Tuesday 23 May 2017

Athletics: Montsho scoops 400m title

NOT CONTENT with dominating long-distance, the Africans appear to be moving in on the sprints.

Amantle Montsho won a dramatic 400m final, and a first track title for Botswana, to end Allyson Felix's dream of completing the 200/400m double in South Korea.

America's three-time 200m champion found herself in the unusual position of chasing, and Montsho held on to win by just three hundredths of a second, taking gold in a national record of 49.56 to Felix's lifetime best of 49.59, with Russia's Anastasiya Kapachinskiya third in 50.24.

America did take gold in the women's 100m, where Carmelita Jeter, twice a bronze medallist, finally got her title, winning in 10.90.

Jamaican Veronica Campbell Brown took silver (10.97) and Trinidad's Kelly Ann Baptiste bronze.

There was no fairytale ending for 'Bladerunner' Oscar Pistorius who, having qualified for the 400m semi-finals, found the pace a bit too hot. The double amputee finished last in his semi-final in 46.19.

America's LaShawn Merritt, the defending 400m champion who is back from a ban for what he said was a male-enhancement product, was fastest in the semis (44.76).

Jamaica's Jermaine Gonzales (44.99) and Grenada's Kirani James also looked impressive and both of Belgium's Borlee twins also made today's 400m final (1.45pm).

In the men's pole-vault, pre-championship favourite Renaud Laveillenie of France could only clear 5.85m and took bronze.

It came down to a showdown between Poland's European U-23 champion Pawel Wojciechowski and Cuba's Lazaro Borges, who both set national records of 5.90m but the Pole won gold on countback.

Kiwi Valerie Adams won her third shot title with a lifetime best and championship record of 21.24m, with Belarussia's Nadzeya Ostapchuk taking silver with 20.05m ahead of America's Jillian Camarena Williams (20.02m)

In the men's hammer, Japan's 2004 Olympic champion Koji Murofushi threw 81.24m, 6cm ahead of Hungary's Krisztian Pars (81.18m).

Irish fans have plenty of reason to get up early tomorrow as Berlin silver medallist Olive Loughnane will be medal chasing in the 20km walk (1.0am Irish time -- Live on Channel 4).

Irish Independent

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