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The worlds best track and field athletes are in Doha, Qatar, for the 2019 IAAF World Championships. The biennial event is the most prestigious meet the sport has outside of the Olympic Games. This years edition takes place over 10 days, from September 27 to October 6.

Check back here for all the latest results from the key events each day.

Two years after earning silver in London, Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas finally earned gold at the world championship, and he did it with a national record.

In 43.48 seconds, Gardiner sprinted to victory as the sixth fastest 400-meter runner in history. Behind Gardiner, Anthony Jos Zambrano of Columbia found another gear out of lane eight to finish second in 44.15. American and Diamond League champion Fred Kerley, who ran the second-fastest time in the world prior to Doha, faded to third in 44.17.

The performance marks Kerleys first individual world championship medal. He has a silver medal as a member of the 4x400-meter relay at the 2018 world indoor championships and a silver medal from the 4x400 at the 2017 world championships in London.

In a finish that was almost too close to call, the defending world and Olympic champion continued his reign over the steeplechase. Coming back from a series of injuries, Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya out-leaned Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia for the victory in a winning time of 8:01.35, just 0.01 seconds faster than his east African rival. The mark was the second-fastest winning time ever run at a world championship.

Behind the sprint between Kipruto and Girma, Soufiane El Bakkali finished third in 8:03.76.

From the gun, Ethiopian teammates Girma, Getnet Wale, and Chala Beyo established the quick early pace in an attempt to out-run Kipruto, who remained on their heels. The Ethiopians exchanged leads throughout the race, even jumping to the front immediately once Kipruto attempted to lead with two laps remaining. By the bell lap, the top group of Kipruto, Girma, El Bakkali, Wale, and Djilali Bedrani of France were all in contention. With a swift move to the front at 200 meters, Girma attempted to run away from the field, but Kipruto chased him down and ultimately caught and passed him with a lean at the line.

Kiprutos performance marks his second world championship gold medal and fifth global medal of his career.

Of the American competitors, Hillary Bor finished the highest with an eighth-place showing. Stanley Kebenei finished 10th, and Andrew Bayer closed for 12th overall.

Dalilah Muhammad accomplished the ultimate championship performance in the womens 400-meter hurdles final. The American standout broke her own world record and earned her first world championship gold medal in a winning time of 52.16.

Closing hard, fellow American competitor Sydney McLaughlin finished behind her in a personal best of 52.23. Jamaicas Rushell Clayton also ran a personal best on her way to a third-place finish in 53.74.

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Muhammads record-breaking victory ends a historic season on the track. She broke the previous 16-year-old world record while winning the USATF Outdoor Championships in July. Prior to Doha, Muhammad earned gold at the 2016 Olympic Games and silver at the 2013 and 2017 IAAF world championships. Todays performance marks Muhammads first ever world championship gold.

In the first heat of the mens 1500-meter semifinal, Timothy Cheruiyot took control of the race. The Kenyan standout led from the gun all the way into the finish line with a winning time of 3:36.53. Less than a second behind the 2017 silver medalist, 2012 Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi, Neil Gourley of Great Britain, American Craig Engels, and Kalle Berglund of Sweden sprinted for a blanket finish across the line to take the remaining five automatic spots into the final.

The second heat was slightly faster and kept the crowd on its toes with a sprint to the finish on the homestretch. The late charge was led by Marcin Lewandowski of Poland, who won the heat in 3:36.50. After leading the majority of the race, Kenyan Ronald Kwemoi finished second in 3:36.53. Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway closed for third, Josh Kerr of Great Britain finished fourth, Youssouf Hiss Bachir finished fifth, and 2016 Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz finished sixth and advanced to the final based on time.

Of the U.S. competitors, Engels and Centrowitz earned a place in the final. Ben Blankenship was the first runner out of contention based on his time in the first heat.

The final will be run at 12:40 p.m. EST on Sunday, October 6.

The Americans dominated the first of two heats for the womens 4x100-meter relay. The squad of Dezerea Bryant, Teahna Daniels, Morolake Akinosun, and Kiara Parker combined to run 42.46, well ahead of runner-up Trinidad and Tobago and third-place finishers Switzerland. All three teams automatically advanced to the final.

The Jamaicans followed up Team USAs win with a heat two victory in 42.11, the fastest time of the day. Led off by Natalliah Whyte, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Jonielle Smith, and finished by Natasha Morrison, the Jamaicans ran a seasons best mark ahead of runner-up Great Britain and China, who finished third. The teams who qualified for the final based on time were Germany and Italy

The final will be run at 3:05 p.m. EST on Saturday, October 5.


All of the top contenders advanced to what should be a fascinating final on Saturday.

The first of the two heats was absolutely loaded, with mile record-holder Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, reigning world and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya, and U.S. champion Shelby Houlihan among those vying for only five automatic qualifying spots.

The race started at a crawl, with the first two laps covered at 5:00 mile pace. When the racing began, Hassan covered the last lap in 58 seconds, moving from last to first to win in 4:14.69. Houlihan and Kipyegon also sprinted well, placing second and fourth, respectively. Hassan, who won the 10,000 on Saturday, is now one race removed from taking an unprecedented 1500/10K double.

The second heat was fast from the start, with the first lap covered at sub-4:20 mile pace. The women knew that the two time qualifiers for the final would come from it, so finishing in the top seven was the goal.

American stalwart Jenny Simpson won in 4:00.99. Her teammate Nikki Hiltz continued her breakthrough season, nabbing the final qualifying spot with a personal best of 4:01.52 in seventh place. Great Britains Laura Muir showed no signs of the calf injury that kept her away from racing since July. She placed third in 4:01.05, and should be considered a medal contender on Saturday.

Salwa Eid Naser Flies to First World Title in 400 Meters

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Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain led one of the deepest womens 400s in history to win in 48.14. Reigning Olympic champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas took silver in 48.37, while Sherika Jackson of Jamaica was third in 49.47.

In all, the first five women set personal bests, including Americans Wadeline Jonathas, who was fourth in 49.60, and Phyllis Francis, fifth in 49.61. Francis ran faster in todays race than she did when she won the world title two years ago.

Eid Naser, the silver medalist in 2017, took off with her usual aggression and was never challenged. She is now the third fastest woman in history over 400 meters.

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The depth of mens 1500-meter running was on display in this first of three rounds. The slowest of the 24 men to advance to Fridays semifinals had to run the equivalent of a 3:55 mile.

The first of the three heats featured a blanket finish, with only half a second separating the first nine runners. Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz of the U.S. and 19-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway showed their usual tactical savvy, with Ingebrigtsen winning in 3:37.67 and Centrowitz third in 3:37.69. Ethiopian Samuel Tefera, the indoor world record-holder, led until the final meters, but placed seventh in the mass finish. He advanced only as a time qualifier.

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya, fastest in the world this year, easily won the second heat in 3:36.82. American Ben Blankenship placed third in 3:37.13. Filip Ingebrigtsen pushed Tedesse Lemi of Ethiopia at the start of the final lapcausing Lemi to fall and finish well behind the fieldyet the Norwegian was not disqualified. He will join his brother Jakob in the semis.

The third heat was the fastest, and up front was a bit of a flashback. It was won by Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti, the 2014 world indoor champ, in 3:36.16, just ahead of Taoufik Makhloufi, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist. U.S. champion Craig Engels placed fifth in 3:36.35. The semifinals will begin at 1:10 p.m. EST on Friday, October 4.

Grant Holloway had the race of his career when he sprinted to his first world championship title in the mens 110-meter hurdles. With a look of shock on his face, the eight-time NCAA champion reached the finish line first in a winning time of 13.10 seconds.

Holloways title follows a long season of racing that started on January 19, first at the NCAA level for the University of Florida, and then as a professional at the USATF Outdoor Championships where he finished second. Holloways victory in Doha marks the 21-year-olds first medal at a global championship.

Behind Holloway, 2015 world champion and neutral athlete Sergey Shubenkov earned silver in 13.15 and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France took bronze in 13.18.

For the majority of the race, the win looked like it would come down to a lean between Holloway and defending world champion Omar McLeod, but the Jamaican sprinter hit the last hurdle and collapsed on the track. He was later disqualified from the competition for impeding Spanish competitor Orlando Ortega.

From the gun, Dina Asher-Smith, 23, led the chase for the 200-meter crown. The sprinter from Great Britain powered down the homestretch with a big lead and kept the momentum going all the way into the finish line with a winning time of 21.88, a national record.

The championship performance in the 200 meters followed a breakthrough run in the 100-meter final where she ran a personal best and national record time of 10.83.

Behind Asher-Smith, Brittany Brown of the U.S. earned silver with a personal best of 22.22. Munjina Kambundji of Switzerland grabbed the final podium spot with a third-place finish in 22.51. American Anglerne Annelus finished fourth in 22.59 seconds.

World record-holder Dalilah Muhammad and fellow American competitor Sydney McLaughlin both made sub-54 seconds look easy.

Muhammad, the U.S. champion and 2016 Olympic champion, kicked off the semfinal round with a victory in 53.91 to win the first heat and automatically advance to the final. Behind her, Sage Watson who competed for the University of Arizona, set a Canadian national record of 54.32 to advance.

In the third heat, McLaughlin glided over the hurdles to run the fastest time of the day in 53.81. At just 20 years old, the 2018 NCAA champion and collegiate record-holder has become one of the favorites to win gold.

Jamaicas Rushell Clayton threw down a quick surge in the last 50 meters to take heat two in 54.17. Zuzana Hejnovaof the Czech Republic finished a close second in 54.41. Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer led on the homestretch but faded over the final hurdle to third in 54.42. She advanced to the final based on time.

The final will be run at 1:30 p.m. EST on Friday, October 4.

The biggest surprise of the mens 400-meter semifinal was Michael Norman finishing last in the final heat. The American standout, who was a gold medal contender, looked strong heading into the 200-meter mark, but appeared to struggle around the final turn. He crossed the finish line in 45.94 while heat winner Machel Cedeno of Trinidad and Tobago won the race in 44.41. Behind Cedeno, Anthony Jose Zambrano finished second in a Columbian national record of 44.55 and automatically advanced.

Easing into the finish line, U.S. champion Fred Kerley safely secured his position into the final with a winning time of 44.25 out of heat one. Behind him, former NCAA star Emmanuel Korir of Kenya finished second in a seasons best time of 44.37. Both runners automatically advanced to the final.

Heat two was led by two world championship medalists, with 2017 silver medalist Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas winning in a seasons best of 44.13 and 2011 world champion Kirani James of Grenada closing for second in a seasons best of 44.23. American Vernon Norwood finished fourth and did not advance.

The two runners who advanced on time were Jamaicans Demish Gaye and Akeem Bloomfield.

The final will be run at 2:40 p.m. EST on Friday, October 4.

Jamaican Omar McLeod led the way in the second round of the mens 110 hurdles. The 2017 world champion and 2016 Olympic champion sprinted to the line first in 13.08 to win heat two in the fastest time of the day. In heat one, American and eight-time NCAA champion Grant Holloway comfortably earned the victory in 13.10. Finally, Orlando Ortega of Spain led heat three in 13.16 seconds.

Devon Allen of the U.S. earned a qualifying spot based on time with his fourth-place finish in heat two.

The final will be run at 3 p.m. EST tonight.

On her way to qualifying for the womens 5,000-meter final, American Karissa Schweizer scored a big personal best with a runner-up finish in the first heat. Hellen Obiri, 2017 world champion, won the race in 14:52.13, just four days after finishing fifth in the 10,000-meter final. Behind her, Schweizer closed in 14:52.41, which improved on her previous PR by nine seconds and earned her a place in her first ever world championship final.

In order to automatically qualify for the final out of the first heat, the top five competitors had to run 15:02 or faster, and four of the top seven finishers walked away with personal bests. American standout Elle Purrier crossed the line ninth overall and was able to advance as the last qualifier with her time of 15:08.82.

The second heat started conservatively but ended with a surge when Konstanze Klosterhalfen took control of the pace with three laps remaining. The German, who trains with the Nike Oregon Project, finished with Tsehay Gemechu of Ethiopia and Margaret Kipkemboi of Kenya across the finish line in 15:01. Lilian Rengeruk of Kenya and Laura Weightman of Great Britain earned the last automatic qualifying spots out of heat two, while Fantu Worku of Ethiopia earned a place in the final based on time. American Rachel Schneider finished eighth and will not advance.

The final will be run at 2:25 p.m. EST on Saturday, October 5.

Just four days after winning the womens 10,000-meter final, Sifan Hassan returned to the track to comfortably win the first heat of the 1500-meter rounds. The mile world record-holder, who trains with the Nike Oregon Project, started in the back of the pack but worked her way up to the front with 700 meters to go.

From the 200-meter mark, Hassan led the field all the way into the finish line, which she crossed in 4:03.88. Faith Kipyegon, the 2017 world champion, finished second in 4:03.93 and American Nikki Hiltz earned an automatic spot in the semifinal when she finished third in 4:04.

U.S. champion Shelby Houlihan conserved her energy until the homestretch of heat No. 2, where she surged ahead to finish in the top six for an automatic qualifying spot. The race was won by Rababe Arafi of Morocco in 4:08.32, and Houlihan finished fourth in 4:08.51.

Jenny Simpson, the 2017 silver medalist in this event, took control of the third heat with a victory in 4:07.27, which launched all three American competitors into the semifinal round.

The semifinal will be run at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 3.

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In his first ever senior world championship, Noah Lyles kept his winning streak alive with gold in the mens 200 meters. The American sprinter ran 19.83 to earn his first world championship gold medal of his career. Read more about Lyles win here.

Unlike most of the previous races this season that he dominated, Lyles was challenged on the homestretch by silver medalist Andre de Grasse of Canada and Alex Quinez of Ecuador who secured the bronze medal. De Grasse finished in 19.95 and Quinez closed for a final time of 19.98.

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Donavan Brazier secured the first 800-meter world championship gold medal for the United States. In the process, Brazier broke the 34-year-old American record and the championship record with a winning time of 1:42.34. (Read more about Braziers record-breaking performance here.)

Behind Brazier, Amel Tuka of Bosnia sprinted to silver in a seasons best of 1:43.47 and Ferguson Rotich of Kenya earned bronze in a time of 1:43.82. American Bryce Hoppel of the United States attempted to secure the final podium spot with a last-minute kick but finished fourth in a personal best of 1:44.25.

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In what appeared to be an effortless victory, 2016 Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won the second heat in 49.66 and solidified her status as the favorite to win gold in the final. The world leader finished well ahead of American Wadeline Jonathas, who ran a personal best of 50.07 while surging past Shericka Jackson of Jamaica in the final meters of the second heat. Miller-Uibos time was the fastest of the three heats.

In the first heat of the semifinals, 2017 world silver medalist Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain won easily in 49.79. Behind her, 2017 world champion Phyllis Francis of the U.S. finished second in a seasons best of 50.22 to earn the last automatic qualifying spot into the final.

The third heat saw two competitors fall out of contention. Galefele Moroko of Botswana pulled up early while American champion Shakima Wimbley pulled up just before the homestretch. Meanwhile, Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica comfortably won the last heat in 50.70.

Of the four American competitors, Jonathas and Francis will represent the U.S. in the final, which will be run at 3:50 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 3.

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The last heat of the mens steeplechase semifinals saw multiple competitors fall early on in the competition, but the podium contenders remained unscathed. While waving to the crowd on the final lap, defending Olympic and world champion Conseslus Kipruto eased into the finish line in a winning time of 8:19.20, ahead of Kenyan teammate and runner-up Benjamin Kigen and American standout Hilary Bor, who finished third in 8:20.67 for the last automatic qualifying spot into the final.

Ethiopia made a statement in the previous heats with two victories. Getnent Wale kicked off the semifinal round with a winning time of 8:12, which left the race up to a last-minute surge in the last 150 meters of the first heat. American Stanley Kebenei lost touch with the top five finishers on the final stretch and finished sixth in 8:19.02.

In heat two, Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia won in 8:16; he beat Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco and Abraham Kibiwot, who kicked past American Andy Bayer in the last 30 meters. Bayer finished fourth in 8:18.66.

Both Kebenei and Bayer will join Bor in advancing to the final as two of the six fastest performers outside of the top three in each semifinal heat. The final will be run at 1:45 p.m. EST on Friday, October 4.

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Defending world champion Kori Carter had a difficult run in the first round of the womens 400-meter hurdles. In the second heat, the American standout pulled up around the 200-meter mark and dropped out of the race. At the 2017 world championships in London, Carter upset 2016 Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad to win gold.

Since the 2017 world championships, Muhammad has made history as the world record-holder in the event. She broke the 16-year-old record at the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships, where she won the race in 52.20 seconds. In the first rounds of heats on Tuesday, Muhammad won her heat easily in 54.87 and advanced to the semifinals.

Her competitor, fellow American hurdler Sydney McLaughlin also solidified her position in the semifinals with a winning time of 54.45 in heat one, the fastest time of the day. Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer qualified after placing fourth in heat four. The semifinals will be run at 2:05 p.m. EST on Wednesday, October 6.

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2012 Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada made his return to the championship stage with the fastest mark in the first round heats of the mens 400 meters. His qualifying time of 44.94 led the first heat on Tuesday. The Granadians performance was his second race of the 2019 season after reportedly contracting graves disease in 2017, which sidelined him for the majority of the past two seasons.

The American sprinters eased into the next round with U.S. silver medallist Michael Norman leading the way in heat four with a time of 45.00, the second-fastest time overall. Fred Kerley, Vernon Norwood, and Nathan Strother also earned qualifying marks to advance to the semifinals, which will be run at 12:35 p.m. EST on Wednesday, October 6.

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Karsten Warholm of Norway took the race out hard and wasnt really challenged to repeat as world champion in 47.42, while American Rai Benjamin was second in 47.66. Abderrahman Samba of Qatar gave the home crowd something to cheer about by taking the bronze in 48.03.

Warholm was the surprise winner in London two years ago. His post-race shock at the time launched a thousand memes.

After his strong start, Warholm started to strain before the final hurdle. Benjamin was able to close the gap briefly, but the American also started to tie up in the final stretch, and Warholm held it together to the line.

American Ajee Wilson gave winning the world title her best shot, but came up 40 meters short. After leading from the start, Wilson was overtaken by Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda, who won in a national record of 1:58.04. Wilsons training partner Raevyn Rogers squeezed past Wilson to take the silver in 1:58.18, while Wilson repeated her bronze medal performance of two years ago in 1:58.84.

The third American in the field, CeAira Brown, was eighth in 2:02.97.

With defending champion Caster Semenya not racing because of the IAAFs new rules on testosterone in female athletes, Wilson was the consensus favorite heading into worlds. She looked great through the qualifying rounds, as did Rogers.

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Wilson took it out fast, passing the 200-meter mark in under 27 seconds. Winnie Nanyondo of Uganda and Natoya Goule of Jamaica pressed from behind. The time at the bell was 57.96. Rogers was, uncharacteristically, next to last entering the final lap.

Wilson tried to make another move with about 250 meters to go, and opened the slightest of gaps, but couldnt make it stick. When Nakaayi pulled alongside for the real sprinting on the homestretch, Wilson couldnt match her. Rogers closed the best of the field, overtaking Wilson in the final seconds and almost catching Nakaayi.

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