World Athletics Championship 2017

Athletics

ByTheMinAthlete

Xue and Wojciechowski both fail to clear 5.89, that leaves three men still in the race for gold - Kendricks, from Lisek, from Lavillenie.

Out on track its time for the men's 800m final. Kyle Langford in this one after a sensational semi-finals performance. WR hold Rudisha of course not running, so Botswana's Nijel Amos is the fastest man in this one. Amos the only finalist to have run under 1:42. Canada's Brandon McBride will also fancy his chances.

They're off, McBride goes out hard and leads from Amos as they break to the inside. Just a little shove on Amos there and he's bumped down to third. McBride in first from Amos from best of Kenya as the bell goes. Bosse of France charges ahead and he's going to take gold!

Bosse takes the gold, Kszczot gets silver, and it's oh so close for Kyle Langford! A brilliant final 200m from the Brit and another metre would have seen him take Bronze. It's Bett instead by 4/100ths of a second. Amos was going backwards down that home straight, no idea where he finished.

All three pole vaulters still in action have failed on their first tries at 5.95m. Kendricks still in gold medal position by virtue of his previously clean card.

Kendricks fails his second try at 5.95. Think that knocks him back into second depending on what the others do. So close for Lavillenie!! He's been the closest of the three at this height, but again just bumped it with his knee. One more chance for each of them.

Just one more race still to come out on track. Are we about to witness history? Wayde van Niekerk, South African, 25 years old. Olympic champion. World Record holder. Can he be the first man in history to go under 43 seconds? Maybe not tonight, but we shall see.

Kendricks clears 5.95!! The bar was wobbling but it stayed upright and he moves into the lead. Lavillenie has passed 5.95, and will have one chance to clear 6.01. Lisek three and out for 5.95, could still get silver depending on what Lavillenie does.

Back to the 400m. Makwala is out. That drama will continue I'm sure. Fred Kerley of the USA is van Niekerk's next closest competitor. He's in lane two. Van Niekerk in lane 6 with Nathon Allen (JAM) in lane 5 and the empty lane 7 next to him.

Here we go....