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Usain Bolt leaves athletics behind with final warning to drug cheats

• Jamaican retires with a swipe at doping athletes
• Seb Coe admits regret at sprinter’s retirement

As Usain Bolt performed his final lap of honour, illuminated by thousands of flashbulbs and with the scent of fireworks hanging in the air, he paused at the start mark of both the 200m and 100m and crouched down, eyes beginning to moisten.

I was saying goodbye to the fans and saying goodbye to my events also,” he said. “These are my two events that I have dominated for years. I was saying goodbye to everything. I almost cried. It was close but it didn’t come.”

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World Athletics: Muir sixth in 5000m, Caster Semenya and 4x400m relays – live!

8.15pm BST

Lynsey Sharp faded in the second lap and finished last. Semenya, though, was in a league of her own, and won in a personal best time of 1:55.16.

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In the home straight Caster Semenya moves wide and flies past first Ajee Wilson and then Niyonsaba!

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Drama and controversy at the World Athletics Championships – a photo essay

From Mo Farah’s 10,000m gold, Isaac Makwala’s illness, the fall of Deborah John to the heartbreak of Usain Bolt’s final race, our photographer Tom Jenkins captured the icons, the atmosphere and all the action from the London Stadium

The first sight of Usain Bolt at these championships coincided with Justin Gatlin leaving the track after winning his 100m heat. Suddenly the boos for the pantomime villain – a twice convicted drugs cheat – dissolved, replaced by cheers of ‘Bolt, Bolt, Bolt’.

The Jamaican wanted to sign off with one final 100m title to add to his 11 world and eight Olympic golds but admitted he needed to repair his relationship with the blocks.

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Greatness of Usain Bolt burnished even with bittersweet final appearance | Andy Bull

Usain Bolt, who has captivated our attention for nine years, hobbled over the finish line with a pulled hamstring in the 4x100m and won’t thank the IAAF

This is how it ends then, with Usain Bolt face down on the track, 10 metres out from the finish line. Just when you wondered whether Bolt was going to accelerate counter-clockwise around the earth to reverse time, or announce that he had to return to his home planet and then fly off into the night sky, or disappear with the princess into the happily-ever-after, all the dragons dead behind him, he gave us a last reminder that he’s only human after all. His hamstring went before he’d made it halfway home. He slowed to a halt while the field sped past him, then stumbled into a roll. It meant he crossed the line alone, and last. His first world championship final, in the 200m in 2005, finished the very same way.

Related: Usain Bolt’s furious team-mates blame organisers for 4x100m injury

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Asha Philip and co thrilled to win women’s world 4x100m silver for GB

• Asha Philip, Desirèe Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita take medals
• ‘We had a couple of precarious moments but we got it round,’ says Philip

A mixed week for British athletes at these world championships in London is suddenly encased in a silver lining. Last year Britain’s talented women’s 4x100m squad took an unexpected bronze in the Olympics. Now they have an upgrade to silver. Given Asha Philip, Desirèe Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita have age on their side, a global title may yet be next on the list.

True, their time of 42.12sec in the final was not among the quickest. In fact it was nearly two tenths slower than they managed in their morning heat. But they handled the pressure of a couple of rickety changeovers to finish a deserved second behind a US team spearheaded by Allyson Felix and Tori Bowie.

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Usain Bolt’s furious team-mates blame organisers for 4x100m injury

• Yohan Blake says waiting in a cold call room for 40 minutes led to injury
• ‘Yohan, I think this is crazy,’ Bolt is reported to have said to Blake

Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team have blamed organisers for causing the dramatic moment when Usain Bolt fell to the track in his final race – because they believe their “crazy” decision to keep everybody in a freezing call room for more than 40 minutes led to Bolt getting cold.

As Britain’s quartet celebrated a shock gold medal, the Jamaican Yohan Blake, who passed the baton to Bolt, said he was furious at what had happened. “They were holding us too long in the call room,” he said. “Usain was really cold. In fact Usain said to me: ‘Yohan, I think this is crazy. Forty minutes and two medal presentations before our run.’

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Great Britain seal 4x100m relay gold as Usain Bolt bows out with injury

• Great Britain win gold in 37.47sec, a British record
• Bolt injured running last leg for Jamaica

The cheers have surely not been louder all world championships. But, dramatically and unexpectedly, this time they were not for Usain Bolt, who ended the final race of his career face down on the track and with his hamstring blown. Instead they rang loud and true for the young British athlete Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who held off the American Christian Coleman to take the home nation’s second gold medal of the championships in a dramatic men’s 4x100m relay final.

It was a sensational performance that was reflected on the clock. The British team’s time was 37.47 – a national record and the fastest time in the world this year. The United States were second in 37.52, with Japan third in 38.04. Britain has not had the greatest of world championships but suddenly the crowd were off their feet, jumping and hugging and applauding.

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Mo Farah takes world 5,000m silver to fall short of a farewell double

• Briton fails to add to 10,000m success in final major run on the track
• Farah, winner of four world and Olympic doubles, beaten by Muktar Edris

Mo Farah missed out on the 5,000m and 10,000m double at the World Athletics Championships, bringing down the curtain on his track career at major events with a silver medal.

Farah, 34, is stepping up to the marathon and had hoped to add to the doubles he won at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and the 2013 and 2015 world championships. He also won the 5,000m at the 2011 worlds, giving him 10 global golds in all.

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Usain Bolt steers Jamaica into 4x100m final as GB go close to record pace

• Bolt sets up last race of his career with confident run in heats
• Britain’s men and women both safely through to 4x100m finals

Usain Bolt successfully steered his Jamaica team through to the final of the men’s 4x100m, setting up the last race of his career.

Bolt ran the anchor leg for Jamaica and pulled away down the home straight, having taken the baton just behind France and China.

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Dafne Schippers wins women’s 200m at World Athletics Championships – video highlights

Dafne Schippers retained her 200m world title at the World Athletics Championships on Friday with Marie-Josée Ta Lou taking silver and Shaunae Miller-Uibo coming third. Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith finished in fourth, just months after breaking her foot in training

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Toilet jokes are hard to make when Justin Gatlin’s gold leaves a bad smell | Richard Williams

The contaminated straw that led a race horse to fail a drugs test might raise a smile but events at the world athletics in London are no laughing matter

If there was a lighter side to a week in which doping dominated the sports headlines, it came in the discovery of O-desmethyltramadol in a sample taken from a horse called Wotadoll. Sitting in judgment, the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary committee accepted the explanation that the metabolite of the opioid tramadol – detected after the three-year-old bay filly finished unplaced at Wolverhampton – could be sourced to the urine of a groom who peed in the horse’s box after taking the medication for pain relief.

Related: Boos ring out at Justin Gatlin’s moved 100m medal ceremony

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Ramil Guliyev pips Wayde van Niekerk to win 200m gold – video highlights

Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev won the men’s 200m at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday, beating Wayde van Niekerk who was forced to settle for silver. Americans Kori Carter and Christian Taylor also won gold in the women’s 400m hurdles and the men’…

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World Athletics: men’s 200m final, Laura Muir runs again and more – live!

7.26pm BST

Lovisa Lindh of Sweden has a stress fracture and doesn’t start the first 800m heat. There six heats, with the first three and six fastest losers to go through.

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It’s been bothering me who Karsten Warholm looks like. I think it might be Chris Woakes.

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Isaac Makwala’s lone furrow exposes bungling of shambolic IAAF | Martha Kelner

The governing body of athletics has mishandled the Makwala affair, but at least it has diverted attention away from Justin Gatlin

It is a good reflection of the rising levels of crazy at these world championships that a one-man race became the must-watch event, with Isaac Makwala ensuring this saga lives another day.

The IAAF, athletics world governing body, can at least take some solace from the fact the Botswanan has nudged drug cheat Justin Gatlin’s 100m victory off the agenda for now. But the handling of this issue has been shambolic from the off. Even Makwala poked fun at the situation by doing press-ups on the track.

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Kyle Langford promises Olympic medal after ‘picking people off like a sniper’ in 800m

After his unexpected fourth place in the world championship 800m final, young Briton has his sights set on success at multiple distances

The morning after Kyle Langford’s thunderous charge brought him within inches of a shock 800m world championship medal he evocatively summed up how he felt powering down the home straight. “I wasn’t focusing on times but picking people off like a sniper,” he said. His only regret was that he did not take more of them out.

“I felt good and thought I could come through,” explained the hugely likeable 21-year-old, who missed out on bronze by just 0.04sec. “I was counting how many people there were and I knew I’d at least get fourth and as I saw the Kenyan in third going to die, I thought: ‘I can have him for dinner here.’ As I dipped I kind of knew I’d missed a medal. I smiled and thought: ‘Oh well, I gave it a good go.’

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Isaac Makwala allowed own 200m time trial after norovirus heartbreak

• Botswana athlete will run alone at 6.40 on Wednesday with semis as goal
• Makwala was barred from running in 200m heats and 400m final

The Isaac Makwala story took another dramatic twist on Wednesday afternoon when the Botswana athlete – who was barred from running in the 200m heats and the 400m final due to sickness – was allowed to run a specially convened 200m time-trial.

Makwala will run alone at 6.40pm, 25 minutes before the evening’s programme is officially due to start. If he runs a time faster than 20.53sec he will be allowed into the semi-finals at 8.55pm. No athlete already qualified for the semi-final will be adversely affected.

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Wayde van Niekerk wins 400m amid controversy as Isaac Makwala is barred

• South African clocks 43.98sec to finish well clear of Steve Gardiner
• Medical team hits out at IAAF decision to turn away Botswanan

Wayde van Niekerk completed the first stage of what he hopes will be a glorious London double by storming to victory in the men’s 400m – but the night was mired in controversy and bitterness after his main rival, Isaac Makwala of Botswana, was barred from running by the sport’s governing body, the IAAF.

Van Niekerk is known for throwing up after his races, such is the all-out effort he puts in when he runs. But the South African was able to win easing down in 43.98sec, nearly a half a second clear of Steve Gardiner of the Bahamas, with the Qatari Abdalelah Haroun finishing incredibly quickly to take bronze in 44.48.

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World Athletics Championships: Wayde van Niekerk in 400m and more – live!

6.41pm BST

It’s all rather strange at the moment. The men’s 400m final is tonight’s main event and it won’t feature Isaac Makwala. He missed last night’s 200m heats because of illness, but he says he’s fit to race this evening. One problem: the IAAF won’t let him, citing medical advice. Problem is, though, Makwala insists he hasn’t been properly tested, while the authorities haven’t properly explained why he’s not been allowed to start. There’s talk the Botswana athlete might try to gain entry to the London Stadium. But will his pass work at the door?

6.17pm BST

While we wait for the evening session to begin, here’s Sean Ingle’s report on Laura Muir’s 1500m heartbreak last night.

Related: Laura Muir gives everything but is pipped to a medal in 1500m final

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World Athletics Championships: Laura Muir goes for 1500m gold – live!

6.41pm BST

Out in the field, the women’s hammer final is starting soon. On the big screen, Colin Jackson says the warm-up area is “really cool”.

6.40pm BST

The second men’s 200m heat is dominated by the lightning quick Jereem Richards. The lightning Trinidadian steams home in 20.05sec. The USA’s Kyree King is second in 20.41, Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer is third in 20.49. Norways’s Jonathan Quaracoo is fourth in 20.40.

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Time is fast running out for athletics to act on the scale of problems it faces | Sean Ingle

IAAF president must be decisive after jeers for 100m winner Justin Gatlin, twice banned for drug offences, show fans’ patience over doping has snapped

On the eve of these world championships Sebastian Coe made a claim so startling it stopped some listeners in their tracks. Doping, he said, was no longer athletics’ biggest challenge, rather it was the need to lure new fans. It was as bold as it was reckless and it took only two days to unravel spectacularly with Justin Gatlin’s victory over Usain Bolt in the 100m final – along with the savage chorus of boos that bookended it.

Inevitably the reaction to Bolt’s defeat was binary – the Jamaican the shining knight, Gatlin the super-villain. And no sooner had the boos subsided than there were also dire predictions about track and field’s future. But who could blame the doubters? Two years ago when Bolt beat Gatlin by 0.01sec to win 100m gold in Beijing, the BBC’s Steve Cram had insisted that the Jamaican had saved his sport. What were the public supposed to think now?

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