Faith Kipyegon of Kenya added the world title to her Olympic crown after sprinting to victory in the women’s 1500m on Monday.
In a fantastic race that erupted on the final lap, Kipyegon held off allcomers down the home straight to clock 4min 02.59sec.
American Jennifer Simpson claimed silver, at 0.17sec, with South Africa’s 800m specialist Caster Semenya taking bronze (4:02.90). Defending world champion Genzebe Dibaba finished 12th and last, more than 4sec off the winning pace.
Laura Muir, one of two Britons in the field led from the off, laying down a 65sec first lap, with Kipyegon a constant companion on her outside shoulder.
Semenya was her usual comfortable self in the middle of the pack, with Dibaba behind her and the Netherlands’ world indoor champion Sifan Hassan, who took bronze two years ago in Beijing, bringing up the rear.
They went through 800m in a relatively sedate 2:17 before Hassan moved up the field and kicked, Kipyegon following.
Suddenly the pack split, Hassan and Kipyegon looking to have the battle for top of the podium to themselves.
But it was not to be, at least for the Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman. Semenya left it late for her attack, eating up the yards from ninth place with 200 metres to run.
As they hit the home stretch, Hassan tied up in dramatic fashion, 2011 world champion Simpson timed her tactically astute race to near perfection and Semenya powered through for bronze on her coattails.
Muir pipped Hassan for fourth, while world record holder Dibaba could muster nothing worthwhile in the sprint finish as she went backwards.
Meanwhile;Jamaica’s Omar McLeod added the world 110 metres hurdles title to his Olympic crown in London on Monday and jointly dedicated it to his mother and superstar Usain Bolt.
However, world record holder Aries Merritt’s dream of winning at least a medal two years after a kidney transplant were dashed as the American 2012 Olympic champion finished fifth. (AFP)
McLeod, 23, led from start to finish to take the title in 13.04 seconds from defending champion Sergey Shubenkov with Balazs Baji of Hungary taking a surprise bronze.
“It’s crazy, it’s my moment,” said McLeod.
“I had to win tonight as my mother (Arnella Knight-Morris) was watching in the stands.
“I dedicate this win to my mother.”
McLeod provided Jamaica with a much needed boost after both Bolt and women’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson failed to bring home gold in the 100m.
“I really wanted to come out here and keep the Jamaican flag high,” said McLeod.
“Usain Bolt he’s still legendary, this is also for you! His legacy to Jamaican athletics he deserves such a tribute!”
McLeod added: “This one is special, honestly. There was a lot of pressure coming in but I channelled it positively.
“It’s totally different to last year where we had Usain and Elaine winning, which I used to propel me. I didn’t have that this time so I really wanted to come out and shine my own light.”
McLeod dominated the race leaving the others to fight it out for the minor medals with Merritt in contention until the final hurdle.
However, he weakened and Russian Shubenkov, who was running as an Authorised Neutral Athlete because of his country’s ban over a massive doping scandal, burst through to take second with 2016 European silver medallist Baji edging Frenchman Garfield Darien for the third spot on the podium.
“I’m so frustrated,” said Shubenkov. “I struggled over the last few hurdles.
“The Jamaican is just too fast. I’m just happy to be competing at a world champs and get a world medal. Last year was a disaster and not just because of the Russian ban (on competing at the Olympics) so I’m happy to be back winning a world medal.
“To be honest it doesn’t matter the colour of the vest I am wearing, it is more important that I gave pleasure to the people in my country who were watching.”
Merritt said it felt “great to be back in London where I won Olympic gold”.
“The crowd greeted me very warmly. Of course, I am not happy to be in lane nine but just being in the stadium is enough for me,” he said.
“I am not even meant to be running, so I’m more happy to be here than not be here. I am back on the world stage, that’s the main thing.
“It’s definitely possible for me to medal in the future. Everyone in the hurdling game is hurdling well.
“Since I broke the world record it’s really transformed. There are a lot of new people and new talent, and that’s fine. I’m just happy still to be part of it.”