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Aug 23, 2015 12:22 AM

The Latest: Britain withdraws appeal on Johnson-Thompson

The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) The Latest from the world championships (all times local):


12:15 p.m.

The British team has withdrawn its protest against a foul in the long jump that put Katarina Johnson-Thompson out of contention in the heptathlon.

Johnson-Thompson, in second place behind British teammate Jessica Ennis-Hill after the first four events, fouled out on her three long jump attempts Sunday.

Despite two fouls to start with, she pushed the limits on her last attempt and stepped over the line by a tiny margin, meaning she failed to record a mark in the event.

She pleaded with the judges without success before the red flag was raised. The British team lodged a protest to have the decision reviewed but later said it accepted that it was a foul.


11:55 a.m.

The neon green bow in her hair is for mom. That way, American 400-meter hurdler Shamier Little is easy to spot at the starting line.

"I've only not worn the bow one time and she's like, 'I couldn't even see you. You have to wear the bow!'" Little recounted.

It's become a good-luck charm, something she's worn in nearly two dozen races in her career, including Sunday as she advanced to the semifinals at the world championships.

To think, the concept of the bow was almost squashed. Her college coach at Texas A&M isn't a big fan of runners standing out for anything other than their times. Eventually, Little got her coach to come around to the idea.

"He finally admitted he likes the bow," Little said.

Little also races in distinctive eye glasses, a style patterned after the ones Malcolm X used to wear.


11:45 a.m.

Yousef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia set an Asian record in the 400-meter heats at the world championships on Sunday, joining a select group of five who have run sub-44 this season.

Masrahi ran the one-lap race in 43.93 seconds to improve the continental record he already held since last year by a whopping half a second. He crouched down and kissed the track after crossing the line.

In the same heat at the Bird's Nest, Rusheen McDonald set a Jamaican record in the same time. It further underscored the excellent times that have been run by a slew of contenders this season.


11:25 a.m.

Benjamin Thorne came into the 20-kilometer race walk hoping he could finish in the top eight. The Canadian walker ended up with the bronze medal.

All great things, he said, but he knows there was something missing in this race. Namely, the Russians, who didn't enter anyone in the contest because of a doping scandal that has rocked the sport this year.

Thorne said he was upset the Russians didn't show, because not having the best athletes in the race isn't as exciting for a sport that needs as much excitement as it can get.

He says he hopes the Russians will send a clean team to the Rio Olympics next year, so he can see how he stacks up against the very best.


10:25 a.m.

Jessica Ennis-Hill closed in on the world title in the heptathlon on Sunday, with a solid performance in the long jump extending her overall lead with two events to come.

Olympic champion Ennis-Hill jumped 6.43 meters to increase her overall score to 4,990 points. Her British teammate Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who was in second place coming into the second day of the competition, fell out of medal contention after she fouled out on her three long jump attempts.

Despite two fouls to start with, Johnson-Thompson went all out on her last attempt and appeared to step over the line by the tiniest of margins on a huge jump. Despite her pleading with the judges, the red flag went up.

Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton moved into silver medal position with a jump of 6.55, for a score of 4,888.


9:55 a.m.

Miguel Angel Lopez of Spain won the 20-kilometer walk in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 14 seconds on Sunday, holding off the strong challenge from Chinese athletes seeking to win the host country's first gold medal at the world championships.

Olympic bronze medalist Wang Zhen of China took silver in 1:19.29 and Benjamin Thorne was third in a Canadian record 1:19:57.


9 a.m.

The 20-kilometer walk offers the first of five world championship gold medals up for grabs on Day 2, which culminates with the marquee men's 100-meter final.

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill was leading the heptathlon ahead of the long jump, the first of the three disciplines in the event on Sunday.

Medals will also be awarded in the men's hammer throw and the shot put.


8:35 a.m.

Competitors in the 20-kilometer walk have left the stadium at the start of Day 2 at the world championships.

China and Japan are aiming to capitalize on the absence of athletes from Russia, where the race walking program is under heavy scrutiny amid a doping scandal.


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