As the leaders raced down the home stretch in the men's 10,000-meter World Championship final Saturday, Great Britain's Mo Farah led with Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jeilan on his right shoulder. But this wasn't Daegu all over again. Unlike the 2011 World Championships, Jeilan couldn't catch the Briton, as Farah gained the gold medal in 27:21.71. Jeilan held on for the silver in 27:22.23, with Kenya's Paul Tanui placing third in 27:22.61. The race was run at a fairly slow, steady pace most of the way, before Farah moved in front with about four laps left. Several other runners took turns in the lead during the next two laps, before Farah surged ahead for good with two laps remaining. Jeilan made his move after the final turn, but he didn't have enough left to track down Farah.
Kenya's Edna Kiplagat became the first woman to defend a World Championship marathon title by winning the Moscow race in 2:25:44. Italy's Valeria Straneo, who led almost the entire race, settled for second in 2:25:58 with Japan's Kayoko Fukushi gaining the bronze medal in 2:27:45. Straneo led early in the race with Kiplagat laying back a bit, before joining the leading group by the 15K mark. With 7 kilometers left Straneo and Kiplagat were running by themselves, with Fukushi alone in third, but Kiplagat pulled away during the final 2 kilometers. At age 37, Straneo is the oldest runner to earn a World Championship medal. The lightly older, 40-year-old American Deena Kastor also enjoyed a strong race, taking ninth in 2:36:12.
Ashton Eaton entered the evening first overall in the decathlon, but he fell back to third place after clearing a disappointing 1.93 meters (6 feet, 4 inches) in the fourth event, the high jump. Fellow American Gunnar Nixon led all competitors by topping 2.14/7-¼ to grab the overall lead, with Germany's Michael Schrader in second. Defending World champion Trey Hardee no-heighted and dropped out of the competition. Eaton bounced back in the day's final event with a 46.02-second 400 meters to move back in front overall with 4,502 points. Nixon is second at 4,493 and Schrader third with 4,427 points.
Two Americans led the way in the men's 100-meter heats, with Mike Rodgers winning his heat in 9.98 seconds and Justin Gatlin taking an earlier heat in 9.99. Usain Bolt breezed through the final heat in an easy 10.07. American Charles Silmon, with a season best of 9.98, was a surprising non-qualifier after running 10.34 and finishing fifth in his heat. Great Britain's James Dasaolu, who ran 9.91 in July, looked rusty after several weeks away from competition but squeaked in as the final wild card qualifier in 10.20. The semifinals and the final will be held Sunday evening, Moscow time.
Defending Olympic and World champion Brittney Reese was almost a casualty in the long jump qualifications, as she only managed a pair of 6.57/21-6½ jumps, tying for the 12th spot with fellow American Funmi Jimoh. But Jimoh's other two attempts were fouls, giving Reese the last spot in Sunday's final. Great Britain's Shara Proctor led all qualifiers with a leap measuring 6.85/22-5½. Surprisingly, the leading American was 19-year-old Tori Polk, who posted a personal best 6.75/22-1¾ to hit the automatic qualifying time and place third overall.
The expected favorites moved through the women's steeplechase heats, led by Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro in 9:24.02. Likewise, there were no surprises in the women's 400-meter heats, with Christine Ohuruogu leading the way at 50.20. Hungary's Krisztian Pars led five hammer throwers to top the automatic qualifying mark, with a throw measuring 79.06/259-4.