LONDON – Ramil Guliyev of Turkey defeated heavily favored South African sprinter Wayde Van Niekerk here Thursday in the men’s 200 meter final at the 2017 World Athletics Championships to take possession of the title held for eight years by Usain Bolt.
The 27-year-old native of Azerbaijan, who finished eighth at the 2016 Rio Olympics, won in London with a time of 20.09.
Van Niekerk had to settle for silver, crossing the line just 0.001 ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards.
Guliyev, who became a Turkish citizen in 2011, will bring home Turkey’s first-ever world gold medal after spoiling Van Niekerk’s bid for the double in the 200m and 400m.
The South African triumphed in the 400m final on Tuesday.
The day’s surprises did not end with Guliyev’s victory, as US competitor Kori Carter edged out compatriot and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad to take the gold in the women’s 400m hurdles.
Carter, 25, pulled ahead to stay after the 10th and final hurdle. Muhammad, owner of this year’s best time in the event, won the silver medal, while Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey turned in a personal best performance to claim the bronze.