Turkey's Guliyev stuns field to win 200 meters

World Athletics Championships Ramil Guliyev Ruins Wayde Van Niekerk's Double Dream

Turkey's Ramil Guliyev has provided one of the shocks of the world athletics championships, beating South African superstar Wayde van Niekerk in the 200m final in London.

The Botswanan was forced to run an additional solo qualifying time earlier in the evening as the IAAF had barred him from competing in the initial 200m qualifiers (and also the 400m final) because he had been diagnosed with the highly contagious norovirus and was put under a 48-hour quarantine.

"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 past year.

American Isiah Young won the first semi-final in 20.12sec, with Makwala second at 0.02sec.

Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago was given the same time but was relegated to third by one thousandth of a second.

It would have been a tough quiz question before August 10 to name the second-fastest junior ever, but it was Guliyev, who posted 20.04 as a 19-year-old when representing Azerbaijan.

Van Niekerk was aiming to do the 200m-400m double, a feat last achieved at the world championships by American Michael Johnson in 1995.

Van Niekerk, who has set his sights on the 100m/200m double at next year's Commonwealth Games, described his world championships campaign as a "rollercoaster".

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

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"This is not a shock", said the champion. There are many people who don't think I deserve this.

"I have the utmost respect for Usain and he is the one I have been watching over the last few years". I think it's great for my career and another moment to be grateful for.

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

"I work just as hard as every other competitor".

Claye laid down a marker of 17.63m with his third attempt but Taylor went five centimetres further.

But, instead of being in a battle with the Briton's world record, Taylor's attention was focused largely on compatriot Will Claye, the Olympic silver medallist at Rio 2016.

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 risky as they dominated their semis.

"Will Claye makes it hard for me every time", Taylor said.

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 know I'm better than I ran today and hopefully I can show it in the final". Coming away with two medals - both a good colour, gold and silver.

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