France's Teddy Tamgho became the third 18-meter triple jumper in history, joining Great Britain's Jonathan Edwards and American Kenny Harrison, leaping 18.04 meters (59 feet, 2¼ inches) in Sunday's final round. He entered the sixth round with a best jump of 17.68/58-0, the same distance as Cuba's Pedro Pichardo, but Tamgho owned the lead due to a longer second-best jump. Tamgho then put an exclamation mark on his victory with his huge final jump, while Pichardo took the silver. American Will Claye sat in third for most of the competition, eventually improving to a season-best 17.52/57-5¾ to gain the bronze.
The javelin throw places were all decided in the second round, as Germany's Christina Obergfoll set a standard that nobody could meet, with a throw measuring 69.05/226-6. Australia's Kimberley Mickle settled into second place in round 2, then eventually improved to a personal best 66.60/218-6 in the sixth round to take the silver medal. Maria Abakumova of Russia took the lead by throwing 65.09/213-6 in the first round, but she couldn't improve that mark and wound up in third.
Kenya's Asbel Kiprop lived up to his favored status and ran a smooth 1500-meter race, sitting behind front-running fellow Kenyan Nixon Chepseba most of the way, then bursting through on the final lap to win in 3:36.28. American Matthew Centrowitz followed in Kiprop's footsteps for much of the race. Although he couldn't match Kiprop's finishing kick, the American had more in reserve than anyone else and powered into second place in 3:36.78. South Africa's Johan Cronje came through on the inside to take the bronze in 3:36.83, with Chepseba fading a bit to fourth.
Using similar tactics to Chepseba in a shorter race, American Alysia Johnson Montano tried to win from the front in the 800 meters. Montano ran a 56.06-second first lap and led all the way through the final turn before the field caught her. Kenya's Eunice Sum moved ahead and become a mildly surprising winner in a personal best 1:57.38. Defending World and Olympic champion Mariya Savinova of Russia took second in 1:57.80, while American Brenda Martinez charged down the inside to edge Montano at the line. Martinez finished in a personal best 1:57.91 to gain the bronze medal. Montano dove forward at the line, but like Chepseba in the 1500 she had to settle for fourth, .04 behind Martinez.
As usual, the World Championships ended with the 4 x 100-meter relay finals. On the women's side, Jamaica ran away with the race after the United States mistimed its second baton exchange. The first two American runners, Jeneba Tarmoh and Alexandra Anderson, ran evenly with Jamaica's Carrie Russell and Kerron Stewart. But the baton wasn't there as U.S. No. 3 runner English Gardner began running through the exchange zone. Gardner slowed to receive the baton, giving Jamaica's Schillonie Calvert the chance to build an insurmountable lead for anchor Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, leading Jamaica to a World Championships record time of 41.29 seconds. France finished second in 42.73. Despite the botched exchange, the U.S. fought back and anchor Octavious Russell nipped Great Britain at the line to salvage a bronze for the Americans in 42.75.
The men's 4 x 100 final went according to form, with Usain Bolt leading Jamaica to victory in 37.36 seconds, followed by the U.S. in 37.66. Replays showed that American anchor Justin Gatlin may have left his lane momentarily, but the U.S. was awarded its medals, so the result will apparently stand. No such luck for Great Britain, which crossed the line third in 37.80, but was disqualified for exchanging the baton well outside of the zone. As a result, Canada received the bronze medal with a time of 37.92. The first three American runners - Charles Silmon, Mike Rodgers and Rakieem Salaam - ran evenly with Jamaica's Nester Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade. Gatlin then ran well for the U.S., but nobody was going to catch Bolt. Both Bolt and Fraser-Pryce will leave Moscow with three gold medals.
The host Russians led all nations with seven gold medals in the Championships, followed by the United States and Jamaica with six apiece. The U.S. led the overall medal count, adding 13 silver and six bronze medals for a total of 25, with Russia second at 17. The next outdoor World Championships will be held in Beijing, China from August 22-30, 2015.