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14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics

August 20th, 2013

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  • The World Championships in Athletics is a biennial event which began in 1983.
  • It is an event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
  • Originally, it was organized every four years, but this changed in 1991, and it has since been organized biennially.
  • The 14th World Championships in Athletics were held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia from 10–18 August 2013.
  • Nearly 2,000 track and field athletes from 206 countries gathered for the competition.
  • Russia topped the medal table with seven gold, four silver, and six bronze medals.
  • The United States won the most overall medals and came in second place at the event, receiving six gold, 13 silver, and six bronze medals.
  • Jamaica placed third, with its athletes earning six gold, two silver, and one bronze.
  • Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce both won three gold medals in the men’s and women’s 100 m, 200 m and 4 x 100 m relay respectively to become the most successful athletes at the event.
  • This achievement also earned Bolt the title of being the most successful athlete in the history of the World Championships with eight gold and two silver medals.
  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100 m, 200 m and 4×100 m in a single world championship.

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India’s Performance at 2013 Championships

  • India also competed at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics.
  • A team of 15 Indian athletes, including 8 women, took part in World championships in Athletics at Moscow.
  • The 15 Indian athletes not only remained without medal but also without even impressing and showing any promise for future medals.
  • Except Vikas Gowda (Discus throw), none could even qualify for next round.
  • Vikas Gowda qualified for the Final 12 position, but like his 2011 performance again remained at 7th position with 64.03 as his best throw.
  • Indian Athletes Performances
  1. Discus Throw – Vikas Gowda finished 7th.
  2. Triple Jump – Renjith Maheswary did not advance beyond Preliminaries where she jumped 16.63 to finish at 13th position.
  3. Women’s 20 kilometres walk – Kushbir Kaur clocked 1:34:28 to finish 39th.
  4. 4 × 400 m relay – Tintu Luka, Nirmala, Anu Mariam Jose, MR Poovamma failed to qualify for final taking 3:38:81 minutes to finish 15th.
  5. 3000 m steeplechase – Sudha Singh (09:51.05 for 23rd rank).
  6. Men’s 20 kilometres walk – Gurmeet Singh (1:26:47), Chandan Singh (1:26:51) (33rd and 34th position), Irfan Kolothum Thodi (Disqualified).
  7. Men’s 50 km walk – Basanta Bahadur Rana finished 33rd clocking 3:58:20, while Sandeep Kumar was disqualified.
  • It is to be noted that the only medal that India has achieved in World Championships was due to Anju Bobby George.
  • She won the Bronze medal jumping 6.70 m in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships.

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