World Athletics Championships: Guliyev Denies Wayde Van Niekerk Of Historical Double

Turkey won their first ever gold in World Athletics Championships history when 27-year-old Ramil Guliyev unexpectedly won the 200m final ahead of favorites and 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk.

In a close and tight race, Guliyev won gold in a time 20.09 seconds, with South African Van Niekerk who had been in hunt to be the first 200m-400m double champion since America’s Micheal Johnson 22 years ago coming second 20.11 while Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards came third.

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After winning gold, Ramil Guliyev said this is the best moment of his career.

“This is not a shock, 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.”

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