More world gold for Barshim, Rojas

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Two of the most dominant field athletes on the planet - Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim and Venezuelan triple jump queen Yulimar Rojas - have boosted their gold-medal collections on day four of the world athletics championships.

Last year at the Tokyo Olympics, Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi famously chose to share the gold.

This time, the Qatari had it all to himself as he claimed a third straight world title with a best clearance of 2.37m, the No.1 jump in the world this year.

Barshim's only miss of the evening came at 2.42m, by which stage the gold medal was already firmly in his keeping.

"Three worlds golds in a row is something that has never been done before," Barshim said.

"I feel like I have a name in our sport, but I have never felt like the greatest one in the field."

South Korean Woo Sanghyeok took the silver with 2.35m and Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko edged out Tamberi on countback for the bronze after both cleared 2.33m.

Rojas is every bit as dominant as Barshim in her event as the three-time triple jump world champion, reigning Olympic gold medallist and world record holder.

She clinched gold on Monday with 15.47m at her second attempt.

Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts (14.89m) was second behind Rojas for a second straight time at the worlds, while American Tori Franklin took bronze.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet," Rojas said.

"I wanted a longer jump, but I am happy to return to this beautiful stadium, to see the crowd.

"More championships will come and I hope to continue adding titles for my country."

Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali ended Kenya's long world championships reign in the men's 3000m steeplechase.

The Olympic champion bided his time near the back of the field before powering home to win in eight minutes 25.13 seconds ahead of Ethiopia's Lamecha Girma.

Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto, the 2019 champion, finished with bronze.

It was the first time since 2005 the gold medal had not gone to a Keynan.

But it was a triumph for the east African powerhouse in the women's 1500m, where the great Faith Kipyegon powered home to win in 3:52.96.

Minor medallists Gudaf Tsegay from Ethiopia and Britain's Laura Muir also went under 3:56, while there was a staggering six-second gap between third and fourth places.

Double Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium reclaimed the world heptathlon title with a winning total of 6947 points.

Dutchwoman Anouk Vetter (6867) was second, American Anna Hall (6755) third, while defending champ Katarina Johnson-Thompson from Britain could manage no better than eighth.

Earlier on Monday (Tuesday AEST), Ethiopia's Gotytom Gebreslase won the women's marathon in 2:18:11, smashing Briton Paula Radcliffe's 17-year-old championship record in the process.

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