HITS AND MISSES FROM DOHA: Sportsmail breaks down the winners and losers from the World Championships
- The 17th edition of the World Championships was held in Doha, Qatar this week
- We saw plenty of drama on and off the track in a big week in the Middle East
- Braima Suncar Dabo, Mutaz Essa Barshim and mothers were winners in Doha
- The IAAF, Christian Coleman and the BBC all had weeks to forget however
The 17th athletics World Championships were held this week in Doha with plenty of drama on and off the track in the Middle East.
Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai breaks down the hits and misses during a whirlwind week in Doha.
The 17th athletics World Championships were held in Doha this week with drama aplenty
Braima Suncar Dabo
The 5,000m runner from Guinea-Bissau stopped to carry Aruba’s the exhausted Jonathan Busby across the line on opening night, after the latter collapsed. They finished five minutes behind the field.
Braima Suncar Dabo won plaudits the world over for his sportsmanship during the 5,000m
Mutaz Essa Barshim
In front a rare good crowd, the Qatari local hero won the high jump and the place went berserk. Nothing like a home success at an event.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (100m gold), Allyson Felix (4x400m mixed relay gold) and Faith Kipyegong (1500m silver) all won medals in their first worlds after having children.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce proved that mothers can do it too after a stunning 100m sprint win
The crowds did improve, but coming to Doha was a mistake. Seb Coe, head of the world body, tried to dress it up as the spreading of the sport, but we can all see through that.
Coming to Doha was a mistake, whether IAAF President Sebastian Coe likes it or not
His rationalisations for his doping tests fiasco were truly depressing. In essence, he was too busy to be diligent. Maybe folk will be too busy to watch a sport they don’t trust.
Christian Coleman suffered embarrassment after the latest doping fiasco this week
While they got it right in putting the boot in over the crowds and initial staging decision, they were rightly hammered over Paula Radcliffe’s conflict of interests in discussing the Alberto Salazar ban.