At the World Athletics Championships in London, Sam Kendricks of the US has claimed the title of men’s pole vault. Kendricks, who took bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, cleared 5.95 meters for the gold.
In women’s javelin, two-time Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic lifted her second world championships title. 36 year old Spotakova, who last won the world title in 2007 in Osaka, set the gold medal mark at 66.76 metres in her second attempt.
In the men’s 3,000 metres steeplechase, Olympic gold medallist Conseslus Kipruto added more glory to his name with victory at the this World Athletics Championships. The Kenyan clocked eight minutes and 14.12 seconds to continue his in-form performance in the event after the Rio Olympic Games last year.
In 400 Metres, World and Olympic champion Van Niekerk finished well clear in 43.98 seconds.
In men’s 800m, Pierre-Ambroise Bosse of France lifted his first world title as he clocked a season best of 1:44.67.
Meanwhile, fast-rising javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra of India will have the weight of expectations on him when he begins his World Athletics Championship campaign tomorrow, The 19-year-old world junior record holder has an outside chance of clinching a medal and he will feature in the qualification round tomorrow. Davinder Singh Kang is the second Indian in fray in men’s javelin throw.
In track events, Dutee Chand (women’s 100m race), Muhammed Anas Yahiya (men’s 400m) and Siddhant Thingalaya (men’s 110m hurdles) crashed out in the first round heats while Nirmala Sheoran reached the semifinals in women’s 400m race.
In field events, Annu Rani failed to make it to the final round in women’s Javelin as she finished 20th overall with a best throw of 59.93m.
Heptathlete Swapna Barman finished a lowly 26th while T Gopi ended at 28th in men’s and Monika Athare at 64th in women’s marathon .