Turkish runner Ramil Guliyev says 200m world gold result of hard work

Lawrence Kim
August 11, 2017

Ramil Guliyev won Turkey's first gold medal at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships here as he shocked title favourite Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa in the men's 200 metres race. In a photo finish for second, 400m victor Van Niekerk held off Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago by one thousandth of a second to grab silver.

Makwala had become the folk hero of London 2017 having been excluded from both the 400m and 200m heats when the IAAF medical commission placed him in 48-hour quarantine after deciding he showed symptoms of norovirus.

"This is not a shock, but this does not feel real", said Guliyev, whose best performance coming into the world championships was a silver medal at the European championships previous year.

He finished sixth in the final.

"I definitely deserve way more respect from my competitors".

Richards, a World Indoor bronze medallist in 2012, recorded the best result of his career as he was third.

This was Guliyev's night, and he celebrated with both Turkish and Azerbaijani flags in his hands.

There were a few boos from the packed-out London Stadium crowd as Guliyev streaked through the line ahead of Van Niekerk, thousands immediately upping and leaving rather than savouring the winning moment which ruined the South African's bid to match Michael Johnson, the U.S. track legend who won the double at the 1995 Gothenburg worlds and went on to repeat the feat a year later in the Atlanta Olympics.

"When I got into the race I was feeling good, but the last 50 metres I was feeling exhausted, the lactic acid came".

"I just had to run my race, go out and let them chase me", said Carter, 25.

"I will leave the championships with my heart broken". I think it's great for my career and another moment to be grateful for.

"Maybe at the next competition everyone will look at me instead".

Taylor's best mark of 17.68 metrers was enough to edge out Claye, who could only manage 17.63m. "I don't think I got the respect I deserved after the 400m - but it's only the beginning and I will show my dominance". Claye, the runner-up behind Taylor at the last two Olympics, was five centimeters behind for silver.

But Dina Asher-Smith is into Friday's 200m final after running a season's best of 22.73 to finish second behind Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou in her semi-final, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo looking unsafe as they dominated their semis.

"Will makes it tough every single time", said 27-year-old Taylor who added he will move up to the 400m only when he breaks the world record and has a permanent reminder of the 18.30m he needs to do so.on his wrist.

Van Niekerk had struggled through his semi-final, going through as a fastest qualifier by just 0.02 seconds, but he was still tipped to rebound to his best in the final.

"I felt good out there apart from that last lap", said Muir. But with all eyes elsewhere, Guliyev ran his own race and earned the ultimate prize.

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