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Wayde van Niekerk said he felt upset and disrespected by his rival Isaac Makwala who suggested he was part of a conspiracy that Adidas Jack Eichel Womens Jersey saw the Botswana athlete excluded from the 400m final. The usually calm Van Niekerk was visibly tearful and angry, speaking after taking 200m silver behind the shock victor, Ramil Guliyev of Turkey. He dismissed Makwala’s assertion that athletics’ world governing body the IAAF had unfairly quarantined him with a sickness bug to pave the way for Van Niekerk to take 400m gold. “It really did upset me a bit because I have always shown him massive respect and for him to mention my name in something fishy, as an IAAF favourite is unfair,” said Van Niekerk, “I’ve been putting out great performances for the last two years now so I think I deserve way more respect from my competitors. I want to compete and I’m not here to make friends, so I learned a great lesson, to focus on myself and not letting negative things affect meMeanwhile, the newly crowned champion Guliyev was forced to defend Turkey’s record on doping. The 26-year-old, who switched allegiance to Turkey from Azerbaijan in 2011, completed a lap of honour draped in flags from both countries, taking gold in 20.09sec. There are legitimate questions about his adopted country’s record on doping with four of the nine Turkish track and field finalists at London 2012 banned for doping either before or subsequently. Ramil Guliyev pips Wayde van Niekerk to win 200m at world championships Read more In a newspaper interview last week, Paula Radcliffe called for drastic action to be taken. She said: “When you look at those [cheats] from 2012, then 80% of those come from four countries: Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Belarus. But only one of those countries has been banned. That has to go further.” Defenders of Guliyev would point out he ran 20.04 to win the European Junior Championships in 2009 while still running for Azerbaijan and his best time as a youth athlete of 19.93 has been bettered only by Usain Bolt. “Every athlete is choosing their own way,” he said, “nobody is pushing anyone to do anything the right way or the wrong way, you are responsible for your own actionsProof that the 99th US PGA Championship will not be the domain of only two players should not have been necessary. Nonetheless, such a prompt was probably useful. Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the dynamic duo who dominated pre-tournament discussion, matched opening-round scores. That the number in question is 72, one-over par, is hardly cause to rule either of them out of lifting the Wanamaker Trophy but it will also offer incentive to others in the field. The early signs are this will be an attritional major. US PGA Championship 2017: first round – as it happened Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner share the lead after a tough first day at Quail Hollow. Scott Murray was watching Read more Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen, a player with a distinctly average record in the final major of the year, heads proceedings with Kevin Kisner, of the USA, at minus four. Among the big names to hover with intent are Paul Casey and Rickie Fowler, who are two from the lead. The relatively high state of the scoring illustrated another point; that changes as made to Quail Hollow in the past year, particularly on the greens, render this a very different venue to the one McIlroy has enjoyed such success on. “These greens are trickier than Augusta National,” observed Adam Scott. The 2013 Masters champion did not seem to mean this as a compliment. McIlroy had been in fine position at two under before a stumble which in many respects epitomised the frustrations of his season. The Northern Irishman found water from the 14th tee en route to a double bogey, with chances to atone for that error passed up on the par five 15th and the last two holes. Fowler, playing alongside McIlroy and Jon Rahm, recovered superbly from a triple-bogey seven at the 5th. Rahm is one under. “I’m just disappointed with that [bad] stretch, but I’m right in it,” said McIlroy. “It wasn’t very easy. It was tough. The greens were difficult. They got very grainy as the day went on as well. If you just hit a putt a tiny bit off line, it exaggerated it. It was tough to hole putts this afternoon. Hopefully the surfaces are a little better tomorrow morning and we can hopefully hole some more putts. I’m only five behind; this is a tough golf course.” Spieth, who formed part of the morning wave, endured a poor day with putter in hand. Yes, it really does happen. “I’m pretty solid with the lead,” he said. “So that was kind of the goal, to grab the lead. It’s much easier when you are on the front page of the leaderboard than it is coming from behind. Given it’s the first round I know I’m still in it but I know that Adidas Rob Ramage Youth Jerseytomorrow’s round becomes that much more important to work my way [up] and stay in it. I’ve got to make up ground. I can’t putt any worse than I did today