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Tyson Gay ran down early leader Asafa Powell to win the men's 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Japan.
The American's storming finish saw him win in 9.85sec with Derrick Atkins coming through to take second.

Powell, the 100m world record holder, faded in the final stages to finish third, with Britain's Marlon Devonish coming home in sixth place.

The Bahamas' Atkins recorded a time of 9.91sec to take silver while Jamaican Powell trailed home in 9.96sec.
Decent improvement in athletics lately. After setting the asian record for the 4x400 men's relay race at the Tokyo olympics, the U20 mixed relay team has won bronze at the U20 world athletics championship. Still a long way to go.
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World Athletics President showers praise on Indian athletes following U-20 World Championships bronze haul

India won the bronze medal during the U-20 World Athletics Championships 2021 in the 4x400m mixed team relay. Following the same, the entire team was congratulated by World Athletics President Sebastian Coe.

India is slowly on the rise in the field of athletics. Meanwhile, it won the bronze medal during the U-20 World Athletics Championships 2021 on Wednesday, in the 4x400m mixed team relay.

The team of Bharath S, Priya Mohan, Summy and Kapil timed 3:20.60 to finish third and win the bronze. Consequently, it was only the fifth medal for India in the competition's history. Earlier, the team had finished first in the heat event, clocking 3:23.36, which happened to be an overall second-best championship record.

Following the same, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe congratulated the Indian side for its performance. He noted that India is making tremendous progress in athletics, and it should keep up the excellent work, as he enjoyed this performance by the Indians.

"This is what you need at the start of the championship. Congratulations to your 4x400m mixed relay team, fantastic performance in the heats as well. That means you have got to do what they have done. There is big pressure there. I loved watching you guys perform, and this is a sport and country that is really making great progress. You had great triumphs in Tokyo. Now, this your moment to shine on the stage, and then, it's your chance to go for the Olympics," he said in the video.

Coe shared the video on his social media handles while he captioned it, "Such a pleasure to meet, discuss athletics and congratulate the talented athletes from around the world @WAU20Nairobi21. Our sport is in good hands with these promising and passionate next-generation athletes #WorldAthleticsU20 #homeofheroes #nairobi #india."

The same video was also shared by the Athletics Federation of India, which was captioned, "World Athletics chief @sebcoe to young #TeamIndia Champions- I love watching you guys, this is your chance, what you did is fantastic, Congratulations! This is why you are everyone's favourite legend, a true champion, a great leader of #Athletics Sebastian Coe. Thank you, chief!"

The bronze medal win comes when the nation is already celebrating the success of javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra's gold-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympics. It was the first time India had won Olympic gold in the athletics track and field event.
Namibia's Beatrice Masilingi picked up a silver medal in the women's 100m final at the World Athletics Under-20s Championships in Nairobi on Thursday.

The 18-year-old, who was sixth in the Olympic 200m final, ran a time of 11.39 seconds to finish behind Jamaican winner Tina Clayton, with Switzerland's Melissa Gutscmidt taking bronze.

Also on day two of the Championships, Botswana's Letsile Tebogo secured the men's 100m gold medal, winning in a time of 10.19 seconds.

There was double gold success for the host nation as Kenya's Benson Kiplangat won the men's 5,000m with Teresiah Muthoni Gateri, taking the women's 3,000m title.

Beatrice Masilingi went into the women's 100m final as one of the favourites having claimed a personal best time of 11.20 seconds in the heats.

The Namibian is blocked from running distances between her favoured 400m and one mile under World Athletics rules because her testosterone levels are beyond the allowed limit for female athletes to compete over that distance, unless she medically lowers her testosterone for a period of at least six months.

It is the same case for her compatriot Christine Mboma who features in the women's 200m in Nairobi having picked up an Olympic silver medal in Tokyo.

In the men's 100m in Nairobi, Botswana's Letsile Tebogo finished ahead of South Africa's Benjamin Richardson to take gold. Cuba's Shainer Rengifo Montoya took bronze.

The men's 5,000m gold medal went to Kenya's Benson Kiplangat with Ethiopia's Tedese Worku - who won the men's 3,000m on Wednesday - taking silver. Kenya's Levy Kibet finished with bronze.

The home nation was able to celebrate a top-two finish in the women's 3,000m as Teresiah Muthoni Gateri took gold ahead of her Kenyan compatriot Zenah Jemutai Yego. Ethiopia's Melknat Wudu ran a personal best time to pick up the bronze medal.

The championships in Nairobi, which started a day later than scheduled because of the challenge that Covid has had on travel, finish on Sunday 22 August.

Amit Khatri wins the 2nd medal for India in the world U20 athletics championship at Nairobi in the 10km race walk event.

He was apparently the fastest athlete competing in the event and led the race at 9km mark but was overtaken by the Kenyan athlete in the last two laps to get a silver medal. Hard to beat the Kenyans and Ethiopians in long distance events testing endurance. Still a good prospect for India in future olympic events for race walk. This is India's first ever medal in the race walk event.
I've always intrigued by this race walking event in the olympics.

What is the threshold that differentiates walking from running, and how do the judges determine that the athletes are walking and not starting to run!
Priya Mohan finishes one position short of a medal place in the women's 400m final.

She started a bit slow and was near the last place in the first half of the race but gave a good thrust in the final half, but finished in the 4th place despite running her personal best. Looks a good future prospect in the 400m sprint like Hima Das.
Shaili was in the 4th position but makes a jump of 6.59 to get into the gold medal position with her third jump!
So close but yet, so far..

Maja Askag of Sweden, who also won the triple jump event, makes a jump of 6.60 and Shaili Singh falls short of the gold medal by just 1cm. She gets the silver and as someone from Anju Bobby George's academy, Anju should be reasonably proud.
India women finish 4th in the 4x400m relay final.

Nigeria win the gold, Jamaica the silver and Italy the bronze medal.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah set a meet record time of 10.72 seconds to win the 100m at the Paris Diamond League but Florence Griffith-Joyner's 1988 world record still eludes her.

Jamaica's Thompson-Herah was hoping to challenge the 33-year-old mark after running the second fastest 100m of all time last weekend in 10.54.

"The world record is a short-term goal," said Thompson-Herah.

Compatriot Shericka Jackson was second and GB's Dina Asher-Smith third.

"I am a double Olympic champion, I'm delighted with my performance," said Thompson-Herah, who won the 100m/200m double in Tokyo after doing the same at the Rio Games in 2016.

"I have never been this fast. I'm very happy with what I've accomplished in 2021."

She also clocked 10.64 in Lausanne on Thursday behind fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's time of 10.60 - the third fastest time of all time. Fraser-Pryce did not compete in Paris because of fatigue.

Asher-Smith clocked 11.06 in third, while fellow Briton Daryll Neita, who made the Olympic final in Tokyo, ran 11.12.
Ultra-marathon runner Joasia Zakrzewski has been banned for 12 months by UK Athletics for using a car in a race.

Zakrzewski accepted a medal and trophy for finishing third in the 2023 GB Ultras Manchester to Liverpool 50-mile race on 7 April.

Tracking information later showed she travelled by car for about 2.5 miles before continuing the race.

Zakrzewski claimed she told officials she used a car and finished the race "in a non-competitive way".

"The claimant had collected the trophy at the end of the race, something which she should have not done if she was completing the race on a non-competitive basis," said an independent disciplinary panel.

"She also did not seek to return the trophy in the week following the race.

"Even if she was suffering from brain fog on the day of the race, she had a week following the race to realise her actions and return the trophy, which she did not do.

"Finally, she posted about the race on social media, and this did not disclose that she had completed the race on a non-competitive basis."

World Athletics Awards 2023: Armand Duplantis and Faith Kipyegon among six named Athletes of the Year

World-record pole vaulter Armand Duplantis was named one of six World Athletes of the Year for 2023.

This year's edition of the World Athletics Awards changed from crowning a sole male and female winner to issuing awards across six categories.

World and Olympic champion Duplantis, Athlete of the Year in 2020 and 2022, took the inaugural men's field award.

Other winners announced on Monday were Tigist Assefa, Faith Kipyegon, Yulimar Rojas, Noah Lyles and Kelvin Kiptum.

Following feedback during the voting process, in a year in which 23 world records were set, the awards were divided into three event categories for men and women: track, field and out of stadia.

Duplantis, Kiptum, Assefa and Kipyegon set world records in their respective events in 2023, while all six award winners secured world titles or major marathon wins.

"The depth of talent and the outstanding performances in our sport this year more than justify the expansion of the World Athletics Awards to recognise the accomplishments by these six athletes across a range of disciplines," said World Athletics president Sebastian Coe.

"Our World Athletes of the Year alone have achieved seven world records between them in 2023, as well as a host of world titles and major wins, so it is only fitting that they be recognised as the athletes of the year in their respective fields."

Sweden's Duplantis, 24, broke the world record twice in 2023 and defended his world title.

Ethiopia's Assefa, 27, was awarded the women's out of stadia trophy after winning the Berlin marathon with the biggest single improvement of the women's world record for 40 years.

Dame Denise Lewis: Olympic gold medallist is new UK Athletics president

Former Olympic heptathlon champion Dame Denise Lewis has been elected president of UK Athletics.

The 51-year-old takes over from former sprinter Jason Gardener, who has held the post since 2015.

Lewis won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics after securing bronze in Atlanta four years earlier.

Former world 1500m silver medallist Hannah England has been named a vice-president while other senior roles went to Tony Shiret and Arwel Williams.

Lewis was awarded a damehood in the New Year Honours in recognition of her role as president of Commonwealth Games England and for services to sport.

She has also worked successfully as a pundit and television presenter since retiring as an athlete in 2005.

Her medal haul also contains two Commonwealth golds, a European gold and two world silver medals and she was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

Josh Kerr 'definitely disappointed' not to be on Sports Personality of the Year shortlist

Josh Kerr admits he was "definitely disappointed" not to be shortlisted for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award.

The Scot won 1500m gold at the World Championships in Budapest this year and his omission from the six-person shortlist was criticised by the president of World Athletics, Lord Coe, and Scottish Athletics.

Kerr will attend the ceremony to support athletics.

"It's such an amazing award," he said.

"But there's nothing really I can do about it. I'm definitely disappointed.

"I've always been told that when it comes to selection then leave them with no doubt and I obviously left them with some doubt so that's on me.

"We have such an amazing year of sport coming up next year that I'm just looking to prove myself again and hopefully I can be in contention to be in that top six next year."

Those on the list are cricketer Stuart Broad, jockey Frankie Dettori, England footballer Mary Earps, wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and golfer Rory McIlroy.

Kerr, 26, took bronze at the delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and says his sole focus is grabbing gold at next year's Games in Paris.

Asked if he thought there was an issue with Scottish athletes getting the recognition they deserved, he told BBC Scotland: "We just have to keep banging on the door and the recognition will come.

"I have my World Championship gold medal and that's all I really care about this year.

"I've had some great awards from Scottish Athletics and for Scottish sportsperson, so I'm really honoured.

"I'm still going. I'm going there to support 'KJT' and support the sport of athletics and that's my job. I'm not sitting around crying about it but I'm obviously disappointed because it's such an awesome award."