David Oliver was easily the world's dominant 110-meter hurdler in 2010, but he picked the wrong season to do so, a year with no outdoor global championship. Oliver was surpassed by other hurdlers in the past two years, but he climbed back on top this year, winning the World Championship final on Monday, in a world-leading 13 seconds, his best time since 2011. Oliver started well and didn't fade, as the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist won his first international championship. American Ryan Wilson was second in 13.13. Defending World champion Jason Richardson bumped the last hurdle and fell to fourth, which cost the U.S. a 1-2-3 finish, as Russia's Sergey Shubenkov passed Richardson in the final meters to take third in 13.24. Olympic champion Aries Merritt simply didn't have enough time to get back to top form after his injury earlier in the season, as he finished sixth.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gave Jamaica another dominating sprint victory as she won the 100-meter gold medal in a world-leading 10.71 seconds. Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast won a tight battle for second place in 10.93, while Carmelita Jeter overcame the effects of an early-season quadriceps injury to gain the bronze medal in 10.94, ahead of fellow American English Gardner in fourth (10.97).
The pole vault produced a mild upset as 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Raphael Holzdeppe of Germany beat last year's gold and silver medalists. Holzdeppe was perfect through 5.89 meters (19 feet, 3¾ inches), while the clear favorite, France's Renaud Lavillenie, made it through with four misses on his scorecard. Both men missed three times at 5.96/19-6½, giving Holzdeppe the victory. Germany's Bjorn Otto, the London runner-up, cleared 5.82/19-1 with one miss to that point to gain the bronze.
There was no upset in the women's shot put competition as Valerie Adams pushed all five of her legal throws past 20 meters to secure her fourth consecutive outdoor World championship. Adams peaked at 20.88/68-6 in the third round. Christina Schwanitz of Germany was the only other competitor to top 20 meters, reaching back for something extra before unleashing a personal best 20.41/66-11 in sixth round to move into the silver medal spot. Gong Liljao threw19.95/65-5 in the second round to edge American Michelle Carter for the bronze by 1 millimeter.
Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu reeled in Amantle Montsho of Botswana down the straight and literally out-leaned Montsho at the line to win the 400-meter gold medal. Ohuruogu finished in 49.404 seconds, a new national record, to Montsho's 49.408. Russia's Antonina Krivoshapka also finished strong to take the bronze medal in 49.78.
Pawel Fajdek of Poland picked a good time for a new personal best, tossing the hammer 81.97/268-11 in the first round of the hammer throw final. The distance stood up to give Fajdek the gold over Hungary's Krisztian Pars, who topped out at 80.30/263-5 in round one. Lukas Melich of the Czech Republic threw 79.36/260-4 in the third round to gain the bronze.
Ukraine's Ganna Melnichenko continues to perform consistently and leads the heptathlon after four events with 3,912 points. Dafne Schippers led all competitors in Monday's final event, the 200 meters, finishing in 22.84 seconds to earn 1,095 points. Schippers ended the day second overall with 3,837 points. American Sharon Day is third (3,836), Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada fourth (3,810) and the Czech Republic's Eliska Klucinova and Katarina Johnson-Thompson are tied for fifth (3,739). The heptathlon concludes with three events on Tuesday.
LaShawn Merritt (44.60) and Kirani James (44.81) won their 400-meter semifinals, as expected, while Saudi Arabia's Yousef Masrahi won the first semifinal in a national record 44.61. American Tony McQuay was third-fastest overall in a season-best 44.66. The final is set for Tuesday.