IAAF World C'ships Day 8 Highlights: Sable bags Olympic berth

Day eight of the IAAF World Championships saw Avinash Sable in the 3000m steeplechase final, and KT Irfan and Devender Singh in the 20km Racewalk.

India's Avinash Sable in action in the men's 3000m steeplechase event at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on Tuesday.   -  Reuters

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Live coverage of Day eight of the IAAF World Championships in Doha.

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There's more LIVE action coming your way later today as we head into Day 09 of the Worlds at Doha. Make sure you come back here tomorrow for live updates and results.

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It's time for a quick round-up of action from Day 08 in Doha:

Avinash Sable may have finished 13th in the 3000m steeplechase but he set a new national record 8:21:37.

KT Irfan and Devender Singh did a commendable job in the 20km race walk, finishing 26th and 35th respectively. It isn't all too bad for Irfan considering that he's already made the cut for Tokyo 2020. To know how, click here.

- Devender Singh crosses the finish line, finishing 35th. Time: 1:41:48

- 31 walkers have finished. About seven more to go and we are waiting for word on Devender Singh's finish.

- AND THE PODIUM IS COMPLETE. Toshikazu Yamanishi comes in first to take gold. He has finished the race in 1:26:34. Authorized neutral athlete Mizinov comes second. Sweden's first race walking medal at the Worlds since 1991 has come. Perseau Karlstrom takes bronze clocking 1:27:00.

Let's look at the leaders from earlier in the race.

Wang has finished 7th, with a time of 1:29:52.

Dane Bird-Smith has finished 14th, with a time of 1:32:11.

We must mention Italy's Massimo Stano too, who came in 13th despite serving a two-minute pitlane penalty. Only five minutes and two seconds separate Stano and the Yamanishi in terms of the overall finish.

- A third red card put Wilkinson is some trouble and he has now been disqualified. This is unfortunate news for the Brit. We are now looking at the 19km mark with Yaminishi firmly in front. Mizinov is second.

- Shyam and I, Lavanya, are currently bringing you this live blog. We have a reason to stay up. What's yours? Is this your first experience of a 20km race walk? It certainly is mine. Tell us what you think of the progress so far. Tweet to us at @Sportstarweb.

- Wang seems to be struggling now. But let's take a quick look at the Indians. At the 10km mark, we find Devender Singh coming in at 45th place, getting to the checkpoint in 48 minutes, while KT Irfan is having a better day today, currently in 30th place with a time of 45:42. Compare this with Yamanishi's 39:46 and it paints quite a picture.

- Quite a bit of action has taken place. We stepped out for a little meal and we now find ourselves with new leaders to keep up with. Yamanishi has made it past the 9k mark in 39:46 - 13 seconds clear of Perseus Karlstrom, Wang and Stano. Ikeda is one second further back. He is maintaining that lead really well at this stage.

-  Oh, Great Britain has taken the lead now. Callum Wilkinson has pipped the rest to take his place up front. Kaihua Wang from China will have none of it and keeps up with the Brit. Wang's got a neck sponge loaded with ice. We cannot imagine how hard this must be.

- Bird-Smith hits 5km in 22:26.

- We are 20 minutes down in the 20km race walk. The action is slow but paced now with an Australian leading the pack. There's a long way to go to the 20km mark. Bird-Smith knows these conditions well. Remember he made it to the podium in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

- Right then, the athletes are on the start line and the IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, will flag them off.......and we're underway!

- Hey guys, we're back! KT Irfan and Devender Singh will be in action in the 20km race walk shortly. The race will feature 54 athletes, and it's going to be a long night, to say the least. Stay tuned!

- Full story on Avinash's Olympic berth here - Avinash Sable seals Olympics berth, sets new national record at IAAF World Athletics Championships

- Right then, we'll be back soon when KT Irfan and Devender Singh take to the track in the men's 20km racewalk. Stay tuned!

- Did you know that Avinash Sable did not initially qualify for the final? He finished seventh in his heat and 20th overall and was out of contention for a final spot. But an appeal from the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) saw him being awarded a spot in the final. Full story here - Avinash Sable shatters national record, makes 3000m steeplechase final after AFI appeal

- This is huge! Although he could not make it to the podium, the Indian has just earned himself a quota for the 2020 Olympics, which is no mean feat! And mind you, this is his second national record in three days!

- It's confirmed - Avinash Sable will be going to Tokyo! He beats the minimum qualification mark of 8:22:00s to seal his berth at the 2020 Olympics!

- We're hearing that Avinash Sable has qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics! Take a bow, Avinash!

- Here's how the 3000m steeplechase final played out:

 

- So the Indian simply re-wrote the national record he set in the heats on Tuesday to finish 13th. He has shaved off nearly four seconds from his previous best of 8:25:23!

- Avinash Sable sets a new national record! He finishes 13th with a timing of 8:21:37.

- Conselus Kipruto takes the crown! The Kenyan makes a stunning dash in the last 30 meters to squeeze past Lamecha Girma to win the gold in a WL timing of 8:01:35s.

- Wale's compatriot Lamecha Girma was the fastest at the 2000m mark, but the Kenyans are catching up now! Avinash is still at the bottom of the pack and we're now on to the final lap!

- It's Ethiopia's Getnet Wale who leads the race now. He's clocked 2:39:55s and has stayed ahead from the first lap.

- It's the end of the first lap and Avinash appears to be saving his energy for the later stages. He remains at the back of the pack, while the two Ethiopian's stay on top. 

- Action! The race is on and Sable starts slow and is at the back of the pack.

Hey guys, we're back with our live coverage of the IAAF World Athletics Championships. We'll have three Indians in action today - Avinash Sable in the men's 3000m steeplechase final, while Irfan Thodi and Devender Singh will take part in the men's 20km walk final. Stay tuned!

For full information on the Indians in the fray and the schedule, click here -IAAF World Championships 2019: Complete schedule, events, timings in IST, Indians in action.

DAY 7 REVIEW:

So both the Indian athletes who were in action today fail to go past the initial round. A disappointing day for Tejinder Pal and Jinson Johnson in the men's shot put and 1500m respectively.

-  Jinson Johnson fails to qualify for the semifinals! He finishes 10th in Heat 2 with a timing of 3:39:86. He can't make the penultimate round based on the six best fastest timings as well.

-  Tejinder Pal Toor's 2019 World Championships campaign in Doha ends with a disappointing throw of 19.55m! The Indian athlete tried hard but he couldn't clear the qualification mark of 20.9m in three attempts.

The second round of throws are done and dusted! Tejinder still sits at eighth. However, the placing doesn't matter anymore.

-  Filip Mihaljevic of Croatia also qualifies for the final with a throw exactly measuring 21m. India's Tejinder now has to breach the qualification mark of 20.9m to make the men's shot put final at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

-  Tejinder Pal commits a foul in his second attempt, so 20.43m remains his best so far!

-  India's Tejinder Pal Singh Toor is currently at the eighth position after the first round of throws in the men's shot put Qualification group B.

Tejinder registers a season-best throw of 20.43m first up!

DAY 6 REVIEW:

Asian champion P.U. Chitra clocked a personal best of 4:11.10s to finish eighth in the women's 1500m heats, but it was not enough to fetch her a semifinal berth at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 in Doha on Wednesday.

READ| PU Chitra clocks PB, but falls short of 1500m semis

Chitra was in action in the second heat and the pace there was so slow that 10 of the 11 runners in the opening heat were faster than the second heat's winner. That suited the Indian, who was at the back of the pack for a major part of the race, and yet she was able to pull out a personal best, bettering her 4:11.55 that came in the inter-State Nationals in Guwahati last year, though she could only finish 30th overall.

- Dina Asher-Smith surges to 200m title -

Dina Asher-Smith did not shrink under the pressure as she clinched gold in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships.

The Briton was the heavy favourite in a race missing the likes of Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Dafne Schippers.

She justified her status in emphatic fashion, becoming Great Britain's first female sprint world champion.

The expectation was not too much for Asher-Smith and she ran a personal best and a national record of 21.88 seconds, finishing well clear of Brittany Brown (22.22) with her performance owing in part to a lightning fast start.

Victory never looked in doubt after she surged out of the blocks and the Briton was unable to keep her emotions in check as the magnitude of her achievement hit home.

"I just don't know what to say, I don't know if it's properly sunk in," she told BBC Sport. "It's been a long championships, I'm tired. It means so much."

Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji (22.51) edged out Anglerne Annelus (22.59) for bronze.

- Omar Mcleod hamstrung in title defence -

There was drama in the men's 110m hurdles final, won by Grant Holloway of the United States. Omar McLeod's defence of his 110m hurdles title ended in nightmarish circumstances.

The Jamaican was neck and neck with Grant Holloway for much of the race but clipped the third-last hurdle, setting in motion a series of stumbles that saw him fall to the ground after clattering into the final obstacle.

Holloway, the youngest man in the field at 21, triumphed ahead of neutral athlete Sergey Shubenkov and France's Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, with McLeod left to rue an apparent hamstring injury.

"I was not getting pop because of the hamstring," McLeod told BBC Sport. "There's nothing to take away, I gave it my all, that's just how it is."

- Fit-again Kirani James storms into final -

Kirani James is on course to complete a remarkable comeback after qualifying second-fastest for the men's 400m final.

James - the Olympic champion in 2012 and runner-up in Rio three years ago - was diagnosed in 2017 with Graves' Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overactive thyroid.

The Grenadian has barely raced in the past three seasons, but he looked in superb form as he posted a time of 44.23 on Wednesday, which was beaten only by Steven Gardiner.

The women's 400m hurdles semis were dominated by American athletes.

Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad qualifed easily but her time of 53.91 seconds was bettered by Sydney McLaughlin, who cruised through in 53.81.