A general view during the men's 5000 metres heats during day one of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.
Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea-Bissau helps Jonathan Busby of Aruba across the finish line in the men's 5000 metres heats during day one of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.
On the final lap of the opening heat Busby began to stagger, clearly exhausted by his efforts. With 200m to go it appeared that he would not be able to finish. But then his fellow competitor Braima Sundar Dabo came to his aid, first hooking his arm under Busby’s arm to keep him on his feet, and then stopping and placing the distressed runner’s arm over his shoulder so he could half-carry him the final 120m to the finish line.
The dramatic scene riveted everyone watching and the two young men, both at their first World Championships, were given a standing ovation as they fell across the finish line, Dabo for his selflessness and Busby for his determination to finish, albeit to be disqualified for receiving outside assistance.
Carley Thomas in action at the beginning of her heat of the 800m. The 18-year-old finished fifth in her heat and will soon commence a scholarship at the University of Washington.
Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba leapt to an impressive 8.40m to dominate the qualifying round of the long jump. The performance was the best in a world championships qualification round for ten years, and 28cm clear of his nearest rival, Olympic champion Jeff Henderson of the USA.
2012 Olympic champion, Jennifer Suhr,of the United States competes in the women's Pole Vault qualification.
A general view of the first heat of the men's 100m. Pre-event 'favourite' Christian Coleman of the USA set the pace in the first round with a run of 9.98s, with African champion Akani Simbine of South Africa next fastest in 10.01.
A classic wide-angle long jump shot... Tajay Gayle of Jamaica competes in the qualifying round of the men's long jump.
Local favourite Abderrahman Samba of Qatar cruises to victory in his heat of the men's 400 metres hurdles.
A unique stadium. With oppressive weather conditions in the gulf state, the Khalifa International Stadium has state-of-the-art air-conditioning.
Images courtesy of Getty Images for the IAAF