27th August 2015 – Usain Bolt (JAM) made it a perfect 10 World Championship gold medals by adding the 200m title to the 100m title he won earlier this week and in doing so became the most successful athlete in World Championship history.
Speaking after the race Usain said that he has never been behind off the curve and that was his plan again here to really attack the bend and then transition into the straight. He looked relaxed crossing the line in 19.55 seconds (the fifth fastest time of his career) to win by nearly two tenths and hold on to the title he has now held since 2009.
Another PACE athlete who was looking to defend a title was Christine Ohuruogu (GBR) as she lined up for the womens 400m final. Having won her semi-final 50.16 seconds and with the reputation of a fierce championship competitor Christine knew she had given herself the best possible chance. However, despite a brave performance it wasn’t to be for Christine this time and she finished eighth in 50.63 seconds.
Earlier in the evening session Dina Asher-Smith (GBR) clocked yet another PB and progressed automatically to the 200m final. Her time of 22.12 seconds is the second fastest ever by a British athlete and followed the 22.22 seconds she ran in her heat (the fastest ever heat time in the history of the championships).
Shannon Rowbury (USA) has already contested her 1500m final and finished in seventh place. After a pedestrian first lap the race burst into life with 800m remaining which Shannon covered in approximately 2:01 to cross the line in 4:12.39.
Four PACE athletes have successfully negotiated heats over the past couple of days. In the mens 5000m defending champion Mo Farah (GBR) and Galen Rupp (USA) both qualified from the same heat for the final and in the womens 5000m Steph Twell (GBR) progressed putting in a gutsy display during heats that were run in hot and humid conditions. In the mens 1500m US Champion Matthew Centrowitz (USA) ran tactically astute to come through a competitive heat and move on to the semi-finals.