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Turkish delight in stunning 200m final as van Niekerk pipped by 0.02 seconds

Ramil Guliyev wins Turkey’s first-ever gold at the IAAF World Championships.


TURKEY’S RAMIL GULIYEV was the shock winner of the men’s 200m title as Wayde van Niekerk was denied a second world championship gold by just two-hundredths of a second.

In a thrilling finish to Thursday’s action at London’s Olympic Stadium, Guliyev snatched victory in 20.09 seconds – Turkey’s first-ever gold medal at the world championships.

Van Niekerk, who was bidding to become the first man to do the 200m/400m world double since Michael Johnson in 1995, was second in 20.11.

Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago took bronze, officially timed at 20.11 as well but crossing the line one-thousandth of a second behind van Niekerk.

Earlier, America’s Kori Carter won the women’s 400m hurdle title (53.07) with Dalilah Muhammad (53.50) and Ristananna Tracey (53.74) taking silver and bronze respectively.

Christian Taylor (17.68) completed a world championship hattrick in the men’s triple jump, beating Will Claye (17.63) and Nelson Evora (17.19) to the gold.

2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Seven - London Stadium Source: Martin Rickett

2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Seven - London Stadium

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