Aug 23, 2015 12:22 AM

China gets 2nd medal at worlds with 20K walk silver

The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) The host nation again fell short of a gold medal at the world championships on Sunday when Miguel Angel Lopez of Spain held off a strong challenge from Wang Zhen to win the 20-kilometer walk.

Even though Wang had been undefeated for a year, he entered the Bird's Nest when Lopez was already moving toward the finish line celebrating a gold medal to add to his European title from last year. Benjamin Thorne of Canada was third.

"I felt some pressure as this competition takes place in China," Wang said.

On Saturday's opening day, Christina Schwanitz of Germany relegated Gong Lijiao to a silver medal in the women's shot put.

In the women's heptathlon, Katarina Johnson-Thompson was going for gold but was overambitious in the long jump, failing on all three of her attempts and knocking herself out of contention.

Despite two fouls to start, Johnson-Thompson went all out on her last attempt and appeared to step over the line by a tiny margin on a huge jump. Despite her pleading with the judges, the red flag went up. The British federation lodged a protest but then withdrew their appeal after reviewing the evidence of the foul.

Johnson-Thompson, an expert long jumper, looked like the strongest challenger for Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.

With a season's best jump of 6.43 meters, Ennis-Hill closed in on the world title, extending her overall lead with two events to go. Ennis-Hill has 4,990 points, 102 more than Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada, who moved into silver-medal position with a jump of 6.55 for a score of 4,888 points.

The heptathletes still had the javelin throw in the morning competition before the closing 800 meters later in the day.

The highlight of Sunday's program, and likely the whole championship, will be the men's 100 meters. Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin are the favorites.

Other highlights include the men's finals in the shot put and the hammer throw.


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