Athletes from the United States are known to dominate these world championships, but Moscow 2013 was the first time since 1983 that the country failed to finish on top in the Gold Medal Tally. That, arguably, made for the biggest story of the championships- apart from the home country topping the table for the first time in 12 years. While Russia bathed in glory for most part of the fortnight, it was Jamaica once again that set the track on fire.
-It was the first time ever that a male and female runner from the same country clean swept their main events- 100, 200 and 4x100m. The stars of the show- Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce.
Bolt bolted home under a lightning night sky to win the 100m in 9.77 seconds early in the week. He set the tone for his inevitable 200m victory, and with the relay, he became the most successful athlete in World Championship history- equally Carl Lewis’s record of 8 golds, but leading with his total tally of 8 gold medals and 2 silvers (yes, Bolt won two silvers, believe it or not, in 2007 at Osaka). Bolt followed up his triple at the London Olympics last year to dominate yet another world event.
Shelley Ann Fraser became the first woman athlete in Championship history to sweep the sprint events. She beat USA’s favorite and Olympic Champion Allyson Felix- who tore her hamstring in the final of the 200m event. She has dominated the 100m event since 2008, when she exploded onto the scene as the first Jamaican female athlete ever to win an Olympic Gold medal.
Their 6 gold medals totaled the eventual Jamaican tally of 6 gold medals. 4 out of the top 5 100m finishers were from Jamaica.
-Bohdan Bondarenko set a championship record of 2.41 mts. in the HIGH JUMP event: the third highest jump in the history of the sport. This was a vast improvement from his 7th place at London, where he could only clear 2.29 mts.
-Russia’s brave 4x400m women’s relay team made history by beating eternal favorites United States in the final, even demonstrating their contempt for the anti-gay laws by sharing a kiss on the podium.
-The greatest female pole vaulter in history, Yelena Isinbayeva (28 world records), won her 3rd Championship gold medal. She put behind her London disappointment (Bronze) to leap 4.89 mts. Her anti-gay statements made waves after she decided to take a personal break to get pregnant.
–Mo Farah, double Olympic Champion, repeated his London feat to win the 5000m and 10000m, extending his domination and establishing himself as modern sport’s greatest distance runner.
-Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethopia confirmed her legacy of being the greatest 10000m female runner of all time, with yet another stunning win to remain unbeaten in a decade.
-Brittney Reese (USA) won her 3rd Championship gold in the LONG JUMP event with a jump of 7.01m, extending her dominance after her London Gold medal.
-Former Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin, the only runner to have beaten Bolt in 100m this year, failed to beat the Jamaican when it mattered again, clocking an impressive 9.85m to finish 2nd
-Ibrahim Jeilan, the shock 2011 World gold medalist at Daegu, failed to repeat his win in a similar last lap surge against rival Mo Farah. This time, his best was not good enough, finishing 2nd after an injury prone 2012.
-American Carmelita Jeter could only manage a bronze in the 100m, while compatriot and Olympic Champion Allyson Felix failed to finish her 200m final, handing over the title to Shelley Ann Fraser.
-The American 4×400 Olympic Champion relay team of Jessica Beard, Natasha Hastings, Ashley Spencer and Francena McCorory failed to beat the resurgent Russians, looking like death on the podium for 2nd place during the presentation.
-NO WORLD RECORD was broken during the 2013 Moscow Championships, unfortunately for the half-full stands of eager spectators.