Eatons miss double gold

Ashton Eaton,won gold in the decathlon.

Published: August 14, 2013 2:03 am

The Eatons finished their working honeymoon in Russia on Tuesday,ever so close to making it a double-gold celebration at the world championships. Brianne Theisen Eaton of Canada failed to sufficiently shake off Ganna Melnichenko in the final 800-meter race of the heptathlon and finished with a silver medal two days after her husband,Ashton Eaton,won gold in the decathlon. With 68 points separating the top two going into the final 800 metres event,Theisen Eaton needed to finish 4.69 seconds ahead of Melnichenko to take gold but was unable to create the decisive gap. And while the Ukrainian went celebrating wrapped in her national flag,Theisen Eaton wrapped herself in the warmest of embraces of her smiling husband.

Stop and go

Host nation Russia got a big boost from its walkers again,even if it came with a twist. Thinking she had already won the 20-kilometer gold medal,Elena Lashmanova came to almost a complete stop with one stadium lap to go. A judge egged her on again and Lashmanova soon got moving again and held on to first place to lead a Russian 1-2. “The judges didn’t really explain to us that we should do one lap before the home straight and finish,and that is why I stopped,” said Lashmanova,the London Olympic champion and world record holder. “But I quickly understood I should keep going.’’ India’s Khusbir Kaur finished a distant 39th but still improved on her own national record. The 20-year-old Kushbir clocked 1 hour 34 minutes and 28 seconds cutting down three minutes from her earlier national mark of 1:37:28 which she created in Patiala last year.

Hagos doesn’t miss bus

Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet won the first heat of the 5000m despite almost taking the wrong bus from the hotel and arriving just in time for the race. “We arrived so late that we went straight into the race without a proper warm up but luckily everything went well,” he said. New world 10,000m champion Mo Farah brushed the sleep from his eyes and forced his tired legs around 15 laps of the track to qualify for the 5,000 final on a warm,sunny Tuesday morning. Luckily Farah is favourite to retain his 5,000 crown and match his distance double from the 2012 London Olympics.

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