2015 Beijing World Championships

2015 Beijing World Championships

August 28, 2015

Day 7 Recap: Dafne Schippers & Ashton Eaton Set the Track on Fire; Tianna Bartoletta Wins LJ Gold with PB on Final Attempt

Schippers' 21.63 set a meet record and made her the third-fastest woman of all-time. Jamaica's Elaine Thompson ran 21.66 (#5 all-time) but had to settle for silver as 3 women broke 22.00 in the same race for just the second time ever. Eaton ran 45.00 for 400 during the decathlon (best-ever during a decathlon) and could challenge his WR on Saturday.

August 27, 2015

Sifan Hassan Runs 1:58.50 and Goes Home (So Do the Americans): The Madness of the Women's 800 Semifinals

24 women, 10 PRs and no Americans in the final. The three women's 800 semifinals were insane as Canada's Melissa Bishop led all the qualifiers in 1:57.52 (a two-second PR!). Americans Molly Ludlow and Brenda Martinez went home as the final time qualifier was a ridiculous 1:58.35.

August 27, 2015

Day 6 Recap: Bolt Beats Gatlin (Again) in 200, Christian Taylor Scares the World Record and Allyson Felix Reigns Supreme

Team USA has struggled at these championships but Thursday night went very well for the Americans as Taylor (triple jump) and Felix (400) earned the U.S.'s 2nd and 3rd golds of the championships in impressive fashion -- an 18.21 jump (#2 all-time) by Taylor and a 49.26-second run for Felix (PB). Justin Gatlin couldn't complete a perfect night, which is understandable as he once again lost to the incomparable Usain Bolt (19.55 to 19.74) and had to settle for silver.

August 26, 2015

Day 5 Recap: Wayde van Niekerk Wins a Blazing 400 in 43.48; Julius Yego's 92.72 Bomb in Javelin Keeps Kenya's Golden Championships Going

Three men broke 44.00 for the first time in history as former world champs LaShawn Merritt (43.65 PB) and Kirani James (43.78) had to settle for silver and bronze. Cuba's Yarisley Silva won the pole vault in dramatic fashion, while Justin Gatlin (19.87) and Usain Bolt (19.95) cruised through the 200 semis to set up a thrilling final on Thursday.

August 26, 2015

Day 5 Morning Session: Disaster for Alysia Montaño and Close Calls for BMart and Ludlow; All 3 Americans Through to Men’s 5,000 Final

Montaño went down with 200 to go in her heat and her protest was unsuccessful so she'll sit out the semis and final. Molly Ludlow was only sixth but her heat was by far the fastest on the day and she made it in on time (2:00.70) while Brenda Martinez had to work for it in the final 100 after being boxed in. Ben True comfortably grabbed an auto qualifier in heat 1 of the 5,000 while Ryan Hill and Galen Rupp made it on time in a much faster heat 2.

August 25, 2015

Negative Split, No Problem: The King Is Far From Dead - David Rudisha Wins Third Global Title With 24.36 Final 200

Like London 2012, Rudisha led wire-to-wire, but he came through 400 almost five seconds slower (54.17). He ran a big negative split (51.67 final 400) to win over Poland's Adam Kszczot in 1:45.86, while Amel Tuka earned Bosnia & Herzegovina's first-ever medal by taking the bronze. 

August 25, 2015

2015 Worlds Men's 5,000 Preview: Should we hand Mo Farah the gold right now? Can Ryan Hill, Ben True or Galen Rupp become the first American-born athlete to medal in history?

Should everyone just hand Mo Farah the gold medal now? Can Ryan Hill, Ben True or Galen Rupp make history and become the first American-born athlete ever to medal in the men's 5000?

August 24, 2015

Agony & Ecstasy in the Women's 10,000: Molly Huddle Gives the Bronze Away to Emily Infeld as Vivian Cheruiyot Wins Gold Once Again

Huddle had the bronze until the final step, when she slowed down to throw up her arms, allowing Infeld to sneak by on the inside. Ahead of them, Cheruiyot won her fourth global title with an impressive 60-second last lap as she kicked away from Ethiopia's Gelete Burka to win a slow race in 31:41.31. Overall, it was a fantastic race for the Americans (Shalane Flanagan was the other), as they went 3-4-6.
August 23, 2015

History in the Steeplechase: The US Will Send Three Women to the Final for the First Time Ever

Emma Coburn, Stephanie Garcia and Colleen Quigley all advanced to Wednesday's final in the Bird's Nest after some quick qualifying heats. Coburn and Garcia both made it automatically, finishing third in their heats, while Quigley's 9:29 in heat 2 was enough to grab a time qualifier. Coburn will attempt to make some more history on Wednesday as she goes for the U.S.'s first-ever medal in the event.

August 22, 2015

Day 1 Interviews from 2015 IAAF World Championships

Hear what the world's best had to say following the first session at the 2015 IAAF World Championships

August 21, 2015

Women's Steeple Preview: Emma Coburn's Got a Shot for a (Gold) Medal in a Wide-Open Affair

Can Emma Coburn get a medal? What about a gold?

August 20, 2015

Men's 800 Preview: A Terrific Showdown Between the Big Three of Mo Aman, Nijel Amos & David Rudisha

The last time David Rudisha, Nijel Amos and Mo Aman raced at a global chamionships, King David mesmerized the world with a 1:40.91 WR. Track fans have had to wait 3 years for the rematch. Which of the Big 3 will win? Or could it be upstart Amel Tuka?

August 20, 2015

Can Evan Jager Do the Unthinkable and Win Gold: Worlds Men's Steeplechase Preview

It's Jager vs the Kenyans in the USA-Kenyan dual meet as Kenya and the USA have the top 7 entrants.