India- the land of anomalies. With a population of over a billion people, the number of international athletics medals the country has to its credit does not really tally with the numbers it supports. The stark contrast was again brought out during the fourth day of the World Athletics Championships, when the Indian contingent failed to even figure in any of the events. With this, Sports Rediscovered brings to you a report of the happenings on Day 4 from Beijing.
In women’s discus throw, Cuban Denia Caballero took gold with a best throw of 69.28. She was followed by Sandra Perkovic (67.39) and German Nadine Muller (65.53).
The long jump event saw Greg Rutherford take gold, becoming just the fifth Brit to hold the Olympic, European, Commonwealth and World titles at the same time. Rutherford scaled 8.41 metres in his fourth and final attempt. Aussie athlete Fabrice Lapierre took silver, with a distant 8.24 metres while Jianan Wang took bronze (8.18 metres).
Bolt vs Gatlin:
Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin sailed through to the finals of the 200 metres event (in different heats), promising a mouthwatering show on Day 5’s semi finals. Bolt, who has already outrun the ‘Fastest Man on Earth’ in Day 2’s 100 metres event, would be the bookies’ choice this time too.
400m Hurdles: Records Shattered
The 400 metres hurdles event saw records tumble, when Kenyan star Nicholas Bett finished with a world-leading mark of 47.79. Bett bettered a 22-years-old national record enroute to his gold. Denis Kudryavtsev set a new record for Russian athletics, clocking 48.05 seconds to take silver. The Bronze medal went to Bahamas’ Jefferey Gibson, who set a second consecutive national record (his first came in the semis of the same event: 48.37), clocking 48.17.
In the women’ 1500 metres race, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba took her maiden gold (4:08.09), while Kenyan star Faith Kipyegon came second (4:08.96) and Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan. In a surprise result, Britain’s medal hopeful Laura Muir could manage only a fifth place finish.
Kenya leads the table with 9 medals, followed by Britain and Jamaica with 3 medals each. It will be a good day for India tomorrow, what with Lalita Babar’s 300 metres steeplechase finals coming up. Going back to the enigma posed in the beginning of this article, we hope the nation goes looking for answers rather than ages-old excuses.
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