Compared to the first four days of action in Moscow, Day 5 at the 2013 IAAF World Championships was light in nature.
With only one final round (the men's 50-kilometer race walk) and five qualification rounds scheduled for Wednesday, many competitors got a chance to rest while others did their best to move on to the later stages of the week.
As noted by the event's Twitter account, rain threatened to bring down morale before Day 5 began. Luckily, the weather was friendly to fans and participants in attendance:
After rain all gets clear with blue skies. 5okm walkers getting ready.— Moscow 2013 (@mos2013com) August 14, 2013
With half of the World Championships officially in the books, we're coming down the proverbial straightaway with respect to Sunday's final events. We'll catch you up on anything you might have missed on Wednesday below and look ahead to Thursday's events, too.
Day 5 Results (Finals)
For complete results visit IAAF.org
Day 5 Recap
Day 5 was all about Robert Heffernan.
Competing in the men's race walk final, the pride of Ireland set an outstanding pace in a grueling event and managed to outlast the next closest competitor by over a minute.
As noted by Guardian Sport on Twitter, Heffernan's win was the first gold medal for Ireland in nearly two decades:
One warning away from disqualification, Heffernan managed to outlast Russian challenger Mikhail Ryzhov and pull away from the rest of the field in impressive fashion as he entered the stadium.
RTE's Des Cahill posted an emotional congratulatory tweet for Heffernan's triumph shortly after his victory became official:
GOLD..! He has dedicated his career to this...a tough & lonely sport..Massive congrats to Rob Heffernan #irishathletics— Des Cahill, RTE (@sportsdes) August 14, 2013
While Heffernan was the story, the entire 50-kilometer race walk field had an outstanding day.
Ryzhov, third-place finisher Jared Tallent and 34 others finished under the four-hour mark Wednesday, making history at the World Championships in the process. Moscow 2013 had the tweet to confirm:
Never before at World Championships 36 walkers went sub 4 hours in the 50 km race.— Moscow 2013 (@mos2013com) August 14, 2013
The other five events on Day 5 might have been qualifiers, but that doesn't mean they lacked intrigue.
Two different women's groups competed in hammer throw qualifying, and another World Championship record came crashing down in the process.
Anita Wlodarczyk recorded a score of 76.18 in the Group B pool, which is the highest score ever recorded in the event in a preliminary round. Moscow 2013 had the news on Twitter:
The 76.18 by Anita Wlodarczyk is the best result ever achieved in women hammer in a qualification. Lets see what brings the final.— Moscow 2013 (@mos2013com) August 14, 2013
In the women's 5,000-meter heats, athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya stole the show. Competitors from the two countries were the top two finishers in Heat 1 (Mercy Cherono, Almaz Ayana), while Heat 2 (Meseret Defar, Buze Diriba, Viola Jelagat Kibiwot) increased that number to three.
Ten women made the finals from Heat 2, while only the top five in Heat 1 advanced to Saturday's final.
Day 6 Schedule, Preview
|Event||Gender||Round||Time (ET)||Time (BST)|
|Javelin Throw||Men||Qualification Group A||1:30 a.m.||6:30 a.m.|
|High Jump||Women||Qualification||1:40 a.m.||6:40 a.m.|
|800 Meters||Women||Heats||1:55 a.m.||6:55 a.m.|
|Shot Put||Men||Qualification||2:20 a.m.||7:20 a.m.|
|200 Meters||Women||Heats||2:55 a.m.||7:55 a.m.|
|Javelin Throw||Men||Qualification Group B||3 a.m.||8 a.m.|
|Event||Gender||Round||Time (ET)||Time (BST)|
|High Jump||Men||Final||11 a.m.||4 p.m.|
|4x400 Meters Relay||Men||Heats||11:05 a.m.||4:05 p.m.|
|Triple Jump||Women||Final||11:40 a.m.||4:40 p.m.|
|200 Meters||Women||Semi-Final||11:45 a.m.||4:45 p.m.|
|3000 Meters Steeplechase||Men||Final||12:20 p.m.||5:20 p.m.|
|400 Meters Hurdles||Women||Final||12:45 p.m.||5:45 p.m.|
|400 Meters Hurdles||Men||Final||1 p.m.||6 p.m.|
|1500 Meters||Women||Final||1:20 p.m.||6:20 p.m.|
If Wednesday didn't do enough to satisfy your World Championship appetite, Thursday has the potential to more than make up for Day 5's shortcomings.
The morning session will exclusively showcase qualifying rounds, while the afternoon session has six events that will up the medal total across the board.
Although the men's 4x400-meter relay will be one of the eight afternoon events that is not a final, it's one event you should earmark on the calendar Thursday. The countries scheduled to participate in the three heats include Jamaica, the United States and the Bahamas, which are the reigning 2012 Olympic champions.
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