Rutherford and Rudisha repeat Olympic wins on World Athletics day four
British long jumper Greg Rutherford completed his Gold medal collection by finally winning this event on day four of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.
A season’s best and second longest of his career of 8m 41cm from the reigning Commonwealth, European and Olympic champion was more than enough to finish off a sand pit grand slam.
Rutherford’s major rival and world leader Jeff Henderson flopped badly, ending outside the top eight which denied him the right to three further jumps. This costly error from the American gifted Gold to Team GB with Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre pipping host nation China to Silver.
Staying with British athletics heroes, Christine Ohuruogu could still defy the odds and retain her world 400m title after demonstrating her considerable talent for peaking at major championships by winning her semi-final. Coral have cut the defending champion from 12/1 into 9/1 to successfully retain.
USA athlete Allyson Felix remains the woman to beat, however, at an odds-on 4/9 price, as she was the only one to run under 50 seconds in this penultimate round. Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas will also figure in the medal picture at 5/2 for Gold.
Usain Bolt began his bid for yet another men’s sprint double, easing to victory his 200m heat and is odds-on at 2/1 to follow up his 100m Gold. Controversial rival Justin Gatlin also made progress, as did British talent Zharnell Hughes.
Hot women’s discus favourite Sandra Perkovic of Croatia had to settle for Silver behind a huge 69m 28cm throw from Cuba’s Denia Caballero. Nadine Muller of Germany took Bronze.
There was no such mistake from women’s 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba, who was a class apart from her opponents. Younger sister of long distance legend Tiruensh, the Ethiopian took a tactical race from Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon and Sifan Hassan, representing the Netherlands, in 4:08:09.
American and Caribbean dominance of the men’s 400m hurdles ended when Kenya’s Nicholas Bett took the title in 47.79 seconds from Denis Kudryavtsev, scooping Silver for Russia, ahead of Jeffery Gibson of the Bahamas.
And finally, just like Rutherford, London Olympics hero David Rudisha repeated an impressive victory three years on in the men’s 800m, running 1:45.84.
The Kenyan was made to work in a controlled race by Poland’s Adam Kszczot and Amel Tuka, who by battling to Bronze earned a first-ever World Athletics Championships medal for Bosnia and Herzegovina.