World Champs – a statistical round-up

A statistical round-up from the men’s events at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow

Usain Bolt Moscow (Mark Shearman)

If you like a good stat then you’ll love this collection of statistics from the men’s events at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Did you know that Usain Bolt’s winning time of 9.77 over 100m is the second fastest after his 9.58 world record in 2009 and the third fastest overall time in World Champs history?

Or how about that Mohammed Aman’s 800m title was Ethiopia’s first ever global outdoor title at a distance below 5000m?

Well you do now. Read on for more…

100m

» Usain Bolt’s winning time of 9.77 is the second fastest after his 9.58 world record in 2009 and the third fastest overall time in World Champs history.

» The Russian all-comers’ record of 10.03 was broken no less than six times during the course of the championships.

400m

» The top-four finishers in the final broke the Russian all-comers’ record of 44.60 set by Viktor Markin at the 1980 Olympics.

800m

» At 19 years and 215 days, Mohammed Aman became the youngest-ever world 800m champion.

» Aman’s title was also Ethiopia’s first ever global outdoor title at a distance below 5000m.

» Andrew Osagie’s fifth-place finish was the best by a British since 1993 when Curtis Robb finished fourth.

5000m

» Mo Farah’s last four laps were timed at 3:57.75 so he closed with a sub-four minute mile to win his second title. His final 1500m was timed at 3:41.82.

10,000m

» Farah’s winning time of 27:21.71 was a stadium and Russian all-comers’ record, displacing Miruts Yifter’s 27:42.69 from the 1980 Olympics.

Marathon

» Stephen Kiprotich became just the second Ugandan gold medallist at the World Championships after Dorcus Inzikiru in the women’s steeplechase in 2005.

» Kiprotich also registered the first sub-2:10 marathon on Russian soil with 2:09:51.

400m hurdles

» Jehue Gordon’s winning margin of 0.01 is the smallest in both World Champs and Olympic history.

» Emir Bekric won Serbia’s first ever medal on the track and his time of 48.05 was the fastest by a European under-23 since Harald Schmid ran 47.85 in 1979.

4x400m relay

» The three fastest legs were recorded by Kevin Borlee (44.04), Javon Francis (44.05) and Tony McQuay (44.1).

50km walk

» Robert Heffernan’s winning time of 3:37:56 was the second fastest and the fourth fastest time ever at the World Champs.

Long jump

» Aleksandr Menkov’s winning mark of 8.56m is the longest jump ever recorded by a European at the World Championships.

Triple jump

» Teddy Tamgho became the second man after Jonathan Edwards to record an 18m-plus jump at the World Champs.

High jump

» Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar became the first Asian medallist since Zhu Jianhua from China won bronze at the inaugural World Championships in 1983.

Pole vault

» Germany had surprisingly only won one medal in the pole-vault at the World Champs, a bronze in 2007, before Raphael Holzdeppe and Bjorn Otto won gold and bronze this year.

Discus

» Virgilijus Alekna had placed inside the top-six at the last seventeen championships he contested but the Lithunian’s incredible streak was halted as he exited in qualifying for the first time since the 1995 World Championships.

Javelin throw

» Viteslav Vesely’s winning margin of 10cm from Tero Pitkamaki was the smallest at the World Champs.

Decathlon

» Ashton Eaton’s title continues the incredible US-Czech dominance of the multi-events; they’ve won the last twelve world decathlon titles between them.

» This is just a small selection of stats gathered from the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. You can find stats from some of the women’s events here, while a more in-depth statistical round-up will be published in the August 29 issue of AW.

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