World Athletics Championship 2017

Athletics

ByTheMinAthlete

Muhammed looking pretty effortless over the first 200m and cruises to the win in 55sec dead. Sage Watson of Canada takes second, Eilidh Doyle in third, and that's good enough for a fastest loser spot!

Renaud Lavillenie clears 5.75 at the first time of asking. Hopefully won't get booed by this crowd like he was in Rio last year. Nice clearance by the other Pole, Wojciechowski, but Shawn Barber fails his third attempt and will not retain his title.

Time for the first track final of the evening, it's the Men's 3k steeplechase. Evan Jager (USA) looks to be favourite going into this. Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto (KEN) lines up, as well as veteran steeplechaser Ezekiel Kemboi, also Kenyan. This event has seen exclusively Kenyan champions for the past 25 years, could that dominance be broken tonight?

Over at the pole vault, Xue of China goes clear at 5.82! A lifetime best and new NR for him. Kendricks (USA) also clear at the first time of asking.

Evan Jäger leading the pack with four laps gone in the steeplechase, the three Kenyans immediately behind him.

Piotr Lisek retakes the lead in the pole vault, first finalist to clear 5.89m.

There's a breakaway with 2 laps to go in the steeplechase! Jager still out in front with Kipruto, Kemboi and Elbakkali there too. Kemboi drops off and there are three streaking away as the bell clangs.

Kipruto makes a charge! He takes front down the back straight and Elbakkali comes through to push Jager into third. One barrier left, Jager will have to take bronze. Elbakkali chasing Kipruto down but he's already showboating down to the finish line! The Kenyans maintain their grip on the steeplechase, really smart race from Kipruto, Jager had absolutely no response.

That 5.89 from Lisek, by the way, came after a failure at 5.82. Lisek then chose to pass to the next height, and went clear for a lifetime best! Gutsy tactics from the Pole. Sam Kendricks becomes the second to go clear at 5.89, and his clean sheet means he retakes the lead.

Here comes Lavillenie, needs to clear to stay in....AND HE DOES. He's off to celebrate in front of the French contingent, that moves him into bronze. 5.95m the next height.