Kenya’s ‘David Rudisha won the 800m final at the World Championships after recording a timing of 1:45.84 in the summit run on Tuesday. “It was a blow to me”, said Li, who only recorded 7.69 in his first attempt.
Cuba made its first medal a golden one when Denia Caballero won the discus title with her first throw, giving her a rare victory over defending Olympic and world champion Sandra Perkovic.
Fabrice Lapierre of Australia finished second in 8.24.
After the intense pressure that accompanied his come-from-behind win over Justin Gatlin in the 100 Sunday at the world championships, Bolt was all smiles as he coasted into the semifinals of the 200.
Defending champion Aleksandr Menkov of Russian Federation was sixth.
It marked the Olympic champion’s belated return to the summit of the event, having missed the World Championships in Moscow two years ago through injury.
And there was another upset in the men’s 400m hurdles final when Kenya’s Nicholas Bett smashed his personal best by almost half a second as he came through from lane nine to take gold. Russian Denis Kudryavtsev came second in 48.05 and Jeffery Gibson from Bahamas was third in 48.17.
Ethiopian favorite Genzebe Dibaba stormed to the women’s world 1,500m title as she stamped her authority with a sumptuous display of controlled running.
Bett put on a strong performance to run the world leading time as 23-year-old he had never broken 49 seconds at sea level.
Kipketer, the 2013 World Youth champion, qualified from the first semi-final, while Rudisha’s noticeable change of tactics in the second – controlling the race but setting a moderate pace – had also been successful with the added bonus of edging his recent nemesis Nijel Amos, the Commonwealth Champion from Botswana, into a comparatively slow third place and thus out of the competition.
Bronze went to the Netherlands and Sifan Hassan.