World Athletics Championship 2017: Day One

Athletics

ByTheMinAthlete

Ooh, good news for Sarah McDonald! She takes the last qualifying berth with a PB! That's all three Brits through to the semi finals. Fastest qualifying time remains Genzebe Dibaba with a 4:02.67. McDonald with a 4:05.48 to claim the final SF place.

Long jump qualifying going on at the moment, reigning world champion Greg Rutherford absent through injury this week. Reigning olympic champion Jeff Henderson having a bit of a mare at the moment, short of the automatic qualifying time on the first jump and has just fouled his second.

Right then, time for the 100m first rounds. Bolt not running under the 6th and final heat. Top 3 from each race go through to the SFs, 6 fastest loser spots. This season's fastest runner Christian Coleman goes in lane nine for the first heat. 9.85 the SB time. For comparison both Bolt and Gatlin's SB is 9.95

Easy win for Coleman, 10.01 but clearly eased off over the last 15 metres. Jak Ali Harvey (TUR) and Cejhae Green (ANT) take 2nd and 3rd. Fastest loser spot stands at 10.24, dead heat between Emmanuel Matadi and Ramon Gittens.

Over at the long jump the Americans aren't having a great time of it. Henderson needs to pull out a final jump, and world indoor champion Dendy has just crashed out, failing to make the qualifying length on his final jump.

Right, second 100m heat. Yohan Blake heading up this one in lane 9. Terrible start from Blake but he'll go through in third. 18 year old Japanese talent Abdul Hakim Sani Brown takes first by a good margin. Chinese runner Zhenye Xie might actually have been edged out in 2nd by Blake but we wait for confirmation.

Yup, Sani Brown first with a new PB of 10.05, Blake gets second, Xie third, both with a 10.13.

Over in the long jump Jeff Henderson is on his final jump. Needs this to qualify. He's miles behind the backboard, it's 7.84m and the olympic champion is OUT. Absolute horror show from the American, Greg Rutherford looking nonplussed in the commentary box.

Back on track, and we've got some British interest in the 3rd 100m heat. Reece Prescod in lane one. He's wearing a sleeve on his left arm but not his right, which is weird. It does the job though! Prescod through in third with a PB of 10.03! Julian Forte the first runner to go sub 10 seconds tonight, he wins with a 9.99. Ben Youssef Meite of the Ivory Coast in second.

Holly Bradshaw just comfortably cleared her first qualifying jump, gets a big roar of approval from the crowd. Another roar as the next British sprinter is introduced - CJ Ujah stands in lane 2 for heat 4.