8 August 2017
Session 7 ticketed at: 55,540
Fans attending the IAAF World Championships London 2017 are able to enjoy the event’s very own ‘Hero Village’ – the dedicated fan zone for the Summer of World Athletics.
Hero Village is open every day between 4-13 August and is the dedicated area for sponsorship activation and spectator engagement. Fans can pay a visit by dropping in on the zone situated on the South Park Lawn next to the London Stadium and near the Orbit. The Village is open to ticket and non-ticket holders.
A Village resident DJ is on hand to keep the crowd entertained and our commercial partners TDK, Toyota, ASICS, Seiko, Toyo Tires, Müller, Strathmore and Jordans are running activations.
After a mainly dry start, showers or outbreaks of rain will become more widespread across the region during the day, with some heavy and thundery downpours likely.
The fourth evening of the Championships built to the women’s 1500m final, which saw Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon win gold against a class field. A sprint finish saw Jennifer Simpson of the USA take silver with South African Caster Semenya dipping ahead of British home hope Laura Muir to take the final medal.
The first medal of the evening was won by Poland’s world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk as she retained the women’s hammer title. Compatriot Malwina Kopron claimed bronze with Zheng Wang of China picking up silver.
Olympic Champion Omar McLeod of Jamaican added a world title to his collection in the men’s 110m hurdles final. Former champion Sergey Shubenkov took silver and Balázs Baji of Hungary bronze.
There were four finals in total on day four with Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas seeing off rival Caterine Ibarguen to win the women’s triple jump title, with Olga Rypakova doing enough to win bronze. There were seven heats as the men’s 200m got underway with Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago the quickest qualifier.
Meanwhile it took just one jump for defending champion Christian Taylor to qualify for the men’s triple jump final. Teammate Chris Benard leapt 17.20 to record the biggest mark in qualifying.
Another American Kerron Clement stated his intent in the men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals, the Olympic Champion qualifying for the final fastest. On a good night for America Allyson Felix was second quickest into the women’s 400m final behind Salwa Eid Naser and another Olympic champion, Dalilah Muhammad, breezed through the women’s 400m hurdles heats fastest.
Wayde van Niekerk gets his first chance at a medal at 21:50 in the men’s 400m final. Steven Gardiner is expected to challenge after being the only athlete to dip below 44 seconds on route to the final.
After the women’s 100m final on Sunday, Session 7 sees the start of the 200m heats from 19:30. Tori Bowie will be looking to make it a sprint double but will be challenged once again by Marie-Josée Ta Lou and Daphne Schippers.
The final of the men’s 800m will take place at 21:35. Nijel Amos is one of the favourites to take gold however Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett clocked in as the fastest qualifier to the final. The final of the women’s javelin will kick off the evening at 19:20. China’s Huihui Lyu led the pack through qualifying with an Asian record of 67.59m but will be challenged by world record-holder Barbora Spotakova and Olympic champion Sara Kolak.
The men’s pole vault final, which starts at 19:35, is also set to be hotly contested with American Sam Kendricks, Shawnacy Barber, Pawel Wojciechowski and Renaud Lavillenie in the mix. Dalilah Muhammad qualified fastest in the heats of the women’s 400m hurdles and will expect to continue this form into the semi-finals from 20:35.
Qualification in the women’s shot put will start at 20:40 while there are five finals on the night with the men’s 3000m steeplechase set to go off at 21:10 with Evan Jager bidding to end years of Kenyan dominance.
“I made a promise to myself that I would change the colour of my hair if I won the gold medal. I guess it will be between pink and kind of purple.”
– Yulimar Rojas (VEN), Women’s Triple Jump, Gold
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