The Latest: China’s Gong takes shot put gold, Jamaica second

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The Latest on the track and field world championships (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

China’s Gong Lijiao has successfully defended her world title in the shot put, while Jamaica’s surge in the field events continued with silver.

Gong claimed the gold with a throw 19.55 meters, only her sixth-best result of the season but enough to beat Jamaican Danniel Thomas-Dodd’s 19.47. Thomas-Dodd hit the 20-meter tape with one shot to roars from the Jamaicans in the crowd, but it was ruled a foul.

Christina Schwanitz won bronze for Germany with 19.17.

Thomas-Dodd’s medal is Jamaica’s third in field events at these championships after men’s long jump gold and men’s discus silver. That’s a new frontier for the traditional sprint power, whose only track medals to date are Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s 100-meter gold and a silver in the mixed 4×400 relay.

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11:20 p.m.

Sifan Hassan is firmly on course for her second gold medal of the championships after winning her 1,500-meter semifinal.

The Dutch runner hung at the back of the pack before kicking with 200 meters to go and claiming the win.

Hassan already has gold in the 10,000. She trains with the Nike Oregon Project headed by coach Alberto Salazar, who was banned four years Tuesday for doping offenses. Hassan herself has not been accused of any wrongdoing and is now working with a replacement coach.

European champion Laura Muir of Britain qualified third from her heat, which was won by United States runner Jenny Simpson.

Earlier, Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti was fastest in the heats for the men’s 1,500, while Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot and Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen also won their heats. Ingebrigsten’s brother Filip qualified despite contact with Teddese Lemi which left the Ethiopian sprawling on the ground.

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9:25 p.m.

There are now two bronze medalists in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.

Spanish hurdler Orlando Ortega will be awarded an extra bronze medal after Jamaican Omar McLeod collided with him during the hurdles final Wednesday.

Ortega had been third when McLeod veered into his lane but finished fifth after the collision.

The championships jury rejected Spain’s first appeal, saying the incident was “not unusual in hurdles events,” but reversed its decision Thursday evening. The statement announcing the ruling didn’t say why the case was heard again or why the decision was changed.

Original third-place finisher Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France keeps his medal. Grant Holloway won the gold for the United States and Russian neutral athlete Sergey Shubenkov took the silver.

The championships has already awarded a double bronze in men’s hammer when Wojciech Nowicki of Poland won an appeal over the validity of Hungarian Bence Halasz’s throw for third place. Both were given the bronze at the ceremony Thursday after the jury declined to revoke Halasz’s medal.

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8:15 p.m.

World record holder and defending champion Kevin Mayer is out of the decathlon.

The French decathlete pulled up with an apparent thigh injury during the pole vault, tears visible on his face.

U.S. national champion Devon Williams is also out of contention for the medals after failing to clear his starting height in the pole vault.

Mayer was leading after the previous event, the discus, from Canadians Damian Warner and Pierce LePage.

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8:10 p.m.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo is chasing the gold medal in the women’s 400 meters on day 7 of the world track and field championships Thursday, while her husband Maicel Uibo targets the podium in the decathlon.

Miller-Uibo’s closest challengers in the 400 include Bahrain’s Nigeria-born runner Salwa Eid Naser and the United States duo of Phyllis Francis and Wadeline Jonathas.

The Bahamian wanted to double up in the 400 and 200, but couldn’t because of the championship scheduling.

Her husband, Maicel Uibo, representing Estonia, is in contention for a medal in the decathlon. The heptathlon also ends Thursday, as does the women’s shot put.

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Lijiao Gong, of China, competes in the women’s shot put final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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