7 August 2017
Session 6 ticketed at: 49,920
Tonight’s Session 6 marks the second Legends Session of the IAAF World Championships London 2017. In honour of the world records achieved by British legends Colin Jackson, Jonathan Edwards and Sally Gunnell at previous World Championships, organisers created three special ticket prices.
With the men’s triple jump qualifiers and women’s final scheduled for Session 6 today, Jonathan Edwards’ triple jump world record of 18.29m, which still stands, is recognised in the form of an £18.29 priced ticket to replicate his mark. Over 14,000 tickets have been sold at this price point.
Session 4 marked the first Legends Session with a £12.91 priced ticket based on Colin Jackson’s 110m hurdles world record while Session 9 on Thursday evening completes the honour for the trio with a £52.74 priced ticket based on Sally Gunnell’s 400m hurdles world record.
Initial cloud cover will turn more patchy during the morning as it moves slowly south and east. Bright or sunny spells my develop in places. Isolated heavier showers may develop later.
Nafi Thiam and Katerina Stefanidi added world gold to the Olympic titles they won almost a year ago on day three of the Championships. Thiam was second after the first day of the heptathlon but strong performances in the long jump and javelin set her up to become the first gold medallist from Belgium in the history of the IAAF World Championships.
Carolin Schafer took silver behind Thiam having led after day one and Anouk Vetter picked up bronze. In the women’s pole vault the favourite Katerina Stefanidi jumped a world lead to clinch gold. Sandi Morris took silver and Robeilys Peinado and Yarisley Silva shared bronze.
In the final event of Session 5 American Tori Bowie beat Marie-Josee Ta Lou by one hundredth of a second to take the 100m title. Dafne Schippers finished a tenth further back for bronze. New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh took shot put gold with a final throw of 22.03 to push defending champion Joe Kovacs into second. Stipe Zunic claimed bronze.
The men’s and women’s marathons were held on the same day at the Championships for the first time ever. In the men’s marathon, Callum Hawkins led at the half hour mark for a spell in front of a home crowd before running a personal best time to come fourth.
Tamirat Tola eventually took the race into his own hands and upped the pace before Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui responded and took the lead for the win. Tola was second, Alphonce Felix Simbu third.
In the women’s race, Rose Chelimo pulled away near the finish for victory. In a back-and-forth race, Chelimo held off two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat by seven seconds with American runner Amy Cragg taking third.
Yesterday was also a day of heats and qualifiers. Strong performances from Evan Jager and Tafese Seboka saw them rank first and second in the 3000m steeplechase heats. In the men’s pole vault qualifiers Piotr Lisek, Shawnacy Barber, Renaud Lavillenie and Sam Kendricks all cleared 5.70m to reach the final.
In the men’s 400m hurdles a host of medal contenders qualified for the semi-finals including an American double of Kerron Clement and TJ Holmes. Yasmani Copello of Turkey was fastest.
In the women’s 400m, Allyson Felix progressed safely through her heat as did fellow American Quanera Hayes. The men’s 400m heats were fast – quickest qualifier Steven Gardiner with a national record for Barbados.
The men’s 110m hurdles heats and semi-finals took place with Omar McLeod through to the final as fastest qualifier. The 800m men’s heats were run in a competitive time with Kipyegon Bett through fastest. China’s Huihui Lyu threw an Asian record to top the women’s javelin qualification.
“I admired Yarisley Silva from when I was still a kid. There is no better person to share a medal with than her. She has not yet shared any secrets about pole vaulting with me, but I hope she will do so.”
Robeilys Peinado (VEN), Pole Vault, Bronze
Jacqueline is looking forward to meeting people from around the world. There are 24 nationalities and 65 languages spoken in the Runners volunteer force alone!