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Sopot 2014: Results and Medal Table from IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014

SOPOT, POLAND - MARCH 09: Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia competes during the Women's Pole Vault final during day three of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Ergo Arena on March 9, 2014 in Sopot, Poland.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2014

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.

 

Final Results

Men's Results
DisciplineAthleteCountry
60-MetreRichard Kilty GBR
400-MetrePavel Maslak CZE
800-MetreMohammed Aman ETH
1,500-MetreAyanleh Souleiman DJI
3,000 MetreCaleb Mwangangi Ndiku KEN
60-Metre HurdlesOmo OsaghaeUSA
High JumpMutaz Essa Barshim QAT
Pole VaultKonstadínos Filippidis GRE
Long JumpMauro Vinicius Da Silva BRA
Triple JumpLyukman Adams RUS
Shot PutRyan Whiting USA
HeptathlonAshton Eaton USA
4x400-Metre RelayTeam Usa
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Women's Results
DisciplineAthleteCountry
60-MetreShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce JAM
400-MetreFrancena McCorory USA
800-MetreChanelle Price USA
1,500-MetreAbeba Aregawi SWE
3,000-MetreGenzebe Dibaba ETH
60-Metre HurdlesNia Ali USA
High JumpMaria Kuchina RUS
High JumpKamila Licwinko POL
Pole VaultYarisley Silva CUB
Long JumpEloyse Lesueur FRA
Triple JumpEkaterina Koneva RUS
Shot PutValerie Adams NZL
PentathlonNadine Broersen NED
4x400-Metre RelayTeam USA
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Final Medal Counter
RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1USA82212
2Russia3205
3Ethiopia2215
4Great Britain1236
5Jamaica1225
6Poland1203
7Cuba1113
7Czech Republic1113
7France1113
10Kenia1102
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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:

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.

SOPOT, POLAND - MARCH 09:  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 60m final during day three of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Ergo Arena on March 9, 2014 in Sopot, Poland.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenst
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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.

SOPOT, POLAND - MARCH 09:  Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku of Kenya celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 3000m Final during day three of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Ergo Arena on March 9, 2014 in Sopot, Poland.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Im
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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.

 

 

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