World Athletics Championships 2019 | Day 9 as it happened

USA take 4x100m relay men's win as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Jamaica take women's victory in packed day of results, highlights, news and interviews at Doha 2019.

Seven world titles were on the line on Day 9 making it the biggest day yet at the Worlds.

Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce wins her ninth world title in the women's 4x100m relay, Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles win their second gold medal, and Yulimar Rojas was world-class in the triple jump.

Sifan Hassan added 1500m gold to her 10k title and faced questions about her banned coach Alberto Salazar.

Hellen Obiri is top of the world in the 5,000m with Lelisa Desisa taking the victory in the men's marathon.

See how it all happened below.

Day 9 Highlights

Day 9: As it happened

02:08am - Gold and silver for Ethiopia as Lelisa Desisa wins

An incredible surge by Lelisa Desisa in the last 200m saw him cross the line with a time of 2:10:40.

Mosinet Geremew picked up second place for Ethiopia as well.

Kenya's Amos Kipruto came in third.

Great Britain's Callum Hawkins managed to catch up to the leading pack but only for a brief moment and finished in fourth place.

01:45am - Leading pack has formed in the marathon

Stephen Mokoka of South Africa is part of a talented leading pack.

You may remember Mokoka from the 10,000m at Rio 2016 where he finished 18th.

South Africa are yet to win a medal at the World Championships.

12:03am - Marathon underway

The pack gets away cleanly, Paraguay's Derlys Ayala gets a taste of what it means to lead a marathon at the world championships, but it's very early yet.

In these conditions, tactics and timing are everything.

11:50pm - Men's Marathon: A Kenyan clean sweep?

Our second midnight marathon will wind around the Corniche lit up under the Doha skyscape and defending Geoffrey Kirui aims to complete a Kenyan clean sweep after Ruth Chepngetich won the first ever IAAF World Championships midnight marathon on Day 1.

But the two quickest runners on the start list are Ethiopian pair Mosinet Geremew who came second to Eliud Kipchoge in this year's London marathon and Mule Wasihun who finished third.

Marathons are normally held in the morning, but the daytime heat in Qatar has seen the championships organisers opt for the novel midnight start time.

Similar concerns about the heat at Tokyo 2020 means the Olympic marathons next year are scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. local time.

With the marathon starting at 23:59 tonight to beat the heat, how do you prepare for it?

10:16pm - Men's 4x100m Relay final: USA! USA!

In comes Noah Lyles for the USA: Coleman, Gatlin, Rodgers and Lyles.

Can anyone beat that?

No!

Second gold for Lyles and Coleman! That was tight from the U.S., a phenomenal race: 37.10

Silver for great Britain in 37.36 - a new European record - just ahead of Japan who win bronze and set a new Asian record too: 37.43

Catch your breath!

10:10pm - Vamos Venezuela!

It's official, Yulimar Rojas is champion of the world again!

Her 15.37m hands her a successful title defence, Jamaica's Shanieka Ricketts is second on 14.92 and Caterine Ibarguen bags bronze with her 14.73 leap.

10:06pm - Women's 4x100m relay final: Jamaica!

Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce set it up again, running in second for Jamaica, she won that leg convincingly against Asher-Smith and Jamaica were gone.

It finished:

  1. Jamaica 41.44
  2. Great Britain 41.85
  3. USA 42.10

Only Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix have more world titles than Fraser-Pryce who adds her 9th gold medal to a glittering trophy cabinet.

10pm - Women's 4x100m relay final

We can see 100m silver medallist and 200m gold medal winner Dina Asher-Smith warming up, there are some late changes to the line-up as Asher-Smith will now run second, and not anchor.

100m champ Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce scorched her 100m leg qualifying, and the Jamaicans won their heat in 42.11: A season's best.

But the defending champs were strong in their heat too, Kiara Parker was fast in anchor, they won their qualifying heat in 42.64, just slower than the Jamaicans.

Great Britain are looking good too, coming home in 42.25 behind Team Jamaica yesterday - faster than the Americans.

China and Germany are fast too, and could punish any mistakes.

Anything can happen in a relay.

Bang! We're off!

9:52pm - Sifan Hassan: "I was so angry, I have been clean all my life"

Hassan gives an emotional post-race interview to the BBC, breaking down and crying about allegations and accusations she's received in the wake of the doping scandal surrounding her coach Alberto Salazar.

Hassan said she used "what people have been saying" as motivation this week.

Her coach, Salazar, was this week given a four-year ban for doping violations.

"It's a very hard week for me, I was so just angry and I could not talk to anyone. I just ran all out. That hard work can't be beaten by anything.

"It's what makes me angry, I have been clean all my life. I work hard, I'm not an emotional person but it makes me so mad."

9:46pm - Triple jump final: Rojas clears 15m!

Yulimar Rojas takes flight jumping 15.37m, that's huge.

Shanieka Ricketts is second in 14.92, Ibarguen third in 14.73.

Just one attempt each left.

9:40pm - Kenyan 1-2!

Hellen Obiri pumped the arms and stretched those legs, she switched on the pneumatics and finished unstoppably.

Silver for Kipkemboi and a first ever 5000m medal for Germany, Klosterhalfen holding on to finish third on the podium.

11 of the top 14 ran personal bests in that race.

Giving it all.

9:36pm - Women's 5000m: Lead six break away

Three Kenyans in the front four now, only broken by German Konstanze Klosterhalfen who's in second.

A Kenyan clean sweep?

Gemechu and Fantu Worku join the lead group, staying in touch.

Obiri though... So calm, so composed.

There's the bell!

9:27pm - McColgan leads early

Early running from Scotland's Eilish McColgan running for GB, who have never won a medal in this event.

It won't be easy here either with a stacked field.

Obiri is running right next to her, now takes it over and ups the pace, they ran the first 1000m in 2:56, that's quick.

Ethiopians Gemechu and Feysa are being roared on by the big Ethiopian contingent that's in the stadium tonight.

They are running together right behind the front two.

Schweizer maneuvres into second, Obiri still setting the standard at the front.

6 laps to go.

9:25pm - Women's 5000m final up next

Remember, Ethiopia’s world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba didn't make it because of a foot injury, and in her absence Hellen Obiri is the favourite in many eyes.

The Olympic silver medallist Obiri was pushed to the line in the semi final by a late charge from the USA's Karissa Schweizer who looked intent on winning the race.

Schweizer cloacked a PB, but will she have much left for the final?

London 2017 champion Obiri never looked troubled really, lovely smooth, even running style, someone will have to conjure something special to top her.

Ethiopian 20-year-old Hawi Feysa she qualified third in that same semi, and GB's Eilish McColgan will be involved too.

Tsehay Gemechu won Heat 2 on Day 6, the Ethiopian went from from sixth to first in the last 50m with a searing finish.

Her 15.01.57 qualifying time was a good 9 seconds off Obiri's Heat 1 winning time, but in the final, who knows?

Never count out the Kenyans either: Kipkemboi and Rengeruk could bother the podium places.

9:16pm - Kovacs wins men's shot put with final throw!

Where did he get that from?!

Joe Kovacs is the new world champion, after he found a 22.91 throw on his sixth and final attempt.

That means a USA 1-2 finish as Ryan Crouser can only go 22.90 with his last throw.

Only! That's a massive hurl off the launchpad - a PB for Crouser.

An exhilarating finish to the shot put final.

Bronze belongs to New Zealand's Tomas Walsh who was winning in the last round with 22.90 that he registered on his very first attempt.

After that he fouled five times, five fouls out of six!

Incredibly he led right to the last round, going from first to third after Crouser and Kovacs late late show.

Mind-bending field final, great entertainment.

9:10pm - Men's shot put final: Kovacs sends it into outer space!

Joe Kovacs is pumped, roaring, screaming, and flexing his neck muscles after an enormous throw!

22.91- Kovacs leads the world - a lifetime best, a metre further than he's thrown all competition.

Crouser has one throw left to better that and beat his U.S. teammate, can he?

It's huge!

And it's so close, but no: Crouser launches it 22.90.

What drama.

9pm - Sifan Hassan wins historic 1500m!

The 10,000m gold medallist is now 1500, gold medallist too!

No-one has ever done this double before.

Hassan ripped up the rule book and threw tactics to the wind, just running as fast as she could, accelerating right the end and laying down the challenge to everyone else:

Come on then, can you keep up?

They couldn't.

Hassan rewrites the Championship Record: 3:51.95

That's the sixth fastest 1500 ever.

Kenya's Faith Kipyegon is second in 3:54.22, Gudaf Tsegay from Ethiopia takes home bronze in 3:54.38.

8:56pm - Women's 1500m final: Sifan Hassan is off!

Hassan has taken this on early, running the big finishers hard in the early couple of laps.

GB's Laura Muir is right there at the bell.

Hassan isn't going to stop!

8:49pm - Men's 4x400m relay Heat 2: Jamaica ace it

They're less than a second off the USA's time, but that's a solid run from Jamaica, anchor Javon Francis had some work to do after a determined finish from Belgium's Dylan Borlee, but held him off.

Trinidad and Tobago finish in third, qualifying automatically.

The USA will be clear favourites for the final final of the World Championships tomorrow night, but any slip-ups on U.S. transitions could easily be punished by a strong Jamaican quartet.

8:42pm - You're a star Yulimar

Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas is warming up for the women's triple jump final that's up next, she's so much fun to watch.

As is Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen who didn't join the high jump competition to focus all her energy on this final.

Ready for one of the best rivalries in sport?

8:31pm - Men's 4x400m relay Heat 1: USA from Colombia

Another awful exchange from the U.S. as Vernon Norwood hands over to Wilbert London, a baton pass that costs them the lead.

But London turns on the turbo and blasts past leaving anchor Nathan Strother a long lead to work with, which he calmly keeps, the USA qualifying first in 2:59.89

Colombia qualify in second as 400m silver medallist Anthony Zambrano finishes like lightning, from fourth to second in that final 100m, he's so exciting to watch.

And the Pan Am champs Colombia set a new national record: 3:01.06

Italy are absolutely overjoyed, jumping up and down in a circle, they've qualified in third by a hair's breadth.

8:24pm - Men's shot put final: Walsh wows world

Tom Walsh resets championship record!

The big New Zealander steps up and says anything Crouser can do...

22.90 is a new CR and puts him in the lead on his first throw.

Crouser fouls his second throw, rattled?

This is going to be a final to remember.

8:13pm - 4x400m relay Heat 2: USA reset world leading time

Jamaica's time outgunned by the USA's fab four in Heat 2: 3:22.96

Here's the U.S. line-up:

1. Jessica BEARD

2. Allyson FELIX

3. Kendall ELLIS

4. Courtney OKOLO

Felix, who's already claimed her 12th world champs medal (More than Bolt!) by winning the mixed relay, is part of a team that looks individually in form and collectively in sync.

It will take something extraordinary to beat them.

Great Britain finished two seconds behind and look likely for a podium finish, the Ukraine and Belgium will be in the second-last final of Doha 2019 tomorrow night.

8:08pm - Men's shot put final - Wowser, it's Crouser

Favourite Ryan Crouser has just fired a championship record on his first throw in the final: 22.36

Top that.

Shot put champ Ryan Crouser: How I'm trying to stay ahead of the pack

Shot put champ Ryan Crouser: How I'm trying to stay ahead of the pack

7:57pm - Women's 4x400m relay Heat 1: Jamaica No.1

Really strong run from Jamaica in the first heat, they finish first in 3:24.64 - the quickest time in the world this year.

Rio silver medallist Stephenie Ann McPherson anchored that and looked so calm in the final stretch, maintaining a big lead over Poland who finished second in 3:25.78.

In third place Sage Watson ran a great final 400 to secure that third automatic Q for Team Canada.

Watson won gold in the 400m hurdles and was crucial to Canada's silver medal performance at Lima 2019.

Favourites U.S. featuring Allyson Felix are up next.

7:49pm - So fast her feet hardly touched the ground

Superb photo from Christian Petersen of Cuba's Adriana Rodriguez.

Adriana Rodríguez of Cuba becomes a blur in her long jump run-up. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Adriana Rodríguez of Cuba becomes a blur in her long jump run-up. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Adriana Rodríguez of Cuba becomes a blur in her long jump run-up. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

7:16pm - Women's long jump Group B: Mihambo makes it look easy

Germany's Malaika Mihambo flew into Doha as favourite and hasn't hurt her chances at all by topping Heat 2 with a 6.98m jump.

The 25-year-old is the only one from the second group to clear the automatic qualifying distance.

Mihambo comes into these Worlds on the back of a nine competition winning streak, clearing seven metres in five of those – six if you include her wind-aided 7.11m (2.2m/s) victory at the European Team Championships.

Mihambo leads the world with 7.16m, owns the three best jumps in the world this season, five of the best six, and six of the best eight.

Can anyone do better in Doha?

Brittany Reese was one who analysts saw as a potential nemesis for Germany's top jumper, but Reese failed to qualify from Group A, making 2018 European champion Mihambo even more likely to become 2019 world champion.

The Ukraine's Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk came closest to Mihambo in Group B, jumping 6.74m.

Behind her Abigail Irozuru, Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova and Jamaica's Sha'keela Saunders all went through to tomorrow's final.

7:02pm - Magnus Kirt tops javelin Group B

No such trouble for Magnus Kirt who's having the season of a lifetime.

The Estonian launches one 88.36 to Group B.

He's been Mr. Consistency this season, setting a national record of 90.34m in Ostrava, then resetting it - 90.61m - in Kuortane, a world leading time.

Kirt also won the Diamons League final in Zurich, and he's on course for a world title on this showing today.

Kim Amb, Keshorn Walcott, Chao-Tsun Cheng, and Lassi Etelatalo.

6:53pm - Men's javelin Group B qualifying: Olympic champ is out

Meanwhile, there's a big surprise as Rio 2016 champ Thomas Rohler crashes out of the men's javelin competition.

Almost equally as surprising is seeing 2018 Diamond League champion Andreas Hoffman join him in the early ice bath.

Both can hurl over 90m on a good day, but Hofmann could only cast the spear 80.06m and Rohler 79.23m.

It's the end of the road for them at Doha 2019.

6:36pm - Women's long jump qualification: Tori Bowie is through

She won a gold, silver, and bronze medal at Rio 2016, but all in sprint events, now Bowie is bringing her considerable skill-set to the Worlds long jump.

And she clears the qualifying distance at the second attempt: 6:77m

Nigeria's Ese Brume has the biggest jump so far - 6.89m - just those two in the auto places so far.

6:08pm - Lottery win?

Nah, much better, it's Dalilah Muhammad being awarded her gold medal after that majestic 400m hurdles win and world record last night.

Now where did I leave that cheque? Anybody seen it? (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Now where did I leave that cheque? Anybody seen it? (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)Now where did I leave that cheque? Anybody seen it? (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

5:54pm - Women's 100m hurdles Heat 5: Amusan on top

A personal best from Nigeria's Tobi Amusan puts her among the podium contenders in the fifth and final heat.

Can she add to those gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, African Championships and African Games?

Amusan clocks the fastest qualifying time across all the heats: 12.48 (A new PB)

Jamaican Janeek Brown looks good too, finishing in 12.61, Netherland's Nadine Visser qualifies in third.

5:46pm - Women's 100m hurdles Heat 4: Keni Harrison's all class

Kendra Harrison is favourite for gold in many eyes, the world record holder was so calm and composed, winning that heat in 12.55.

In second place German hurdler Cindy Roleder does a season's best in 12.76.

Elvira Herman and Reetta Hurske are also through automatically to tomorrow's semi-finals.

5:38pm - Women's100m hurdles Heat 3: Danielle Williams brings her zoom

The fastest time so far comes from 2015 champion Danielle Williams: 12.51

She stunned the world back then, but it would be no surprise to see Williams top the podium this time around.

Andrea Carolina Vargas is jumping up and down and hugging anyone she can find!

She runs a new Costa Rican record - 12.68 - sprecial moment for her,

Annimari Korte and Luca Kozak take a Q each in 3rd and 4th.

Danielle Williams hits her stride straight away in the the women's 100m hurdles. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)
Danielle Williams hits her stride straight away in the the women's 100m hurdles. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)Danielle Williams hits her stride straight away in the the women's 100m hurdles. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

5:32pm - Women's 100m hurdles Heat 2: The Olympic champion is out!

A fourth false start from Brianna McNeal this season ends her world title tilt.

She twitched on the starter block, just raising her head early and that's enough to see her crash out.

Devastating for her.

Italy's Luminosa Bogliolo takes first after McNeal walked off shaking her head saying 'I did not false start'.

12.80 for Bogliolo, Jamaica's Yanique Thompson is second in 12.85.

Anna Zagre and Brianna Beahan take the other auto Q's.

Brianna McNeal of the United States reacts after being disqualified in the Women's 100 Metres Hurdles heats during day nine of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)
Brianna McNeal of the United States reacts after being disqualified in the Women's 100 Metres Hurdles heats during day nine of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)Brianna McNeal of the United States reacts after being disqualified in the Women's 100 Metres Hurdles heats during day nine of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

5:22pm - Women's hurdles heat 1: Nia Ali back to her best?

Fraser-Pryce, Allyson Felix, Liu Hong, Nia Ali?

Women winning gold medals who have returned from pregnancy has become a bit of a theme here at the world championships.

Olympic silver medallist Nia Ali could put herself in that company after a year off where she had her second child with Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, and she wins Heat 1 comfortably.

12.59 for Ali, Megan Tapper, Cindy Ofili, Genesis Romero qualify behind her in the auto spots.

4:58pm - Javelin Group A concludes

The first event of the day is the men's javelin qualification, and we've had four automatic qualifiers in Group A.

Defending champ Johannes Vetter hurls a 89.35 to lead the way, 21-year-old NCAA and Pan Am champ Anderson Peters from Grenada is 4cm behind on 85.34.

Peters could easily be a podium botherer in tomorrow's final.

Jakub Vadlejch and Julian Webber are the other the other two automatic qualifiers.

Magnus Kirt is up in Group B coming up soon, he's thrown a 90.61m this year.

4:45pm - Today's schedule

Day 9 and we're feeling fine!

Here's what's coming up on the biggest day so far at Doha 2019.

Women's 1500m final: Sifan Hassan to double her money?

10k gold medallist Sifan Hassan wants to add to her treasure chest, but it'll be no stroll with a fast field and danger everywhere you look.

The USA's Jenny Simpson ran the fastest semi-final in 4:00.99, around 4 seconds faster than Hassan.

Simpson who won gold at Daegu 2011, and two silver medals at Moscow 2013 and London 2017 looks podium-bound again, and her training partners Gabriela Debues-Stafford and Laura Muir are there and thereabouts too.

They worked in a team in the semi-final, will we see similar tactics in the final?

Shelby Houlihan, Moroccan Rababe Arafi and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon could all mount a challenge too.

Women's 5,000m: Obiri oh yes?

In the absence of Ethiopia’s world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba, who didn't make it because of a foot injury, Hellen Obiri is the favourite in many eyes.

The Olympic silver medallist Obiri was pushed to the line in the semi final by a mad charge from the USA's Karissa Schweizer who looked intent on winning the race.

Schweizer cloacked a PB, but will she have much left for the final?

London 2017 champion Obiri never looked troubled really, lovely smooth, even running style, someone will have to conjure something special to top her.

Ethiopian 20-year-old Hawi Feysa she qualified third in that same semi, and GB's Eilish McColgan will be involved too.

Tsehay Gemechu won Heat 2 on Day 6, the Ethiopian went from from sixth to first in the last 50m with a searing finish.

Her 15.01.57 qualifying time was a good 9 seconds off Obiri's Heat 1 winning time, but in the final, who knows?

Never count out the Kenyans either: Kipkemboi and Rengeruk could bother the podium places.

Men's 4x100m relay: Can USA fulfill?

With 100m gold medallist Christian Coleman and silver medallist Justin Gatlin on the team, USA have to be favourites on paper, but any repeat of yesterday's confusion could cost them gold.

Mike Rodgers couldn't get the baton into Cravon Gillespie's hand, and they almost - this close - crossed the yellow line, flirting with disqualification.

By contrast defending champions Great Britain & NI - who beat the U.S. in that heat going 37.56 - look like a well-oiled machine.

Very smooth transitions and synergy throughout their team.

They have a fantastic four too:

  1. Adam GEMILI
  2. Zharnel HUGHES
  3. Richard KILTY
  4. Nethaneel MITCHELL-BLAKE
  • Coleman:

    Coleman: "I'm tired of trying to explain the situation to certain people"

Women's 4x100m relay final: USA v Jamaica?

100m champ Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce scorched her 100m leg in qualifying yesterday, and the Jamaicans won their heat in 42.11: A season's best.

Here's their line-up:

  1. Natalliah WHYTE
  2. Shelly-Ann FRASER-PRYCE
  3. Jonielle SMITH
  4. Natasha MORRISON

But the defending champs looked very strong in their heat.

Kiara Parker was locomotive anchoring them to the heat win in 42.64, just slower than the Jamaicans.

Here's the U.S. team that looks favourite to reclaim their title:

  1. Dezerea BRYANT
  2. Teahna DANIELS
  3. Morolake AKINOSUN
  4. Kiara PARKER

Great Britain are in for a good podium shout too, coming home in 42.25 behind Team Jamaica yesterday - faster than the Americans.

China and Germany are fast too, and could punish any mistakes.

Anything can happen in a relay.

Women's triple jump: Yulimar Rojas vs. Caterine Ibarguen

Ready for the next chapter in one of sport's greatest rivalries?

Ibarguen v Rojas, Colombia v Venezuela,Olympic champion vs. world champion, this is going to be good.

Rojas jumped a Pan American record of 15.11m at Lima 2019 in August beating Ibarguen's previous record that was set at Guadalajara 2011.

Ibarguen didn't even take part because of injury worries.

In qualifying Rojas went 14.31, Ibarguen 14.32.

Look out too for Jamaica's Shanieka Ricketts who cleared 14.42 the other day.

Ukraine's Olha Saladukha and Keturah Orji with Team USA both cleared the qualifying mark of 14.30 too.

  • Yulimar Rojas on rivalry with Caterine Ibarguen:

    Yulimar Rojas on rivalry with Caterine Ibarguen: "I admire her a lot"

4:35pm - Men's Marathon: A Kenyan clean sweep?

Our second midnight marathon will wind around the Corniche lit up under the Doha skyscape and defending Geoffrey Kirui aims to complete a Kenyan clean sweep after Ruth Chepngetich won the first ever IAAF World Championships midnight marathon on Day 1.

But the two quickest runners on the start list are Ethiopian pair Mosinet Geremew who came second to Eliud Kipchoge in this year's London marathon and Mule Wasihun who finished third.

Marathons are normally held in the morning, but the daytime heat in Qatar has seen the championships organisers opt for the novel midnight start time.

Similar concerns about the heat at Tokyo 2020 means the Olympic marathons next year are scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. local time.

With the marathon starting at 23:59 tonight to beat the heat, how do you prepare for it?

Three of Kenya's best long-distance runners gave us their thoughts about racing under the stars:

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