Day four of the 2015 IAAF World Championship undoubtedly belonged to the Kenyans who won two GOLDS to top the medal’s table, however the dominance of Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba set up another tone of conversation.
Dibaba who in July set a World Record (WR) of 3.50.07 in the women’s 1500m at the Monaco Diamond League, further cemented her legendary status, running an astonishing race to take GOLD in Beijing with a time of 4:08.09.
It was neither a WR nor a Championship Record time, but it was glaring that the 3000m Indoor Champion is way above her other competitors. This leaves a question: can anyone beat her at the moment?
Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon was on Dibaba’s tail, taking Silver in 4:08.96, but there was no way she could have gotten past as Dibaba’s ship had already sailed. Sifan Hassan took the Bronze in 4:09.34.
With Dibaba also going to compete in the 5000m where she will come up against this year’s World Leader, Almaz Ayana who has a time of 14:14.32, she could be aiming to do the double and possibly improve on her own time of 14:15.41.
For Kenya, it was a happy day, two GOLDs and the celebrations have already begun for the East Africans who now have nine medals overall: 4 GOLDs, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronzes.
800m World Record holder, David Rudisha won his first title in three years, storming to victory in a time of 1:45.84. In the absence of Nijel Amos and Mohamed Aman, Rudisha didn’t need to look much over his shoulder to take the win. Poland’s Adam Kszczot won Silver 1:46.08 as Amel Tuka took the Bronze in 1:46.30.
The men’s 400m Hurdles was another thrilling race to watch. Kenya starting with athletes in the final also took the GOLD, as Nicholas Bett came from lane 9 to surprise the field and win in a World leading time of 47.79s. Russia’s Denis Kudryavtsev ran a National Record (NR) of 48.05s to win Silver, likewise Jeffery Gibson who did an NR to claim Bronze in 48.17s.
Having secured the 100m title on Sunday, WR holder Usain Bolt looked good as he won heat 3 of the men’s 200m preliminary round in a time of 20.28s.
The men’s 100m was billed as the contest between Bolt and Gatlin, it is looking like there will now be a rematch in the 200m, with the American also easing through in 20.19s. Will Gatlin get his revenge against the Jamaican, or will the six-time Olympic champion make it a double at this Championships?
Allyson Felix continued in her quest for GOLD in the women’s 400m semifinal, running a Season’s Best of 49.89s to win heat 3. Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller could be the threat to Felix’s hopes, winning her own heat in 50.12s, as is the defending champion Christine Ohuruogu who took heat 2 in 50.16s.
Four Jamaicans will contest the final, with Shericka Jackson running the fastest time amongst her compatriots, a Personal Best of 50.03s.
Just as we anticipated, the women’s Discus was an outright contest between defending champion Crotia’s Sandra Perkovic and Denia Caballero, with the Cuban emerging victorious to become the new World Champion.
Caballero is the only one to have beaten Perkovic this season, and she replicated that feat with her 69.28m mark to take the win. Perkovic settled for Silver, even coming from 4th to throw 67.39m in her last attempt which shot her up to 2nd. Germany’s Nadine Muller won Bronze with 65.43m.
In the men’s Long Jump, Greg Rutherford succeeded in adding the only medal missing in his collection, leaping an SB of 8.41m to win GOLD. The Olympic and European champion recorded the achievement in his fourth attempt and had to forego his other jumps having seen that he had already won. Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre won Silver with an SB of 8.24m, with China’s Jianan Wang winning Bronze with 8.18m.
There was just the evening session on Day 4, but the morning session will return on Day 5 as the Championships hit home stretch.