The double by South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk was not to be after Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev spoiled the party.
The Asian raced to win the men’s 200m final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London.
Clearly an outsider, Guliyev’s 20.09s ensured that he won Turkey’s first gold medal at the competition.
The pre-race discussions had centered on Botswana’s Isaac Makwala and 400m record holder and world champion van Niekerk.
But it was as disappointing for the Motswana as it was for him not racing in the 400m final. He placed 6th with a time of 20.44s.
His archrival was on his way to a world double but seemed to have lost energy in the final meters, only to allow Turkey’s Guliyev to snap victory on the finish line.
Van Niekerk appeared to have even dropped further back but for a photo-finish record, which showed he beat Trinidadian Jereem Richards by milli-seconds.
An athlete who may not have been spotted but probably performed as good as the winner was Great Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who qualified to Thursday night’s final as one of the two fastest losers.
He finished just behind the medalists and ahead of much-touted Americans Ameer Webb and Isiah Young, who finished last.
Guliyev’s win sees him succeed Usain Bolt as the 200m champion, a prediction the world record holder would have even gotten wrong as he had pointed at van Niekerk as his successor.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana
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