Today could provide one of the craziest finals of the world championships and it’s already been wild with Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie winning gold in the 100 meters.
Monday’s big final is the women’s 1,500 meters, which includes the world record holder, two Olympic champions, home crowd favorite Laura Muir, the decorated Jenny Simpson and the ever-controversial Caster Semenya. The 1,500m final is expected to be contested at about 4:50 p.m. ET.
The meet will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network and can be streamed online using the $69 NBC Sports Gold package.
Here are some key links that can help:
Our full Day 4 preview from Jesse Squire
Schedule and results can be found here.
The IAAF will also offer a live stream via YouTube and Facebook which will be available in a large number of nations (which includes Canada but not the USA).
Let’s get rolling!
Women’s 1500m Final
Muir and Simpson to the front. They’re going out quick as the field has already somewhat strung out. Weightmen back there in 4th and the rest of the characters that matter are in the middle of the back. First three hundred in about 48 seconds.
Muir on the rail in the lead going through 400m in 1:05.35. Kipyegon moves up on her shoulder after this first lap. Hassan in dead last, but that’s only about 5 meters back from the leader. Semenya on the outside. They’re bunching up now.
It’s a jog-a-thon right now. They go through 800m in 2:17.13. That was a 72 second lap. Kipyegon with half a step on Muir and Hassan makes the first move! Simpson goes with her as does Kipyegon. She gives Jenny a push in the back! Four women are going. Muir makes a hard move on the outside, she’s in great position, Simpson is not. She is boxed in on the rail with Hassan and Kipyegon out front. They’re opening up the race now! And the bronze fight might be between Muir and Simpson But Muir is going for the leaders! Did she go too soon!
100m to go and Kipygon is pulling away! She’s going to take it as Muir fades!. Semenya and Simpson closing hard! Simpson sneaks up on the inside of Hassan! and gets the silver! Semenya outdips Muir for the bronze! What a race! What a ballsy move by Muir, you have to respect what she did. Simpson, the great tactician ran a fantastic race to get the silver!
And, um, oddly enough the world record holder Genzebe Dibaba got dead last.
Jenny Simpson vs Genzebe Dibaba vs Faith Kipyegon vs Laura Muir vs Caster Semenya vs Sifan Hassan
That’s pretty nuts. We all expect this to be pretty fast, right?
TIME FOR THE MAIN EVENT
Men’s 110m Final
It was a clean race all around, and the Olympic Champion becomes the World Champion. Omar McLeod does it in 13.04. He’s clearly very happy, shrieking like a thrower and running around the track. The dabber, Shebenkov, gets a silver medal. Which, I guess congrats, but also please don’t dab again.
Aries Merritt had a good start, but let the field run away from him after the 5th hurdle. It’s hard to tell at the finish, but he may have just been outleaned by Baji the Hungarian.
Baji of Hungary took the bronze medal. He already has a Hungarian flag draped over him. Call those Hungarians what you want, but EFFICIENT should be at the top of your superlative list.
They’re currently introducing the men’s 110m final athletes in the WWE Style we’ve grown accustomed to during the final. It’s a truly tacky attempt to make it cooler, instead of letting making it to a championship final speak for itself. I may be being too cynical, but one of the athletes, I think Orlando Ortega of Spain, got up there and dabbed when they said his name. For the love of god, don’t do that. You’re ruining it for the rest of us.
Correction, the offender was Shebenkov:
Women’s 400m semi-final
Here’s you final:
Phyllis Francis is your American in this heat. And she runs away with it in 50.37. She lead it essentially wire to wire. 2nd place was Mupopo of Zambia. Looks like Hayes is going to miss the final, so we will only see 2/3 of the Americans there.
Allyson Felix in this heat. Since Merritt didn’t make it out of his opening heat, I’m not confident in our 400m vets. Let’s see how she does.
Just kidding, holy cow does Felix look good. She made up the stagger after about 120 meters, and came around the final turn in first place. BUT WAIT! Felix is fading, but holds onto 2nd place. Naser of Bahrain runs 50.08 to win the heat, with Felix very close behind. Looks like Felix just kind of shut it down over the last 50 after coming clean off that turn.
Naser looks to have run a national record. Which is a big deal. Hopefully she comes home to a ticker tape parade.
There are two women to watch in this heat: Miller-Uibo, the Olympic Champion, and Quenara Hayes, the US Champ and world no.2. These are two of the fastest women this year. Let’s see if any of them try to do anything dumb.
Miller-Uibo is out very quickly. They come around the turn and she is two or three strides ahead of the nearest competition. McPherson of Jamaica upsets Hayes at the line to snag the auto spot. The 2nd fastest woman in the world this year will have to wait and see if she makes it to the final based on time, while Miller-Uibo can rest easy knowing she’s through automatically. McPherson really stole that one from Hayes.
A nice little quip from the British announcers, “not sure what Hayes was doing back there.”
Men’s 400m Hurdles Semi-final
Here’s your final:
Samba of Qatar and Copello of Turkey and Futch of the US are the top three. Futch, the US Champ, doesn’t look to have run fast enough to make it through on time, so he’ll miss the final. Teles of Brasil ate pavement over the fourth hurdle and is still on the ground. We’re hoping he’s okay.
A fairly even race with three men down the home stretch vying for two spots. A Frenchman, Hahn, hit a hurdle with two left and it was a race between the Jamaican, Hyde, and the American TJ Holmes. On the inside Hussein sneaked up to steal the 2nd auto-qualifying spot from the Jamaican. It’s significantly slower than the other heats, so we will see if anyone makes it out of this one on time.
If you’re following along, you may have seen that I thought the upcoming race was actually the 400m semi-final. I’m an idiot and should have known better. That’s tomorrow. I’ll save my kind words about LaShawn Merritt for then.
Kerron Clement is in this first heat. The Rio gold medalist is number one in the world right now. This should be fast, mostly because only two spots are guaranteed for the final.
The Norwegian man is out like an absolute bullet train. Clement has some work to do if he wants to make it, because he is in 4th place coming around the bend. He closes very hard over the last 100m, and makes up what may have been about 10 meters to win the heat. Is that the smartest way to run the semi-final? Probably not, but he did what he had to to make it to the final.
Women’s 400m Hurdles Rounds
Sprunger of Switzerland will take the final heat of the women’s 400 hurdles. She’s a former heptathlete, so I imagine she has a high pain tolerance. The hurdles are nothing to her.
We will see her and the rest of the semi-final qualifiers on Wednesday.
Kori Carter, the world no.3 is in this heat. There’s nobody else in here whose season best is within even three seconds of her. It should be fairly easy.
And as expected, Korie Carter takes this one with relative ease, running 55.00.
Shamier Little is in this heat. She’s having a great 2017, and she’s also wearing what look like Army issued glasses in this race. She got a great start, but Tracey the Jamaican overtakes her around the final curve and finishes in 54.92 for the win.
Little banged the second to last hurdle and faded to 3rd. She is still safe, despite having run 56.80 for 3rd place. She got lucky. She also hit that hurdle with such force that the crew is swapping it out because she cracked the dang thing right down the middle.
Sidenote: The women’s hammer throw is going on now as well. I know nothing abut the hammer throw other than it produces some very top notch screams. Something that the announcers are commenting on quite a bit. For example, “she definitely wins the medal for best scream, doesn’t she?” THOSE CHEEKY BRITS.
Hejnova of the Czech Republic runs an easy opening round, and takes the W. She’s the defending world champion, and won a bronze medal here in 2012.
Cassandra Tate, the American, was just behind her, so she’ll be through as well.
11: 35 a.m.
All business for Olympic 400 meter hurdle champion Dalilah Muhammad as she wins the first section of the hurdles in 54.59. This is an event in which the United States could sweep all three medals.
Men’s 200m rounds
Olympic bronze medalist Warren Weir, who won bronze on this track in 2012, is out in the first round of the men’s 200. That’s sad. But here’s a happy note…
Take a look at these track friends:
Isaac Makwala, who may challenge Van Niekerk in the 400 meters, did not start the 200.
Don’t worry, things are about to heat up, as this 7-round men’s 200m charade will soon be over.
I think Clarence Munyai of South Africa, he’s a young man, is your favorite from this heat. But then the Brit, Mitchell-Blake, who has a sub-20 PR, is also a favorite. Let’s dig in:
Much to the crowds delight, Mitchell-Blake runs 20.09 to take the heat. Munyai (as predicted) makes it through, and then Aaron Brown of Canada (!) makes it through as well. They all seem to be happy they made it through. A few high fives and plenty of smiles. There’s nothing better than track friends.
Simbine of South Africa may be the world number five this year over 200m, but he’s in heat number 6 today.
Isaiah Young takes the heat in 20.19 over Simbine. And we have a Greek man, Tsakonas, gets 3rd. That means that all three Americans are through to Wednesday’s semi-final.
The man to watch in this 5th heat goes by the name of Isaac Makwala. You may remember him from yesterday’s 400m semi-final. Like Van Niekerk, Makwala of Botswana is also going for that 200/400m double. He’s run 43.84 and 19.77 this year. Just a blink of an eye behind Van Niekerk. I’d say we’re in for a good battle in tomorrow’s 400m final, and Wednesday’s 200m final.
Welp. The joke is on me because they just announced Isaac Makwala has withdrawn. It’s a shame.
Siame of Zambia just ran a National Record in 20.29, and won the heat. Gotta love it. Otherwise an uneventful heat.
Another heat. It’s heat 4. We have Adam Gimili, the big French boy Chrisophe Lemaitre, and Ameer Webb, among a bunch of other probably fast people.
And would you know it? A heavily tattooed man from Turkey, Guliyev, runs 20.16 to win the heat. Ameer Webb was second, running an even and controlled race. Lemaitre had to work for his ticket a bit, overtaking an Ivory Coast sprinter in the final stages of the race to nab the 3rd spot. Has the Frenchman gone under 20-seconds? Please tweet me the answer to that question.
Hello! On accidnet I’ve missed the first two heats of the opening rounds of the 200m. But I chose a good spot to pick up on because we have Sir Wayde Van Niekerk in this heat. He’s going for the 200/400 double. The other name I recognize here is Jan Volko, the newly minted 100m Slovakian record holder.
We’re going to take the first three and the next two fastest to the semi-final on Wednesday.
Van Niekerk and the Brit, Talbot, cross the finish line abreast. Wayde gave the Brit a look with about ten meters to go, akin to the look that Bolt gave De Grasse last year in Rio. Again, I’ll point out the hilarious trend of people with a low likelihood of medaling trying to get their jollies by beating the favorite in an opening round. Whatever does it for you, I suppose.
The third auto-qualifier is our new favorite Slovakian sprinter, Jan Volko. His miracle tour continues. See you in the semis, Jan!