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World Athletics Championships Live Updates: Tobi Amusan Sets the 100m Hurdle World Record and Later Wins Gold

Plus more of the latest results, memorable moments, news, and notes from the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

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Starting Friday, July 15 and lasting 10 days, World Athletics is putting on its championships for the world’s best track and field athletes. It’s the first world champs since 2019 and the first one ever to be hosted by the United States, taking place in the newly renovated Hayward Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, home of the University of Oregon.

And unlike last year’s Olympics, these champs are open to fans—we’re looking forward to packed stadiums for the more than 20 events. Similar to the Olympics, athletes have to qualify to make their country’s team, and compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals.

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Here, we’ll update you throughout the championships from July 15–July 24 on results, news, inspiring stories, and memorable moments.

Sunday July 24 Race Reports

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan Takes First in the 100m Hurdles

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Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan celebrates winning the women’s 100m hurdles final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on July 24, 2022. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)

Watching a world record go down in a semi-final is a rarity. Watching the same athlete run even faster in a final is historic. Tobi Amusan of Nigeria did just that on Sunday July 24 in the 100m hurdle world championship final.

Early in the evening Amusan won her semi-final heat in 12.12. While the speedy time made her a favorite for the final, whether she could rebound in the 110 minutes between races remained to be seen. If she was the least bit fatigued, it did not show in her even faster finish of 12.06. Her second mark, however, will not be marked a world record due to the 2.5 m/s wind. But she walks away with the world champ title either way.

Amusan finished nearly two-tenths of a second (.17 in total) faster than second and third place hurdlers Britany Anderson of Jamaica and Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. Anderson set a national record in her semi-final run (12.31) and lowered that record again in the final (12.23).

Team USA’s Alia Armstrong narrowly missed the podium, finishing in 12.31. Kendra (Keni) Harrison, Armstrong’s American teammate, was a strong contender going into the final as the Olympic silver medalist. Harrison, however, was disqualified after stumbling and knocking over the first hurdle. — M.R.

Saturday July 23 Race Reports

Miller-Uibo Cruises to 400m Victory in the Finals at Hayward Field

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 22: Bronze medalist Sada Williams of Team Barbados, gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Team Bahamas and silver medalist Marileidy Paulino of Team Dominican Republic celebrate after competing in the Women’s 400m Final on day eight of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 22, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The anticipated 400m final took place under the setting sun at Hayward Field.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas ran a beautiful race to win gold in the 400m in 49.11. 

By her own admission she had worked through some injuries after the Olympics, but this certainly did not show. Miller-Uibo raced long and smooth and totally in control. Coming in around the final bend, she settled into her stride and crossed the line with plenty of space. This gold at the World Championships adds to her Olympic, indoor, youth, and youth indoor gold medals. A collection that no other athlete has achieved.

In second place was Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic (49.60) and Sara Williams from Barbados won bronze (49.75) 

It was a fitting end to the 800m journey at the World Championships with smiles all around. — M.M.

The Semi-Finals of the 800m Set the Scene for The Final

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 22: Athing Mu of Team United States and Diribe Welteji of Team Ethiopia compete in the Women’s 800m Semi-Final on day eight of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 22, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images for World Athletics)

Following on from last night’s heats, the three 800m semi-finals were eagerly anticipated.

The top two from each heat advance to the final and the next two fastest times. 

In the first heat, it took until the last 100m of the second lap for the race to heat up. Mary Moora from Kenya (1.59.65) crossed the line first and the USA’s Ajee Wilson  in career-best shape, came in second (1.59.97). It was a relatively slow heat with the wining times slower than the heats from the previous day. 

Keely Hodgkinson (GBR) won the second heat (1.58.51) with Natoya Goule (JAM) running a superbly tactical race to qualify in second place (1.58.73).

Athene Mu, the reigning Olympic Champion, won the third heat with the fastest semi-final time overall (1.58.12) and in second, Diribe Welteji of Ethiopia scored a personal best (1.58.16). 

Raeveyn Rogers from Team USA squeezed into the finals running the next fastest time (1.58.77) in heat two, and Anita Horvat (SLO) had to dig deep in the final meters to score the remaining spot in the final (1.59.50) and a personal best at the same time.

It’ll be a sweet final for Raeveyn Rogers; as a student at the University of Oregon, she’ll be running once again on her home track. 

The finals for the 800m will take place on the last day of competition, Sunday 24th at 6:35 pm PST. M.M.

The Relays Kick Off With the 4 x 100m Heats

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 22: Jenna Prandini and Melissa Jefferson of Team United States react after competing in the Women’s 4x100m Relay heats on day eight of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 22, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Two heats of relay action decided which teams would proceed to the final on Saturday night. The 4 x 100m relay is all about turnover and tight and accurate baton handover. 

Defending champions and favorites Jamaica started in heat one, alongside their rivals Great Britain ranking second fastest coming into the competition. Team GBR cruised easily for the win (41.99) with Neita taking the anchor leg. Jamaica (42.37) and Germany (42.44) came in second and third for automatic qualification.

The first three in each heat qualify automatically for the final, followed by the next two fastest times across the two heats. 

Following heat one, China and Canada were left in the hot zone waiting to see the times in the second heat.

When the gun went off for the second time, Team USA lined up with Switzerland, currently ranking first in the world. The USA, represented by Melissa Jefferson, Aleia Hobbs, Jenna Prandini and Tee Tee Terry, easily took the win (41.56) with some on-point handovers and the fastest split times across the board. Spain crossed the line in second (42.61) scoring a new national record at the same time. Nigeria was in third (42.68) and celebrated with a happy dance after the finish line.

The two remaining qualifying spots went to Italy and Switzerland both from the second heat. 

The final will be a fast and furious show down of the fastest women on earth on Saturday 23rd July at 7:30 p.m. PST.  M.M.

Clash of the Titans in the Heats of the 800m in Eugene

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 21: Freweyni Hailu of Team Ethiopia, Ajee Wilson of Team United States and Renelle Lamote of Team France compete in the Women’s 800m heats on day seven of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 21, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

The women’s 800m competition kicked off at Hayward Field on Thursday night with six rounds of heats to whittle down the field for the semi-finals on Friday afternoon.

Top three qualifying times were Driver Welteji from Ethiopia (1:58.83), Jemma Reekie from Great Britain 1:59.09 and Adelle Tracey from Jamaica (1:59.20).

Some drama ensured in heat two when Australian Catriona Bisset fell after a tussle in the last lap. The fall was contested, and it was ruled the Australian could proceed to compete in the semi-finals, alongside Italian Elena Bello who was impeded in the process.

Team USA athletes all qualified solidly for the semi-finals with Ajee Wilson (2:01.02), gold medal winner from Tokyo, Athing Mu (2:01.30), and  Raeveyn Rogers (2:01.36). 

Also qualifying was Tokyo silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson from Great Britain.

The semi-finals will kick off at 6:35 pm PT on Friday July 22nd with the 800m finals taking place on the last day of competition at 6:35pm on  Sunday July 25th. M.M.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo will Go for Her Second 400m Gold Medal

No American women will compete in the World Athletics Championships 400 meter final on Friday, as Talitha Diggs just missed the cutoff for qualifying. Across three semi-final races, Tokyo Olympic gold medalist and worlds silver medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas finished the fastest in 49.55.

Diggs ran hard in her race, finishing third, but her time wasn’t quite fast enough to move on the finals. Only two non–second place finishers could qualify for the finals, and Diggs’ time was almost twenty hundreths of a second off the needed time.

Two Jamaicans, Candice McLeod and Stephenie Ann McPherson, also qualified for the final, while the second-place finish went to Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic. The gold medalist from worlds in 2019, Salwa Eid Naser, is not competing after a two-year ban (until 2023) due to whereabouts failures for drug testing. —J.C.S.

Intense Running from Shamier Little and Britton Wilson Mean All Four Americans will Compete in 400m Hurdle Finals

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USA’s Shamier Little reacts after crossing the finish line in the women’s 400m hurdles semi-final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on July 20, 2022. (Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

The big three hurdlers in the world for the 400 meters made quick work of their semis: Dalilah Muhammad in the first, Femke Bol of the Netherlands in the second, and Sydney McLaughlin in the third. Each of these women finished first handily, with meters between them and second place.

Muhammad, the reigning world champ and Olympic silver medalist in Tokyo, tackled the first 150 meters in her race with great speed, then settled into a smoother, slower tempo to finish with a sizeable gap between her and Anna Ryzhykova of Ukraine. Ryzhykova auto-qualified to the finals.

Bol’s first place finish was also very solid, but the race for second—the only other auto-qualifying spot during these semis—was extremely tight, with American Shamier Little, Jamaican Rushell Clayton, and American Britton Wilson battling it out until the last meters. It was so tight between Little and Clayton that it wasn’t totally confirmed until a photo check that Little finished second. Despite finishing fourth, Wilson’s speed of 53.72 secured her the last qualifying spot for the finals, meaning four Americans will compete in the finals on Friday.

That fourth spot, of course, is McLaughlin’s. The Tokyo Olympic gold medalist and world record holder started calm and finished smooth and cool into first, far ahead of the second place finisher in her race, Gianna Woodruff of Panama. —J.C.S.

Americans Move Forward to 5,000m Final

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Karissa Schweizer of Team United States competes in the Women’s 5000m heats on day six of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 20, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images for World Athletics)

No big surprises took place in Wednesday evening’s 5,000 meter heats. All three Americans—Karissa Schweizer, Elise Cranny, and Emily Infeld—will advance to the finals on Saturday, along with event standouts Letesenbet Gidey and Gudaf Sigey of Ethiopia and distance favorite Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands.

Infeld snuck in to the finals, finishing sixth in the first heat behind Schweizer in 15:00.98. That time just made it past the cutoff to land her a qualification (with only two heats, the first five of each heat and the next five fastest qualify for the finals.)

In the second heat, Great Britain’s Eilish McColgan led most of the race, being overtaken just before the final lap; she ultimately finished seventh overall and will move on to the finals. Hassan, reigning Olympic gold medalist in the event, spent most of her heat in the back, but moved up to finish third in a big group push during the last two laps.

Gidey finished first in the second heat with the fastest time overall and is likely looking to secure her second gold medal this world championships on Saturday. Caster Semenya, a surprise late entry who hasn’t raced since 2019 after being prevented from running her chosen distance, the 800 meters, finished 13th and will not advance.  —J.C.S.

Exciting 200m Semis Show Promise for an Exciting Final

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Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson (C) crosses the finish lien to win a heat of the women’s 200m semi-final ahead of Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji (L) and USA’s Jenna Prandini during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on July 19, 2022. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)

Three 200m semi-final heats each had their fair share of excitement on Tuesday night in Eugene, Oregon.

In the first, 100m bronze medalist Shericka Jackson, of Jamaica, ran a blazingly fast 21.67, the fastest time of the night. “I’m strong. I’m fast. It wasn’t surprising,” said Jackson of the fast time in a post-race interview. Jenna Prandini, the American in that heat, did her best to keep up and was on track to take second place, but faded in the home stretch. She was eventually overtaken by Aminatou Seyni of Nigeria and Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland. And Prandini’s 22.08 time ended up being too slow to make it to the final round.

The second heat featured three strong contenders: the Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, and Team USA’s Tamara Clark. The three women ran nearly neck-and-neck, to the point where it wasn’t obvious who crossed the finish line first. Surprisingly, it was Clark (21.95) and Asher-Smith (21.96) who edged out the Olympic champ in a very tight third place (21.97). Though she didn’t auto-qualify, Thompson-Herah was able to make it through to the finals based on her time.

The final heat was all about Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who took home a gold medal in the 100m earlier in the championships. Fraser-Pryce came out of the blocks strong and kept the heat up the whole way through, keeping a good distance between her and second place (America’s Abby Steiner). Fraser-Pryce had the second-fastest time of the night and season’s best of 21.82.

Thursday evening’s 200m is officially a can’t-miss event. — M.R.

The American Hurdlers Look Strong Heading into the Semi-Finals

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 19: Sydney McLaughlin of Team United States competes in the Women’s 400m Hurdles heats on day five of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 19, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)

After watching 40 women conquer 10 hurdles each, we’re one step closer to crowning a 400m hurdle champ. In Tuesday’s qualifying heats all four American contenders (Sydney McLaughlin, Shamier Little, Dalilah Muhammad, and Britton Wilson) auto-qualified for Wednesday’s semi-finals by placing in the top four of their respective groups.

McLaughlin (53.95), Muhammad (54.45), and Wilson (54.54) took first in their heats, while Little (54.77) came in second in hers. McLaughlin, the world record holder, and Muhammad both looked smooth and like strong contenders to take the title. It appears as though Muhammad, the reigning world champion, has worked through the hamstring issues that kept her out of the national championships only a few weeks ago.

And though Wilson won her heat, she had to push hard at the end after a slow start, not looking nearly as smooth as her compatriots.

But the championship win is definitely not sealed for any of them. Femke Bol of the Netherlands, who won the third heat, certainly has a strong shot to medal as well. Bol, who had the fastest time of the evening (53.90), goes into the semis with one medal already tucked away, a silver in the 4×400 meter mixed relay from day one of competition. — M.R.

RELATED: These American Women Hope to Hurdle to Victory

Monday, July 18 Race Reports

Americans, Jamaicans Make It Through the 200m Heats

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Mujinga Kambundji of Team Switzerland and Abby Steiner of Team United States compete in the Women’s 200m heats on day four of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 18, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Jamaica is one step closer to a second sweep this world championships, as all three 100-meters medalists from Sunday—Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah, and Shericka Jackson—advanced to the semi-finals for the 200 meters. Fraser-Pryce, in lime green hair (one of 10 wigs she brought with her to Eugene), finished second in her heat, saving her legs.

The American team, lead by newcomer Abby Steiner, also advanced. Steiner, who won her heat, is one of the best, if not the best, 200m collegiate runner of all time, and said she’s “taking it one race at a time” during a long season. Jenna Prandini led her heat until the very end, when she was overtaken by Favour Ofili of Nigeria, who recently was running for Louisiana State University. “I want that medal for sure,” Prandini, who’s made multiple Team USAs but never medaled, said after the race.

Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas sustained an injury and dropped out in the final heat, while her teammate, Tynia Gaither, advanced to the semis in a bit of a comeback after she was disqualified during the 100m semifinals for a false start.

Recovery will be the name of the game for these athletes as the 200m semi-finals take place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19, at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time. —J.C.S. 

Sara Hall Secures 5th in the Marathon

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Sara Hall of Team United States competes in the Women’s Marathon on day four of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 18, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images for World Athletics)

In a cool Oregon morning, the women’s world champs marathon race started with a blazing pace set by a large lead pack that included the Kenyan and Ethiopian teams. Keira D’Amato tried to hang on but eventually fell back to join Emma Bates and Sara Hall in the chase pack, which never could catch up to the leaders but did make some moves ahead as runners dropped out.

The turning point of the race was when Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich, the reigning world champ, dropped out around the midway point due to stomach issues. The Ethiopian team took the opportunity to surge ahead, creating a big gap between the leads and everyone else. Judith Korir of Kenya and Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia (who just made her marathon debut last fall) ended up pulling ahead, the clear top two finishers for much of the last half. Gebreslase allowed Korir to lead until the final few kilometers, when she pulled ahead on a downhill to create a large gap, securing her gold medal finish in 2:18.11.

Sara Hall stayed with the pack until eventually breaking away, moving into sixth and working hard on her own to catch the leaders. When Lonah Chemtui Salpeter of Israel and Nazrat Weldu of Eritrea passed Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia, Yeshaneh, who’d been clearly suffering from a cramp of some sort, dropped to a walk. Hall moved into sixth.

Salpeter pulled ahead of Weldu to finish third behind Korir. Down the final stretch, after working hard and alone to catch up with Angela Tanui of Kenya, Hall delivered a final kick to pass her, finishing fifth. Bates finished seventh and D’Amato eighth, rounding out the women who will receive prize money.

Read the full recap here.  —Jessica Campbell-Salley

The Jamaicans Take the 100 Meters Once Again

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 17: Gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Team Jamaica, silver medalist Shericka Jackson of Team Jamaica and bronze medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah of Team Jamaica celebrate after the Women’s 100m Final on day three of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 17, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for World Athletics) (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s been a sweeps weekend at the World Athletics Championships. While the Americans swept the men’s 100 meter (Fred Kerley in 9.86, Marvin Bracy in 9.88, and Trayvon Bromell also in 9.88) on Saturday and the men’s shot put (Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs, and Josh Awotunde), it was the Jamaicans who took the women’s 100 meters as they did last year in the Olympic Games.

Though the 100 meter podium looked very similar to that of Tokyo, there was a slight shake up in Sunday’s final. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who took silver last year, became the reigning world champ, edging out the Tokyo gold medalist, Elaine Thompson-Herah. Shericka Jackson once again took bronze to join her superfast compatriots in glory.

Fraser-Pryce, now a five-time world champ, ran it in 10.67 in a championship record. It is the third time this year she’s run 100 meters in that time.

As for the American hopefuls, only Aleia Hobbs and national champion Melissa Jefferson lined up for tonight’s final. Twanisha (Tee Tee) Terry did not advance after the semi-final round earlier in the evening with her time of 11.04. Hobbs ultimately took 6th in 10.92 and Jefferson finished in 8th in 11.03.

Catch all three Jamaican superstars again on Monday as they are slated to compete in the 200 meter qualifiers. — M.R.

Saturday, July 16 Race Reports

Smooth Sailing and a Bit O’ Drama in the 1500m Semi-Finals

Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay (C) compete in the women’s 1500m semi-final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on July 16, 2022. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

The excitement in the women’s 1500m continued on Saturday night with two races that would decide the line up for the final on Monday. The first five in each heat automatically proceeded to the finals plus the next two fastest times.

In the first semi final, Gulag Tsegay from Ethiopia clocked the fastest qualifying time with a winning time of 4.01.28. She was followed by Great Britain’s Laura Muir with a 4:01.78 seasonal best, and Jessica Hull from Australia at 4:01.81

The American athletes lined up with Cory McGee and Elle (Purrier) St. Pierre in the first semi-final and Sinclaire Johnson in the second. McGee qualified for the final coming in fifth with at time of 4:02.74 and Johnson qualified with second place and a time of 4.04.51 in her heat. 

In the second heat, with the athletes coming into the final bend, drama sadly unfolded. Gaia Sabatini from Italy pushed Ugandan athlete Winnie Nanyondo out of the way, who consequently fell. Sabatini was disqualified and Nanyondo was registered as a DNF. 

The athletes will line up on Monday 18th at 7:50 p.m. for the (almost) four lap journey to the podium.M.M.

The Battle for 100m Dominance Is Out of the Blocks

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 16: Dina Asher-Smith of Team Great Britain reacts after competing in the Women’s 100 Meter heats on day two of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 16, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Questions going into the heats for the 100m were if it would be a Jamaican one, two, three in the qualifiers. This was not to be, but the finals are where it counts.

Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith sprinted to the fastest time of the evening with a seasonal best of 10.84. Having suffered from a hamstring challenge at the Tokyo Olympics, she proved she was back, strong and ready to race.

For Team USA, all athletes qualified. Twanisha Terry easily cruised the fourth heat coming in second with a 10.95. Aleia Hobbs crossed the line fastest in her heat clocking an 11.04 and Melissa Jefferson rounded out the Americans qualifying with an 11.03.

The Jamaican team still all qualified for the semi-finals. Defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Price crossed the line with a 10.87, Shericka Jackson ran an 11.02 and, in heat three, Elaine Thompson-Hera clocked an 11.15.

Other notable performances in the heats were New Zealand’s Zoe Hobbs, who came in second in the first heat with a PR and also breaking the oceanian record in the process. Great Britain’s Daryll Neita and Marie-Josée Ta Lou both clocked seasonal bests with 10.95 and 10.92 respectively.   

The semi-finals will play out on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the final at 7:50 p.m. (PT) — Melanie Mitchell

The American Steeplers Qualify for Wednesday’s Final

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 16: Luiza Gega of Team Albania, Mekides Abebe of Team Ethiopia and Courtney Wayment of Team United States compete in the Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase heats on day two of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 16, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)

Though they most certainly all hoped to secure a top three spot in their heats to qualify for the 3000 meter steeplechase final, Emma Coburn, Courtney Frerichs, and Courtney Wayment were all left sweating while they waited for the results to come in after Saturday morning’s qualifying rounds. Each American woman came in fourth place in their heats and would have to wait to find out if they qualified based on time.

In the preliminary heats the top three each auto-qualify, while the next six are let through based on the next best times.

In the first heat, Norah Jeruto of Kazakhstan put her stake in the ground as a contender to take the world title, opening up a wide lead with several laps to go. She finished with the fastest time of the morning in 9:01.54.

The second heat, in which Wayment ran, was by far the biggest nail biter. Wayment ran comfortably around fourth place most of the race, waiting until the bell lap to make her move. She battled with Ethiopia’s Mekides Abebe, France’s Alice Finot, and Luiza Gega of Albania for the top three positions, shuffling places among them several times. Wayment was ultimately edged into fourth place in 9:14.95 to Gega’s 9:14.91. Finot finished in first in 9:14.34 and set a national record.

The steeplechase final will take place in the evening on Wednesday July 20. — M.R.

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Friday July 15 Race Reports

No Surprises in the 1500m Qualifying Heats

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 15: Jessica Hull of Team Australia and Faith Kipyegon of Team Kenya compete in the Women’s 1500 Meter heats on day one of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 15, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for World Athletics) (Photo: Getty Images)

The highly anticipated 1500m began its three days of competition on a balmy summer night in Eugene, Oregon with temperatures at 81 degrees and humidity around 40 percent.

All three American 1500m contenders–Sinclaire Johnson, Elle (Purrier) St. Pierre, and Cory McGee–advanced past the first qualifying heats and will compete in Saturday’s semi-finals. By finishing in the top six of their respective heats, the middle-distance runners made the cut.

Joining in the semi-finals are expected international stand-outs such as Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, the reigning Olympic gold medalist; Great Britain’s Laura Muir, who took silver in Tokyo; and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay, an Olympic medalist in the 5000m. Tsegay ran the fastest time of the night in 4:02.68 in the third and fastest heat.

The semi-finals take place Saturday July 16 at 7:05 p.m., Pacific Time. Those who advance from there will compete in the finals on Monday July 18 at 7:50 p.m. — M.R.

RELATED: The U.S. Sends Three Seriously Strong 1500 Meter Finishers to the World Championships

Team USA Will Defend Its 4x400m Title

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EUGENE, OREGON – JULY 15: Eveline Saalberg of Team Netherlands and Wadeline Jonathas of Team United States compete in the Mixed 4×400 Metres Relay Heat 1 on day one of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 15, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)

The United States 4×400 mixed relay team has automatically qualified for tonight’s final after coming in first place in the first heat. In each of the two heats, the top three teams had the opportunity to automatically qualify, with the next two fastest teams rounding out the eight final teams.

Team USA, made up by Elija Godwin, Kennedy Simon, Vernon Norwood, and Wadeline Jonathas, collectively ran 3:11.75. Running consistently in second place behind the Netherlands through the first three legs, it was anchor Jonathas (who also ran in the women’s 4x400m in Tokyo last year) who outkicked Eveline Saalberg of the Netherlands (3:12.63) for the win.

Those tuning into this first morning session of the World Championships were expecting Allyson Felix to compete in the event, but the five-time Olympian was not subbed in. But it is highly likely that Felix (who has announced her impending retirement) will make her final World Championship appearance in the final, set for 7:50 p.m., Pacific time tonight.

Besides the U.S., the Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Poland, Ireland, Jamaica, Italy, and Nigeria will compete in the final. — Malissa Rodenburg