Big names have struggled to live up to their favourite tags at the IAAF World Championships 2017 in London so far.
A day after sprint legend Usain Bolt was denied a fairytale finish to his 100m career, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson, who was the frontrunner to win the 100m women's final, shockingly finished outside the medal positions, conceding her world title to United States' Tori Bowe on Sunday, August 6.
On the other hand, Indian athletes had yet another disappointing day, but Nirmala Sheoran's qualification for the women's 400m semi-final came as a relief for the Indian contingent. Gopi Tanakal finished an impressive 28th in Men's marathon race yesterday.
National record-holder Siddhant Thingalaya also disappointed as he crashed out of the meet after finishing 31st overall in a 39-man field of Men's 110m hurdles. And Swapna Burma, the Asian Heptathlon champion, continued to struggle in the event on the third day as well.
Can Nirmala make the 400m final?
Nirmala is the only Indian athlete in action on Monday, August 7. The 22-year-old Haryana runner finished fourth in her heat with a timing of 52.01s and qualified for the semi-final in the last spot among six best finishers.
Nirmala's timing of 52.01 on Sunday matched her Asian Athletics gold-winning mark. However, she was not able to emulate her personal best of 51.28, which she set at the Federation Cup in Patiala earlier this year.
Nirmala would have finished on top of her heat had she come close to her personal best. However, on Monday, she will have to better her Patiala record if she is to stand a chance of making it to the final.
Who will take Bolt's title in Men's 200m?
Bolt had won his first 200m World Championships Gold in 2009 and had finished on the top step of the podium in the next three editions as well. However, with the Jamaican legend not participating in the event, all eyes will be on who will be the new winner of the event.
South Africa's 400m specialist Wayde Van Niekerk is the frontrunner to win the event as he has been consistently clocking sub-20s in the ongoing season.
He will face stiff competition from Isaac Makwala, who holds the season's fastest timing of 19.77s.
South Africa star Akani Simbine will also be eager to make a mark in the 200m heats while Japanese youngster Abdul Hakim Brown is also among the top contenders.
Day 4 - August 7
|Men's 200m||Heats||6:30pm local/11pm IST|
|Men's Triple Jump||Qualification||6:35pm local/11:05pm IST|
|Women's Hammer Throw||Final||7pm local/11:30pm IST|
|Women's 400m Hurdles||Heats||7:30pm local/12am IST [August 8]|
|Men's 400m Hurdles||Semi-final||8:20pm local/12:50am IST [August 8]|
|Women's Triple Jump||Final||8:25pm local/12:55am IST [August 8]|
|Women's 400m||Semi-final||8:55pm local/1:25am IST [August 8]|
|Men's 110m Hurdles||Final||9:30pm local/2am IST [August 8]|
|Women's 1500m||Final||9:50pm local/2:20am IST [August 8]|
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