Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Turkey's Guliyev stuns field to win 200 meters

Turkey's Guliyev stuns field to win 200 meters

He told BBC Sport: "The 400m was the one I put all my money on; the 200m I do sometimes for speed only".

There were a few boos from the packed-out London Stadium crowd as Guliyev streaked through the line ahead of Van Niekerk, thousands immediately upping and leaving rather than savouring the winning moment which ruined the South African's bid to match Michael Johnson, the USA track legend who won the double at the 1995 Gothenburg worlds and went on to repeat the feat a year later in the Atlanta Olympics.

Taylor's triumph may not have surprised the bookmakers and he still has Briton Jonathan Edwards' world record to beat despite all those titles. The South African took silver by 0.001 seconds.

"I will leave the championships with my heart broken". "I know I'm better than I ran today and hopefully I can show it in the final".

The 200m had been overshadowed by the story of Botswana's Isaac Makwala, who was stopped by organisers from running in the 200m heats and the 400m final after he came down with a stomach virus.

So when the field assembled on the start line there was no doubt who the 60,000 fans in the stand were supporting, it was the man in lane six.

In the final, Makwala brought the crowd to its feet as he led marginally going into the finishing straight.

"I've had one of the craziest championship journeys ever", said Makwala. I don't think I will ever face this again.

"I have believed for the whole year that I could do it. The lactic came. The 4x400m is next".

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The second semi was won by Trinidad and Tobago's Jereem Richards in 20.14sec ahead of Japan's Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, with Yohan Blake missing the cut, meaning there will be no Jamaican to carry on Usain Bolt's form, having won the last four world gold medals in the event.

The spike in performance of the Turkish sprinter has certainly raised eyebrows given his country has a poor history in regards to doping in recent years.

The 25-year-old was beaten by Turkey's Ramil Guliyev at the London Stadium on Thursday. "This is not a shock", he said.

"I definitely deserve way more respect from my competitors. I've got time to recover now and give it my all in the final".

"I was competing against some of the best athletes in the world, so it didn't bother me that the attention was on them", he said.

"Maybe at the next competition everyone will look at me instead".

Van Niekerk, who broke down in tears during a post-race interview with the BBC, was unhappy with Makwala but insisted it did not upset his preparations.

"It was really a massive rollercoaster for me, this competition", he said.

Muhammad had to settle for the silver medal in 53.50 as her wait for a World Championships gold medal continues. I think it's great for my career and another moment to be grateful for.

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