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Doha 2019: The AW team’s top moments

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 04:47

Relive the best world championships in history by checking out our highlights

The 17th edition in Doha was the highest quality IAAF World Championships in history, with six championship records set, 21 area records broken and 86 national records revised.

IAAF president Seb Coe described the athletes as having “put on the best show” during the 10 days of competition in Qatar.

“For those who follow our sport closely, you will know that we rank our championships on the performances of the athletes,” he said.

“The world’s athletes have put on the best show in the history of the IAAF World Athletics Championships, according to the competition performance rankings which are used as an objective measure of the quality of international competition.

“We are proud of the fact we reach more countries than any other sport. Just look at the breadth and depth – 43 countries on the medals table and 86 national records set. We want our athletes to experience different cultures and different conditions. It’s what makes our sport so accessible.”

But which were the moments that stood out the most to the AW team members out in Doha? Here editor Jason Henderson, editorial director Euan Crumley, MD Wendy Sly and results editor Steve Smythe share theirs.

Have a read and then let us know yours by commenting on Twitter or Facebook or on our forum.

The dedicated Doha 2019 section of our website – featuring reports, news, interviews and more – can be found here.

Jason Henderson

Like many runners and athletics fans, I’m fascinated by the Ingebrigtsen brothers. So when Jakob Ingebrigtsen went to the front of the 5000m final with 300m to go, it was the kind of moment that made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Some have even described it as reminiscent of Steve Prefontaine going to the front at the 1972 Olympics.

Earlier in the race he had fallen well behind the leaders but clawed his way back into contention when it mattered and, despite turning 19 only days earlier, he took it to the East Africans with an all-or-nothing bid. Ultimately the winner Muktar Edris had too much firepower and the Norwegian’s legs turned to lead around the final bend, but he kept battling away and dramatically threw himself over the line to snatch fifth place in 13:02.93.

Dusting himself off, he then walked off the track with his legs covered in cuts, swigging a bottle of cola as he went along. He might have lost the race but he earned plenty of admirers in the process.

REPORT: Ethiopian one-two as Ingebrigtsen 5000m challenge falters

Euan Crumley

When Callum Hawkins suffered so badly in the Australian heat during the Commonwealth Games marathon last year, many feared he might never be the same athlete again.

To see him utterly disabusing that notion on the Corniche Road in Doha, then, was truly uplifting.

The young Scot did not rush his comeback from that infamous collapse and a fine performance at the London Marathon showed he was well on the road to a full recovery.

Yet, the soaring temperatures in Doha – and a return to major championships racing – were another challenge entirely.

That he used some supermarket heaters to create a makeshift heat chamber in his shed as part of his preparations added further colour to the story but it also belied the fact this was a well-trainied, organised athlete who clearly meant business.

The bloody-minded grit of his mentor Steve Jones was in evidence in Qatar when Hawkins ran his heart out to catch the leading group in the latter stages and give them an almighty scare. It may ultimately not have landed him a medal but the confidence he showed in blowing right past them into the lead was a sign that he was back to the peak of his powers.

REPORT: Ethiopian marathon one-two as Callum Hawkins is fighting fourth

Wendy Sly

There were several stand out moments performance wise as it was statistically the best world championships ever, but the top moment for me has to be Mutaz Essa Barshim winning the high jump.

It was incredible in so many ways. The way he came back from a really bad injury, the way he coped under immense pressure as local hero and against tough competition, but also the way the crowd reacted. I don’t think I will ever forget the sight of hundreds of people cheering as he cleared the final height having failed his first attempt, with hundreds of locals dressed in white robes jumping up in the air, some losing their headdresses in the process.

REPORT: Mutaz Essa Barshim rises to the occasion in Qatar

Steve Smythe

Tomas Walsh thinks he has won the world title towards the end of the final round with the best throw since 1990 – before he was born – thanks to a 22.90m championship record-breaking opening throw in the best ever shot put competition.

Then Joe Kovacs throws 22.91m and Ryan Crouser 22.90m and he is third! Poor Darlan Romani throws 22.53m – much further than every world champion in the previous 36 years – and isn’t remotely close to even a medal.

Kovacs only scraped into the final as the 12th best qualifier and then set a near one-metre PB to go equal third all-time.

REPORT: Joe Kovacs wins greatest ever shot competition

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