All five runners disqualified in men's 400m heat at World Indoor Championships

Athletics- Men's 400m Semifinals

Earlier, a freakish episode in the morning session had seen every runner in one 400 metres heat, including the world's fastest man this year, disqualified in a race that made athletics history.

The red cards started to be brandished before the race had even started as Abdalelah Haroun, of Qatar, who had been among the favourite for gold after winning an outdoor bronze medal at the World Championships in London last summer, was thrown out for a false start. He crossed the line in 46.37 seconds and should have qualified for the semi-finals comfortably.

Grenada's Bralon Taplin has fronted an historic first at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham.

"I knew in the 800 all I needed to do was keep ahead of Dadic and Rodriguez". "I will have more chances".

The decisions are subject to appeal.

Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha, right, takes the lead during a heat of the mens 3000 meter at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Britain, Friday, March 2, 2018.

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The talented Liverpool all-rounder won the five-event, one-day slog by being the best in three disciplines, the high jump, long jump and, finally, the 800 metres when, as competition leader, she took control over the final 300 metres to run away from her two nearest contenders.

There was no such drama in the final heat when Maslak eased though, qualifying behind Spain's Oscar Husillos as the Czech indoor specialist attempts to become the first three-time 400m champion at the event.

Erica Bougard led after edging out United States teammate Kendell Williams by 0.01 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles but slipped to second, behind Katarina Johnson-Thompson after the British athlete cleared 1.91 meters in the high jump.

Anita Marton, a serial victor in Hungary at 29, unleashed the two longest shot puts of the year, 19.48 metres and a final round 19.62m, to provide her country with its first gold in the history of the championships - and in dominant fashion, too.

Juan Miguel Echevarria became the youngest male field event victor when he took the long jump and Katarina Johnson-Thompson claimed her first global title in the pentathlon at the world indoor athletics championships on Friday.

Kevin Mayer of France leads Damian Warner of Canada by 45 points after three of seven events in the heptathlon.

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