A little rain wasn't enough to slow down Usain Bolt - at least not too much - as Bolt regained the 100-meter World Championship crown in Moscow Sunday afternoon. With a challenge from quick-starting American Justin Gatlin, running to Bolt's left, the Jamaican surged ahead and finished strongly as always, to win in 9.77 seconds. Gatlin was a solid second in 9.85, with Jamaica's Nestor Carter third in 9.95. Bolt set the current world record of 9.58 seconds at the 2009 Championships, but lost in Daegu in 2011 after false-starting in the final.
Tirunesh Dibaba remains unbeaten in her career at 10,000 meters, winning her third World championship at that distance on Sunday, to go along with a pair of World titles at 5000 meters. The competitors ran in a drizzle for much of the race, which was paced almost all the way by Japan's Hitomi Niiya. She led a pack of eight runners midway through the event, which was thinned to five with five laps remaining. But the two Ethiopians and two Kenyans trailing Niiya all surged past her just before the bell, led by Dibaba. The Ethiopian then sprinted through the final lap to win in 30:43.35. Kenya's Gladys Cherono was second in 30:45.17, followed by Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia in 30:46.98.
Ashton Eaton may have started a bit slowly - by the standard he set in 2012, at least - but he maintained his lead throughout day two of the decathlon and wrapped up the World Championship gold medal Sunday afternoon. The American threw 64.83 meters (212 feet, 8 inches) in the javelin, giving him 8,063 points and a 168-point lead over Michael Schrader of Germany through nine events. Eaton then cruised through a safe 1500-meter run in 4:29.80 to finish with a winning total of 8,809 points. Schrader held on to second place with a personal best 8,670 points, while Canada's Damian Warner took third with a personal best 8,512.
Brittney Reese barely reached the women's long jump final, grabbing the last qualifying spot on Saturday. But it was a different story on Sunday. Reese leaped 7.01/23-0 on her second attempt to take her accustomed top spot. Reese's effort stood up to give the American her third consecutive outdoor World title and sixth straight global championship, including the 2012 Olympics and two World Indoor titles. First round leader Blessing Okagbare improved to 6.99/22-11 in the fifth round to secure the silver medal. Serbia's Ivana Spanovic leaped a national record 6.82/22-4½ on her fifth try to take the bronze. Volha Sudarava of Belarus also reached 6.82, but Spanovic's second-best result of 6.70/21-11¾ edged Sudarava's next-best jump.
Aleksandr Ivanov became the youngest-ever World Championship race walk winner, taking the men's 20-kilometer event in 1:20:58. The 20-year-old Russian laid back early, trailing by 14 seconds at the 10K mark. By 15 kilometers, Ivanov had joined China's Chen Ding and Erick Barrando of Guatemala at the head of the field. Ding dropped back a bit, then Barrando was disqualified after being charged with his third lifting violation, allowing Ivanov to pull away for the victory. Ding, the 2012 Olympic champion, held on to second in 1:21:09 with Spain's Miguel Angel Lopez third in 1:21:21.
Croatia's Sandra Perkovic took the discus throw lead on her first attempt and never gave it up, improving to 67.99/223-0 in the second round to claim the gold medal. Any of Perkovic's three legal throws would've been enough to win the championship. France's Melina Robert-Michon moved into second place in round three, then improved to a national record 66.28/217-5 on her final attempt to win the silver, with Cuba's Yarelys Barrios earning the bronze with a first-round toss measuring 64.96/213-1.
In preliminary action, Duane Solomon paced the field in the 800-meter semifinals, leading from the start and winning his heat in 1:43.87. Mohammad Aman won his heat, while Ayanleh Souleiman and Nick Symmonds finished in a virtual tie in the final heat. Great Britain's Andrew Osagie took the final wild card spot for the final by one-hundredth of a second over American Brandon Johnson.
Two Americans and two Jamaicans earned spots in the 400-meter finals, but the favorites will be Amantle Montsho from Botswana and Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain. Montsho, the defending World champion, was the fastest semifinalist Sunday, winning her heat in 49.56, while 2008 Olympic gold medalist Ohuruogu was the next best in 49.75. American Francena McCorory won the third heat in a personal best 49.86.
Twelve pole vaulters cleared 4.55/14-11 to earn spots in Tuesday's final. Hometown favorite Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia had the easiest day, joining the fray at 4.55 and clearing on her first attempt. Leading contenders Jenn Suhr and Fabiana Murer also entered at 4.55, with Suhr clearing on her second try and Murer getting by on her third attempt.