16 August 2013, 13:06

Six sets of medals were competed for at the World Championship on Thursday, with high jumpers being the first to compete in the finals. Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov and Aleksander Shustov showed their best season’s results, but it was not enough to win any medals. Shustov stopped at the mark of 2.32 m. Ukhov made a 2.35 m jump in first attempt, but Ivan did not make other successful jumps and in the end took fourth place.

Silver and bronze medals winners, Canadian Derek Drouin and Mutaz Barshim from Qatar, coped with the height of 2.38 m. Ukrainian Bogdan Bondarenko’s tactics seemed adventurous. He missed one height after another. In particular, after 2.35 m he ordered the height of 2.41 m - and managed to repeat his season’s best ever. Bogdan also tried to beat the world record of 2.46 m but was unsuccessful; however he almost succeeded in beating it on his second attempt. Later on, Bondarenko explained his tactics. The problem was that his thigh was aching all last week, and as he was protecting it during trainings, the load was placed on the foot that started to ache on the day of the finals. The Ukrainian was deliberately missing some heights in order to keep the pain from interfering with his attempt at the 2.41 m jump. He also thanked Ukrainian fans, who occupied two sections in Luzhniki and supported their compatriots, and also Russians and athletes of other countries.

On this day, world champion in triple jump Olha Solodukha could have brought a second gold medal to Ukraine. But her result of 14 m 65 cm was only the third. The winner was Caterine Ibargüen from Colombia with the result of 14 m 85 cm. Russian Ekaterina Koneva, because of whom half of the inhabitants of her native Khabarovsk spent a sleepless night in front of their TV sets, lost only 4 cm to her:

"First of all, I’m sorry for myself and for my coach, because I did not meet expectations. I went a long way to this World Championship, was training for a long time. This season, I did not lose a single start in Russia. At the world championship I got second. Well, not a big deal. I hope we will continue to train, prepare and show better results. Of course, I wanted to stand on the first step. Beginners are lucky, but I was not very lucky this time. And I’d also like to say to Tatyana Lebedeva that a new generation is growing up".

The following athletes have qualified for the finals after having successfully passed qualifying competitions: Russian team in men's relay race 4x400 m, Dmitry Tarabin in javelin throwing, Olympic champion in high jumping Anna Chicherova, Svetlana Shkolina and Irina Gordeeva. The finals will take place today. So far, the Russians have eight medals - three gold, three silver and two bronze. Olympic champion Mariya Savinova, Elena Katulskaya and Ekaterina Poistogova have reached the semi-finals in 800 meters running. But the world champion in this sport will be named on Sunday.

2013 World Athletics Championship: Day Six

On the sixth day of the World Championship in track and field athletics in Moscow, the athletes competed for 6 sets of medals.

Sweden's Ethiopian-born Abeba Aregawi won the women's 1500m title. She clocked 4min 02.67sec. American Jennifer Simpson, the defending world champion, took silver in 4:02.99 with Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri claiming bronze (4:03.86).

Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko won the men's high jump world title at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday. Bondarenko jumped a best of 2.41 metres, with Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim taking silver (2.38m) from Canada's bronze medallist Derek Drouin on countback.

Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen won the women's triple jump world title. The Olympic silver medallist jumped a best of 14.85 metres, with Russian Ekaterina Koneva taking silver (14.81m) and Ukraine's world champion Olha Saladuha claiming bronze (14.65).

Trinidad and Tobago's Jehue Gordon won the men's 400m hurdles title at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday. He clocked a world leading 47.69sec, with American Olympic silver medallist Michael Tinsley taking silver in a personal best of 47.70sec and Serbian Emir Bekric claiming bronze (48.05).

The Czech Republic's Zuzana Hejnova justified her favourite"s tag on Thursday by winning the women's 400 metres hurdles world title. The 26-year-old posted the fastest time of the year (52.83 seconds) to finish clear of American Dalilah Muhammad (54.09), while Olympic silver medallist and defending champion Lashinda Demus, also of the USA, took bronze (54.27).

Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi won his third 3000 metres steeplechase world title at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday. The 31-year-old two-time Olympic champion timed 8min 06.01sec to take gold while compatriot Conseslus Kipruto took silver in 8:06.37 and France's two-time Olympic silver medallist Mahiedine Mekhissi was third in 8:07.86.

US Olympic champion Allyson Felix lreached the 200 meters final at the world athletics championships in Moscow on Thursday. She won her semifinal in 22.30 seconds. Second place and a spot in the final went to Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, who finished in 22.39.

The Belgian Borlee brothers made history on Thursday when all three competed in the 4x400m relay, a first for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Twins Jonathan and Kevin, the 2011 world 400m bronze medallist, ran in their heat alongside younger brother Dylan, making his world debut, and Antoine Gillet. It was the first time in the history of the world championships that three siblings had all competed together in the same race. The final of the 4x400m relay will take place on Friday, with the United States and Jamaica among the favourites for the podium. Russian team will also participate in the final.

Finland's Tero Pitkamaki led javelin qualifying at the world athletics championships in Moscow on Thursday. He exceeded the automatic qualification standard of 82.50m without a hitch, throwing the javelin 84.39 on his first attempt. The second of the 12 men advancing to Saturday's final was Ihab Abdelrahman El Sayed, who set an Egyptian national record with a throw of 83.62. Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway finished third in qualifying with 83.05. Dmitri Tarabin of Russia finished seventh with 81.32.

Defending Olympic and world champion high jumper Anna Chicherova of Russia was among 13 women to qualify Thursday for the world athletics championships final at Luzhniki stadium. None reached the automatic qualifying standard of 1.95m; instead, the advancing mark was set at 1.92. Also moving on to Saturday's final are London bronze medalist Svetlana Shkolina, also of Russia, and Brigetta Barrett, who won London silver for the United States. Russian sporswoman Irina Gordeeva is among remaining qualifiers.

US sprinting star Allyson Felix advanced to the 200m semifinals with a qualifying-best time of 22.59 seconds. She finished .19 seconds faster than the second-place finisher in heat six of seven, Jamaica's Anneisha McLaughlin, who ran a 22.78 to also move on to the semifinals Thursday afternoon. The 2012 European champion Mariya Ryemyen of Ukraine was next fastest overall at 22.63.

American shot putter Ryan Whiting,the 2012 indoor champ, finished qualifying Thursday with the top distance. He achieved a distance of 21.51m, easily surpassing the qualification standard of 20.65. The day's second longest put went to 2013 indoor bronze medalist Ladislav Prasil of the Czech Republic, who reached 20.90. Tomasz Majewski, the Polish defending Olympic champion, was third on the day with 20.76.

After demolishing the women's 800m field at the London Anniversary Games last month, Brenda Martinez emerged as the gold medal favorite at the world athletics championships in Moscow. The American did nothing to dispel that expectation in first-round qualifying on Thursday, running the fastest time of the day at 1:59.39. She led a tough heat with Britain's Marilyn Okoro, who ran a season best time of 1:59.43, the second-fastest of the day, and reigning Olympic and world champion Mariya Savinova of Russia who finished third registering a time of 1:59.44. Among other qualifiers are two more Russian sportswomen: Ekaterina Poistogova(1:69.90), the London 2012 bronze medalist, and Elena Kotulskaya (2:00.50).

Athletes to compete for 6 sets of medals on 6th day of Moscow Track and Field World Championship

On the sixth day of the World Championship in track and field athletics in Moscow, the athletes will compete for 6 sets of medals.

The first competition, which will start at 19:00 Moscow time, will be between high jumpers. It is expected that this will be the most spectacular competition of the entire championship. Among the most possible winners, experts name two Russians – Ivan Ukhov and Alexander Shustov, who did not make a single unfortunate jump during the qualification contest. However, the best result in the preliminary contest was shown by Ukrainian Bogdan Bondarenko. Another possible winner is Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar.

At 19:45, the women's finals in hop, step and jump will begin. Here, three representatives of Russia have made it to the finals – Anna Pyatykh, Ekaterina Koneva and Irina Gumenyuk, but in their results in the qualification contest, they all lag far behind the world's champion Olga Solodukhina from Ukraine.

Then, time will come for runners for 3,000 meters with obstacles to show their skill. In this kind of sport, no Russians have made it to the finals. However, there are practically no doubts about who will win the gold. Most likely, a Kenyan – so well-trained and self-confident the Kenyan team looks. Probably, the best runner in the Kenyan team is Ezekiel Kemboi.

The rivals of the Kenyans are 3 Frenchmen, 2 Canadians and 2 Ugandans.

Next, women runners for 400 meters with barriers will start off. So far, two Americans – the current world's champion Lashinda Demus and Perri Shakes-Drayton – are leading, but they have a serious competitor – Zuzana Hejnova from the Czech Republic, who performed quite well during the qualification contest. Russian girls have not made it to the finals in this kind of sports.

At 21:00, the finals in the same kind of sports for men will begin. The favorites here are the world's champion of 2011 and two times Olympic champion Felix Sanchez from the Dominican Republic and the world's champion among juniors of 2010 Jehue Gordon from Trinidad and Tobago. If Jehue wins these competition, it will be the first golden medal in a world sports competition for Trinidad and Tobago since 1997, when Ato Boldon won the 200-meter race.

No Russian athletes have made it to the finals in this kind of sports.

The final event of the day will be the finals in running for 1,500 meters for women. One of the competitors here is Jeniffer Simpson from the US, whose unexpected victory a the World Championship of 2011 surprised many spectators. After that, it will come as a lesser surprise if she wins now, but Jennifer has a strong rival – Abeba Aregawi from Sweden.

There will also be two Russian girls taking part in these finals – Ekaterina Shmarina and Elizaveta Korobkina.

2013 World Athletics Championship Day Five: details

Wednesday proved to be a 50 percent day off at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow because only one set of medals - in 50 km race walk - was competed for on August 14th. Since the leader of the Russian national team Sergei Kirdyapkin could not take part in the competitions in Moscow, Russia was represented by two young athletes there - Ivan Noskov and Mikhail Ryzhov.

The latter finally took silver. Noskov finished seventh. Both of them have shown their best results. And Robert Heffernan from Ireland, who is 14 years older than Ryzhov, won the gold medal at the Moscow 2013 50 km race. It was his first victory of such level. Earlier the Irishman finished fourth many times, and his gold medal is the award which he received for his many-year labour, patience and insistence in the achievement of his goal. And as regards Mikhail Ryzhov, it was not only his first success but also his debut at a world championship. He was not very happy with winning a silver medal though.

And bronze in the 50 km race walk went to Australia’s Jared Tallent.

The qualifier competitions in the hammer throw were also held on Wednesday. There were four Russian athletes among the finalists – Anna Bulgakova, Tatyana Lysenko, an Olympic champion,Oksana Kondratyeva, and Gulfiya Khanafeyeva. Alexander Menkov made it to the finals in the long jump. On his first qualifier attempt he cleared 7.95 m. This seemed to be enough for him to be sure that he has made it to the finals. The result of Mauro Vinicius da Silva from Brazil was 7.92 m. However, on his third attempt the Russian athlete carried out a 8.11m jump, which proved to be a third result at the qualifier competitions.

Six sets of medals will be competed for at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow today. High jumps come first. Among the finalists are Ivan Ukhov, an Olympic champion, and Alexander Shustov. Ukraine’s Bogdan Bondarenko, who also demonstrated the best result this season - 2.41 m – is also among the favourites.

Mutaz Barshim from Qatar, who has a 2 .40 m jump in his reserve, is also in a good form today. The main favourites in the women’s triple jump are Ukraine’s Olka Solodukha, who won the gold medal in Taegu and Caterine Ibarguen from Colombia. Yekaterina Koneva and Anna Pyatykh will also compete for medals - if not for gold, then for silver and bronze.

Taking part in the women’s 1,500 m finals will be two Russian racers - Yekaterina Sharmina andYelena Korobkina.

Besides, both men and women will compete for medals in the 400m hurdle event. There will be no Russian athletes there. There will be no Russian steeplechasers in the finals of the 3,000 m hurdles either. At the two latest Olympic Games Gulnara Galkina-Khamitova and Yuliya Zaripova from Russia won the gold medals in the hurdle event. But now Zaripova is traumatized, and an attempt to find another athlete to replace her has ended in failure.

Voice of Russia, R-Sport, TASS, dpa

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