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We’re now two days into the 2023 World Athletics Championships, which began yesterday in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Day one was wet and wild, which helped to serve up some superb action, and while the weather improved on day two, things got even better on the track.
Lyles leads the way
There were lots of talking point ahead of day two, one of which was could Noah Lyles transfer his skills and prove to be as deadly over 100m? The answer turned out to be a resounding yes as the 26-year-old got on top of what was a fast and furious race near the line, beating Botswana’s sprinting sensation Letsile Tebogo into second, who was followed home by Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, who by grabbing the bronze, picked up his first ever solo-event medal at the World Championships.
Before the showpiece event of the Men’s 100m final, we saw all-rounder Katarina Johnson-Thompson emerge glorious from a grueling heptathlon. A second-place finish behind USA’s Anna Hall in the 800 metres was enough for the Team GB athlete to finish top of the overall standings and scoop gold, her second at the World Championships.
After their gold medal on day one, there was more glory for the Spanish early on day two as Maria Perez won the Women’s 20km Race Walk, beating Australia’s Jemima Montag by a clear 25 seconds.
Ivana Vuleta picked up Serbia’s first medal of the competition by securing the gold in the Women’s Long Jump final, delivering an outstanding world-leading jump of 7.14 metres. Tara Davis-Woodhall gave the USA yet another medal by finishing second in that event, while there was a medal for Romania too as Alina Rotaru-Kottmann finished third.
The crowd got the chance to cheer on a Hungarian with real medal hopes in the Men’s Hammer Throw final. Bence Halasz appeared to be in with a serious shout of claiming the gold, before finding both Ethan Katzberg and Wojciech Nowicki just too get, and eventually settled for a bronze, much to the delight of some roaring home supporters.
Day 2 results
Here are the results from the completed events on the second day of the 2023 World Athletics Championships:
Women’s 20km race walk
- Maria Perez (Spain)
- Jemima Montag (Australia)
- Antonella Palmisano (Italy)
Women’s long jump
- Ivan Vuleta (Serbia)
- Tara Davis-Woodhall (USA)
- Alina Rotaru-Kottmann (Romania)
Men’s hammer throw
- Ethan Katzberg (Canada)
- Wojcech Nowicki (Poland)
- Bence Halasz (Hungary)
- Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Great Britain & Northern Ireland)
- Anouk Vetter (Netherlands)
- Anna Hall (USA)
Men’s 10,000 metres
- Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda)
- Daniel Simiu Ebenyo (Kenya)
- Selemon Barega (Ethiopia)
Men’s 100 metres
- Noah Lyles (USA)
- Letsile Tebogo (Botswana)
- Zharnel Hughes (Great Britain & Northern Ireland)
Medal table after day two
After the first two days of the 2023 World Athletics Championships, in somewhat predictable fashion, the USA team still sits top of the overall medal table. Here’s what the medal table currently looks like:
- USA – 6 Medals – 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Spain – 2 Medals – 2 Golds
- Ethiopia – 4 Medals – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
- Great Britain & Northern Ireland – 3 Medals, 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Canada – 1 Medal – 1 Gold
- Serbia – 1 Medal – 1 Gold
- Uganda – 1 Medal – 1 Gold
- Italy – 2 Medals – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
- Australia – 1 Medal – 1 Silver
- Botswana – 1 Medal – 1 Silver
- Kenya – 1 Medal – 1 Silver
- Poland – 1 Medal – 1 Silver
- Sweden – 1 Medal – 1 Silver
- Brazil – 1 Medal – 1 Bronze
- Czech Republic – 1 Medal – 1 Bronze
- Hungary – 1 Medal – 1 Bronze
- Netherlands – 1 Medal – 1 Bronze
- Romania – 1 Medal – 1 Bronze
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