Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Curse of the cover' strikes again as Jeter bid falls short

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DAEGU'S 'curse of the cover' struck again yesterday when Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown exacted revenge on Carmelita Jeter to win 200m gold.

The veteran two-time Olympic champion and 100m silver medallist set a season's best of 22.22 to stop Jeter (22.37) from doing a sprint double.

And USA's defending champion Allyson Felix -- who, like Jeter, had also featured on the cover of yesterday's daily programme -- had to settle for bronze in 22.42.

South Africa's 'Bladerunner' Oscar Pistorius was dropped from the first-choice four but had the consolation of winning a silver medal when the Springboks finished second to America in the 4x400m final. Jamaica had to settle for bronze.

controversy

The decision to drop Pistorius in favour of 400m hurdles bronze medallist LJ van Zyl caused some controversy, with Pistorius tweeting that he was "gutted". However, he was still entitled to a medal as part of their team.

Elsewhere, Usain Bolt had no problems with his starts when cruising through his heat (20.30) and semi-final (20.31) to reach today's 200m final (1.20 Irish time).

France's Christophe Lemaitre was the fastest qualifier, taking the first semi in 20.17. America's Olympic bronze medallist Walter Dix won the third semi in 20.37.

Vivian Cheruiyot completed a 5,000m/10,000m double, kicking clear of Meseret Defar to retain her 5,000m title in 14:55.36.

America's Dwight Phillips won a fourth long-jump title with a second-round 8.45m, but there were some surprises elsewhere in the field events. Russia's Mariya Abaumova shocked defending champion Barbora Spotokova in the javelin, pipping her to win in a championship record of 71.99m.

Germany's David Storl, with 21.78m, beat Canada's fancied Dylan Armstrong (21.64m) for gold in the final round of the men's shot.

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