The Latest: Almaz Ayana qualifies for 5,000-meter final

Kenya's Hellen Onsando Obiri, center, wins a Women's 5000m heat during the World Athletics Championships in London, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (AP Photo

Botswana's Isaac Makwala reacts after crossing the finish line in his heat of the Men's 200 meters semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in L

LONDON (AP) — The Latest from the world championships (all times local):


7:15 p.m.

Almaz Ayana is now the favorite to get a long-distance double at the world championships.

After beating the closest opposition by about 300 meters in the 10,000 meters last weekend, the Ethiopian easily qualified for the final of the 5,000. She eased up in the final straight of the first heat to take second place behind Helen Oribi of Kenya, safely among the top five qualifiers.

Ayana is the defending champion in the 5,000 and seemed poised for an Olympic long-distance double last year following her world-record run in the 10,000 but faded to bronze.

In the other heat, world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia didn't start. She finished out of the medals in the 1,500 early in the championships.


5:20 p.m.

After he gets on his mark and then gets set, Isaac Makawla will go for gold.

The Botswanan sprinter will run in the 200-meter final at the world championships, three days after pulling out of the event because he wasn't feeling well.

After two days of quarantine, including missing the 400-meter final, Makwala was allowed to run on his own Wednesday to qualify for the 200 semifinals. He did it, and then ran again a few hours later to reach the final.

With Usain Bolt skipping the 200 this year, Wayde van Niekerk is the favorite. Van Niekerk already won the 400, but Makwala could prevent the South African from obtaining the double in the final race of the night.


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