Middle distance runners move into Berlin spotlight
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 11:05
Berlin: The middle-distance runners take centre stage at the world championships today. Gold medals will be on the line in the men's 1,500 metres and the women's 800 on the fifth day of competition in Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

Jamaican 100 and 200 world record holder Usain Bolt also returns in the semi-finals of the 200 ahead of Thursday's final.

Finals are also scheduled in the women's 100 hurdles and men's discus.

In the men's 1,500 Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, who is likely to be upgraded to Olympic gold after 2008 Beijing winner Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain failed a doping test, is the favourite. Kenyan-born American Bernard Lagat is the defending champion.

South African Caster Semenya was fastest in women's 800 qualifying. Kenyan world champion Janeth Jepkosgei is also through but countrywoman Pamela Jelimo, the Olympic gold medallist, failed to advance.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 11:05

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