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The men’s 60m hurdles winnert Omo Osaghae really came to win out of the blue.
You know when it’s getting to business time in the men’s high jump. Ivan Ukhov removes his training tights.
Yarisley Silva finally hit the jackpot following a couple of lesser medals in the past two years. The 26-year-old Cuban only competed once indoors before Sopot, but had no trouble during the competition and only failied to clear one height with her first attempt.
The men’s 800m final was one of the most exciting events in the arena this weekend. With two Polish athletes going for the gold, the roar from the crowd was infernal.
The US quartet smashed the 15-year-old men’s 4x400m relay world indoor record*, scorching to victory in 3:02.13.
Omo Osaghae surprised the European favourites in the 60m hurdles final and equalled the world lead with a 7.45 winning result, the second personal best during the competition after 7.49 came in the semi-finals.
Russia’s Lyukman Adams improved on his bronze medal in Istanbul two years ago to snatch the gold in Sopot with a world-leading 17.37m in the sixth and final round.
Ashton Eaton came close in the heptathlon and Ivan Ukhov wasn’t quite at his best in the high jump, but the enthusiastic Sopot crowd were finally rewarded with a world indoor record* in the final event of the championships, the men’s 4x400m.
The USA asserted their dominance from the outset, storming to a world-leading 3:24.83 victory in an event that, quite surprisingly, the USA have won only once in the history of these championships.
The USA quartet of Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler III and Calvin Smith set a world indoor record of 3:02.13 in the men's 4x400m relay at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014 on Sunday (9).
Four laps into the women’s 3000m final, the stadium announcer described the pace as “relatively sedate,” which was putting it very mildly.
After her mediocre start in her semi-final, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce must have taken a long hard look at how she could turn things around. Whatever conclusion she came up with was spot on as she made another contribution to Jamaica’s gold reserves with a sparkling run in 6.98.
So now we know why Caleb Ndiku kept his woolly hat on en route to victory in his firs-round heat. The Kenyan lined up for the final sporting flaming dyed red hair.
The USA has medal pedigree in the women’s 800m at the World Indoor Championships – three bronzes, to be precise, courtesy of Joetta Clark in 1997, Alysia Johnson in 2010 and Erica Moore in 2012.
Barely 12 months after claiming the European indoor title, France’s Eloyse Lesueur captured her first global medal in taking the women’s long jump title in fine style by flying to 6.85m and a slightly surprising victory.
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.