ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
- Venue: Daegu, South Korea
- Date: 27 August – 4 September
- Coverage:BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online (UK only), daily video highlights on BBC Sport website (UK only); live text commentaries; watch live on Channel 4
Bolt back and Idowu impresses
Usain Bolt eased through his 200m heat at the World Championships in his first appearance at the Daegu track since his disqualification from the 100m final.
The defending champion won through to the semis in a time of 20.30 seconds.
Phillips Idowu began his bid to become the first Britain to defend a world title by qualifying for the triple jump final in a single leap.
And Christine Ohuruogu ran a strong first leg as GB qualified easily for Sunday’s women’s 4x400m relay final.
The Olympic champion was disqualified from the 400m heats on Saturday after a false start.
She told BBC Radio 5 live: “If you’ve got a chance to run you have to really make sure you go for it.
“I wasn’t really thinking about false-starting – if you think about it, you do it. I’m doing it for the team so I have to do as well as I can.”
After strong middle legs from Nicola Sanders and Lee McConnell, Perri Shakes-Drayton took the team home in third in a time of three minutes 23.05 seconds, with Russia winning the heat.
My job is to qualify as quickly as possible for the final and then win
Shakes-Drayton, who had missed out on the final of her individual event, the 400m hurdles, said: “I was gutted not to make my final but now I’m getting over it, putting my energy into this final and giving it all I’ve got.”
Most of the attention on Friday was focused on Bolt, though, and he received a rapturous reception from the crowd.
He was slowest out of the blocks and far from his fluid best in lane seven, but still managed to ease up before the line and win into a headwind.
British team captain Christian Malcolm qualified as a fastest loser from the same heat but GB’s James Ellington was eliminated.
Idowu cruised into the triple jump final with an opening effort of 17.17m, which turned out to be the fourth best effort of the qualifying round.
It came just 13 hours after Dai Greene had won hurdles gold for GB and team-mate Hannah England’s 1500m silver.
“I stayed up last night and watched Dai and Hannah,” Idowu told 5 live. “As soon as Dai crossed the line I was cheering and shouting, then stopped and went to bed.
“My job is to qualify as quickly as possible for the final and then win – and I’m one step closer to doing that.”
Tiffany Porter, who moved from the United States to take up British nationality last year, cruised through the 100m hurdle heats in 12.84, 0.3 seconds behind the favourite, Australia’s Sally Pearson.
“Times don’t really matter at this point, its all about qualifying for the next round and I’m just happy that I did that,” she said.