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Only one athlete enters the men’s 60m hurdles not having recorded a season’s best in the semifinals but it’s no surprise that the same athlete is the biggest favourite in the final: Pascal Martinot Lagarde.
Things change quickly in the world of athletics. One moment you are jumping in front of janitors and cleaners in a training centre in the middle of nowhere, contemplating on retiring from the sport and next winning the world title in front of thousands of spectators.
For Renaud Lavillenie, the IAAF World Indoor Championships has been an opportunity to put his feet up, to rest and recuperate.
Murielle Ahoure continued her quest to become the Ivory Coast’s first global athletics gold medallist when she sped to 7.06 to win the first of three semi-finals.
Through the early rounds she floated like something of a butterfly. Then, when it came to the final round, she stung like a bee. Ali was left standing with a world title.
It was a tale of the unexpected, the kind Roald Dahl outlined in his celebrate volume of that name.
Russia’s Mariya Konovalova was an authoritative winner of the 2014 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 2:23:43 on Sunday (9).
Right from the very first jump of the competition, the gold medal was nominally in Li Jinzhe’s possession. The 24-year-old Chinese athlete set out his stall with an 8.19m effort and improved to 8.23m in the third.
Czech Republic’s reigning European indoor and outdoor 400m champion Pavel Maslak significantly improved upon his fifth position in the 2012 edition, which advertised his arrival as a 400m runner having previously concentrated on 200m, to scorch to in victory 45.24.
It was supposed to have been the Sally Pearson show. In the heats and the semi-finals there had been nothing to suggest that the Olympic champion from Australia would be denied in her mission to follow LoLo Jones into the record books as a back-to-back winner of the women’s 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
In a men’s pole vault competition sans Renaud Lavillenie, one vaulter rose above the rest. Konstadinos Filippidis progressed through the final with no failures until the winning height of 5.80m, winning the world indoor title with a season’s best.
It was a night of history and national celebration in the Ergo Arena. Never before had a Polish woman won gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships and never before, in the 29-year history of the championships, had a title ever been shared.
It wasn’t meant to be today, but missing out on a fourth straight world indoor record is hardly a failure for Ashton Eaton.
Great Britain's Richard Kilty went from third at the 2014 UK Championships to first on the global stage when he rose to the occasion and flew to a 6.49 lifetime best to capture the men’s 60m gold medal.
Three surprise winners struck gold within the space of 15 minutes of each other at the Ergo Arena in Sopot on the second day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Valerie Adams did what everyone expected and bagged her 44th consecutive win which, coincidently was her second straight World Indoor Championships title.
USA’s Francena McCorory lived up expectations as the favourite, speeding to a popular victory in 51.12.
Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi fulfilled her role as the prohibitive favourite for the women’s 1500m as she ran away from the rest of the field at 500m and just carried on extending her lead throughout the rest of the race before crossing the line in 4:00.61.
Russia’s Yekaterina Koneva won a modest contest with the shortest winning mark since the event was formally introduced onto the competition programme at the 1993 World Indoor Championships.
Jamaica’s world indoor silver medallist Nesta Carter found his best form at exactly the right time and laid down a fine 6.50 season’s best marker to confirm that he is intent on capturing the gold medal this time around.