Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Guliyev denies Van Niekerk to win historic 200m gold for Turkey

Guliyev denies Van Niekerk to win historic 200m gold for Turkey

Ramil Guliyev from Turkey has caused a boilover by winning the men's 200m at the world athletics championships in London, denying South African superstar Wayde van Niekerk a golden double.

In a photo finish for second, 400m victor Van Niekerk held off Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago by one thousandth of a second to grab silver.

Trinidad and Tobago's Jereem Richards claimed bronze and Briton Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake came home in fourth.

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.

Triple jump great Christian Taylor added another medal to his haul with a third world title, after a ding-dong battle with USA teammate Will Claye.

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.

He booked his spot in the semis after a solo time trial in cold and wet conditions on Wednesday and then finished second in his semi, earning him crowd- favourite status for the final.

"This is not a shock but this does not feel real. This title means a lot", said the 2007 world youth runner-up.

"I work just as hard as every other competitor".

"I will leave the championships with my heart broken".

"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".

Taylor was not in the world record breaking form he had promised in the build-up to the event but did enough to top the podium in the triple jump.

Claye, 26, had changed lead with Taylor in the first three rounds in the final but the Rio and London Olympic runner-up had to settle for the silver in 17.63.

That was the way it stayed as neither managed to better their third-round efforts, with the bronze medal going to veteran Portuguese Nelson Evora.

Carter sprung a surprise to secure the women's 400m hurdles crown as she held off the fading challenge of Olympic champion and team-mate Dalilah Muhammad and crossed the line in 53.07.

"Coming away with two medals - both a good color, gold and silver".

Carter ran 53.07 seconds from the outside lane to claim a surprise win ahead of Muhammad, who won gold in the Rio Olympics a year ago.

"To put it together is such a blessing".

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