MOSCOW (Reuters) – Christine Ohuruogu produced an astonishing late charge and defending champion Amantle Montsho committed racing suicide as the Briton won the world 400 meters gold medal by four thousandths of a second on Monday.
Ohuruogu, the former Olympic champion, is famed for her storming home-straight finishes but even she looked out of it as Botswana’s Montsho entered the final 30 meters well clear.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce obliterated the field as Jamaica completed a 100 meters double at the world championships on Monday and showed it still has the edge in the battle of sprinting’s superpowers.
The United States had four athletes in the final for the first time, including defending champion Carmelita Jeter, but they had no answer to Fraser-Pryce who took gold with the biggest winning margin in world championships history.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu cemented her reputation for leaving it late by snatching the 400 metres world title from defending champion Amantle Montsho with a desperate lunge to the line on Monday.
Botswana’s Montsho, aiming to become only the second woman to win back-to-back world 400 golds, was left to despair the fact she did not dip at the finish with just 0.004 seconds separating the two rivals who were both given a time of 49.41 seconds.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Athletes were again left staring into empty space on the third day of the world athletics championships at Luzhniki Stadium where the lack of crowds has become as big a talking point as the performances on the track.
“It’s dead, there’s no atmosphere,” Olympic champion Felix Sanchez told reporters after winning his 400 meters hurdles heat on Monday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba bided her time before letting loose on the final lap with an awesome display of speed to complete a hat-trick of world championship 10,000 meters titles on Sunday.
Olympic champion Dibaba who is now unbeaten in her 11 outings over the distance won in 30:43.35.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Brittney Reese unleashed the beast in one giant leap to become the first woman to win three long jump titles at the world championships on Sunday.
Reese, gold medallist in 2009 and 2011, had scraped into the final on countback after a below-par showing in Saturday’s qualifying but the American, known as the ‘long jump beast’, had no intention of losing her crown.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – It was a case of safety first for Olympic 110 metres hurdles gold medalist Aries Merritt in the world championships heats on Sunday after his last race ended in a clatter with the barrier.
The world record holder ran within himself to safely negotiate the 10 hurdles on the bright blue track in a Luzhniki Stadium that was again practically empty.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Double Olympic champion Mo Farah’s famed final lap sprint put paid to any hopes Ethiopia’s Ibrahim Jeilan had of retaining his 10,000 metres title at the world championships on Saturday.
In Daegu two years ago, Jeilan nipped in at the line to deny Farah a first world title but this time he was left watching the Briton’s heels as Farah pulled away to win in 27:21.71.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukraine’s ‘Iron Lady’ Natalia Semenova bravely competed in discus qualifying at the world championships on Saturday after suffering concussion and a broken, bloodied nose in a freak accident just before the event began.
The European championship bronze medallist was accidentally hit in the face by Polish athlete Zaneta Glanc, who had mimed a throw while holding the discus, as she sat in the athletes’ area next to the discus circle at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Long jumper Dwight Phillips postponed his retirement for a year in a bid for one final golden moment and the chance to become the first U.S. athlete to win five individual world championship titles in the same event.
The defending world champion had hoped to go out in a blaze of glory at last year’s London Olympics but an Achilles injury put paid to that so the 35-year-old put his exit on hold.