Guliyev wins 200m with Van Niekerk second & Makwala sixth
South African Van Niekerk had been hunting the first 200m-400m double since Michael Johnson 22 years ago, while Makwala of Botswana had run a solo time trial to get this far after his initial controversial exclusion on medical grounds.
But the 27-year-old Guliyev, who switched allegiance from his native Azerbaijan in 2011, held off Van Niekerk (20.11 seconds) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards (20.11) to win Turkey’s first gold medal at a World Championships in 20.09 and pull off another upset at an unpredictable London 2017.
“This is not a shock,” said the champion. “But it does not feel real.
“I have shown my best throughout this competition. I delivered my best race at the right time. I’m so happy to be world champion. This is the best moment of my career.”