Wayde van Niekerk’s 200m-400m double goal fell short as Turkey's Ramil Guliyev stormed to a first place finish in the men’s 200m final on Thursday.
It appeared to be the most riveting 20 seconds as the athletes took off at lightning speed. In lane 3, Van Niekerk showed immense dedication as he held the pace. He however began staggering at the close, giving Guliyev just enough room for one last burst to claim gold. The 27-year-old claimed Turkey's first gold medal of a World Championships to cross the line in 20.09 seconds.
This was closely followed by Van Niekerk in second place and Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago in third, each reaching a time of 20.11 seconds.
Upon hearing his place position, Van Niekerk let out a passionate shout; a real feat for the 400m record holder despite failing to match Michael Johnson’s double at the 1995 Gothenburg worlds. Van Niekerk said: "I didn't just celebrate the medal I got tonight, it was more of a celebration of the competition overall.
"Coming away with two medals, both a good colour - gold and silver - I think it's great for my career and another moment to be grateful for."
Botswana’s Isaac Makwala experienced a devastating day after finishing sixth in the final. On Wednesday he qualified after running in a solo time trial and the semi-final. This was after he was denied entry to the stadium as the IAAF tried to fight the norovirus outbreak.