Unbelievable Drama Creates Incredible 400m Final Finish At World Championships

Felix falters in 400 rematch as Francis grabs win at worlds

Bahamian Miller-Uibo, who famously dived over the line to pip Felix to Olympic gold a year ago, was clear with less than 20m left but as she exhausted, she tripped on her own foot, stumbling nearly to a standstill as her rivals stormed past.

Schippers looked impressive in her semi-final storming into the lead and was metres clear rounding the bend into the finishing straight. Her legs seemed to stiffen, perhaps through cramp, and became entangled.

"I am so excited".

Heading into the final, Naser of Bahrain was surprisingly the fastest women to qualify, breaking a National Record ahead of Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller-Uibo who were second and third fastest respectively.

In addition to her world championship medal haul, Felix also owns six Olympic gold medals and three Olympic silver medals. The American's tally includes nine golds and she could not disguise her frustration at not making it 10 - though she still has the 4x400m relay to come. It is the New York City native's first-ever individual medal at the world championships.

Gong was left delighted with China's first shot put title since Huang Zhihong won her second gold in Stuttgart in 1993, saying: "It is 24 years since China won a shot put medal, so it's a very special moment for me".

Jamaican Bolt, in his swansong season, can move to 15 with a medal in the 4x100m relay this weekend, but Felix is slated to run both the 4x100 and 4x400m relays for the USA team, which could take her to 16.

The British runner timed a season's best 22.73sec.

South Africa's Olympic champion Castor Semenya, who won bronze in the 1500 on Monday, was the favorite to reclaim the world title she won in 2009.

Botswana's Isaac Makwala reached the 200 metres final against all the odds, qualifying from the notoriously hard inside lane made even more hard by wet conditions after gaining a reprieve from the IAAF.

Farah admitted he was struggling with an injury after claiming gold in the 10,000m last weekend but said his knee was fine after qualifying for the 5000m final, in which he will aim to achieve a double success in the long-distance events for the third consecutive Worlds.

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