The 15th World Championships in Athletics were held from 22–30 August 2015 in Beijing, China.In IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing 2015 Kenya stood in first position as they won seven golds, six silvers, and three bronze medals. Jamaica with seven golds and two silvers and United States with six gold medals stood in second and third places respectively. Whereas India did not one a single medal and stood last in the table.
Highlights of Final Day:
Top three nations Kenya, Jamaica and United States had a final success on last day of the mega athletic event. Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop finished with gold in the 1500m men’s final to make his country proud, the US and Jamaica bossed the finals of the 4x400m relay races. On the other hand in the women’s relay event, anchor Novlene Williams-Mills pulled out a late 50 m dash to boss the event for Jamaica, ahead of the US and Great Britain, to clinch the gold. The final day highlights are
Molitor’s last throw:
The lead in the women’s javelin final changed more times than a Beijing traffic light. Molitor capped the whole competition with a whopping 67.69m mark to take the gold from Lyu at the last possible moment. Seldom has the javelin final been quite so focused on a single throw.
Drouin’s last jump:
When the high jump bar reached 2.36 m with five jumpers active, it was tense. When none of the five cleared, leaving Bogdan Bondarenko, Zhang Guowei and Derek Drouin tied for first, it was tenser. The jump-off saw all three miss again at 2.36m before the bar came down to 2.34m. There, Drouin cleared, and when he saw Bondarenko and Zhang miss, he had the gold.
Dibaba’s last sprint:
The closest marathon in World Championship history saw four runners entering the tunnel to the stadium together. When they came out, it was two; when they reached the finish line, it was one, Mare Dibaba, the fastest marathon runner in the world this year and now the world champion. Marathon winner Mare Dibaba at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 .After 26 miles of attrition, Dibaba (no relation to Genzebe) barely slowed down as she whipped into her lap of honor.
Aayan’s last 3000m:
Genzebe Dibaba was the world record-holder and 1500 m world champion. Almaz Ayana was the fastest 500 0m runner so far in 2015. Ayana set a strategy that caught Dibaba, in her fourth race of the week, flat-footed a long drive from 3000m out. Ayana sailed to victory in a championship record of 14:26.83 (the old record belonging to Dibaba’s older sister Tirunesh) and Dibaba faded to bronze behind team-mate Senbere Teferi as Ethiopia completed their second sweep of the women’s 5000 m medals. Ayana’s final 3000 m was covered in 8:19.91.
Kiprop’s last step:
In the men’s 1500 m final, Taoufik Makhloufi was trying to get away from 200m out. Abdalaati Iguider was trying to get away from 100 m out. But at the last possible step, the impossibly long strides of two-time defending champion Asbel Kiprop swallowed both of them. Makhloufi and Iguider ended fourth and third respectively. Kiprop became the three-time world champion and those who reached found the gold beyond their grasp.
Felix’s last run:
Jamaica’s four individual 400m finalists teamed up to take gold in the 4x400m, overtaking USA on the final stretch. But the USA would have been out of contention even earlier in the race had it not been for world 400m champion Allyson Felix clocking a 47.72 split – the third fastest in history – in her sixth and final race in Beijing to give USA the lead going into the final leg.
Francis’s last lap:
It was a phenomenal set of relays for Trinidad and Tobago, who took bronze in the women’s 4x100m and then led all three exchanges in the men’s 4×400 m. And it was LaShawn Merritt who took the day in the end, as the USA – who had won eight 4×400 m relays in 14 World Championships – put their biggest man on the last leg.
Indian Athletes Performance in IAAF World Athletics Championships 2015:
The Indian athlets did not bring a medal to the home country and it is not a very memorable campaign. However, the performance of Lalita Babar, OP Jaisha and Vikas Gowda were praiseworthy.
- Babar finished eighth in the women’s 3000 m steeplechase finals, after breaking her own national record in the qualifiers. She continued to dominate the finals in the majority of laps, but in the closing stages, the other athletes went past her.
- Jaisha also smashed her own national record after finishing 18th in the finals of the women’s marathon event. Sudha Singh finished 19th in the same event.
- Gowda stood ninth in the finals of the men’s Discus Throw event, while Inderjeet Singh finished 11th in the finals of the men’s shot put event. Click Here for the highlights from the men’s Discus Throw finals.