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Category: World Athletics Championships 2017

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Charities still waiting for millions raided to build West Ham stadium | Rachel Cain

The government has reneged on a pledge to refund £425m to charities after the Olympics, instead leasing the stadium to West Ham for a mere £2.5m a year

  • Rachel Cain is senior researcher at the Directory of Social Change

As West Ham United kick off a new season in the Olympic Stadium where the nation cheered Mo Farah and Usain Bolt in the World Athletics Championships this summer, few will be aware that this fabulous venue, now the London Stadium, was partly funded by money intended for charities, which are still waiting for repayment.

The story so far: back in 2007, the government raided millions from lottery funds to pay for the infrastructure of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than £400m of this money should have been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund in grants enabling charities to do vital work in communities.

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Michael Johnson warns Britain not to get carried away with relay medal burst

• Four relay medals plus Mo Farah’s 5,000m silver took GB total to six
• Johnson questions whether £27m UK Sport investment is bearing fruit

The former world 400m record holder Michael Johnson has urged the public not to get carried away with Britain’s late haul of medals at the world championships and says he is concerned that athletics is not doing enough to justify its £27m investment from UK Sport.

The British team won five medals in 24 hours on the final Saturday and Sunday night, four of them in the relays, to ensure they finished with six overall. That also meant they scraped inside the UK Sport target of six to eight, and ended up in sixth place in the medal table.

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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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Britain win two more relay medals in upbeat finish to World Athletics

• 4x400m women take silver with Allyson Felix inspiring US to gold
• Martyn Rooney anchors men to bronze behind Trinidad and Tobago and US

Almost from the moment Neil Black became British Athletics’ performance director in 2012 he targeted the relays because he knew they were the lowest of low-hanging fruit. Five years on, during the final day of the world championships, he watched as his team gorged on the juicy flesh on offer – and, in doing so, perhaps saved his job.

Related: World Athletics: GB win silver and bronze in 4x400m relays, plus Semenya wins gold – as it happened

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Caster Semenya storms to third world 800m gold to leave troubles behind

• South African produces stunning personal best to delight the London crowd
• Britain’s Lynsey Sharp finishes a disappointing eighth

There was no surer thing at London 2017 than Caster Semenya winning 800m gold, the unknown was how fast she would go. The South African defended her title in a stunning personal best of 1:55.16, the eighth fastest of all time. But considering she breezed over the line after a blistering 27.8sec final 200m the mind boggles at how fast she is capable of going. Surely Jarmila Kratochvilova’s world record of 1:53.28 is within her reach?

Related: World Athletics: GB win silver and bronze in 4x400m relays, plus Semenya wins gold – as it happened

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

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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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Tom Bosworth says football must make it easier for its players to come out

Top race walker, who goes for gold in the 20km walk on Sunday, insists his form improved after he announced he is gay and believes many footballers would do likewise but for the fear of abuse

As Tom Bosworth prepares to hunt for gold on the streets of London on Sunday Britain’s most prominent gay athlete says he doubts that a top-flight English footballer will ever come out because “nothing is changing” in the game.

Bosworth, who has high hopes of a world championship medal in the men’s 20km race walk having led the Rio Olympics before finishing sixth, has been an impressive advocate for LGTB rights since coming out in 2015. However he admits that he is frustrated that some fans still create an atmosphere where footballers daren’t come out.

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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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World Athletics Championships 2017: Mo Farah goes for 5,000m gold – live!

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KJT aces 1.95m with a perfect leap! It didn’t even graze the bar. She’s the fourth high jump finalist to clear the height, although the one blot on her card at 1.92m means she is technically fourth and outside the medals.

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Britain’s Morgan Lake has a perfect card so far, clearing 1.84m, 1.88m and 1.92m comfortably. She raises her arms to get the home crowd behind her before steaming into her arced approach, but nudges the bar and it’s her first failure of the competition, at 1.95m. She is followed by the 19-year-old Ukrainian Yuliia Levchenko, who makes it look easy, and the teenager will join Lasitskene at 1.97m, as will the German Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch. Next up, it’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

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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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Russia’s Darya Klishina engages in neutral to earn long jump silver

• Top four separated by six centimetres as American Brittney Reese wins
• Lynsey Sharp in 800m final after successful appeal against disqualification

Darya Klishina was accused of being a traitor to her nation when she was the only Russian athlete allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics. A year later she became her country’s darling again as she ended a compelling long jump competition with a silver medal. The Russian’s leap of 7.00m was a season’s best but it was agonisingly short of the American Brittney Reese’s 7.02m that brought her a fourth world championship gold medal.

“I’m really glad and I’m really happy,” said the 26-year-old Klishina, who is one of 19 Russians competing as neutral athletes in London. “This is my first medal from a world championships and, for me, it’s my most important result. I didn’t jump seven metres for six years and I just missed those longer jumps.”

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Agonising fourth for Dina Asher-Smith as Dafne Schippers strikes 200m gold

• British sprinter is fifth GB athlete to finish fourth in the championships
• Dutchwoman Schippers successfully defends her title

Dina Asher-Smith has endured her fair share of pain this season with a gruelling recovery from a broken foot but the agony of missing out on 200m bronze by seven hundredths of a second should not cloud the scale of her comeback.

The 21-year-old would surely have won her first global senior medal had her season not been decimated by a fractured navicular bone in February. But she lowered her season’s best by half a second to finish fourth in 22.22sec as the Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers defended her title. In another couple of steps Asher-Smith would have run down Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Bahamian. And with another couple of months’ training under her belt, who knows what might have transpired.

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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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World Athletics: women’s 200m final, Caster Semenya and more – live!

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And on to the first semi-final of the men’s 1500m. Jake Wightman goes in the first, and needs to be among the first five to be sure of a place in the final (with another two places up for grabs for those who miss out on automatic spots).

Men’s 1500m semi-finals now!

SF 1️⃣ @JakeSWightman
SF 2️⃣ @chrisohare1500 #REPRESENT #London2017 pic.twitter.com/K0xAkOccU5

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There was nothing to suggest that Lipsey was actually slowed by the impact. I think you can’t really disqualify an athlete on such scant evidence.

Harshest DQ ever for @LynseySharp This is competitive 800m running on the world stage!!Barely even touched and non intentional! #London2017

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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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