MOSCOW (Reuters) – Toppling Usain Bolt from his sprint throne could take a while yet with the untouchable Jamaican star of track and field still looking down on those who seek to challenge his reign.
While his jet engine still roars, others toil, with the fastest man on earth heading home from the Moscow world championships with another three golds, despite never needing to be at his peerless best.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce secured their third gold medals of the Moscow world championships when the two 100m and 200m sprint champions anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4x100m relays on Sunday.
Bolt’s task was made easier when American fourth-leg runner Justin Gatlin fluffed his start, stumbling and veering into the Jamaican’s lane.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The controversy over Russia’s law banning the promotion of homosexuality is an “invented problem” focused on by Western media, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Sunday.
The law, which parliament passed in June, bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – His swag of gold growing with every meticulously executed global final, Usain Bolt cantered to more sprint glory on Saturday as American Brianna Rollins, bursting with raw power, announced herself as the new hurdling queen.
Bolt led home a Jamaican one-two in securing an unprecedented third world 200 meters title in 19.66 seconds, the fastest time this year, before he and silver medalist Warren Weir celebrated by gyrating to Bob Marley.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro, who painted her fingernails in the colors of the rainbow flag in support of Russia’s gay community, has been told not to repeat the gesture in Saturday’s world championship final.
“We have been informally approached by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) saying that this is by definition, a breach of the regulations. We have informed our athletes about this,” Anders Albertsson, general secretary of the Swedish athletics federation, told a huddle of reporters outside the Luzhniki stadium.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Briton Mo Farah added the world distance double to the one he achieved at the London Olympics when he bravely held off the Ethiopian and Kenyan challenge in belligerent style to win the 5,000 meters on Friday.
He needed all of his famed final lap speed to come home in 13:26.98, ahead of Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet (13:27.26) and Kenyan Isiah Kiplangat Koech (13:27.26), six days after winning the 10,000 meters in Moscow.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva sought to limit the fallout from her comments supporting her country’s controversial anti-gay law on Friday as Usain Bolt returned to the Luzhniki stadium after an injury scare.
Sprint king Bolt, who regained his 100 meters title on Sunday, appeared with strapping on his right foot and told reporters after jogging through his morning 200m heat that he had suffered a mishap in training.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Usain Bolt starts his quest for a second world track gold in Moscow but American sprinting great Allyson Felix looks set to steal the limelight as she goes for a fourth world 200 meters title on Friday.
Briton Mo Farah should also rubber-stamp his status as one of the all-time distance running greats – and repeat his Olympic feat from London – by adding a 5,000 meters gold to the 10,000 title he won on the first day of the championships.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Mum knows best, so the saying goes, even if the mother of new 400 meters hurdles world champion Jehue Gordon has not quite got track and field terminology quite right.
Heeding her words to “push-ahead” all the way to the line, the 21-year-old from Trinidad & Tobago came of age to fulfil a talent, nurtured, honed and refined in the island nation.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Guts, guile and no lack of self-belief propelled Irishman Robert Heffernan to 50km race walk victory on Wednesday, spoiling the Russian party one day after Yelena Isinbayeva’s wildly-celebrated pole vault triumph.
The Luzhniki stadium, as it has been on every morning of the world championships, was short on fans – in contrast to the previous evening when the stands rocked with appreciation after the Isinbayeva show.