American Tori Bowie snatched the women’s 100 metres from Marie-Josee Ta Lou on the line to win gold at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.
Ta Lou looked set to win Ivory Coast’s first world title in any event as she pulled away from the field and Olympic silver medallist Bowie appeared to be out of contention at the halfway mark.
But the big-striding American made up a huge amount of ground and timed her dip perfectly to win in 10.85 seconds, one hundredth of a second ahead of Ta Lou.
Olympic champion and favourite Elaine Thompson of Jamaica finished out of the medals in fifth as Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers took bronze.
Nafi Thiam of Belgium eased her way to heptathlon gold to go with the Olympic title she claimed in Rio last year.
The Belgian went into the final event, the 800 metres, with a 172-point lead over Germany’s Carolin Schafer – roughly 12 seconds on the track in the London Stadium. That meant Thiam could take it relatively easy and that is exactly what she did.
The 22-year-old has a personal best of 2:15.24 in the 800m but she fell towards the back of the chasing group in the third heat and came in last in a time of 2:21.42. It was still enough to secure her first world title as she finished on 6,784 points.
Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi, the new queen of the pole vault, added the one missing gold medal to her big-event collection when she soared to the world title with the best vault of her life.
In a repeat of last year’s Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro, the destination of the gold came down to a straight fight between the ever-consistent 27-year-old Stefanidi and American Sandi Morris.
In Rio, Stefanidi had won on countback but this time the victory was much more emphatic as she had 16 centimetres to spare over Morris, clearing a national record 4.91 metres to her rival’s 4.75m.
Olympic bronze medallist Tomas Walsh stayed ahead of tough competition in the shot put to win New Zealand’s first gold of the World Championships.
Building on from his strong qualification round, the New Zealander threw 22.03 metres with his final attempt, although he had already secured gold with his third put of 21.75.
Joe Kovacs, the 2015 world champion from the U.S., thought he might have retained his title with his final attempt. However, it was ruled as a foul throw, meaning the American had to settle for silver with his third attempt of 21.66.