Sunday brought the conclusion of the 2014 IAAF World Championships in Sopot, Poland, with the bulk of the event finals scheduled to be completed on this last day of competition.
While the first athletes were able to claim their medals during Saturday's afternoon session, Sunday was reserved for the events that traditionally do well with the crowds, including the 60-metre sprint and the 4x400-metre relay.
Going into the final day of competition, the USA held a healthy lead on the medal table, followed by Russia and Great Britain. But with several long-distance events still on the schedule, Ethiopia still had a chance to catch up to the USA and the two European heavyweights.
|3,000 Metre||Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku||KEN|
|60-Metre Hurdles||Omo Osaghae||USA|
|High Jump||Mutaz Essa Barshim||QAT|
|Pole Vault||Konstadínos Filippidis||GRE|
|Long Jump||Mauro Vinicius Da Silva||BRA|
|Triple Jump||Lyukman Adams||RUS|
|Shot Put||Ryan Whiting||USA|
|4x400-Metre Relay||Team Usa|
|60-Metre Hurdles||Nia Ali||USA|
|High Jump||Maria Kuchina||RUS|
|High Jump||Kamila Licwinko||POL|
|Pole Vault||Yarisley Silva||CUB|
|Long Jump||Eloyse Lesueur||FRA|
|Triple Jump||Ekaterina Koneva||RUS|
|Shot Put||Valerie Adams||NZL|
|4x400-Metre Relay||Team USA|
The 2014 championships were a resounding success for team USA, with eight gold medals and 12 in total, headlined by wins in the 4x400-metre relay in both categories. As pointed out by the IAAF, such dominance from the USA is rare:
Only twice before (2003 and 2012) has the USA won more than 8 gold medals at the World Indoors. #Sopot2014— IAAF (@iaaforg) March 9, 2014
Even the championship's official Twitter account couldn't help but notice the Star Spangled Banner being seemingly on a loop:
The men's relay team even set a new world record, according to Raf Casert of the Associated Press (via Yahoo! News), finishing in 3 minutes, 2.13 seconds, or .70 seconds faster than the previous record, also set by the American squad.
Unsurprisingly, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the gold for Jamaica in the women's 60-metre sprint. The current Olympic 100-metre champion finished her final heat in 6.98 seconds, the fastest recorded time in the last four years, per the Associated Press.
Jennifer Suhr, who won the Olympic gold in the pole vault in 2012, finished a disappointing fifth, not able to better eventual winner and bitter rival Yarisley Silva's 4.70-metre jump.
Silva only needed one attempt to clear said height, unlike Anzhelika Sidorova, Jirina Svobodova and Fabiana Murer, who all required multiple attempts. Sidorova and Svoboda would share silver.
Caleb Ndiku impressed on the 3,000-metre, leading the pack as the athletes entered the final 400 metres and gradually increasing the pace. Bernard Lagat, fighting bravely, came agonisingly close to overtaking the Kenyan youngster, but Ndiku would hold on for his first ever World Championship gold medal.
Britain's Richard Kilty put the icing on the cake for team GB, as the 24-year-old sprinter defied the odds and came away with the gold medal in the 60-metre sprint for the men.
Kilty nearly retired after not being selected for the London Olympic Games in 2012, and he wouldn't have made the 2014 championships had it not been for James Dasaolu's health concerns, as reported by Simon Turnbull for the IAAF's home page.
But Kilty persevered, and on Sunday he narrowly beat USA's Marvin Bracy to the gold, by a mere .02 seconds. The bronze medal went to Qatar's Femi Ogunode.
The 2014 world championships were a success for everyone involved, with the vocal Polish crowd shouting the athletes to new heights. Event organisers can only hope for the same kind of success when the championships head to Portland in 2016.