Prior to the championships, South African star Wayde van Niekerk confirmed his intentions to compete on the Gold Coast in April next year, setting his sights on the 100m/200m double.
Van Niekerk came to these world championships trying to be the first man since the great Michael Johnson in 1995 to claim the 200m/400m double. He went so close, ultimately walking away with gold in the 400m and silver in the emotionally charged 200m.
Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon claimed gold in a pulsating women’s 1,500m event. Kipyagon can now add ‘world champion’ to her Commonwealth and Olympic champion status. She told media in London that she is looking to defend her Commonwealth Games title next year.
I won't stop here because there is a lot to do. The western countries are not sleeping and they are working hard to beat Kenyans and so I will be working hard to retain my title next year in April at the Commonwealth Games.
When asked by media in London what his plans are for 2018, he said he would be at the Commonwealth Games and looking to expand his program to include flat sprint events.
Probably the 100m and 200m. I will do the sprint hurdles indoors and focus on the sprints outdoors, and the 200m is my favourite event. The sky is the limit.
So no more 110m hurdles next year?
Probably the Commonwealths.
He ran the opening leg for Jamaica in the 4x100m final in London, where disappointingly Bolt broke down in the home straight.
I enjoy all the challenges. I like a challenge.
Always I train for 400m, 800m and 1,500m, so for me trying to spice [things] up with this event (1500m), I’m quite happy with it.
She won her 800m pet event in a personal best time at the world championships and finished with bronze in the 1500m.
I think I can do better in future, she said, adding that she intended repeating the double at GC2018.
Commonwealth Games is something I hold pretty high for sure. Yes, World Champion is pretty good but the country itself, New Zealand and obviously for Australia as well, Commonwealth Games is big. And half of New Zealand lives on the Gold Coast as well so it’s going to be awesome.
A pair of South African long jump royalty Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai, who claimed gold and bronze respectively at the at the London World Championships promised more to come at next year’s Commonwealth Games.
This gold medal makes me feel over the moon. I have been praying to get this gold medal. Rejoice now. I am the world champion.
Definitely, I will be going for gold everywhere I go now and on the Gold Coast.
Samaai confirmed he has the Gold Coast on his schedule.
I am most definitely coming to the Commonwealth Games.
I came third in 2014 in Glasgow, so for me just going out there and defending my title (medal) again and just getting a better position is going to be one of the goals for me, but the Commonwealth Games next year is most definitely on the plan.
Capital FM Kenya also reported Kipyegon Bett is looking to head to Australia after bagging bronze at the London IAAF World Championships in the men’s 800m.
The 19-year old World Under-20 champion hopes he can challenge the world record holder and his role model David Rudisha.
Getting a bronze on my first ever World Championships is a big achievement. It was tough but I am glad I got something at the end of the day. Now, my target is to continue improving. My next big goal is the Commonwealth Games next year. I want to go for gold.
We are looking forward and we know Gold Coast is one of the best places in Australia. My manager comes from there and he always tells me it’s one of the best places I would like to be and we’re looking forward.
In the men’s marathon Scottish 25-year-old Callum Hawkins ran a personal best and almost raced on to the podium for that elusive medal.
I'm still young. Hopefully, in the future I can get in the medals. Hopefully, I will push on in the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 after that.
Today I woke up in the morning and say I am Olympic Champion I’m the best in the event and I’m going to beat them and it was my duty to defend the title of Ezekial Kemboi from last year.
When asked on coming to the Commonwealth Games.
Yes, yes. Even the world cup. I want everything now.
I will try and run the 5k next year, so I can go to the Commonwealth (Games) in Australia. Because it comes a little bit early (in the season), so I can use it for my training and test how it goes.
Yes I’ll be down for the Commonwealth Games. That’s the next big goal really.
Canada’s 2015 world champion Shawn Barber was one of two Commonwealth athletes in the final. It wasn’t his best day finishing eighth, in contrast 20-year-old Australian Kurtis Marschall was seventh in his first senior final. The young Aussie got confirmation Barber will be his main rival in 2018.
Gold Coast is looking very good, I spoke to Shawn Barber out there, he is going to do world indoors and then Commonwealth Games.
We’re pretty even at the moment I’d say, we’re both jumping about 70 (5.70 metres) and I think I would need to jump 80 to 85 to beat him.
I am not done yet when it comes to contesting for gold medals. The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, the 2018 IAAF world race walking team championships and, of course, Tokyo 2020 remain on my agenda.
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