Salwa Eid Naser unleashed a performance which rocked the athletics world on day seven of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 by striking gold with the third-fastest 400m time in history.
Competing in front of a passionate and vociferous crowd inside the Khalifa International Stadium, the diminutive Bahraini dominated from the outset to stop the clock in a dazzling time of 48.14 – the fastest time in the world for 34 years.
The pre-event favourite and Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo tried to close down Naser, who held a gargantuan lead heading into the home straight, but could not come within striking distance. The Bahamian herself climbed to sixth on the world all-time list with an NACAC area record time of 48.37.
For the first time in World Championships history, five women dipped under 50 seconds with Jamaica’s Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson grabbing another global bronze in 49.47. The US duo Wadeline Jonathas (49.60) and 2017 champion Phyllis Francis (49.61) rounded out the top five.