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US mixed relay team sets first world record in Doha

American DeAnna Price wins hammer throw gold while Holland's Sifan Hassan clinches 10,000M title.
Obi Igbokwe And Jasmine Blocker Of The Us 4x400m Mixed Relay Team During The Baton Exchange En Route To Setting The World Record At The Iaaf World Athletics Championships In Doha
Obi Igbokwe and Jasmine Blocker of the US 4x400M mixed relay team during the baton exchange en route to setting the world record at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

The first world record of Doha 2019 tumbled as the United States’ 4×400 mixed relay team, with a blistering run, bettered their own performance of 2016 in round one of the competition at the Khalifa International Stadium.

On day two of the World Championships, the team of Tyrell Richards, Jessica Beard, Jasmine Blocker and Obi Igbokwe clocked 3:12.42 seconds, improving their time of 3:13.20 seconds.

This is the first official world record in the event which is making its World Championship debut. The IAAF Council had decided that the first world record in the new event would be the first performance to better the recognised world best at the end of 2017, which happened to be the 3:13.20 set by the Americans in 2016.

In the same heat, Team Canada felt they were unfairly denied a place in the final following what they said was intentional obstruction from a Bahrain athlete. The jury however turned down their appeal reasoning that that the incident was not intentional.

Deanna Price Became The First Us Athlete To Win The Hammer Throw Gold At The World Championships
DeAnna Price became the first US athlete to win the hammer throw gold at the World Championships. Photo: Getty Images for IAAF

For a woman who is scared of heights, American DeAnna Price scaled a really high peak in the hammer throw event on Saturday. She became the first US athlete to win gold in the event at a World Championship.

Price threw 77.54M in her second attempt on Saturday evening, way short of her best of 78.24 this season. It was enough to beat back the competition from Poland’s Joanna Fiodorow who could only reach 76.35M and China’s Zheng Wang who touched 74.76M.

Price started off with an intimidating throw of 76.87 in her first attempt and only Fiodorow seemed anywhere close with 76.35M. Price bettered her effort in her third throw while Fiodorow just could not improve on her first throw paving the way for Price’s moment of glory.

“I don’t know how they are going to get me up on the podium as I am scared of heights,” said Price referring to the medals ceremony on the second tier of the stadium.

Sifan Hassan Of The Netherlands Celebrates After Winning The 10,000m Final In Doha
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the 10,000M final in Doha. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands overpowered the field in the women’s 10,000M. The former Ethiopian initially stayed with the leading bunch of runners consisting of Kenya’s Agnes Tirop and Rosemary Wanjiru as well as Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey and Senbere Teferi before timing her move to perfection.

Her final push was a little too much for Gidey and Tirop to counter and the Dutchwoman crossed the finish line in 30:17.62 seconds. Gidey was second in 30:21.23 seconds while Tirop ended third in 30:25.20 seconds.

In men’s pole vault qualification world record holder France’s Renaud Lavillenie failed to make the final. He could only muster 5.60 metres when the qualifying mark was way higher at 5.75 metres. Defending champion Sam Kendricks and Sweden’s Armand Duplantis, who qualified with 5.75, will be the leading lights in the final on Tuesday.

Favourite Daniel Stahl of Sweden led the list of qualifiers in the men’s discus throw. His throw of 67.88 was the best on the day.

The women’s 800M semifinals saw no surprises with the favourites, led by Ajee Wilson of the United States, making the final. Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi had the best time of 1:59.35.

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was the fastest in the women’s 100 first round, clocking a blistering 10.80 seconds.