Mo Farah dashed into the record books in Moscow Friday, joining Kenenisa Bekele as the only men to turn the 5000-10,000 double at the both the Olympics and World Championships. Farah executed his favored race tactics to perfection, adding the 5000-meter gold medal to the 10,000-meter prize he won last Saturday. The British standout laid back for about 2000 meters, then surged to the front. Farah let some others share the lead in the late laps, then he fought past Ethiopia's Yenew Alamirew midway through the penultimate lap. Farah was challenged hard by Kenya's Isiah Koech most of the way through the final lap, but Farah had too much speed and pulled clear in the home stretch to win in 13:26.98. Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia made a late burst to take second in 13:27.26, nipping Koech, who was credited with the same time.
Allyson Felix literally fell out of the women's 200-meter final with an apparent hamstring injury early in the race, leaving Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to run away with the gold medal. Fraser-Pryce won in 22.17 seconds, giving her the 100-200 sprint double. Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast gained her second sprint silver medal of the Championships, edging Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare. Both officially finished in 22.32.
Felix's injury is also a major blow to the American women's 4 x 400-meter relay squad, and possibly the 4 x 100 team as well. On the men's side, however, the U.S. was dominant in the 4 x 4 Friday, running away with the gold medal. America's David Verburg gave Tony McQuay a slim lead after one lap, then the 400-meter silver medalist opened the gap, which No. 3 runner Arman Hall maintained. Once U.S. anchor LaShawn Merritt gained the baton the race for gold was over, as the 400-meter champion gave the Americans the victory in 2:58.71. Jamaica held off a late Russian charge to take second in 2:59.88, with the Russians .02 behind.
David Storl can thank a photographer for his second consecutive World Championship shot put title. The German trailed American Ryan Whiting, who set a tough standard with an opening-round throw of 21.57 meters (70 feet, 9¼ inches). Storl was called for a fourth-round foul, but after his protest the judges consulted a cameraman's photos and reversed the decision, allowing Storl's 21.73/71-3½ throw to stand. The effort gave Storl the gold, with Whiting settling for silver. Storl's second-best throw wouldn't have beaten Whiting, so the reversed call saved Storl's victory. Dylan Armstrong of Canada threw 21.34/70-0 in the fifth round to pass American Reese Hoffa and take the bronze medal.
The last two World champions, Russia's Tatyana Lysenko and Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, exchanged the women's hammer throw lead back and forth before Lysenko threw 78.80/258-6 in the fourth round to set a new World Championship record. The former record-holder, Wlodarczyk, tried to answer in the same round, and did beat her former mark, but couldn't top the new one, throwing a national record 78.46/257-5 to earn the silver medal. China's Zhang Wenxiu reached 75.58/247-11, also in the fourth round, to take her third Championships bronze.
Russia's Aleksandr Menkov dominated the long jump, posting the three longest attempts, including a fifth-round leap of a world-leading 8.56/28-1. The competition started slowly, with all the leading jumps occurring over the last four rounds. Ignisious Gaisah of the Netherlands jumped a national record 8.29/27-2¼ in the fourth round to take the silver medal, while Mexico's Luis Rivera reached 8.27/27-1½ in the fifth to earn the bronze by 1 millimeter over Eusebio Caceres of Spain.
Two competitors ran sub-20.0 personal bests to win their 200-meter semifinals, while Usain Bolt cruised to victory in his semi, in 20.12. Curtis Mitchell will be the only American in Saturday's final after winning the first semifinal in 19.97 seconds. Great Britain's Adam Gemili prevailed in the third semi, in 19.98.
Alysia Johnson-Montano led all runners in the 800-meter semifinals, winning her race in 1:58.92, with fellow American Brenda Martinez right behind her in 1:59.03. Kenya's Eunice Sum won the second semi in 2:00.70, edging defending World and Olympic champion Mariya Savinova, who finished in 2:00.73. The final is set for Sunday.
Nixon Chepseba paced all 1500-meter qualifiers by winning his semifinal in 3:35.88, while American Matthew Centrowitz made a strong late surge to take second in 3:35.95. Asbel Kiprop led a relatively leisurely first semifinal in 3:43.30. Among the non-qualifiers were Bethwell Birgen, Ayanleh Souleiman - the only man doubling in the 800 and 1500 - Nick Willis, Leo Manzano and Lopez Lamong. The final is set for Sunday.