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Omar McLeod strikes gold for Jamaica in 110m hurdles

Jamaica's quest for a first gold medal at the World Championships in London is over. Omar McLeod dominated the field to win the 110m hurdles in 13.06 seconds, while Venezuela got their first ever world gold medal.

Omar McLeod added the 110m hurdles world title to his Olympic gold from last year as he gave Jamaica a first gold at the London championships.

McLeod led from start to finish for a convincing victory in 13.04 seconds, after Jamaica's men's and women's sprinters had failed to win 100m gold medals.

The 2015 champion Sergey Shubenkov took silver in 13.14, the first medal for the 19 Russians competing at the worlds as neutral athletes as their federation remains suspended in connection with a doping affair. Bronze went to Hungary's Balasz Baji in 13.28.

"This is my moment. I wanted to come out here and make Jamaica happy," McLeod said, adding in the direction of retirement-bound compatriot superstar Usain Bolt who had to settle for 100m bronze: "This is for you."

 

Venezuela's first world gold

In an exciting triple jump final, 21-year-old Yulimar Rojas edged Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen by two centimeters for gold.

Royas won Venezuela's first ever world title with a mark of 14.91m on her penultimate attempt, beating the defending champion's earlier mark of 14.89.

Olga Rypakova, the 2012 Olympic champion, took bronze with a jump of 14.77m.

 

Peerless Wlodarczyk

Anita Wlodarczyk underlined her dominance in the women's hammer as she cruised to a third world title.

With two Olympic titles to her name, the world record holder was the one to beat, but she proved again why she has not been beaten since early 2014.

After a slow start she took the lead on her fourth throw with a 77.39m effort, and clinched gold with 77.90. "I am happy and see you next time," she told the crowd.

 

Kipyegon wins thriller 

Kenya's Faith Kipyegon won the 1500m world title in a thriller, holding on in a fantastic sprint finish.

The 2011 champion Jennifer Simpson got silver for the US in 4:02.76 and South African 800m world and Olympic champion Caster Semenya sneaked bronze by seven-hundredth of a second from Britain's Laura Muir with a late lunge in her first major 1500m final.

Season leader Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands was fighting for the lead with Olympic champion Kipyegon for most of the last fast lap but faded to fifth in the end.

mds (Reuters, AFP, AP)