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World Athletics: Laura Muir, Caster Semenya and 4x400m relays – live! | Sport


It ends here. It has, I think, been a fine championships. Times/heights/distances haven’t been world-beating – Inês Henriques set the only world record of the tournament so far earlier today, in the women’s 50km race walk, which is a new event added to the schedule this year and without a world record at all until January – but there has been no shortage of drama and interest. Tonight we should get plenty more, with seven finals to be held. Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to (with all times in BST):

7pm: Men’s high jump final
Mutaz Barshim of Qatar can boast the first, second, third, fourth, joint fifth and joint sixth best jumps this year and is thus the overwhelming favourite to take gold, in the absence of the injured world and Olympic champion, Canada’s Derek Drouin. Britain’s Robbie Grabarz, who got a bronze in 2012 and came fourth in Rio last year, will hope to grab a medal.

7.10pm: Women’s discus final
Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, who won gold in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, at the last four European Championships and at the 2013 World Championships (there was only a silver in Beijing two years ago), is the overwhelming favourite here. Cuba’s Yaimé Pérez could push her.

7.35pm: Women’s 5,000m final
Elish McColgan and Laura Muir bring home interest, but the gold medal is expected to end up in the clutches of either Hellen Obiri of Kenya or Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana.

8.10pm: Women’s 800m final
Caster Semenya is the strong favourite, with Ajee Wilson of America and Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba also expected to medal. Semenya won gold in Rio last year, with Niyonsaba second and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui – who also runs here – taking bronze. Britain’s Lynsey Sharp, sixth then, adds home interest.

8.30pm: Men’s 1500m final
The Kenyan duo of Asbel Kiprop and Elijah Manangoi are the bookmakers’ tips for the title. Chris O’Hare represents Britain and has shaved nearly two seconds off his personal best this year, but it is still nearly five seconds slower than Mamangoi’s best time which, like O’Hare’s, was set in Monaco last month.

8.55pm: Women’s 4x400m final
America are expected to win this comfortably, but Britain are third favourites, and as yesterday’s relays proved anything can and probably will happen. The British run in lane five, sandwiched between the US and the next best quartet in town, Jamaica.

9.15pm: Men’s 4x400m final
The final event of the championships will, injury or baton-dropping mishaps notwithstanding, also be won by America. Trinadad & Tobago look strong, while both Belgium – whose team in the heats featured the full house of Borlées, with 24-year-old Dylan joining his 29-year-old twin brothers Kevin and Jonathan – and Britain, controversially disqualified after winning their semi-final in Rio, will hope to end the event with a medal.



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