Omar McLeod stepped into centre stage to seal Jamaica their first ever 110m hurdles world gold on Monday night and help make up for the London 2017 sprint disappointments of compatriots Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson.
After fellow Rio 2016 Olympic champions Bolt and Thompson both missed out on titles in the men’s and women’s 100m respectively, McLeod produced a faultless performance on his way to victory in 13.04 seconds.
"This one is special. There was a lot of pressure coming in,“ he said. “It's totally different to last year where we had Usain and Elaine winning, which I used to propel me. I didn't have that this time so I really wanted to come out and shine my own light.”
Day four of the championships also witnessed an historic night for Venezuela – set to be celebrated in unusual style with pink and purple hair dye – plus a dramatic women’s 1500m final which was not decided until the final strides.
Before these championships, Venezuela had never won a world medal and the highest an athlete from the country had finished before was eighth.
After Robeilys Peinado grabbed a bronze for the South American nation in the women’s pole vault on Sunday, Yulimar Rojas went even better, winning the triple jump with 14.91m, just two centimetres ahead of Colombia’s Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen on 14.89.
Rojas immediately vowed to put London 2017 colours on her head: “I made a promise to myself that I would change the colour of my hair, if I won the gold medal. I guess it will be between pink and a kind of purple.”
The 1500m finished with a dramatic final sprint down the home straight when Kenya’s Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon took the gold in 4:02.59 ahead of American Jenny Simpson in second and South Africa’s 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya in third.
Both Simpson and Semenya made spectacular late runs to push Britain’s Laura Muir and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands into fourth and fifth respectively after both athletes had hit the final bend in contention for places on the podium.
In the other final of the night, Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland became only the second woman after Cuban Yipsi Moreno to win three hammer world titles when she threw 77.90 metres to take the gold ahead of China’s Zheng Wang (75.98m).