Alison Dos Santos Dethrones Carsten Warholm, Jake Wightman Shocks Jacob Ingebrigtsen

Alison Dos Santos Dethrones Carsten Warholm, Jake Wightman Shocks Jacob Ingebrigtsen

Alison dos Santos ended Carsten Warholm’s reign as handicap king at the world championships on Tuesday, while Britain’s Jake Whitman won his country’s first 1500m gold in 39 years on a day of upset. Warholm broke a 29-year-old world record to win the 400m hurdles in a time of 45.94 seconds at the Tokyo Games in what may be one of the most iconic moments in Olympic history. But the 26-year-old came to Eugene with a hamstring injury that eventually paid off in his medal effort here. Instead, dos Santos won the gold medal by setting the third-fastest time ever and a championship record of 46.29 seconds, ahead of Americans Rae Benjamin and Trevor Bassett.

Dos Santos said, “It’s great to win the world title on this track. I didn’t care about the timing because it’s the first time I’ve won a world title.”

Warholm took the lead coming straight home, but seized badly and eventually came in seventh (48.42), breaking a 22-race winning streak, including 18 finals, that returned in September 2018.

“It was a very tough race,” Warholm said. “I was hurt but for me it’s always your fight and give your all and leave it on track.

“I thought I did it. I hope, looking back, even if I choose to take a medal, I’ll be proud of that.”

While everyone knew Warholm was coming back from injury, serious hopes were pinned on Jacob Ingebrigtsen, Olympic champion in the men’s 1500 metres.

But Whitman hadn’t read the script, playing the Norwegian in his own game, kicking the 200m and keeping his form on the line.

Wightman won in 3:29.23, Ingebrigtsen took the silver in 3:29.47, with Spaniard Mohamed Katir claiming the bronze (3:29.90).

family matter

In a bizarre twist, Whitman’s father Geoff is doing commentary at the stadium in Eugene.

Geoff, also his son’s coach, was reduced to a crackling voice as he announced to Hayward Field: “This is my son and he is the world champion.”

β€œFor him to be a part of my journey to get to this point, and really be part of the actual race, is so irresistible,” Wightman said of his father.

“I talked to him and he’s overjoyed. I’m glad he showed some emotion.”

After failing to win the world title after Olympic gold medalists from Norway were 2019 champions Daniel Stahl, Sweden eventually finished fourth in the discus.

Australian Eleanor Patterson won the high jump gold medal in the fourth final of the night with 2.02m on the countdown from Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh, with Italian Elena Velortigara taking the bronze.

“I’m honestly speechless right now,” Patterson said later. “Smiling makes my cheeks ache.”

200m. out of Kerala

New 100m champion Fred Carey failed to advance past the 200m semi-finals even in the fifth day of action at the World Champions.

Carey set up easily from the blocks, but after Eugene hit straight home at Hayward Field, he was critically abandoned, eventually finishing sixth in 20.68 seconds.

Carey later said that he was fed up in the later stages of the race, but insisted that he would be fit to race in the relay.

“A little cramping, but it’s all good,” Kerle said. “I’m not in pain, I’ll be fine.”

While Carey was left digesting a disappointing early exit, there were no such worries for defending 200m world champion Noah Lyles, who clocked a stellar 19.62s in his semi-final.

The main threat to Lyles’ hopes of retaining his 200m world title could come from teenage teammate and rising rival Ariane Knighton. The 18-year-old prodigy set the house on fire in 19.77 seconds to win his semi-final.

In the women’s 200 metres, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price placed her bid for the sprint double track, reaching the final.

Fresh from winning a record fifth world 100m title, Fraser-Price clocked a best time of 21.83 seconds in the third of three semifinals.

The 35-year-old, the 2013 world 200m champion, will be joined by two of her teammates in Thursday’s final who helped snatch an unprecedented cleansweep of the 100m podium for Jamaica on Sunday, Sherrika Jackson and Ellen Thompson-Hera.


The trio of Jamaica will be joined by Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, the reigning world 200m champion, who was fourth in the 100m, Americans Abby Steiner and Tamara Clark, Aminatou Seni of Niger and Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland.

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