Usain Bolt and Christian Taylor put up an amazing show in the men's 200m and the triple jump final respectively in the ongoing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the Bird's Nest in Beijing to take home the prestigious gold medals.
Though the 200m track event was what everyone in the stadium were awaiting, the triple jump gold medal contenders -- US' Christian Taylor and Cuba's Pedro Pablo Pichardo – turned up the heat with some tremendous performance in the event. Taylor and Pichardo were the favourites for the gold medal and both the athletes did not disappoint the fans with their jumps.
It was Taylor's last jump in the event, which was measured at 18.21m that helped him win the gold medal. Taylor's incredible leap of 18.21m is the second longest jump in history as well. It was an amazing feat by the Olympic champion, who had been performing consistently during the year.
However, the silver medal fell in the lap of Pichardo from Cuba with a jump of 17.73m, which is by no means a small one, but the Cuban could have done better.
The Cuban athlete tried his best but Taylor's 18.21m jump was too much to cope with for Pichardo, who also won silver in the 2013 Moscow Championships.
Portugal's Evora won bronze with 17.53m jump. Omar Craddock from the USA might have been disappointed with his fourth place finish as he failed to better Evora's jump. Craddock best jump measured 17.37m.
However, the major attraction of Day 6 was the 200m final clash between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin for the gold medal. The Jamaican, who had been troubled by injuries in the recent past, came out flying in the final of the 200m with a timing of 19.55s to win his fourth consecutive 200m world championships gold medal.
Justin Gatlin, like the 100m finals, had to be satisfied with a silver medal finish as his timing read 19.74s. Anaso Jobodwana won bronze with 19.87s. Despite Gatlin's tremendous start in the 200m, Bolt was too fast for the American, who had the some amazing timings coming into the world championships, which prompted critics and experts to put Gatlin as a serious contender.
There is an air of confidence regarding Usain Bolt when it comes to 100m and the 200m sprint event. Can anyone beat Bolt in major championships, ever?