World Athletics Championship 2017

Athletics

ByTheMinAthlete

Evening folks! @hannakin__ here with live coverage from day 5 of the 2017 World Athletics Championships. 5 gold medals to be won tonight so plenty of action coming your way.

Emperor Slowking

I'm in the stadium!

Hannah (@hannakin__)

Wow! Have a great evening!

Here are the times to know this evening: 19:30 - Women's 200m heats ft. Dina Asher-Smith in heat #5 20:35 - Women's 400m hurdles semi-finals ft. Eilidh Doyle in SF #3 21:35 - Kyle Langford in the Men's 800m final 21:50 - Wayde van Niekerk in the Men's 400m final

First up this evening is the women's javelin final, but elsewhere there's been a bit of controversy before anyone has even set foot on the track. Botswana's Isaac Makwala, the main challenger to Wayde van Niekerk, has been forcefully withdrawn from the 400m final by the IAAF.

Makwala withdrew from the 200m heats yesterday after suffering from food poisoning, but declared himself fit to run this evening. There's been a distinct lack of clarity from the IAAF, but their spokesperson has insisted that the correct protocol has been followed.

Regardless, it's a huge shame Makwala won't be competing. Van Niekerk obviously huge favourite for the gold and Makwala looked to be perhaps the only runner who could have pushed the world record holder. More on Van Niekerk himself closer to the final.

First 200m heat of the evening underway, Dafne Schippers wins comfortably in 22.63, looking to better her 100m bronze in her favoured event. Britain's Bianca Williams comes off the bend in third but just loses out after a strong finish from Greece's Maria Belimpasaki.

Remember, first 3 qualify automatically, with just the three fastest loser spots. Williams currently the best of the rest with 23.30.

No particularly big fish in this second heat, Kimberly Duncan of the US takes it in 22.74, Kambundji of Switzerland and the Brazilian Cristina Rosa take the other automatic spots.

Over in the javelin final, world record holder Barbora Spotakova takes the lead with her second throw, 66.76m.

British 200m champion Shannon Hylton lines up in this 3rd 200m heat. She goes out quick on the bend but Jamaica's Sashalee Forbes comes through on the home straight to snatch third from her. Deejah Stevens and Ivet Lallova-Collio the other two automatic qualifiers.