Turk stuns crowd, wins gold at world championships

Ramil Guliyev from Turkey has caused a boilover by winning the men's 200m at the world athletics championships in London, denying South African superstar Wayde van Niekerk a golden double.

And Van Niekerk, who broke down in tears during a post-race interview, claimed to be unhappy with Makwala's assertion athletics' world governing body the IAAF had unfairly quarantined him with a sickness bug to make it easier for Van Niekerk to take 400m gold.

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

"It was a tough week, there were a lot of people who felt I didn't deserve it", he said.

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

Nevertheless, van Niekerk, who was unusually emotional after the race, raising his arms in celebration when he heard he had finished second, said he believed his effort had been "successful". The South African took silver by 0.001 seconds.

He was beaten by Turkey's Ramil Guliyev but was angered by Botswana's Makwala, who claimed he was sabotaged following his controversial build-up to the race.

The 27-year-old is already a double Olympic champion and Thursday's win means he's the first triple jumper to win three world titles.

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.

"I'm still running with my heart broken", said Makwala.

In the first 200-meter final without Usain Bolt since 2009, it was wide open from the start.

But the Azerbaijan-born Guliyev was coming through on his shoulder, and over in lane three van Niekerk edged in front halfway down the straight.

"I really feel I worked hard for tonight and I gave it my all".

Evora, the Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist, leapt 17.19m to clinch the fourth World Championships medal of his career at the age of 33. Claye, the runner-up behind Taylor at the last two Olympics, was five centimeters behind for silver. I don't know who made the decision. "I will try to fight, I will get this number", he said.

On another good day for the USA team, the Americans also got a 1-2 finish in the women's 400 hurdles.

However, he reached last year's Olympic final and has shown good form this season, taking gold at the European Team Championships and beating a decent field to win the Paris Diamond League meeting.

That was 0.43 seconds ahead of Dalilah Muhammad.

Jamaica's Ristananna Tracey took bronze in 53.74.

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