Roundup: Rojas of Venezuela and Qatar's Barshim perform jumping feats at athletics worlds

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EUGENE, United States, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Both triple jumper Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela and Qatar's high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim performed brilliant feats here on Monday, winning their respective third title in a row at the World Athletics Championships.

Tokyo Olympic champion Rojas, 26, was in a class of her own, leaping to victory in a world leading result of 15.47 meters, beating Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts (14.89) and American Tori Franklin (14.72) to the second and third place respectively.

Barshim, who shared the gold with Italian Gianmarco Tamberi in one of the most dramatic and emotional scenes at the Tokyo Olympics, proved his prowess to win here on 2.37m, also a world leading result this season.

South Korean Woo Sang-hyeok set a national record and took silver on 2.35m and Andriy Protsenko of Ukraine got a bronze on 2.33m.

On the fourth day of the competition, African athletes were the ones to shine.

The men's 3,000m steeplechase saw Morocco's Soufiane El Bakkali add the world title to his Tokyo Olympic glory, winning in eight minutes and 25.13 seconds. Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia had to settle for the second place in 8:26.01 as he did in Tokyo last year. Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto was third in 8:27.92.

In the women's 1,500m final, Tokyo and Rio Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya collected her second world title in 3:52.96, ahead of this year's world indoor champion Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia who clocked 3:54.52. British Laura Muir came third in 3:55.28.

In Monday's marathon on early morning, Ethiopian Gotytom Gebreslase bagged her first world title in a championships record of two hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds. Kenyan Judith Jeptum Korir finished nine seconds behind to take silver while Israel's former 10,000m European champion Lonah Chemtai Salpeter came third in 2:20:18.

Elsewhere, Belgian double Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam claimed her second world championships gold in the heptathlon with 6,947 points. Anouk Vetter of the Netherlands was the runner-up in 6,867 while American Anna Hall was third in 6,755.

Chinese sprinter Xie Zhenye sailed into the men's 200m semifinals, where he will face American teenager Erriyon Knighton in the last heat on Tuesday. Enditem

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