Many were the surprises given by the recently concluded 15th Athletics World Championship Beijing-2015, with highlights for Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Sally-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Colombian Caterine Ibargüen, Briton Mo Farah and Kenyan athletes, leaders of the Medal List.
Despite Bolt affirming that he was ready for the competition, many doubted this, because he had scarcely run during the last two years. However, the Jamaican sprinter did not leave a margin of doubt and from the second day onwards he showed he had come to win, by coming first in the 100-meters ahead of the favorite U.S. Justin Gatlin.
The Caribbean also swept away the titles of 200 meters and the 4x100 relay race, as he did in the previous three editions of this context. He only lost the gold metal in the 100 meters at Daegu-2011 due to a false start. In this way, Bolt ratified himself as the best runner of all times, with 11 gold medals and two silver won at Osaka-2007.
On her part, Fraser-Pryce came second to him by winning gold in the 100 and 4x100 relay, to be confirmed as the fastest woman on the planet and second winner of maximum trophies in world events, with seven gold and two silver, only behind US athlete Allyson Felix (9-3-1).
Both form a marvelous double that participated in five of seven titles won by Jamaica at the Chinese capital.
Meanwhile, triple jumper Caterine Ibargüen had the best result for South America, with her second world title and her 29th consecutive victory. The Colombian was beaten three years before in the London Olympics of 2012. With her present triumph, Caterine equaled the feat of Russian Tatiana Lébedevaand Cuban Yargelis Savigne with two world titles in triple jump.
Discus thrower, Denia Caballero and pole vault jumper Yarisley Silva gave Cuba its first gold medals since the World Tournament of 2009 in Berlin, cutting short the worst slump of the island in over two decades.
The silver medal of triple jumper Pedro Pablo Pichardo also completed the best Cuban performance in the last ten years.
Briton Mo Farah was also outstanding, the first athlete to be victorious in the 5000 and 10000 meters in the third consecutive world tournament, a feat without precedence in long-distance races.
KENYA, THE GREAT SURPRISE
Many were left dumbstruck at Kenya’s excellent performance at the Bird´s Nest in Beijing. They dominated the general medal table for the first time, after winning seven gold medals, six silver and three bronze for a total of 16.
The African nation managed to lead over Jamaica (7-2-3) and leave the United States in a not less surprising third place (6-6-6).
Africans and Caribbeans destroyed the hegemony showed by Russians and North Americans since Tokyo-1991.
The Kenyans, specialists in the middle and long distances also won the title of the 400 meter-hurdles for men with Nicholas Bett, while Julius Yego, who learned to throw javelin watching videos on YouTube, won the gold in that event.
The victory of Asbel Kiprop, who for the third time was crowned champion of the 1500 meters, was the icing on the cake made with ingredients unprecedented until now.
The only setback suffered by Kenya was that two of their sprinters, Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary tested positive for doping.
Ashton Eaton of the U.S. who made the only world record in Beijing was outstanding too as he beat his own record in decathlon, being awarded the second world title outdoors.
Last but not least, the performance of young sprinter from Holland, Dafne Schippers, who won gold in the 200-meter race with a time of 21.63 seconds, the fastest time in 17 years and the third fastest of all times, something ever more surprising for someone who dedicated herself to speed racing only two months ago.
Now we will have to wait until London-2017 to see if any of these champions manage to retain their crowns, whether the Africans are capable of maintaining their hegemony or whether the U.S. athletes recover the summit of the medal table.Share on FB Share on TT