Track and Field

Dibaba claims historic marathon gold in Beijing

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Mare Dibaba claimed Ethiopia's first ever gold medal in the women's marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in a close finish ahead of Kenya's Helah Kiprop  - In an exciting climax to the women’s marathon with four runners entering the stadium together, Mare Dibaba outsprinted Kenya’s Helah Kiprop to claim Ethiopia’s second gold medal of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

Unlike the men’s marathon on the opening day of competition which took place in stifling heat and humidity, the conditions were comparatively benign for the women’s race which helped Dibaba, who isn’t related to Genzebe and Tirunesh

“I was scared about that for the marathon race, but this morning the weather changed, it is similar to our country and easy for us to do our own race,” said Dibaba, who was one of the favourites by dint of her win in the Xiamen Marathon in January in 2:19:52.

Fast-finishing Farah claims 5000m hat-trick in Beijing

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Mo Farah won his third successive world 5000m title on the bounce with a devastating last lap timed at 52.4 at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Saturday (29).

Farah had already won the 10,000m and come through the 5000m heats where he survived a trip on the last lap to qualify but any fatigue the reigning champion might have been carrying in his legs wasn’t exposed. The pace in the early stages was pedestrian with the opening two kilometres covered just inside 15-minute tempo.

In a largely uneventful race, the pace didn’t pick up until the last two laps when Commonwealth champion Caleb Ndiku made a long run for home with 750 metres remaining which tore the tightly bunched pack of fifteen runners asunder.

Farah usually takes control of these championship races before the ball but Ndiku wisely held the Brit off as they battled down the home straight for the penultimate time and led as the bell sounded with 12:57.71 showing on the clock.

Double-bronze night for U.S. women at Worlds

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BEIJING -- A pair of American women competing in their first IAAF World Championships turned in bronze medal-winning performances Monday night in Beijing.

Tori Bowie(Sandhill, Miss.) and Emily Infeld(Cleveland, Ohio) each placed third at opposite ends of the running-event spectrum, with Bowie placing third in the 100 and Infeld grabbing bronze in the 10,000m to highlight Team USA’s best-ever showing in that event.

Rookie Infeld claims 10k bronze

The Team USA trio of Infeld, Molly Huddle(Providence, Rhode Island) and Shalane Flanagan(Marblehead, Massachusetts) turned in the best overall women’s 10,000m performance for the U.S. in World Championships history. Perhaps more eyebrow-raising that the overall team performance was that the top performer was the least-heralded of the three … until Monday.

Kovacs’ gold leads three-medal night for Team USA

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 BEIJING -- Joe Kovacs took home gold in the shot put while Justin Gatlin and Trayvon Bromell took silver and bronze, respectively, in the men’s 100 meters as Team USA hit for the cycle in medals Sunday evening at Beijing National Stadium.

Kovacs claims SP gold

Competing at his first World Outdoors, Kovacs (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) uncorked an opening throw of 21.23m/69-8 to lead the competition early on, but rival David Storl of Germany assumed the lead with a second-round throw of 21.46m/70-5. It took a national record of 21.69m/71-2 from Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards on his third attempt to bump both Storl and Kovacs from the top two spots.

On his fourth throw, Kovacs moved back into second with 21.67m/71-1.25, while his 21.93m/71-11.50 on his fifth throw of the night sealed the gold, giving Team USA at least one medal in the event in 11 of the last 12 editions of the Championships. 2007 world champ Reese Hoffa (Augusta, Georgia) had a best of 21.00m/68-10.75 in the fifth stanza to finish fifth. Christian Cantwell (Eldon, Missouri) was a medical scratch from the final after suffering back spasms following this morning’s preliminary round.

Carter takes bronze, Rupp fifth at World Champs

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BEIJING -- Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) is the first American on the podium for Team USA at the IAAF World Championships, taking women’s shot put bronze to cap first day action in at the Bird’s Nest. The IAAF World Championships continue Sunday, August 23 and conclude on Sunday, August 30. In the evening’s only other final, Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) was fifth in the men’s 10,000 meters.

Carter matches best-ever U.S. performance at Worlds

The shot put promised to be a three-way battle between Carter, Christina Schwanitz of Germany and crowd favorite Lijiao Gong of China. The trio did not disappoint, proving to be the class of the field from the first round of throwing.