World Athletics Championships 2013: Highlighting Top Moments from First 3 Days

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2013

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 10:  Mo Farah of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Men's 10000 metres final during Day One of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 10, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Although the 2013 World Championships are just a third of the way done, there have been plenty of noteworthy moments.

Most sports fans only pay attention to track and field every four years. If it isn't the Olympics, they can't be bothered to care.

That's a shame, because there are few sports that offer the same kind of head-to-head nature. You either run faster, jump farther, throw farther, etc. than the competition, or you don't. There's no room for debate or interpretation.

Of the action so far at the 2013 World Championships, these three moments stand out from the rest.


Usain Bolt is Still Really, Really Fast

In case you were wondering, Usain Bolt is still extremely fast. He won gold in the men's 100 meters after beating out Justin Gatlin by 0.08 seconds.

By this point, Bolt has probably built himself a more significant gold collection than most industrialized countries. It was his sixth gold medal at a World Championship to go along with the six he's won at the Olympics.

Bolt's win led to this phenomenal photo as well (h/t BBC Sport).

Some of the gloss on the Jamaican star's win was missing because Yohan Blake was out with an injury, and both Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell were suspended after testing positive for banned substances.

Still, it was a great win for Bolt and cemented his reputation as the greatest sprinter in the history of track and field.


We Still Want Some Mo, Farah

One of the most compelling moments of the 2012 Olympics was when Mo Farah crossed the finish line and won gold in the 10,000 meters. The enormous roar of the crowd in the Olympic Stadium was the kind of thing that gave you goosebumps, even when watching it unfold on television.

In Moscow, it was once again Farah coming out victorious in the 10,000 meters. With a time of 27:21.71, the 30-year-old finished 0.53 seconds ahead of Ibrahim Jeilan.

Farah is the kind of runner you can watch all day long. Not only is he incredibly gifted and one of the best in the world, but also every time he wins, it looks like the first race he's ever won. The amount of jubilation on his face is second to none.


Christine Ohuruogu Edges Out Amantle Montsho

You'd think Christine Ohuruogu would want to save herself from a lot of stress and start races off well. Instead, she was once again forced to make a late push in order to come out victorious. The 29-year-old won gold in the women's 400 meters after what was an incredible piece of closing.

Ohuruogu has made this a bit of a habit, but seeing her make up so much ground over so little a distance was astonishing.

Going into the final stretch, it looked like Amantle Montsho was going to coast to victory. It appeared she felt the same way, as she ended the race rather leisurely.

That final lunge by Ohuruogu looked to have given her the edge.

British Athletics tweeted out the photo finish.

It's doubtful any competition will come as close as this race did.