Nothing could've pleased the 2013 Moscow World Championship crowd more than to see hometown favorite Yelena Isinbayeva win her first outdoor global pole vault title since the 2008 Olympics. She got off to a good start by taking just one jump to qualify – the only vaulter to do so. Isinbayeva was the last vaulter to enter the competition, as usual, but she promptly sent a chill through the crowd by missing her first attempt at 4.65 meters (15 feet, 3 inches). She then cleared on her second try and flew over 4.75/15-7 to move into third place, behind American Jenn Suhr and Germany's Silke Spiegelburg, who were both perfect to that point. Nobody cleared 4.82/15-9¾ on their first try – Isinbayeva and Suhr required two vaults and Cuba's Yarsiley Silva three, while Spiegelburg missed three times. That left Suhr on top with Isinbayeva second. But Isinbayeva then cleared 4.89/16-½ on her first try, while Suhr and Silva failed three times apiece, leaving Isinbayeva with her third outdoor World title. She concluded the evening by trying to break her own world record. Isinbayeva missed three times at 5.07/16-7½, but she played to the crowd throughout her attempts and very obviously savored every minute in the spotlight of what might've been her final competition. Isinbayeva previously said she’d retire after the Championships, but she hedged afterward, so her intentions remain unclear.
Brittney Reese has won every global long jump championship since 2009, so she was the unquestioned favorite in Moscow. But she almost missed the final completely, jumping 6.57/21-6½ twice in qualifications and tying for the 12th spot with fellow American Funmi Jimoh. But Jimoh’s other two attempts were fouls, giving Reese the last spot in the final. Reese's first effort in the final was no better as she jumped 6.50/21-3¾ to settle into sixth place, well behind leader Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, who leaped 6.89/22-7¼. Reese then returned to form in the second round and leaped 7.01/23-0 on her second attempt to take her accustomed top spot. She had just one more legal jump, traveling 6.95/22-9½ in the fifth round, but Reese's best 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. 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.
The two women's triple jump favorites led the way during qualifications, with defending World champion Olha Saladuha of Ukraine first at 14.69/x, followed by Columbia's Caterine Ibarguen. But Saladuha surprisingly couldn't improve on her distance in the final. She led after one round by leaping 14.42/x, then improved to 14.65/48-¾ in the second round. But both Ibarguen and Russia's Ekaterina Koneva flew past Saladuha on their second attempts. Koneva reached 14.81/48-7, while Ibarguen, who fouled on her first try, leaped a world-leading 14.85/48-8½ on her second attempt. None of the top three could improve further, leaving Ibarguen with the gold, Koneva the silver and Saladuha the bronze.
The Russian crowd no doubt expected to see one of their own win the women's high jump gold medal, but were likely surprised that the winner wasn't Anna Chicherova. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist started strongly by qualifying with two successful jumps. Several other jumpers were perfect during qualifications, including veteran Ruth Beitia of Spain and Russia's Svetlana Shkolina. But American Brigetta Barrett, the surprise 2012 Olympic silver medalist, had a rough start and was almost a surprising non-qualifier. She missed her first two tries at 1.83/6-0, but then cleared on her last attempt and was flawless at the next two heights to reach the final. Chicherova, Barrett and Beitia were all perfect through 1.97/6-5½ in the final, while Shkolina had a miss at 1.93/6-4. Chicherova and Beitia then missed three times at 2.00/6-6¾ to finish tied for the bronze medal, while Barrett and Shkolina advanced with first-attempt clearances. Barrett could go no farther, missing three times at 2.03/6-7¾, while Shkolina cleared on her first try, giving her a personal best, and the gold medal.