IAAF World Athletics Championships 2009
Just when you thought Usain Bolt could not surprise any more, he only goes and runs another World record – this time over 200m.
Two out of three ain’t bad! When a man runs World sprint records of 9.58 and 19.19 in the space of a week, he can be forgiven for missing out on a third world record. After all, a time of 37.31 in the 4x100m Relay is nothing to be sniffed at – it’s the second-fastest performance of all time! Another gold medal is always nice, too.
There comes a time in most athletes’ careers when an injury forces them to cut their losses and forego competing in a championship. There are other times, however, when sheer guts and bloody-mindedness shines through.
Never underestimate Marta Dominguez and her headband of power. That is the lesson that many of the world’s leading female steeplechasers – including Gulnara Galkina – will take away from tonight’s final after being part of a scintillating 3000m Steeplechase final.
What looked set to be a whitewash ended up being an extremely competitive spectacle, and while Valerie Vili’s victory in the Shot may not come as much of a surprise, it ended up being closer than many expected. Almost too close at times.
The men’s Hammer Throw final only truly came alive with the very last throw of the competition, and while it was no surprise that Primoz Kozmus won, the real talking point was the failure of pre-event favourite Kristian Pars.
The men’s 400m Hurdles had promised to be a wide-open event, and while Kerron Clement put in a dominant performance to win, the battle for the other podium places revealed just why making any clear predictions was always going to be a precarious business.
Okay, hands up. Who believed before this week that Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados would win the World 110m Hurdles title?
The Championship record was obliterated as Kenya took an historic 1-2 in the men’s Marathon – but the leading distance running nation almost made it a podium sweep.
Phillips Idowu had lost out to Nelson Evora in both Osaka and Beijing, but in almost still conditions here in Berlin it was third-time lucky for the red-haired Triple jumper from Great Britain.