Natoya Goule was bumped and pushed coming off the turn into the final 100 metres of the 800 metres at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and ended Heat Three of the semi-finals in fourth. However, she still managed to make the final.
Boxed in by Eunice Jepkoech Sum and Goule, Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi decided to push Goule out of the way, which threw off the Jamaican’s race, as she faded into fourth with Nakaayi going through to win in 1:59.35 – a season best for her.
Sum did 2:0010 with Ce’Aira Brown of the United States passing Goule for third in 2:0012, as Goule stopped the clock in 2:00.33.
The top two places in each of the three heats automatically advance to the final with the next two best times also advancing. Apart from the automatic qualifiers, Brown and Goule had the fastest times.