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Farah_MoFV-World15.JPgMo Farah winning 10,000 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

In all seriousness, I felt bad for both Usain Bolt and the young man who slipped and fell on the Segway. I had never seen one on the track before (I did see a couple of nimrods riding them around town.). I learnt, after my tweet , that Segways help cameramen keep their cameras balanced and provide some of the cool shots, I now understand their value.

But still, I have to use it.

Short of knocking Mo Farah over with a sneaky Segway, few are going to beat him over 5000 meters or 10,000 meters.

Eaton_Ashton400m-World15.JPgAshton Eaton, WR Holder, 9045, August 28-29, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

The Decathlon in Beijing ended with a roar.

Ashton Eaton set a new world record of 9045 points, breaking his old world record of 9029, set in July 2012. In the new world record, Ashton have five events better than Eugene in 2012 an five not as good. In the end, it came down to a 44 second last 300 meters in the 1,500 meters. That time of 4:16.62 gave him a new World Record, by the skin of his teeth.

Stuart Weir wrote a piece for me, short and to the point, on the decathlon and the nature of invididual talent. Decathletes are talented athletes. Last summer, Ashton Eaton needed a break, so he focused on the 400 meter hurdles. Ashton told me, after he ran so well in Glasgow, that it was the best thing that had happened to him in some time. He could concentrate on one event for some time.

But the past two days have been about making as few and as small mistakes that he could. Ashton Eaton is indeed, the "world's greatest athlete."

Schippers_DaphneQ-Beijing15.JPGDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dafne Schippers has had a spectacular World Championships. Her 100 meter NR went from 10.92 to 10.83 to 10.81 here! And then, that amazing 200 meters.

If one is going to cover the longest and most grueling event on the athletic schedule in Beijing, then, perhaps, find a writer who has endured the 50,000m RW in an Olympic setting (1956). The 50k piece was written by Elliott Denman, who did such a nice piece on Robbie Andrews last night!

Toth_MatejWater1-Walk20k13.jpgMatej Toth, 20k Walk from 2013, photo from PhotoRun.net

Schippers_DaphneQ-Beijing15.JPGDafne Schippers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Dafne Schippers win in the 200 meters had to be seen to believed. At 170 meters, then, 180 meters, she was not in lead. Her forward motion and her lean at the tape was perfect, as she not only won, but ran a 21.63 for the 200 meters, the fastest by any woman in seventeen years!

Here is how Alfons Juck saw the notable news of the night of Day 7.

Bolt_UsainLeads200m1-World15.JpgUsain Bolt coming off the turn, 200m final, August 27, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

An amazing night of track and field can be found every night of the Worlds, however, Day Six was even more amazing. Witn Anita Wlodrcyzk and her magic hammer and Christian Taylor and his #2 EVER Triple jump, and Allyson Felix best 400m in three years, and there was still Usain Bolt vs Justin Gatlin in the 200 meters?

Here is how Alfons Juck and his crew at EME News saw it!

VanNiekerk_Wayde-Beijing15.JPGMerritt and Van Niekerk, 400 meters, August 26, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

It was an amazing 400 meters on Day 5, and Van Niekerk won, after LaShawn Merritt took the field through a killer 200 meters

Morris_150604_7038.jpgRobbie Andrews winning Adro Mile at Adrian Martinez Memorial, 4 June 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net

With three Americans in the final on Sunday evening, and nine more of the finest runners on the planet, the Beijing WC 1,500m should be awesome. Elliott Denman writes of Robbie Andrews, post 1,500m semi on Friday night, and the incident where Andrews gave up the contents of his stomach after a strong race....

Bartoletta_TiannaFL-World15.JPgTianna Bartoletta, photo by PhotoRun.net

I remember being in Helsinki in 2005, and this college kid named Tianna Madison kicked everyone's butt in the Long Jump. A decade later, now Tianna Bartoletta leaps 7.14 meters in the final round, and the mighty 7.07m NR from Shara Proctor was a silver. The mightly 7.01m meters by Ivana Spanovic was now a bronze.

Bartoletta tied the decade time period between Heike Dreschler's HJ medals, a World Champs record!

Dafne Schippers looked to be good in the 200 meters, but her 21.63 was exciting, as Dafne did not win until the final meters!

Both hurdle races were surprising, with Shubenkov winning the mens and Danielle Williams on the women's side.

Here is Alex Mills' reprise of night of Day 7.

Rutherford-Powell-Beijing15.JPGGreg Rutherford, 2015 WC, and Mike Powell, 1991 WC and World Record holder, LJ, photo by PhotoRun.net

Each session has had its surprises. Today was quite the same. Trey Hardee, who had been so devestating at the US champs, hurt himself in the LJ and had to leave the competition. Ashton Eaton just got stronger and stronger.

Here is Alex Mills' reprise on the first session of Day 7.

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