STATS (By Ken Nakamura)
Dec: Ashton Eaton’s world record mark of 9045 was 350 points ahead of Canada’s Damian Warner’s total, the biggest winning margin in championships history. Dan O’Brien had the previous record winning margin of 263, which he set in 1991. The best marks for place at a world championships were set for 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th place. Ashton Eaton is now a two time winner and a three time medalist. Tomas Dvorak, Dan O'Brien, and Trey Hardee are the only other multiple winners. Eduard Hamalainen and Roman Sebrle are the other three time medalists.
5000m: Mo Farah completed his second world double. The only other runner to win the 5000m-10,000m double in consecutive championships is Kenenisa Bekele. It was a record third world 5000m gold for Farah. Ismael Kirui is the only other athlete with multiple wins in this event, he won in 1993 and 1995. Farah’s time of 13:50.38 is the slowest winning time in championships history, however the last 1000m was covered in 2:19.22, the fastest ever at a world championships.
W 4x100m: The Jamaican quartet ran a championship record and Asian all-comers best of 41.07 (VCB, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson, SAFP). Great Britain’s 42.10 is the fastest fourth place time in history in all competitions. The best marks for place at a world championships were set for 1st and 4th to 7th positions.
M 4x100m: The Jamaican men’s team (Carter, Powell, Ashmeade, Bolt) went for the championships record, their 37.36 was the third fastest in world championships history. It was their fourth consecutive victory, tying the record long win streak of the USA, who held the title from 1983 to 1993. It was the third world championships in which Jamaica won both short relays.
HJ: Anna Chicherova won bronze to take her medal total to five, tying Ukraine’s Inga Babakova’s record. Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch cleared a personal best of 199 for 6th, the best 6th place mark in championships history and the equal best 6th place mark in all competitions.
DT: Piotr Malachowski won Poland’s first world gold in the men’s discus and Robert Urbanek joined him on the podium (bronze) as Poland became the fourth nation to have two men on the podium in this event at a world championships.
800m: Before today Belarus had never won a world medal in the women’s 800m, Marina Arzamasova changed that by winning gold. Melissa Bishop won silver, taking Canada’s first medal in the women’s event at the word championships.
M 4x400m: The world leading mark of 2:58.13 by the USA men’s quartet (Kyle Clemons, Tony McQuay, Bryshon Nellum, Vernon Norwood) is the fastest heat time at a world championships. Botswana ran 2:59.95, the fastest non-qualifying time in world championships history.
M 4x100m: The Jamaican men’s 37.41 (Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Rasheed Dwyer, Nickel Ashmeade) is the fastest heat time at a world championships, although in 1993 the USA ran 37.40 in the semi-finals of a three round format.
50kmW: Jared Tallent won silver, his third world medal at this event; only Jesus Angel Garcia and Robert Korzeniowski have more, both with 4. Matej Toth won gold to pick up Slovakia’s first ever world medal in the 50kmW. Takayuki of Tanii was third across the finish line, winning Japan’s first ever world medal in walking.
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