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World Athletics | Eid Naser scintillates in women’s 400m

Did I do that...Salwa Eid Naser is stunned after clocking the all-time third fastest time to win the 400m

Did I do that...Salwa Eid Naser is stunned after clocking the all-time third fastest time to win the 400m  

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Johnson-Thompson and Niklas Kaul emerge as the best all-round athletes

Katarina Johnson-Thompson deposed her great rival Nafissatou Thiam as heptathlon World champion on Thursday on a night when two other 2017 titleholders also surrendered their crowns.

Johnson-Thompson’s victory could not be described as a shock but Salwa Eid Naser’s victory in the 400 metres caused shockwaves.

The 21-year-old Bahraini — who left 2017 champion Phyllis Francis trailing in her wake — recorded the third fastest time in history of 48.14 seconds.

Only East Germany’s world record holder Marita Koch and Jarmila Kratochvilova of the former Czechoslovakia have run faster and both were over 30 years ago.

In doing so she became the first athlete to beat hot favourite Shaunae Miller-Uibo in over two years over both 200m and 400m.

The Miller-Uibo household’s trophy cabinet will be enriched by two silver medals as her husband Maicel Uibo finished second in the decathlon. Germany’s Niklas Kaul emerged victorious in an event that went down to the wire and the final event, the 1,500m.

Johnson-Thompson was unrelenting in her pursuit of gold and finally taking the scalp of Thiam, who was burdened by a right elbow injury.

The 26-year-old eventually cruised to the title — Thiam suffering her first defeat since 2016 — rounding off the seven discipline event in style by winning the 800m.

In the shot put, China's Gong Lijao retained her title. The two-time Olympic medallist and with four minor medals at the world championships won with a best mark of 19.55 metres ahead of Jamaica's Danniel Thomas-Dodd and Christina Schwanitz of Germany.

Among Indians, shot putter Tejinderpal Singh failed to qualify for the final round despite producing his season’s best effort of 20.43, while Jinson Johnson failed to make it from his 1500m heats.

The results:

Men: Decathlon: 1. Niklas Kaul (Ger) 8,691 points, 2. Maicel Uibo (Est) 8,604, 3. Damian Warner (Can) 8,529.

Women: 400m: 1. Salwa Eid Naser (BRN) 48.14s, 2. Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bah) 48.37, 3. Shericka Jackson (Jam) 49.47.

Shot put: 1. Gong Lijao (Chn) 19.55m, 2. Danniel Thomas-Dodd (Jam) 19.47, 3. Christina Schwanitz (Ger) 19.17.

Heptathlon: 1. Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBr) 6981 points, 2.Nafissatou Thiam (Bel) 6,677, 3. Verena Preiner (Aut) 6,560.

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