DAEGU, South Korea, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) — The Daegu worlds on Friday saw a fierce and exciting battle for the women’s javelin throw title where a Russian girl produced a new championships record, but it was Usian Bolt, competing the 200m semifinals, who received most screams.
The world’s fastest man from Jamaica, eased into the men’s 200m final with a time of 20.31 seconds.
Despite the surprising and sensational disqualification on Sunday’s night in the men’s 100m final, the 25-year-old man seemed very much unaffected and relaxed.
In both the semifinal and Friday morning’s qualifying round, he continued to entertain spectators at the Daegu stadium in his usual fashion. With the camera on him and the in-stadium huge screens featuring him, Bolt used his hands to sort out his hair style, pointed to left and right, and then shaked his head.
The crowd responded with thunderous cheers and hundreds of South Korean girls screamed badly loudly.
|A photo finish shows Usain Bolt of Jamaica winning the men’s 200 metres semi-final heat at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu September 2, 2011|
The women’s javelin throw final was another highlight of the night session.
Olympic silver medalist Maria Abakumova, 25, and world record holder Barbora Spotakova, 30, had a fierce battle for the gold medal, which saw the Russian and Czech pushed each other to a longer throw in five minutes.
Abakumova made a massive throw of 71.99 meters right after Spotakova produced 71.58m in her fifth attempt to overtake Abakumova’s then-leading mark of 71.25m.
With the new championships record and her personal best mark, Abakumova, just back from a foot injury, secured her first world title after taking a bronze medal in Berlin two years ago.
"I feel double pleasure today. The first reason is that I achieved such a great result and the second because I managed to get over my foot injury," said the Russian girl who ran a victory lap to celebrate.
"I was in a bad position before the championships. I was even thinking whether to fly to Daegu. Almost for a month I had problems with my leg — I hardly could walk. I was really afraid what will happen in the competition. Thanks to my family and the people who helped me I managed to come back in shape," she added.
Spotakova, holding a world record of 72.28m, also showed her best shape here after suffering injury in the past couple of seasons, taking the silver with her season best of 71.58m.