Jesse Williams, the 28 year old high jumper from the United States brought the Americans a gold in this event for the first time in over 20 years. He didn’t strike out once going through his jumps, being the first to set 2.35. It was enough for the gold, despite the fact that Aleksey Dmitrik of Russia jumper over the 2.35 height as well. His road to the height wasn’t flawless, giving the American the gold.
LaShinda Demus brought the United States’ gold medal count to 7 (total of 12), well ahead of the rest of the pack. She was already a two time Silver Medalists (2005,2009) most notably stumbling across the last two hurdles in Berlin two years ago, allowing Jamaican Melanie Walker to take gold. This time, Walker was the one leading before the straight, with Demus coming from behind to finally win gold.
David Greene won the first gold of the championship for the United Kingdom, beating a very strong field in the 400 meter hurdles race. The European champions from Barcelona in 2010, Greene finished with 48.26, beating the slight favorite Javier Culson of Puerto Rico by 0.18 seconds. Greene made the switch to first in the last 20 meters while Culson faded away.
The surest gold in athletics is the one in the 3000 meter steeplechase – Kenya always deliver. It wasn’t the favorite Brimin Kipruto who usually dominates the event, but Ezekiel Kemboi, winning the gold medal for the second consecutive time. He also gave us the best celebration of the championships.
Jennifer Simpson of the United States won her first World Championships medal, winning the 1500 meters race with a 4:05.40, way below here personal best, but the World’s are about winning gold, not results. The UK’s Hannah England won silver in one of the closest races in this tournament.
Olha Saladukha of the Ukraine won gold, the Ukraine’s first medal this week, in the Women’s triple jump with a 14.94.