DafneSchippersof the Netherlands became the first European winner of the world 200m title since 2003 with a characteristically powerful finish that took her past the Jamaican pair of Elaine Thompson and Veronica Campbell-Brown over the closing30 meters and across the line in a Championship record of 21.63.
Four days earlier the former heptathlete had taken silver behind defending championShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in a national record of 10.81 and appeared to begin steadily on the Jamaican in the final few meters.
How that might have played out over 200m was not to be tested, as Fraser-Pryce did not defend the longer sprint, but Schippers ran with huge authority to win with a resounding flourish.
Thompson took silver in a personal best of 21.66, with Campbell-Brown, the double Olympic champion, third in 21.97.
All three surpassed the fastest time of the year, 21.98, set by the three-times world champion, who won the 400m that was her main target here on the previous evening.
Russia’sunhappy experience at these Championships so far was brightened by the performance of their European 110m hurdles champion Sergey Shubenkov, who won what always looked an open final in a national record of 12.98sec ahead of Jamaicans Hansle Parchment (13.03) and bronze medallist Aries Merritt, the world record holder, who clocked 13.04.
A decade after winning her first world long jump gold at the age of 19, TiannaBartoletta of the United States regained the title with a final-round effort of7.14, the furthest in the world this year.
Until the dramatic effort of this jumper-turned-sprinter-turned-jumper, it seemed that Britain’s Shara Proctor – originally from the British overseas territory of Anguilla – was going to repeat the triumph of her training partner GregRutherford in the men’s long jump thanks to a national record of 7.07m in the third round
IvanaSpanovic of Serbia took the bronze medal, confirming her position with a final-round national record of 7.01, with Christabel Nettey of Canada fourth on 6.95.
As one US talent after another has risen to the top of the world lists in the women’s 100m hurdles it seemed simply a case of which one would win when the biggest race of the season arrived in Beijing.
As it turned out, improbably, no US sprinter even made the podium as Danielle Williams of Jamaica claimed gold in a personal best of 12.57sec ahead of Germany’s CindyRoleder of Germany, who also ran a personal best, 12.59, and bronze medallist Alina Talay of Belarus, who set a national record of 12.66
defending champion Brianna Rollins and her team-mate SharikaNelvis, who leads the world lists with 12.34, got away to a promising start but faded away from the halfway point, with Rollins finishing fifth in 12.67 and Nelvis ending up last in 13.06 after losing her form completely over the last set of hurdles.
they had already suffered two unexpected upsets in the semi-finals earlier in the evening as first Dawn Harper-Nelson of all people, the super-experienced Beijing 2008 champion and London 2012 silver medallist, fell at the second hurdle and then the woman who had followed her home in the US trails, KendraHarrison was disqualified for a false start.
A stunning 45.00sec 400m run – taking more than half a second off his best – left Ashton Eaton in the ideal position to defend his decathlon title.
Olympic champion, who freshened his athletics program up last season by running over 400m hurdles, was clearly working hard all the way down the finishing straight as he sought to improve on his personal-best of 45.55 – and he did so massively.
In his first decathlon since Moscow 2013, the American now leads by more than 300points with an overnight total of 4703 points. Damian Warner of Canada is in silver medal position with 4530, 124points clear of Germany’s Rico Freimuth.