Day 6 Recap: Bolt Beats Gatlin (Again) in 200, Christian Taylor Scares the World Record and Allyson Felix Reigns Supreme

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August 27, 2015

BEIJING — Day 6 at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing saw some incredible action as Christian Taylor scared the world record in the triple jump and Allyson Felix was golden in the 400. But once again it was king of the track and field, Usain Bolt, stealing the show as he crushed Justin Gatlin in the 200m, 19.55 to 19.74, to show he is without a doubt still the world’s best sprinter.

We recap all of Thursday’s action below starting with Usain St. Leo Bolt. The only event we don’t cover is the women’s 800 semifinals, which were so ridiculous they get their own article here.

Men’s 200m: Bolt Blasts Gatlin And Then Gets RUN OVER by Segway after the Race

After the 100m, the debate in the track and field world was whether Bolt had won the 100m, or whether Justin Gatlin’s stumble had given the 100m to Bolt.

There was no debate after the 200m as Bolt made this one no contest, running 19.55 to Gatlin’s 19.74. Both men started well and Bolt had a slight lead heading onto the straightaway. It was soon no contest as Bolt pulled away from Gatlin. This time Gatlin flailed his arms again like in the 100, but it was because there was nothing he could do to get any closer to Bolt.

Bolt had time to let up before the finish and pump his chest vigorously as he crossed the line. The king was firmly atop his throne. All Gatlin could do was smile; no there was no beating Bolt today.

Race video for US vistors:

Results from (wind: -0.1)

Pl.Athlete / TeamCnt.BirthResultScore
1.Usain BOLTJAM8619.551292WL
2.Justin GATLINUSA8219.741261
3.Anaso JOBODWANARSA9219.871241PB
4.Alonso EDWARDPAN8919.871241SB
5.Zharnel HUGHESGBR9520.021217PB
6.Ramil GULIYEVTUR9020.111203
7.Femi OGUNODEQAT9120.271178
8.Nickel ASHMEADEJAM9020.331169

Bolt made the Bird’s Nest crowd come to life like no one else in track and field during a raucous victory lap that almost ended in tragic fashion. As Bolt was on the homestretch of his victory lap a cameraman on a Segway came up behind him and as he got close to Bolt from behind, lost control of the Segway and it clipped Bolt from behind as the camerman, Bolt, and the Segway all tumbled to the ground.

Video of fall below (non-US visitors click here)

Fortunately, Bolt got up, limped slightly, but then continued on his victory lap, even returning to make sure the cameraman was ok. There was another scare later on the victory lap as a man dressed in what appeared to be the same uniform as the security came onto the track and attempted to get near to Bolt (we’re not sure if he made contact with Bolt or not), before being chased away and apprehended by security as he tried to scale the wall surrounding the track.

Usain Bolt can entertain the track and field world like no other and that was the case tonight in Beijing. His post-race press interactions were hilarious as well. Watch them below to get a good feel for his personality.

Video with Bolt post race: (Bolt/Gatlin press conference here)

Full Medalist Press Conference With Bolt and Gatlin and Jobodwana.

Post-Race Interview with Gatlin:

Men’s Triple Jump: Christian Taylor Gives the World Record a Scare

Taylor came thisclose to Edwards' world record (and he left some on the board)

Taylor came thisclose to Edwards’ world record (and he left some on the board)

As expected, Christian Taylor and Pedro Pablo Pichardo were in a tight battle for triple jump gold. That is, until the final round. That is when Taylor, already in the lead with a 17.68 jump (to Pichardo’s 17.60; both men had been over 18 meters this year), unleashed a monster. Taylor knew it was big and got out of the pit and did a bow of respect.

When it was measured, the scoreboard showed 18.21, the #2 legal jump of all time, just eight centimeters off of Jonathan Edwards’ world record. The replays also showed Taylor left about 10 centimeters on the board, so with a perfect leap, he could have been the new world record holder.

Pichardo still had the final jump of the competition remaining, and while he improved to 17.73, the night rightfully belonged to Christian Taylor.

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKWindDETAILAttempt 1Attempt 2Attempt 3Attempt 4Attempt 5Attempt 6
11062Christian TaylorUSA USA 18.21 +0.2WL16.85 +0.417.49 +0.217.60 +0.217.68 +0.117.22 +0.118.21 +0.2
2382Pedro P. PichardoCUB CUB 17.73 +0.217.52 -0.617.44 +0.217.60 +0.217.33 -0.117.52 -1.417.73 +0.2
3817Nelson ÉvoraPOR POR 17.52 +0.3SB17.28 +0.3X17.29 -0.6X -0.3X17.52 +0.3
41007Omar CraddockUSA USA 17.37 +0.217.14 +0.417.08 +0.2X 0.017.14 +0.417.37 +0.216.50 +0.1
5862Lyukman AdamsRUS RUS 17.28 +0.3X17.12 +0.317.28 +0.3X -0.217.21 0.017.23 +0.1
6835Marian OpreaROU ROU 17.06 +0.417.06 +0.416.23 +0.2X 0.0
7885Dmitriy SorokinRUS RUS 16.99 +0.416.99 +0.416.38 +0.3XX 0.0X -0.8X -0.2
8772Tosin OkeNGR NGR 16.81 +0.416.77 +0.5X16.81 +0.4XXX -0.6
9851Godfrey Khotso MokoenaRSA RSA 16.81 +0.316.57 -0.516.76 +0.216.81 +0.3
10205Leevan SandsBAH BAH 16.68 +0.316.68 +0.3X +0.316.47 +0.2
11755Jonathan DrackMRI MRI 16.64 +0.1X16.15 +0.216.64 +0.1
12491Benjamin CompaoréFRA FRA 16.63 +0.2XX16.63 +0.2
Christian Taylor Bows

Christian Taylor Bows

QT #1: An American Training in the Netherlands With a Dutch Coach Gets the US Back on Track
The US had struggled at these championships and it took an American who lives and trains in the Netherlands with a Dutch coach to get the US back on the gold medal stand with its second gold of the championships. Minutes later Allsyon Felix would up the gold medal tally for USA.

Audio interview with Taylor:

QT #2: Craddock loses bronze on final jump

2008 Olympic champ Nelson Evora of Portugal saved his best for last, jumping 17.52 on his final jump to snatch the bronze from Omar Craddock of the US.

Women’s 400m: Allyson Felix Gets 400m Crown and a PB

Allyson Felix had won a dozen World and Olympic gold medals before tonight. However, they all had been in the 200, 4×100 or 4×400. That changed in 49.26 seconds as Felix ran a lifetime best to hold off a strong challenge from former world junior champ Shaunae Miller, who PR’d in 49.67 for silver, as Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson went sub-50 for the first time to get bronze in 49.99. Defending world champ Christine Ohuruogu faded down the homestretch to last in 50.63.

Race video (for US visitors)

Post-Race Interview With Felix

Results from

Pl.Athlete / TeamCnt.BirthResultScore
1.Allyson FELIXUSA8549.261235WL, PB
2.Shaunae MILLERBAH9449.671219PB
3.Shericka JACKSONJAM9449.991206PB
4.Christine DAYJAM8650.141200PB
5.Stephenie Ann MCPHERSONJAM8850.421189
6.Novlene WILLIAMS-MILLSJAM8250.471187SB
7.Phyllis FRANCISUSA9250.511185
8.Christine OHURUOGUGBR8450.631180

QT #1: Time for a change?
With 12 gold medals, Felix didn’t need this title to cement her legacy, but it will get people talking about changing the schedule at the Olympics to make the 200/400 double possible in Rio. Right now, the first round of the 200 is 75 minutes before the 400 final.

QT #2: The world hasn’t seen a sub-49 since 2009
While Felix helped turn around the fortunes of the US tonight, the 400m was one event where things could have been even better. Heading into Worlds, the US had the top two 400m runners on the world list, Sanya Richards-Ross and Francena McCorory. Problem was, neither made the US team individually. Who knows what they could have done tonight, but they are fresh for the 4×400.

Speaking of SRR, there hasn’t been a sub-49 clocking since Richards-Ross closed out the season in Brussels in 2009 with a 48.83.

Women’s Hammer Record Holder Anna Wlodarczyk Wins World Title, Just Misses WR

Hammer world record holder and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland (81.08 pb) picked up her second world title with a heave of 80.85 that just missed her world record of 81.08 (it was still a championship record). It was Wlodarczyk’s first global title since the 2009 Worlds as she dominated the event with four throws good enough to win.

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKDETAILAttempt 1Attempt 2Attempt 3Attempt 4Attempt 5Attempt 6
1684Anita WlodarczykPOL POL 80.85 CR74.4078.5280.2780.8579.31X
2266Wenxiu ZhangCHN CHN 76.33 SB73.4775.9273.6576.3369.9372.99
3380Alexandra TavernierFRA FRA 74.02 74.0269.59X67.8369.9370.60
4400Sophie HitchonGBR GBR 73.86 NR71.2071.4473.6571.0672.1073.86
5260Zheng WangCHN CHN 73.83 72.9268.80XX71.5073.83
6432Kathrin KlaasGER GER 73.18 SB70.6172.7273.1372.6571.6473.18
7428Betty HeidlerGER GER 72.56 69.3372.5672.2472.3571.2269.85
8607Zalina MarghievaMDA MDA 72.38 72.1572.2072.38X71.87X
9862Amanda BingsonUSA USA 72.35 SB72.3568.86X
10162Alena SobalevaBLR BLR 70.09 63.5267.8070.09
11939Rosa RodríguezVEN VEN 67.78 XX67.78
869Amber CampbellUSA USA NM XXX

Women’s 200m Semis: Thompson, Asher-Smith, Schippers Set Up Wide-Open Final

Elaine Thompson, Candyce McGrone, Dafne Schippers (silver in 100 earlier), and Dina Asher-Smith had the four fastest season’s bests in the field coming in and they ran the four fastst times here with Thompson and Asher-Smith looking the best.

USA champ and new pro Jenna Prandini did not advance, but confirmed to LRC after the race she has signed with Puma.

Results from

Semifinal 1, Wind: -0.1

Pl.Athlete / TeamCnt.BirthResultScore
1.Elaine THOMPSONJAM9222.131224
2.Candyce MCGRONEUSA8922.261210
3.Ivet LALOVABUL8422.321204PB
4.Mujinga KAMBUNDJISUI9222.641171PB
5.Viktoriya ZYABKINAKAZ9222.771158PB
6.Bianca WILLIAMSGBR9322.871148
7.Reyare THOMASTTO8723.031131
8.Maja MIHALINECSLO8923.041130PB

Semifinal 2, Wind: -0.1

Pl.Athlete / TeamCnt.BirthResultScore
1.Dafne SCHIPPERSNED9222.361200
2.Sherone SIMPSONJAM8422.531182
3.Marie José TA LOUCIV8822.561179PB
4.Semoy HACKETTTTO8822.751160
5.Jenna PRANDINIUSA9222.871148
6.Khamica BINGHAMCAN9423.021132
7.Anna KIEŁBASIŃSKAPOL9023.071127
8.Margaret ADEOYEGBR8523.341100

Semifinal 3, Wind: -0.1

Pl.Athlete / TeamCnt.BirthResultScore
1.Dina ASHER-SMITHGBR9522.121225PB
2.Jeneba TARMOHUSA8922.381198
3.Veronica CAMPBELL-BROWNJAM8222.471189SB
4.Rosângela Cristina OLIVEIRA SANTOSBRA9022.871148
5.Gloria HOOPERITA9222.921143PB
6.Justine PALFRAMANRSA9323.041130
7.Kimberly HYACINTHECAN8923.071127
8.Maria BELIMPASAKIGRE9123.281106

Men’s 110 M Hurdles: 3 Americans Making the Final Including World Record Holder Aries Merritt Who Is Having a Kidney Transplant Next Tuesday

All the favorites, including three Americans, made the final, but the most amazing story is that of Aries Merritt. The world record holder is receiving a kidney transplant next Tuesday, yet he led the qualifying with a 13.08.

Results from

Semifinal 1, Wind: 0.0

Pl.Athlete / TeamCnt.BirthResultScore
1.Sergey SHUBENKOVRUS9013.091237
2.Hansle PARCHMENTJAM9013.161223
3.Garfield DARIENFRA8713.251206
4.Aleec HARRISUSA9013.291198
5.Shane BRATHWAITEBAR9013.311194
6.João Vitor DE OLIVEIRABRA9213.451168PB
7.Sekou KABACAN9013.581143
8.Petr SVOBODACZE8413.671127

Semifinal 2, Wind: -0.2

Pl.Athlete / TeamCnt.BirthResultScore
1.Aries MERRITTUSA8513.081240SB
2.Omar MCLEODJAM9413.141228
3.Pascal MARTINOT-LAGARDEFRA9113.171222
4.Jonathan CABRALCAN9213.371184PB
5.Gregor TRABERGER9213.371184
6.Wenjun XIECHN9013.391180
7.Greggmar SWIFTBAR9113.441171
8.Konstantinos DOUVALIDISGRE8713.791105

Semifinal 3, Wind: -0.1

Pl.Athlete / TeamCnt.BirthResultScore
1.Dimitri BASCOUFRA8713.161223PB
2.David OLIVERUSA8213.171221
3.Matthias BÜHLERGER8613.341189PB
4.Artur NOGAPOL8813.371183SB
5.Andrew RILEYJAM8813.431172
6.Balázs BAJIHUN8913.511156
7.Lawrence CLARKEGBR9013.531153
8.Yidiel CONTRERASESP9213.571145