Mo Farah evoked memories of the London 2012 Olympics as he ran the fastest 5000m of the year to bring the Müller Anniversary Games to a rousing conclusion at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday (23).
Sandra Perkovic will defend her Olympic discus title in Rio knowing she has an almost unassailable lead in the 2016 Diamond Race after winning her fifth straight IAAF Diamond League contest at the Müller Anniversary Games on Saturday (23).
Propelled by an impressive homestretch run, Edidiong Ofonime Odiong stormed to a dominant victory in the women's 200m, the first global U20 title in the sprints for Bahrain.
In the end, consistency won the day for Norway’s Beatrice Nedberge Llano.
It’s a sunny afternoon in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Three men are waiting to receive their medals. Medals they have all worked really hard to get. And sometimes it’s difficult to tell just how hard the journey has been to make it on to a podium.
Kalkidan Fentie arrived in Bydgoszcz with limited international experience to her name but any winner of an Ethiopian middle or long distance title – be it at U20 or senior level – should be respected heading into a global competition.
The IAAF World U20 Championships has already thrown up its fair share of surprises and on the fifth morning of action in Bydgoszcz on Saturday (23), that trend continued.
Two well-timed personal bests in as many days propelled Chen Ting to China’s first world U20 title in the women’s triple jump.
There’s only so much waiting anyone can take. For 10,000m race walk winner Callum Wilkinson, his limit is about 15 minutes.
Hungary’s Bence Halasz had been widely expected to deliver a first world U20 hammer throw title for his nation in Bydgoszcz, and on a mild evening in the Polish city on Friday (22), he delivered in fine style.
Prior to the championships, a one-two for Botswana wasn’t beyond the realms of possibility, but their challenge started to peter away after the semifinals when 44.22 performer and world U20 leader Baboloki Thebe – who stopped the clock at 44.67 – was disqualified for a lane infringement.
Nearly 30 years to the day after Javier Sotomayor won the inaugural world U20 title in Athens, Luis Enrique Zayas became just the second Cuban winner of the event with an immaculate display of jumping in Bydgoszcz.
Dominating victories by Michael Norman in the 200m and Anna Cockrell in the 400m hurdles pushed the USA’s all-time gold medal tally at these championships past the 100 mark to highlight the fourth day of action at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016 on Friday (22).
When Kendra Harrison’s Olympic dreams came crashing to earth at the brutal US Olympic Trials a few weeks ago, the second-fastest sprint hurdler of all time was forced rapidly to re-focus her season, setting her sights on winning the Diamond Race and smashing Yordanka Donkova’s 28-year-old world record.
Michael Norman knows how to peak.
Twelve months ago, Usain Bolt cast aside his injury problems with a 9.87 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, proving the doubters wrong and kickstarting his bid for another bout of World Championships sprint dominance.
In what was one of the most impressive individual displays of the championships, USA’s Anna Cockrell blitzed the field in the women’s 400m hurdles final on Friday night (22).
Caroline Chepteek Chespol played a conspicuous game for the first kilometre of the 3000m steeplechase final but the 17-year-old soon made her presence felt with a blistering injection of pace with five laps remaining.
In the 30-year history of the IAAF World U20 Championships, France had never won a medal in the women’s long jump, but all that changed on Friday night (22) as Yanis David ended the drought in exquisite fashion.
The world U18 heptathlon silver medallist is now the world U20 champion.