Deagu days: Controversy as Robles stripped of hurdles crown

Here’s everything you need to know about day three of the IAAF World Championships. There were one or two talking points…

The moment when Dayron Robles (third from left) and Liu Xiang clashed. Robles went on to win the race, but was later disqualified.
The moment when Dayron Robles (third from left) and Liu Xiang clashed. Robles went on to win the race, but was later disqualified.

THERE WERE NO Irish athletes in action on day three in Daegu, but there was plenty of interest and controversy, not least in the eagerly-anticipated final of the men’s 110m hurdles.

Here are the day’s big winners and losers.

Good day for…

Botswana: They’ll be dancing on the streets of Gaborone this evening. Botswana won its first ever World Championship medal when 28-year-old Amantle Montsho clung on to beat three-time world champion Allyson Felix by 0.03 seconds in the final of the women’s 400m. Montsho, whose time of 49.56 set a new national record, is one of only three Botswanan athletes competing in Daegu.

Carmelita Jeter (100m): After having to settle for bronze at the last two World Championships in Osaka and Berlin, Carmelita Jeter finally got her hands on 100m gold this afternoon. The American was quickest out of the blocks and finished strongly to win in 10.90 seconds. Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kelly-Ann Baptiste took silver and bronze respectively.

Jess Ennis (Heptathlon): One of Britain’s main medal hopefuls for next year’s Olympics, Ennis set a fastest time of 23.27 in the 200m which helped her to an overnight lead of 151 points after four events of the heptathlon.

Bad day for…

Dayron Robles (110m hurdles): The disqualification of Olympic champion Dayron Robles was the major talking point of the day. The Cuban hurdler pipped America’s Jason Richardson and Liu Xiang of China to the line in a tight finish, but was stripped of his win after replays showed that he had accidentally crossed into Liu’s lane and made contact with him as they cleared the ninth hurdle.

After Robles’s appeal was turned down, Richardson and Liu were promoted to gold and silver respectively, while Britain’s Andy Turner was awarded the bronze.

Oscar Pistorius (400m): The double-amputee sprinter’s 400m dreams came to a disappointing end in Daegu this afternoon when he finished last in his semi-final heat. Pistorius vowed that this would not be the end of his World Championships however, promising to return for the heats of the 4x400m relay on Thursday.

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Dmitry Starodubtsev (Pole vault): The Russian was the victim of what might be termed a “faulty pole” during this afternoon’s final. At least he had an excuse, unlike 2009 silver medallist Romain Mesnil who failed to clear his starting height of 5.65m on three successive attempts.

In a tight finale, the gold medal was won by Poland’s Paweł Wojciechowski who beat Lazaro Borges of Cuba after clearing 5.90m in fewer attempts.

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