Turkey's Guliyev stuns field to win 200 meters

Carla Harmon
August 11, 2017

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk hit out at Isaac Makwala and accused him of a lack of respect after missing out on his dream double at the World Athletics Championships.

Makwala had become the folk hero of London 2017 having been excluded from both the 400m and 200m heats when the IAAF medical commission placed him in 48-hour quarantine after deciding he showed symptoms of norovirus.

Guliyev, who took up Turkish citizenship in 2011 and was cleared to compete for his adopted country two years later, clocked 20.09 seconds to hand Turkey its first ever world gold medal.

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

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


Richards, a World Indoor bronze medallist in 2012, recorded the best result of his career as he was third.

Guliyev appeared to still harbour affection for Azerbaijan - who will surely be ruing the day they let their star name defect - as he draped the nation's flag around him, along with the Turkish equivalent, at the end of a thrilling race.

Wayde van Niekerk came to these world championships trying to be the first man since the great Michael Johnson in 1995 to claim the 200m/400m double.

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've got time to recover now and give it my all in the final".

"Maybe at the next competition everyone will look at me instead".


"I've had one of the craziest championship journeys ever", said Makwala. I think it's great for my career and another moment to be grateful for.

Taylor won well enough but the threatened assault on Jonathan Edwards's 22-year-old world record never materialised.

Claye laid down a marker of 17.63m with his third attempt but Taylor went five centimetres further. Nelson Evora of Portugal bagged the bronze in 17.19.

Guliyev's win may not have been following the script the organisers wished for after two-time doping cheat Justin Gatlin's win in the 100m upset superstar Usain Bolt's farewell.

Carter sprung a surprise to secure the women's 400m hurdles crown as she held off the fading challenge of Olympic champion and team-mate Dalilah Muhammad and crossed the line in 53.07. A collection of medals from the Mediterranean Games, the Summer Universiade and the Islamic Solidarity Games did not mark him down for glory and even his silver at last year's European Championships came when most of the continent's top talent had skipped the event to concentrate on the Rio Olympics.


Carter ran 53.07 seconds from the outside lane to claim a surprise win ahead of Muhammad, who won gold in the Rio Olympics previous year. "I don't think I got the respect I deserved after the 400m - but it's only the beginning and I will show my dominance".

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