Eaton’s decathlon feat

American Ashton Eaton cemented his position as the world’s greatest athlete when he won the world decathlon title on Sunday

Published: August 12, 2013 3:37 am

Eaton’s decathlon feat

American Ashton Eaton cemented his position as the world’s greatest athlete when he won the world decathlon title on Sunday,completing a spectacular hat-trick having won Olympic gold and broken the world record last year. Eaton led from the first event on Saturday morning when he laid down a marker with a 10.35-seconds 100 metres,completing the first day with the fastest 400m ever run in a decathlon world championships having been given a dressing down by his coach after “lacking motivation”. He poured on the pressure on Sunday with impressive performances in the pole vault and javelin opened a virtually unassailable lead and he made no mistake in the 1,500m finale to triumph with 8,809 points,Germany’s Michael Schrader took silver with 8,670 while Canadian Damian Warner of Canada got bronze with 8,512 — both personal best tallies.

No stopping Dibaba

Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba bided her time before letting loose on the final lap with an awesome display of speed to complete a hat-trick of world championship 10,000 metres titles on Sunday. Olympic champion Dibaba who is now unbeaten in her 11 outings over the distance won in 30:43.35. Kenya’s Gladys Cherono was second in 30:45.17 and fast-finishing Ethiopian Belaynesh Oljira pipped Emily Chebet for bronze in 30:46.98.

Perkovic delivers gold

Croatian Sandra Perkovic went into the world championships as one of the hottest favourites in Moscow and duly delivered on Sunday as her 67.99 metre throw added the title to her Olympic gold of last year. Perkovic,who missed the last world championships through a doping ban,had the four longest throws of the year to her name before Moscow and her nearest challenger,China’s Siyu Gu,then failed to make the final. The Croat took that tally to five with her second-round throw of 67.99 and was never seriously threatened.

Reese leaps to hat-trick

With one giant leap Brittney Reese again rose to the occasion and became the first woman to win three long jump titles at the world championships on Sunday. Reese,gold medallist in 2009 and 2011,had scraped into the final on countback after a below-par showing in Saturday’s qualifying but the American had no intention of losing her crown and,after opening with a foul,leapt 7.01 metres. It was the only seven metre jump of the competition and left Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare,6.99,with silver. Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic was third with a national record 6.82 metres on countback from Belarussian Volha Sudarava.

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