Men’s 20km walk – Final
So close but so far to another Great Britain medal. Tom Bosworth lead for much of the first hour and really pushed the lead group only to watch the Chinese pair of Wang Zhen and Cai Zelin to race away in the closing stages.
For Wang, who took bronze in London 2012, it was a terrific moment as he took gold in 1:19:14 with his compatriot Zelin taking silver. Australia’s Dane Bird-Smith rounded out the medal positions in third place as Bosworth smashed the British record but was only crossed the line in sixth place.
Women’s 1500m – Round 1
Women’s middle distance got underway with a surprisingly slow first heat won by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in 4:10.61, the fastest non-automatic qualifier Hilary Stellingwerff (4:12.00) was left well adrift of the time needed.
The second heat saw the Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan go fom last to first in the final 300m with a time of 4:06.64, beating Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon. Great Britain’s Laura Weightman finished seventh but with a time of 4:08.37 qualified anyway.
The third and final heat was the fastest of all, win by Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum in 4:05.33 and because of that rapid time it featured four “fastest losers” who will go through including Kenya’s Violah Lagat.
Women’s heptathlon – Shot put
A disappointing event for the reigning champion Jessica Ennis-Hill who only managed a throw of 13.86m, good for 11th and 785 points. While it was markedly better than her compatriot and rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson (11.68m) it was once again the Belgian Nafissatou Thiam who dominated the field with a best of 14.91m for 855 points, lifting her to the top of the table ahead of Ennis-Hill and Barbados’ Akela Jones.
Women’s hammer throw – Qualifications
The women’s hammer group A was immediately dominated by Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk who posted a session best 76.93m with her first throw. She was one of just three to automatically qualify for the final and distanced the field by over 3m. Joining her, but needing three throws to do so was Venezuela’s Rosa Rodriguez with a season’s best 72.41m. In group B it took three throws for China’s Wenxiu Zhang to hit the automatic qualifying mark with a throw of 73.58m. She was the only one to do so in group B and lead the group by over 2 metres.
Also making the final:
Poland – Joanna Fiodorow 71.77m
Moldova – Zalina Marghieva 71.72m
Germany – Betty Heidler 71.17m
Belarus – Hanna Malyshik 71.12m
USA – Amber Campbell 71.09m
USA – DeAnna Price 70.79m
China – Zheng Wang 70.60m
Great Britain – Sophie Hitchon 70.37m
France – Alexandra Tavernier 70.30m
Men’s 400m – Round 1
A strong first heat was won by Trinidad & Tobago’s Machel Cedenio in 44.98, ahead of American Gil Roberts. Heat two was taken by Granada’s Bralon Taplin in 45.15. South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk in 45.26. Surprisingly America’s LaShawn Merritt had the lowest heat victory with 45.28 but he is still expected to be a major player in the final and feature in the medals.
Men’s long jump – Qualifications
Defending champion Greg Rutherford from Great Britain was made to sweat for is spot in the final. He had two red flags on his first two jumps before landing a 7.90m jump on his final attempt, putting him through 7th of 8 finalists.
It was American Jeff Henderson who threw down the gauntlet for Rutherford’s title, jumping a season best 8.20m on his first attempt and was the only one who reached the automatic qualifying mark.
USA – Jeff Henderson 8.20m
Uruguay – Emiliano Lasa 8.14m
South Africa – Luvo Manyonga 8.12m
South Africa – Rushwal Samaai 8.03m
Australia – Henry Frayne 8.01m
China – Changzhou Huang 7.95m
Great Britain – Greg Rutherford 7.90m
France – Kafetien Gomis 7.89m
Women’s shot put – Final
In the biggest surprise of the afternoon defending champion from 2008 & 2012 Valerie Adams had to make do with a silver medal. The Kiwi threw a season best 20.42m with her second attempt and appeared to be in cruise control as no one else got within half a metre of her mark. And then, with her very last shot America’s Michelle Carter somehow found an extra 80cm and set a new national record with an incredible 20.63m throw.
Gold – USA – Michelle Carter 20.63m
Silver – New Zealand – Valerie Adams 20.42m
Bronze – Hungary – Anita Marton 19.87m
Women’s heptathlon – 200m
The final Heptathlon event of the day was dominated by the British pair. Katarina Johnson-Thompson took a best of 23.26 closely followed by Jessica Ennis-Hill on 23.49. Their closest rival through the first three events, Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam was nowhere to be seen as she finished with a 24th best time 25.10. Akela Jones did ok with a 13th place finish but has left herself with work to do going into day 2 of the event. Latvia’s Ikauniece-Admidina helped her chances with a 3rd place and 1004 points to her name, but after day 1 it was Jessica Ennis-Hill who topped the table with 4057 points from Thiam (3985), Jones (3964) and Johnson-Thompson (3957).
Women’s 100m – Round 1
The women’s sprint rounded out the day’s action and saw Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce be the only one to dip below the 11 second mark as she posted a strong 10.96. Keeping with in touching distance of Fraser-Pryce was Trinidad & Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye (11.00), Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou (11.01) who ran with Fraser-Pryce in heat four and pushed her hard.
Great Britain’s Desiree Henry won heat one with the 4th fastest overall time of 11.08 giving her good hope of taking a medal but the American pair of English Gardner and Tori Bowie are lurking just behind.
Brazilian Rosangela Santos gave the home crowd something to cheer about as she came second in heat seven to qualify for the semi-finals but her 14th best time will need improving on if she wants to make the final.