Guliev and Bass sprint to gold

16 May 2017
Turkey's Ramil Guliev competes during the Men's 100m of the Athletics events at the Baku 2017.
Bahrain's Andrew Fisher (L), Turkey's Ramil Guliev and Oman's Barakat Al Harthi (R) pose on the podium of the Men's 100m of the Athletics events at the Baku 2017.

Turkey's Ramil Guliev stunned the field with victory in the men's 100-metre final on Tuesday at the Islamic Solidarity Games as pre-race favourite Femi Ogunode endured a nightmare evening in Baku.

Guliev progressed to the final under the radar after he recorded modest times during the morning session on the first day of athletics, but a rapid time of 10.06secs when it mattered most saw him clinch gold at the Olympic Stadium.

The Turk finished a tenth of a second clear of Bahrain's silver medallist Andrew Fisher (10.16secs), who was the fastest qualifier in the semi-finals, while Oman's Barakat Al Harthi finished strongly to snatch bronze in 10.35secs.

Asian Games and Asian Championships gold medallist Femi Ogunode had earlier spoken of his desire to break Usain Bolt's world record, but it proved to be a chastening evening for Qatar's Asian record holder as he pulled up when well placed for the medals.

Ogunode limped to seventh place and a time of 11.46 seconds, with only Iranian Hassan Taftian behind him.

Maldives' Saaid Hassan (fourth), Cote d'Ivoire's Gue Arthur Cisse (fifth) and Emre Zafer Barnes of Turkey (sixth) made up the other places.

Gambian sprinter Gina Bass roared to victory in the women's 100-metre final as she held off Uzbekistan's Nigina Sharipova to strike gold in 11.56secs.

Bass was the fastest qualifier in 11.51secs and despite not matching her time in the final, she held off the fast-finishing Sharipova who took silver.

Turkey's Mizgin Ay edged out Azerbaijan's Zakiyya Hasanova by 0.01 seconds to nab the bronze in 11.71 seconds.

Burundi's sprint duo Hajar Alkhaldi and the highly-fancied Iman Essa could only manage fifth and sixth place respectively, while Turkey's Nimet Karakus (seventh) and Cameroon's Marie Gisele Eleme Asse (eighth) were off the pace.

It was double delight for Morocco in the men's 5000-metre final as Youness Essalhi finished strongly to take gold ahead of compatriot Soufiyan Bouqantar.

A clutch of athletes were still in the mix with 200 metres remaining, but the Moroccan duo edged in front of Azerbaijan's European Games gold medallist Hayle Ibrahimov who had to settle for fourth place.

Essalhi's time of 13 minutes 27.64 seconds ensured he finished just over one second clear of Bouqantar (13:28:69), while Djibouti's Mohamed Ismail snatched bronze from Ibrahimov on the line in a thrilling race.
Senegal's Sangone Kandji leapt to gold in the women's triple jump final with a first-round jump of 13.05 metres.

Cameroon's Joelle Mbumi Nkouindjin, who was seventh in the 2014 Commonwealth Games final, was unable to improve on her first-round effort of 12.84 metres as she had to settle for silver.

Azeri Yekaterina Sariyeva produced a fourth-round leap of 12.81 metres to equal the bronze medal she earnt at the European Games two years ago.
Iraqi athlete Mustaafa Alsaamah stunned the men's discus field in the morning session to claim gold ahead of Asian Games champion Ehsan Hadadi.

Alsaamah's personal best throw of 60.89 metres in the fifth round edged out the Iranian by 35 centimetres, while Saudi Arabia's Sultan Aldawodi clinched bronze.

It was a good day for Azerbaijan as the host nation finished the day with four athletics golds.

Azeri Hanna Skydan launched her way to gold in the women's hammer throw final in the evening session.

Skydan, who had already won a major title on home turf with gold in the 2015 European Games in the Azeri capital, threw a season's best 75.29 metres to finish nearly eight metres clear of Turkish silver medallist Kivilcim Kaya Salman (67.41m). Bronze went to Morocco's Soukaina Zakkour (63.10m).

Olakhan Musayev threw 11.86 metres to secure another gold for the host nation in the men's disability shot put F56 final to add to Samir Nabiyev's gold in the men's F57 shot put final in the morning session.

Musayev comfortably beat Iranian duo Alireza Ghaleh Nasseri (10.49m) and Ali Mohammadyari (10.37m) who secured the other podium places.
Disabled Azeri sprinter Elena Chebanu won the women's 100-metre T12 title ahead of Indonesian silver medallist Endang Sitorus and Morocco's Meryem En-Nourhi who took bronze.

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