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Aug 30, 2015

Kiprop hat-trick puts Kenya on top in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Asbel Kiprop produced a trademark sprint finish to win a third straight 1,500 meters gold and ensure Kenya topped the medals table at successive world championships after the final night of action on Sunday.

The United States men won a sixth straight gold in 4x400m relay but Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills ran down tiring American Francena McCorory in the women’s event to claim a sixth gold in Beijing for the Caribbean powerhouse.

Aug 30, 2015

Athletics-Kiprop hat-trick puts Kenya on top in Beijing

BEIJING, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Asbel Kiprop produced a trademark sprint finish to win a third straight 1,500 metres gold and ensure Kenya topped the medals table at successive world championships after the final night of action on Sunday.

The United States men won a sixth straight gold in 4x400m relay but Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills ran down tiring American Francena McCorory in the women’s event to claim a sixth gold in Beijing for the Caribbean powerhouse.

Aug 30, 2015

Merritt anchors U.S. to traditional 4x400m gold

BEIJING (Reuters) – LaShawn Merritt produced a perfectly-judged final leg to lead the United States to a sixth successive world 4×400 meters relay title and bring down the curtain on the 15th world athletics championships on Sunday.

The Olympic 400m champion, who has been part of all six campaigns over the last decade, ran his leg in 44.16 and crossed the line for gold in two minutes 57.82 seconds, the best time of year.

Aug 30, 2015

Athletics-Merritt anchors U.S. to traditional 4x400m gold

BEIJING, Aug 30 (Reuters) – LaShawn Merritt produced a perfectly-judged final leg to lead the United States to a sixth successive world 4×400 metres relay title and bring down the curtain on the 15th world athletics championships on Sunday.

The Olympic 400m champion, who has been part of all six campaigns over the last decade, ran his leg in 44.16 and crossed the line for gold in two minutes 57.82 seconds, the best time of year.

Aug 30, 2015

Germany’s Molitor snatches gold with final throw

BEIJING (Reuters) – Germany’s Katharina Molitor conjured up the longest throw of her career with the final throw of the competition to win a surprise javelin gold and deny hosts China a second title of the world athletics championships on Sunday.

The 31-year-old, who had never previously won a medal at a major championships and one of four Germans in the final, launched the javelin a world leading 67.69 meters with her sixth effort.

Aug 30, 2015

Athletics-Germany’s Molitor snatches gold with final throw

BEIJING, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Germany’s Katharina Molitor conjured up the longest throw of her career with the final throw of the competition to win a surprise javelin gold and deny hosts China a second title of the world athletics championships on Sunday.

The 31-year-old, who had never previously won a medal at a major championships and one of four Germans in the final, launched the javelin a world leading 67.69 metres with her sixth effort.

Aug 30, 2015

Ayana denies Dibaba with stunning 5,000m gold

BEIJING (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana put on a stunning display of front-running to win the women’s 5,000 meters by more than 17 seconds at the world championships on Sunday and deprive compatriot Genzebe Dibaba of an unprecedented double gold.

The 23-year-old powered away from Dibaba with four laps to go and led home an Ethiopian podium sweep in a championship record time of 14 minutes 26.83 seconds.

Aug 30, 2015

Athletics-Ayana denies Dibaba with stunning 5,000m gold

BEIJING, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana put on a stunning display of front-running to win the women’s 5,000 metres by more than 17 seconds at the world championships on Sunday and deprive compatriot Genzebe Dibaba of an unprecedented double gold.

The 23-year-old powered away from Dibaba with four laps to go and led home an Ethiopian podium sweep in a championship record time of 14 minutes 26.83 seconds.

Aug 30, 2015

Our sport is more than ‘test tubes, blood and urine’: Coe

BEIJING (Reuters) – Part of Sebastian Coe’s new job as head of world athletics will be to shift the conversation about his “ostensibly clean” sport from doping to spectacular performances, he said on Sunday.

The Briton will become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the conclusion of the 15th world championships on Sunday.

Aug 30, 2015

Athletics-Our sport is more than ‘test tubes, blood and urine’ – Coe

BEIJING, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Part of Sebastian Coe’s new job as head of world athletics will be to shift the conversation about his “ostensibly clean” sport from doping to spectacular performances, he said on Sunday.

The Briton will become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the conclusion of the 15th world championships on Sunday.

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