And then good won over evil. A cursory glance through yesterday’s newspapers and this is the first thing that jumps to the mind. Touted by many as a David vs Goliath prototype, somehow you revel in Usain Bolt’s victory in the 100 metres finals over two-time ex-doper Justin Gatlin. Why? Perhaps because it is a victory of all that we hold to be pure. Sports does, in the end have the capacity to elevate the mood due to such triumphs. The premise of good vs evil maybe too simplistic for some, but hey who does not like a clean championship, especially someone like Usain Bolt ! That said, Sports Rediscovered brings to you a recap of victories no less than Bolt’s on the second day of the World Athletic Championships.
Babar Makes to Bird’s Nest:
Lalita Babar finished 4th in the 3000 metres steeplechase event, stopping the clocks at 9:27.86 seconds, and breaking her previous best and National Record of 9:34.13 seconds. The Asian Games bronze medalist had set her previous best during the recently concluded Wuhan Asian Championships. With this, the 26-years-old has qualified for the final race on Wednesday at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.
In the women’s 100 metres finals event, the prophecies were in favour of Dafne Schippers. Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, however, stunned the Dutchwoman, to take gold, clocking 10.76 seconds. Schippers was pushed into the second position, with a personal best of 10.81 seconds, while Tori Bowie took bronze (10.86 seconds).
In the 400 metres hurdles semis, Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnova qualified with a timing of 54.54 seconds. She was followed by American Cassandra Tate (54.33 seconds) and Dane Sara Slott Petersen (54.34 seconds), who topped in the other two qualifiers. The finals that will take place tomorrow at 6:00 pm Indian time, prove to be an interesting affair.
In the men’s 400 metres semifinals, Issac Makwala, representing Botswana, clocked 44.11 seconds to qualify, while Grenada’s Kirani James (44.16 seconds) and Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Santos, who clocked a personal best of 44.26 seconds, came in first in their respective heats.
In the women’s triple jump, Caterine Ibarguen scaled 14.70 metres in her final jump, to bring Colombia its first Gold in the championships. Israeli Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko broke her personal record en route to a silver (14.78 metres), while Kazakhistan’s Olga Rypakova took bronze.
Kenya leads the table with 6 medals (2 of each hue), while Jamaica and Great Britain follow with 3 and 2 medals. India is yet to open its account. For more from Beijing, stay tuned to Sports Rediscovered.