Spectators hold up a poster of high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim, of Qatar, at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Latest: Big crowd sees Cheruiyot cruise in 1,500 semis

October 04, 2019 - 10:57 am

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the world track and field championships Friday (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya secured his place in the men's 1,500-meter final in front of the largest crowds yet at the Doha track world championships.

The silver medalist in 2017, Cheruiyot won his semifinal in 3 minutes 36.53 seconds in a race where Norway's European champion Filip Ingebrigtsen finished just seventh and failed to qualify.

Poland's Marcin Lewandowski won the other heat in 3:36.50 ahead of Kenyan Ronald Kwemoi and Ingebrigtsen's brother Jakob.

Defending champion Elijah Manangoi of Kenya is not racing due to an ankle injury.

The Khalifa International Stadium has its biggest crowds of the championships so far, drawn by ticket giveaways and the promise of watching Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim contend for a medal in the men's high jump.

After days when showpiece events like the men's and women's 100 finals were greeted by rows of empty seats, places are so in demand that organizers have removed awnings over sectors of the stadium to increase capacity.


8:00 p.m.

The world record could fall as Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin of the United States do battle once again in the women's 400-meter hurdles on day eight of the world track and field championships.

Muhammad set a new world record of 42.20 seconds when she beat McLaughlin at the U.S. nationals in July. McLaughlin was the faster of the two Wednesday as both won their semifinals.

Also Friday, Fred Kerley of the U.S. is the favorite for the men's 400 after fellow American Michael Norman was eliminated in the semifinals. The 2011 world champion Kirani James of Grenada could also challenge for gold.

Medals are also on offer in the men's high jump and women's discus, as well as the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase and 20-kilometer race walk. The men's and women's 4x100 relays start with heats.


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