Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Live coverage of Day two of the IAAF World Championships in Doha.
The Indians started Day two on a disappointing note with ace Indian sprinter Dutee Chand crashing out of the 100m heats and so as M.P. Jabir in the 400m hurdles.
However, the 4*400m mixed relay team, comprising the quartet of Muhammed Anas, V.K. Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Noah Nirmal Tom finished third and booked an Olympics berth and qualified for the final.
Men's 100m World Championships Final
Christian Coleman clinches the gold medal in the men's 100m final by clocking 9.76. Justin Gatlin (9.89) bags the silver and Andre De Grasse settles for the bronze medal (9.90)
The line-up: 2 - Filippo Tortu (Italy), 3 - Justin Gatlin (USA), 4 - Christian Coleman (USA), 5 - Akani Simbine (South Africa),6 - Andre De Grasse (Canada), 7 - Zharnel Hughes (Great Britain), 8 - Yohan Blake (Jamaica), 9 - Aaron Brown (Canada)
- Coleman romped to a 9.88sec win in his semifinal to underline his intention to clinch his first major championship outdoor title, just weeks after escaping a lengthy anti-doping ban because of a technicality.
- It's show time and the athletes are warming up with Coleman, once again strolling till the half-way of the track.
- With the likes of Coleman, De Grasse, Blake and Gatlin, this will be an intense event.
- We are all set for sport's blue-riband event as in moments there will be a World Champion. Who will be?
Meanwhile , Tajay Gayle is the world champion in men's long jump.
Netherland's Sifan Hassan bags the gold medal in the women's 10,000m final.
4*400m mixed Relay
- Poland takes the first spot as Brazil and India finish second and third respectively. Belgium is out.
- The Indian team qualifies for the final 3:16:14s and that was an incredible run, especially from Vismaya.
- India's Muhammed Anas, V.K. Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Noah Nirmal will be in action.
- USA creates a new World Record 3:12.42 in the mixed relay.
- USA team takes the first spot as Jamaica and Bahrain qualify automatically.
- We are set for the mixed relay and the Indians will soon be in action.
Men's 100m semifinal
- In the final heats, Akani Simbine makes it with 10.01 and Zharnel Hughes with 10.05 qualifies. However, Gatlin is through.
- Surprise! Wow! Canadian Andre De Grasse (10.17) outclasses Justin Gatlin to book a place in the final and Yohan Blake just manages to finish second. Plenty of drama. Gatlin finishes third. While the focus was firmly on Blake and Gatlin, De Grasse completely took everyone by surprise! That was one hell of heats!
- The second heats will be more intriguing with Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin raring to go. They are charged up and Gatlin goes half way down the track in a warm-up.
- He does it! Christian Coleman storms into the final as he wraps up in 9.88sec. Aaron Brown comes second and qualifies.
- Cool, calm and collected, Coleman betters in the second round by one-tenth of a second and he is just a race away from becoming World Champion.
- Note: Two each will go through from three heats with two additional fastest losers. Only the first two will advance into the final that will take place at night. Coleman in lane 5, in the first semifinal.
- This is going to be the race of the night and all eyes are on Christian Coleman - the fastest man in the world this year.
Men's 400m Hurdles
- As expected Rai Banjamim takes the top honours by winning it by 48.53 and Abderrahman Samba follows him in the second to qualify. It was a stroll in the park for Banjamim and it will be a fiery final!
- M.P. Jabir's campaign in the World Championships comes to an end as he finishes fifth in the heats with a timing of 49.71.
- Jabir is out on the track and it's going to be very tough for the Indian, considering the group he is in.
- Karsten Warholm and Abdelmalik Lahoulou qualify for the final from the second heat.
- Alison Dos Santos of Brazil and Yasmani Copello of Cuba qualify from the first heats.
- There will be three heats, with the top two guaranteed a place in the final along with the fastest two losers.
- Alright, here we go for the men's 400m hurdles semifinals. Pressure on M.P. Jabir and can he script something dramatic, needs to be seen.
Men's discus throw qualifying
- The first group has finished its business and surprisingly none have managed to get the automatic qualification mark, set at 65.50m. Federick Dacres was the lone thrower who came a touch closer with a throw of 65.44m.
Women's 100m Heats
- Dutee Chand fails to qualify as she finishes seventh with a timing of 11.48s. Elaine Thompson tops heats three with a timing of 11.14 as Kelly-Ann Baptiste finishes second with Morolake Akinosun in third.
- Right then Dutee Chand is all set for her heats. Can she make the cut?
- Marie-Josee Ta Lou wins the second heats by clocking 10.85s.
- The top three in these heats will qualify automatically and Dutee really needs to be at her best.
- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce makes it look so easy as she storms first clocking 10.80s. Murielle Ahoure is second followed by Poland's Ewa Swoboda in third.
- The women's 100 metres heats qualifying is about to begin and all eyes will be on Dutee Chand.
Men's Discus Throw Qualifying
- Day two field events kick off with the men's discus throw qualification. The automatic qualifying mark is 65.50 and Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres starts as favourite.
Day One Highlights
Jabir enters semis in 400m hurdles, Sreeshankar fails to qualify
Asian bronze medallist M.P. Jabir qualified for the men's 400m hurdles semifinal finishing third in his heat in 49.62s on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships.
However, Dharun Ayyasamy, who was returning from a long injury break, was sixth in his heat in 50.55s and failed to qualify. The semifinals will be held on Saturday.
Sreeshankar fails to impress
A few days ago, Romanian Bedros Bedrosian had predicted a 7.70m for M. Sreeshankar in his World Athletics Championships debut and the Indian national record holder (with 8.20m) was a shade behind that as he failed to qualify for the men's long jump final in Doha on Friday evening.
The 20-year-old had a best of 7.62m in the second of his three-jump qualification series, after opening with 7.52, and failed to make the qualification standard of 8.15m. He finished 12th in his group and 22nd overall.
Midnight marathon takes centre stage as World Championships open
The 17th edition of the World Athletics Championships got under way in Doha on Friday with organisers vowing to protect marathon runners from sweltering heat and humidity as the 10-day extravaganza began.
A total of 1,972 athletes from 208 countries will compete in the championships, which are seen as an important staging post as Qatar prepares for the challenge of hosting football’s World Cup in 2022.
With the bulk of the competition taking place at the fully air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium, most athletes will be shielded from the sizzling heat in Doha, where temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
Marathon runners and endurance athletes, however, will be required to battle through the challenging climate alone, stoking safety fears and drawing criticism from athletes.
The marathon and race-walking events have been scheduled for late at night to avoid the hottest part of the day, with Friday’s women’s marathon - where the first medals of the championships will be decided - starting under floodlights at 11:59pm (2059 GMT).
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe said he is confident marathon runners will be able to cope with temperatures forecast at around 32 degrees Celsius and humidity of 80 percent.
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