Beijing 2015: an amazing world championships

Athletes in top form and a phenomenal track: the World Championships in Athletics in Beijing were a success!

Sep 1, 2015

It was an amazing World Championships in Beijing. From the track to the athletes who did their best in the event of the year. In the 47 races scheduled they was one world record set, 12 continental records and 91 national records. The most world seasonal bests were achieved with a total of 17.  The numbers demonstrate the success, also further substantiated by the magnitude of some characters.

The firm's review? The world record of American Ashton Eaton in the decathlon. The athlete beat his own world record by scoring 9,045 points over the 10-discipline event.   His phenomenal time in the 400: 45"00, something never seen before in a competition of the decathlon.

In middle-distance the British star Mo Farah continued to shine, once again winning the 5,000 and 10,000m. Exceptional performance also by the Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, the third gold in a row in 1500, more important because it has allowed Kenya to win for the first time in the history of World Championship gold medals. The country of the highlands did not shine only in the middle distance, but took gold in the 400 hurdles by with Nicholas Bett and in the javelin with Julius Yego.

In the World Championships the Italians were severly rejected  (zero medals) and the United States third in the medals table (6 golds, 6 silvers and 6 bronzes) continued the great duels in competitions, much of which was resolved in last race.  To report American Christian Taylor 18:21 in the triple jump, was only 8 centimeters from the leader Jonathan Edwards.

The most spectacular  final was that of men's 400m, with three men under 44 seconds: results like this never seen before.  The Mondotrack took off at the foot of the South African Wayde Van Niekerk, the first in 43.48 (fourth ever in the world), but has also pushed by American LaShawn Merritt (silver in 43.65) and the Grenadian Kirani James, bronze with 43.78.

In the women a star arose: Dutch Dafne Schippers won the 200m with the new European record in 21.63 (third woman ever) and silver in the 100m behind the Jamaican Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce. Next year in Rio -  on a new generation of fast Mondotrack - there will be a great duel between Schippers and Felix, which Beijing has raced only 400m, dominating them in 49.26.

The Nest closes its doors, but the echo of world champions will remain longer. At least until August 2017, when the next edition of the World Championships will be staged in London.