After 9 days of intense, exciting action, this Sunday saw the culmination of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships, an event which saw a number of global track & field stars take to the sports second biggest stage and provide us with some show stopping performances. Below is my round-up of what I think were the five best events at these champs.
- Men’s 100m – Usain Bolt
Where else to start other than the classic blue ribband event of any athletics meet, the Men’s 100m, and Quelle Surprise! Mr Bolt took home the gold once again. In a race that lacked the Yohan Blake’s, Tyson Gay’s & Asafa Powell’s of this world, Bolt, the legendary Jamaican, more than made up for his missing counterparts and blew the 8-strong field away into the stormy Moscow night. It may not have been a vintage performance for him this year, but he continues to instil his sheer dominance on the event and collect gold wherever he goes.
- Women’s 100m – Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce
Speaking of Jamaicans imposing their dominance, none did more so than the power-packed pocket rocket that is Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce. The double Olympic champion added second world 100m crown to her trophy cupboard last Monday night, winning with an emphatic margin over her rivals and cementing her position as the best female sprinter around today.
- Men’s 5000m& 10000m – Mo Farah
Another athlete who added plenty more bling to his collection at these championships was the great Mo Farah, who now holds multiple World, Olympic & European gold’s, which has seen him now heralded as Britain’s greatest ever track athlete. Mo was always going to be the man to beat in the 5 & 10km races, and despite a strong African challenge from the Kenyans & Ethiopians, no one could when it came to the crunch. With Farah becoming ever more popular with every gold he secures it is no surprise people have begun talking about him in the same vein as Usain Bolt and potentially hoping to set up a race between the two in a pound for pound style contest to determine the sports best athlete.
- Women’s 400m – Christine Ohuruogu
Britain’s only other gold medallist at these championships was the fabulously talented Christine Ohuruogu, who like Farah, added to an already very impressive medals collection. The 2008 Olympic champ was always going to find herself in a close knit battle if she wanted to regain her world title, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted just quite how close! In arguably the most exciting and nerve wracking finish of the week Ohuruogu snatched it by tiniest of margins from Amantle Montsho, who presumably will spend the next few months practicing her dip finish after this final!
- Men’s High Jump – Bohan Bondarenko
Arguably the most exciting & competitive field event of the champs was the men’s high jump, before it started it had all the makings of an epic contest on paper, and it sure didn’t disappoint when it came down to it! In the end it was the Ukrainian, Bondarenko, who leaped away with the title but only after a hard struggle with several other superb competitors, 7 of which jumped higher than the height that earned Robbie Grabarz a bronze medal last year in London! It took a championship record of 2.41m from Bondarenko to secure the victory, amazingly though he later revealed that he had only done 1 high jump training session all year due to injury problems flaring up every time he jumped! You have to wonder then, if he is fit and healthy enough next year to train properly just what is he going to be capable of?!
Extra mention) Men’s Triple Jump- Teddy Tamgho
I have to mention too the outstanding performance of the enigmatic Frenchman, Teddy Tamgho, after injury stricken seasons for the last few years, he turned up in Moscow ready to go, and go big for that matter! After showing incredible promise in the early rounds where he flew mile over 18m on two occasions only to be given the red flag, Tamgho composed himself in his later jumps to hop skip and jump his way out to 18.04m, making him the 3rd furthest jumper of all time!
Best of British
Aside from the Gold medals of Christine & Mo, Britain picked up three further bronzes in both of the Women’s relays and via Tiffany Porter in the women’s 100m Hurdles.
Special mentions should also go to Adam Gemili for his amazing display in the 200m, becoming only the second Brit to break 20seconds and then going on to a very respectable 5th place in the final, expect big things from this man in the next few years; he definitely has a very bright future. Katarina Johnson-Thompson, another very promising young athlete, performed admirably in the heptathlon, again securing 5th place overall and confirming she really does have great potential after comfortably surpassing the level Olympic golden girl Jess Ennis-Hill was at when she was her age.
Who did you think stood out at these championships? (Other than Gabby Logan in her increasingly loud trousers!) Let me know what your highlight was and who impressed you most.