World Athletics Championships 2013: Showcasing Usain Bolt and Top Performances
It’s really not fair how fast Usain Bolt is.
Bolt lost the world championship in the 100-meter dash two years ago in South Korea after he jumped the gun—a false start. He won that title back in Moscow at the IAAF World Championships with a brilliant performance at the event.
Which performance has been the most impressive?
Bolt sprinted as fast as he could throughout the 100 meters, crossing the finish line in 9.77 seconds. Justin Gatlin, an American, claimed the silver medal after running the event in 9.85 seconds. Jamaica picked up the bronze medal as well, as Nesta Carter was the second-fastest man from the country in the event.
"For me to come in a regain my title, it’s always great to be back," Bolt told the Associated Press (h/t USA Today). Bolt also told reporters that he "came out here just to execute and get it right and to win. That’s what I do."
It wasn’t much of a surprise that Bolt came out victorious in the event, as he usually dominates the competition each time he runs. He’s only 26 years old, but has quickly become one of the most decorated athletes of all time. There’s a chance that he leaves Moscow with a few more medals around his neck as well.
Bolt will likely contend for the gold medal in the 200-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay in the coming days. He took gold at both of the events in the last two world championships. Bolt is already off to an impressive start in Moscow, and it should be fun to see how he does in the other events.
Brittney Reese Wins Long Jump
There haven’t been any women better at the long jump than Brittney Reese in the last few years. She took the gold at the 2009 World Championships, 2010 World Indoor Championships, 2011 World Championships, 2012 World Indoor Championships and the 2012 Olympics in London.
Reese now has another gold medal to showcase at home, as the American once again took first place in the long jump in Moscow. She didn’t win by a large margin, though. In her second attempt, she leaped 7.01 meters. Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria nearly tied her, but came up 0.02 meters short in her fifth attempt.
Reese thanked her fans on Twitter after winning her third consecutive gold medal at the World Championships, noting the three-peat:
God just keeps blessing me... Thanks for the love and support !!! #3peat— Brittney Reese (@DaLJBeast) August 11, 2013
It seems unlikely that Reese is going to lose in the event anytime soon. While it was a narrow victory this time around, she continues to impressive each time she competes. She will definitely be one of the favorites to win the long jump in the next few championships, as well at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Tirunesh Dibaba Takes Gold in 10,000 Meters
Tirunesh Dibaba is one of the top long-distance runners in the world, and she helped cement her status as one of the best with her impressive performance in Moscow. Dibaba won the gold medal for Ethiopia after running 10,000 meters in 30:43.35. She finished less than two seconds in front of Gladys Cherono of Kenya.
Dibaba has now taken the gold medal at the World Championships in the 10,000-meter event three times in her career. She also has a pair of Olympic gold medals in the event, finishing in first place in London last year and at the 2008 Games in Beijing. The 27-year-old is arguably the top Ethiopian athlete.
While it must have felt good for Dibaba to win gold yet again, she still fell short of her all-time record at the World Championships of 29:54.66, which is the third-best ever, according to the official website for the championships. She definitely has the potential to break the all-time mark of 29:31.78.
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