Guliyev ruins Van Niekerk's double dream

Ramil Guliyev pulled off a shock 200 metres victory, edging favourite Wayde van Niekerk into second place in a blanket finish.

Ramil Guliyev had never won a medal in a senior global event.   -  AP

Azeri-born Turk Ramil Guliyev ruined Wayde van Niekerk's bid for a first 200/400m double in 22 years when he outsprinted the South African to the 200m world title on Thursday.

Guliyev, who took up Turkish citizenship in 2011 and was cleared to compete for his adopted country two years later, clocked 20.09 seconds to hand Turkey its first ever world gold medal.

It was also the first time a Turkish male athlete had medalled.


Van Niekerk, at just two-hundredths of a second, added silver to the 400m gold medal he won on Tuesday, unable to catch Guliyev in his strong finish and plunge for the line.

Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago claimed bronze in a photo finish from the South African.

"It's not a shock," insisted the 27-year-old Guliyev, who was draped in both Azeri and Turkish flags.