Team GB bag brace of 4x400m Bronzes on World Athletics day nine
Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s male 4x400m quartet took advantage of naive running from Jamaica’s Javon Francis, with Martyn Rooney dipping on the line to bag Bronze on the final day of the 2015 World Athletics Championships from Beijing.
That men’s relay brought the curtain down on proceedings in the Bird’s Nest with the USA finally getting one over their sprint rivals by taking Gold in 2:57.82. Trinidad and Tobago scooped Silver.
Jamaica’s women put together a more dominant display in their team event, taking top honours way ahead of the United States in 3:19.13. Team GB came third again, ending the championships fourth in the medal table with four golds (Mo Farah twice, Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis-Hill), a silver and two bronzes.
African dominance of women’s distance running continued as Marathon favourite Mare Dibaba took Gold ahead of Kenya’s Helah Kiprop, and Ethiopia took a clean sweep of the 5k medals.
Ganzebe Dibaba’s bid to do a 1500m and 5000m double floundered, however, and she had to settle for Bronze over the longer distance behind compatriots Almaz Ayana and Senbere Teferi.
There was also a shock result in the women’s javelin with defending champion Barbora Spotakova unable to replicate her qualifying throw, let alone her best form.
Rival Sunette Viljoen of South Africa looked like finally getting one over the Czech Republic missile launcher, but was better by an area record of 66m 23cm by China’s Huihui Lyu and a winning world lead distance of 67m 69cm by German Kathrina Molitor, who was last to throw.
Commonwealth men’s high jump champion Derek Drouin surprisingly followed up on his Glasgow games success by beating world title holder Bohdan Bondarenko and Qatar’s hot favourite Mutaz Essa Barshim, who finished outside the medals.
Canadian athlete Drouin needed a jump-off, getting over 2m 34cm after Bondarenko of Ukraine and fellow joint Silver medallist Guowei Zhang all failed 2m 36cm. This was way down on world leader Barshim’s seasonal best of 2m 41cm.
Asbel Kiprop timed his men’s 1500m final race to perfection en route to a third consecutive World Championships Gold in 3:34.40. There was also silver for Kenya with Elijah Motonei Manangoi finishing ahead of Abdalaati Iguider from Morocco.