Images that capture some of the stand-out moments from the Beijing event

Statistically the Beijing IAAF World Championships was the world’s best track meeting since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

New IAAF president Seb Coe described the event as an “absolutely spectacular championships” with “such sterling performances”.

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here we take a look back at some of the top moments from the nine-day event, one photo at a time. Click the links beneath some of the pictures for further coverage of the event.

Day one


The Beijing 2015 opening ceremony.

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (2)

Eritrean teenager Ghirmay Ghebreslassie wins first title of Beijing 2015 with marathon success.


Mo Farah strikes 10,000m gold in part one of his distance double.

Day two


Jessica Ennis-Hill regains world heptathlon title.

Usain Bolt men's 100m final Beijing (Mark Shearman)

Usain Bolt pips Justin Gatlin in 100m final.

Day three

100m women finish

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins third world 100m gold.

Day four


Greg Rutherford completes major title grand slam with world long jump gold.


Genzebe Dibaba storms to 1500m title.

Day five

yarisley silva

Yarisley Silva wins dramatic world pole vault gold.

Wayde van Niekerk

Wayde van Niekerk runs 43.48 for world 400m title to go high on all-time list.

Day six


Usain Bolt wins fourth world 200m gold to again beat Justin Gatlin.


Christian Taylor soars out to 18.21m to win triple jump title in style.

Allyson Felix Beijing 2015

Allyson Felix wins 400m to collect historic ninth world gold, while Sophie Hitchon breaks British hammer record twice.

Day seven

Liu Hong

Liu Hong gets China’s first gold of Beijing 2015 with race walk win.

Dafne Schippers

Dafne Schippers wins 200m gold and goes third all-time as Dina Asher-Smith breaks British record, while Sergey Shubenkov speeds to sprint hurdles glory.


Shara Proctor breaks British record to secure long jump silver.

Day eight

Mo Farah

Mo Farah completes another distance double with 5000m victory.

Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton breaks world decathlon record, while Jamaica wins both men’s and women’s 4x100m relays and the GB’s women’s team breaks the national record.

Day nine


Mare Dibaba wins Ethiopia’s first women’s world marathon gold in a sprint finish, while Almaz Ayana beats Genzebe Dibaba over 5000m and Asbel Kiprop takes 1500m title.

GB M4x400 Beijing

USA win the men’s 4x400m relay and Jamaica the women’s as both GB teams bag bronze.

flag handover london 2017

The IAAF flag is handed over ahead of London 2017.

» For more from Beijing 2015 see our dedicated World Championships hub here. The September 3 edition of Athletics Weekly is a World Champs special with many more pictures, reports, results, news, facts and stats