Kirani James, LaShawn Merritt and Wayde van Niekerk all book their spots in the 400m final at the World Athletics Championships.
has qualified for the 400m final in comfortable fashion with victory in his semi-final at the Kirani James . World Athletics Championships
The Grenadan, who won the world title in 2011 before a shocking seventh-place finish in his defence two years ago, held on with apparent ease as his rivals closed the gap in the final 100m.
It was a time of 44.16 for James, while
of the Luguelin Santos set a new national record to claim second place. Dominican Republic and Isaac Makwala were the top two in the second semi-final, but there was good news for the British team as Yousef Ahmed Masrahi clocked a personal best of 44.54 seconds to qualify for the final as a fastest loser. Rabah Yousif
However, it was a disappointing finish for
, who was forced to settle for sixth place as defending champion Martyn Rooney booked his spot behind South Africa's LaShawn Merritt . Wayde Van Niekerk
James, Rooney dominate semi-finals