the race, he was
always challenged because I felt he
was excited that he was up with the
big guys. You need to have that
excitement, but also that sense of
control. Now he has registered in
his brain, I am one of the big
players, so I need to perform and
keep Cam all the way through the
race. That is most important. Today,
we will have to see how he goes in
the first round, but he has to
realise he is also one of the best
60-metre hurdler is in the world.
is fair to say he was disappointed
by his performance in the World
Championships. He did not
transferred those skills, that
speed, into the outdoor season. I
think he needs to up. Step He knows
that. He feels that pressure for
himself. Now he is injury free, he
has said he needs to utilise this
rich vein of form he is in.
to happen today.
He is a talent. He
is, and he is in an event that is
pretty open at this point, even
outdoors, no one is dominating that
event. Aries Merritt, all over the
years, with health issues, he has
been in and out, and he is always a
force, Omar McLeod as well, he came
on last year, but there is no one
who is really dominating that event.
It is always open and he has the
ability to be an outdoor World
Championships -- he has the ability
at an outdoor World Championships
and Olympic Games to get into the
final. He has an opportunity to get
on the podium, here, and give
himself more confidence.
in the final, anything can happen.
It is so unpredictable. I always say
that. The jeopardy is the barriers.
Even if you are the best in the
world, you can make fractional
mistakes which can cost you. It is
such Genevan field, both in the
women's and men's hurdles. You need
to be an song every single times.
Lots of Herdling coming up in the
evening session. We are starting at
half past five on BBC Two. We will
have a new world champion in the
Johnson-Thompson, joining as for the
first half hour of that before her
medal ceremony. Let's see the shot
put competition. It is reaching the
Thank you. It is a Brazilian,
before the final cut off. He is in
fourth place. He is guaranteed
before the final cut off. He is in
fourth place. He is guaranteed on
war effort. Only the top four get
that. His best so far, 21.23 metres.
What is that? Ban on the 21-metre
line, so it looks like there is no
improvement for him. He dropped his
right foot, rotates well, strikes
hard. It is pretty solid. He does
not have the same floor as Tom
Walsh, the event leader. 21.37
metres. It did not look like that. I
knew continental record. So, the
final round. Four athletes. The
fifth round. There is one more
athlete to conclude that. Tom Walsh.
That was to conclude the fifth
round, my apologies. Then he is out
in front. He is the leader, he could
not save that. He did not need to.
Two throws on 22.13 metres. Then
lots of fouls. It has been unwell
since we have had an athlete over 22
metres in the world, but this year,
are three. Two of them are in the
top four. Tom Walsh of New Zealand
is one of them. The athlete from the
Czech Republic is the other. Tom
Walsh, bumping chests. I think that
was accidental. After five rounds,
one put remaining. Only the top four
get to go in the next round. A
massive continental record, the
eighth best ever. Identical
distances for silver and the bronze
medal. With one put remaining, Stan
Eck will go first. -- Stanek. The
athlete from the Czech Republic.
drops shy of 21 metres. Not enough.
He remains in the bronze medal
position. 21.44 metres being his
best though. His back-up throw of
21.12 metres puts him in third.
David Storl has a better second
throw and that is why he gets the
silver medal. You can see the shot
spinning. There is an athlete of the
future. What do you reckon?
I can see that. David
Storl, in silver.
Storl, in silver. Can he overhaul
the leader? It is long, but not long
enough. It is a good effort. Do you
know what, Tom Walsh, the event
leader, has thrown so far. 22.13
metres. You would be optimistic of
attacking that kind of distance. It
is an enormous effort. David Storl
having to settle for silver. Only
one man stands between Tom Walsh
defending his World Indoor title.
Did we see a 21.37
metres from Hamer in the previous
rounds that has now been corrected
to a shorter distance. Maybe that
was not measured properly and it has
Can he produce in
the final round? It is possibly his
best. His best is 21.23 metres. He
is in fourth place. This has to go
beyond 21.44 metres to get in the
medals. It is not, it is a
continental record, seven
centimetres short of the medal.
did not throw 21.37 metres in the
fifth round, but he definitely did
in the sixth round.
American record for him. That means
it is the gold medal for Tom Walsh.
He gets to have one last try to see
if he can extend this continental
record. This event is stronger than
it has ever been, and no Americans
to speak of either, after years of
dominance. Tom Walsh, in the sixth
round, 22.13 metres is best so far.
That is enormous. Off he goes to do
a lap of honour.
How far is this?
That is brilliant. He wants to see
the distance. He knows that is big.
It shows how agile and quick years.
A championship record. 22.31 metres.
That is the fourth longest of all
time. Adam Neilson, the world
outdoor champion, the gold medal for
New Zealand, he has done it in
style. What a wonderful
demonstration of the event. Three
throws over 22 metres and a new
absolutely phenomenal. A superb
display of rotational short potting.
A glide shot put. What a fantastic
competition. This, like the triple
jump, took a while to get going.
Really exciting in the last few
rounds. There is the bronze medal
winner. He came into the competition
as the world leader. He lost that
and had to settle for a minor medal.
He knows he was in the company of
greatness today. Tom Walsh becoming
a real champion of this event.
Popular on the circuit.
nice guy. He used to be a builder.
He puts his strength gains down to
doing 30 hours a week on the
building site. Mark Butler, her
statistician, tells me that breaks
the longest stadium championship
record, 1987, 22.24 metres. There is
the confirmation. Tom Walsh
dominated from the start. He's saved
his best till last. The gold medal
for Tom Walsh and New Zealand.
for Tom Walsh and New Zealand. A big
field of 16. A straight final. It
took a while to sort out. It seemed
to accelerate halfway through, after
the cut, the athlete seem to wake
up. It is an event that is massively
strong at the moment. 22 throwers
over 22 metres last year. That is a
record. It is normally between ten
and 20. The New Zealand team in the
event are going from strength to
strength, will Adams dominating on
the women's side.
We were told the
of these championships that there
was a sell-out on the Saturday. I
think there is but there are few
people who have decided to mark the
occasion with some interesting fancy
dress. I am not sure of the theme.
Can you guess?
Not at all. I am
struggling. It is Saturday and the
kids are out enjoying this. Great to
see so many people have made it
through the snow to these
championships because they are
seeing some high-class performances.
Tom Walsh demonstrating that New
Zealander are doing well in the shot
It is alive and kicking.
Zealander are doing well in the shot
It is alive and kicking. The
new world order. The Americans out
of form these days. I am not sure
why. They are of excellent coaching
and they understand the event. Great
for New Zealand and it bodes well as
we look forward to the Commonwealth
Before we head out to the
Before we head out to the
triple jump gold medal ceremony, any
There is depth there as
well. I think it is a matter of the
consistency. Also, the top athletes
have not shown up. They always show
up outdoors. I am not sure why they
are not here. It was a season's
best, for two athletes, so they rose
to the occasion. I guess the
standard rose above them.
deserve favourite cardio celebration
triple jumper. We enjoyed that
competition today, it really came to
life in the end.
It came to life in
the closing stages. It was a really
solid performance by the Spanish
triple jumper. Kimberly Williams,
who led her lots of the competition,
had to settle for the silver medal
in the end. It was a really good
performance from the 29-year-old. A
silver medal on the global stage.
Six and seven Zat two Olympic Games.
The visual gold-medallist.
The visual gold-medallist. You just
somehow knew that she was going to
come good. Tired legs, maybe. No,
they are not. She's kidding. She
brings a certain panache, style and
confidence to the event. She will be
tough to beat as she goes from
strength to strength. Another global
title. Two years ago, the gold medal
last summer, and once again, she is
champion of the world. The anthem of
MUSIC: NATIONAL ANTHEM OF VENEZUELA.
APPLAUSE. She enjoyed her moment in
the spotlight and so she should,
well deserved. It took until the
fifth round for her to come to life.
She was yawning during the warm up.
A world lead and gold medal for
The medals designed by a local art
student and they contain images of
the bullring and and other iconic
buildings of Birmingham. Triple
jumpers just walking behind. And
really enjoying that anthem, Rojas.
Almost as much as Daley Thompson!
Let's take a look ahead to tonight
and the 60 metres semifinals. We
know the main draw now, a bit more
spread out than the women yesterday.
The Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian.
The Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian. CJ
is in a good heat, soothing Jan will
get out there quickly so he will get
a taste of what it is like to be in
that kind of final. But I do not
think he will have too much trouble
with any of the other athletes but
he needs to put together a good
race. Christian Coleman should have
no trouble at all but he will be
focused, he has the ability and he
can look forward to the future, to
the next round, to the final. And
just work on things and make sure he
overcomes things like that stumble
he had in the first round. Ronnie
Baker, the third heat, he looked
pretty good and his preliminary
round, the other American. Should
not have any problems and then
Andrew Robertson. Into the
semifinal. He said he wanted to be
in the final and he has a chance
because everyone else in that heat
really right close to where he is.
He needs to produce that 6.5 that he
produced earlier in the season.
You talked about having to step up
foot speed through the rounds. But
Christian Coleman without having
anyone in his semi to really
challenge as opposed to CJ who needs
to put himself against, will that
make a difference?
I do not think it
matters for Christian Coleman
because for the first five metres or
so the competitors do not really
matter for him.
He will be out there
already. Time for the women's 4x400
metres. Steve Cram is taking this
relay for us. It looks like Rogers
is going to be on that anchor leg
from the United States.
She has had
a work-out today. It is strange. But
once you have declared there is no
option, you cannot change it. So
once you're on the list of declared
athletes you cannot change it. She
made it through in the 800 metres
albeit as fastest loser, they must
think that she can perform. She's
certainly performed well year. We
will see how she goes but she is
bound to be very tired. I am hoping
this will be a good, straightforward
qualifications for Great Britain.
Definitely the easier of the two
races without the Nigerian team. And
we do not have Zoey Clark but it
will not matter, a good strong team
with a blend of experience and youth
in there. Amy Allcock leading us
off. Kazakhstan the only other team
in this. Young Hannah Williams,
going on the third leg. Great
experience for her. And Meghan
Beesley getting back to her best
going on the final leg. So good
experience in this British quartet.
Young Hannah Williams looking a bit
nervous as she is bound to be. She
is on the third leg.
United States, Hayes leading. Just
watch those lines.
watch those lines. Hayes, just as I
said that, what on earth is she
doing. We will need to take another
look at that.
look at that. Hayes had a look above
the screen. Kazakhstan out in the
lead. Any Allcock just moving into
nice second place.
nice second place.
Hayes now in the
lead. The United States running
under a bit of a cloud. We will take
a look at that, the judges will have
had a look. Hayes out in front of
the moment. A pretty strong quartet
as well. United States taking over
as the Italians are chasing down.
Kazakhstan just making a move now.
This might be subject to a bit of
-- inspection. Just
getting up in a bit of a tangle with
Kazakhstan. The Italians running
well. Italy pulling away. Great
Britain all of the sudden young
Hannah Williams has got a real task
on your hands.
And there is Hannah
Williams. The much younger sister of
Jodie Williams but have a huge
amount of work to do. The gap
narrowing a bit with Italy. Again a
close inspection of the first leg.
Perhaps Hayes stepping on the line
as well. The gap narrowing between
Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
Williams chasing down Italy at the
moment. Hannah Williams has been
patient. She just needs to try to
finish this off and make sure Meghan
Beesley is in contact with Italy.
You do not want to give her too much
to do. Hannah Williams has done so
well. Meghan Beesley will have a
struggle for second place but
certainly capable of bringing the
phone for Great Britain. Meghan
Beesley has been running pretty well
indoors. She takes second place at
the moment. The United States still
a long way clear.
Meghan Beesley ran
a personal best indoors and that has
put in good stead but she has not
broken the Italian. Controlling from
the front but the Italian very
experienced in spite of that heavy
strapping. Right on the tail of
Meghan Beesley. The two of them
running down the USA. Rogers is
fired but they will not catch her.
Meghan Beesley coming under some
stress in the home straight. Having
to fight hard, it is going to be
right to the line, and she gets it.
Rogers did well for the USA and
Meghan Beesley getting in front on
the first lap, then she had to dig
really deep. And good 4x400 metre
running. The Italians really raise
their game. A bit of a mess earlier
on. The first couple of legs, I will
be interested to see again.
be interested to see again. They got
through but a little bit closer than
they would have liked.
they would have liked.
leading, Williams and then Meghan
Beesley. And as we said having a
look at that first leg with Hayes.
Take a look at this again. We've
seen so much of this in these
I spoke to Meghan
Beesley this morning and she said
they have that drilled into them.
She is on the line, that previous
Ford. And again and not the best
angle to look at it but it was
before that. She was so close. And
Leah Sprenger literally was on the
line by a few millimetres. And she
was disqualified. I do not know.
That was very close indeed.
would think she would be unlikely to
be disqualified but you just need a
fraction of the foot on the line to
be disqualified. Others have been
disqualified for that. It would be a
shame. We've seen so many great
athletes missing from finals. United
States deserved to be in there
because they are far and away the
strongest quartet so that would be
Well the USA are OK, that is
now official. They obviously have
taken a look and decided it was all
right. A great scrap, Meghan Beesley
hanging on. A much stronger second
heat. A best for Great Britain.
United States qualify easily. Let's
speak to the four of them.
you started things off and had to
run in your lane. There have been
disqualifications this week, did
that play on your mind?
It was not
that bad Premy, to be honest. I've
run already on the track three times
so I was pretty sure I would not run
out of my name. Obviously there's
the awareness that they have been
disqualifications but for me I was
not so worried.
And you had a battle
at some point trying to assert
I really was, my intention
was to knock the girls out. We just
wanted to come here and get the
first qualification out of the way
and now it is job done and we look
forward to the final tomorrow.
Hannah, quite composed leg from you.
It was all right, I tried to
capture. But happy with my leg.
you should be but Meghan Beesley,
you had a real battle to the line.
just thought we came here to get top
two and I just thought that is what
we are getting. She was quite close
on the back straight and I just
thought keep pushing.
Well held off
and congratulations. We will see you
Job well done and a sigh of relief
for the USA.
Yes, Hayes knew she was
close to the line and did some
acrobatics to get off it and keep
yourself in good shape. Still
surprised at that line, running in
the 800 metres. But you cannot
change. And she's in the final. I
wonder if they thought she was not
going to make the final which would
be strange because she is very good
and should be in the final. So very
odd but the US looked good and Great
Britain looked fantastic just in
terms of being competitive.
you so much for your company. Just
to say the second of those heats for
the relays of the four by fours will
be on the BBC website and BBC app
for you right now. We're just about
to go off air but that is on 5:30pm
on BBC Two tonight, a whole lot of
finals. The 60 metres hurdles for
the women, 1500 metres for the women
and we finish with the fastest men
in the world, all here tonight in
Birmingham. See you at 5:30pm.
Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of the World Championships at Birmingham Arena. Saturday morning's session includes the heats of the men's 60m and 1500m, and the final of the women's triple jump and men's shot put. Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis, Paula Radcliffe and Colin Jackson provide expert analysis, with commentary by Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter and Steve Backley.