Moscow 2013 surprises
Which performances were most unexpected in a good or a bad way in Moscow?
The defendinf World champion and London 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James who was a World leader coming into Moscow 2013 only placed seventh. At the 300 m mark he clocked 31.9 and LaShawn Merritt - 31.8, but the it took Kirani 13.1 seconds to run the last 100 m.
35-year-old Rob Heffernan (Ireland) won his first major gold medal in Moscow - he became the 50 km race walking champion.
Ethiopian athletes didn't succeed in the men's marathon and 10 000 m (except for Ibrahim Jeilan, who placed second in the 10 000 m final).
Poland's hammer thrower Pawel Fajdek won the gold with a World leading mark and a personal best. In London 2012 he was a medal contender, but didn't qualify for the final.
Ignisious Gaisah who recently suffered an injury and changed allegiance from Ghana to the Netherlands won the silver in the men's long jump.
The USA didn't win medals in the men's long jump and in the women's 200 m.
Serbia's Emir Bekric won the silver in the men's 400 m hurdles final. He came to Moscow with a personal best of 48.76, then clocjed 48.36 in the semi and 48.05 in the final.
Kenya's Eunice Sum won the women's 800 m final. She improved her personal bestb by 2 seconds. At the London Olympics she competed in the 1500 m and didn't make in past the heats.
The Olympic and European champion in the pole vault Renaud Lavillenie (France) couldn't win his first World title. He lost to Raphael Holzdeppe (Germany) on countback.