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David Isaacson has this quick guide to athletics’ 2017 World Championships.

0.001 The narrowest margin of victory was in the women’s 100m at Stuttgart 1993‚ when Gail Devers of the US edged Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey‚ by 10.811sec to 10.812sec.

1 SA won just one medal only once: at Moscow 2013 Johan Cronjé took 1,500m bronze.

2 The most medals won by a South African at one championship: LJ van Zyl in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m at Daegu 2011. Wayde van Niekerk‚ Caster Semenya and Akani Simbine are going for doubles in London.

3 The number of women to have won medals for SA. Semenya and Hestrie Cloete have two golds each and Sunette Viljoen two bronzes.

4 The number of world championships at which SA have failed to win a medal‚ in the first two after isolation, in 1993 and 1995‚ and in 2005 and 2007. Four is also the most medals SA won at a single meeting.

7 The most medals won by a single athlete in one event. Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya took four golds and three silvers in the 3,000m steeplechase.

8 The most golds won by an athlete‚ a mark shared by Usain Bolt‚ Carl Lewis‚ Michael Johnson and Allyson Felix.

14 The most medals won by an individual athlete‚ achieved by Ottey between 1983 and 1997. Bolt has 13.

16 The most results by a single athlete annulled for doping offences. American sprinter Kelli White was expunged from the 2001 and 2003 results.

17 The age of the youngest world champion‚ Merlene Frazer, as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team at Tokyo 1991.

21 The number of medals SA have won‚ comprising nine gold‚ five silver and seven bronze.

23 The number of men to have won medals for SA, including three relay outfits.

26 The most countries to have won gold medals at a single championships: at Athens 1997.


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