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Video: More World Championships Moments
  • May 13th, 2008

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Previous entry we took a look at World Championships greatest moments. Now here’s another list from our favorites. We hope you like it and it will get you ready for next year’s edition of World Championships 2009, Berlin Germany

Sergey Bubka Men Polevault – 6.01 meters (Athens 1997)

Bubka at 33 years old, won his sixth consecutive World Championships title in 1997 in Athens; certainly one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of the sport. Sergey Bubka was in the process of recovering from an Achilles tendon operation eight months earlier and coming into the competition he had only three pole vault training sessions

With intense concentration, he ran down the runway in Athens and to the crowd delight, he sailed clear with the bar at 6.01m, just 13mm short of his world record. When interviewed he said “It was not my best title, but it was the most difficult. I had done only three training sessions in pole vault that season, but when I decided to participate, I was going only for the gold”

Carl Lewis Men 100m – 9.86 seconds (Tokyo 1991)

This is Lewis greatest performances in his 100m career. He wasn’t ranked number one, that went to compatriot Leroy Burrell who holds the record at 9.90 seconds. Regarded as the greatest 100m in history where six runners dipped below 10 seconds, Lewis not only clinched gold, but also grabbed a new World Record at 9.86 seconds

The race has all the controversy of a classic race. It was ran on an illegally hard track and American Dennis Mitchell was seen flinching for a false start but the race still went on. Burrell finished second with a time that bettered his previous World Record time at 9.88 seconds. Mitchell had a headstart, with Linford Christie follow suit, Frankie Fredericks and Ray Stewart ran 9.91, 9.92, 9.95 and 9.96 seconds respectively

Marius Corbett Men Javelin – 88.40 metres (Athens 1997)

South African javelin thrower who was ranked 19th in the world at the time. He won a surprise gold medal at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics, improving his personal best with 4.50 meters during the contest. He upstaged the favorites such as Jan Zelezny, Steve Backley, Kostas Gatsiouidis and Aki Parviainen. Marius was recently inducted to South African Hall of Fame

Ed Moses Men 400m hurdles – 47.46 seconds (Rome 1987)

Between 1977 and 1987, Moses won 107 consecutive finals (122 consecutive races) and set the world record in his event four times. That streak was ended by Danny Harris, and in this race he was in the field. Moses was under pressure to perform and its not helped that another athlete, Harald Schmid was on-form too

Between these three trio, they pushed each other to the finish. Regarded as the greatest 400m Men’s Hurdle of all time, the closest of finish brought the crowds to their feet even after the end of the race. Moses finished in 47.46 seconds, Harris and Schmid was second and third respectively both clocked the same time of 47.48seconds

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