Watching the World Championships in Moscow, the British public would have seen male and female athletes, in equal measure, competing under the GB flag.
On the surface, the sport could be hailed as a model of equality.
Even in the boardroom, that traditionally archaic arena, British Athletics presents a gender split that satisfies UK Sport’s 2017 target of one in four.
Where athletics in this country is failing to bridge the gender divide, however, is among its coaches.
Only two of 43 British coaches represented by athletes in Moscow last month were female Liz McColgan and Christine Bowmaker.
That’s less than 1%.
The governing body’s statistics in mainstream athletics are no better: three female team coaches out of a total of 32 across senior, junior and under-23 championships this summer, and none employed to work with the senior team.
In the past 20 years there has never been a senior British female head coach or performance director in able-bodied athletics.
While some argue that women are not drawn to coaching the hours are not easily compatible with childcare demands, and the work is largely unpaid figures at grassroots tell a different story.
The split at the lowest level is approximately 60-40 men to women, but at the elite end level four qualified coaches women make up only 11%.
Overseas it is a different picture.
The US boasts high-profile figures, from Stephanie Hightower, president of USA Track and Field leading into 2012, to Amy Deem, formerly the women’s head coach for USATF, now head relay coach for women’s teams.
There are others: Australia’s Sharon Hannon, coach to the Olympic and world champion hurdler Sally Pearson; Yolanda Rich, coach to three of four US 400m hurdles stars, including her daughter and the former world champion Lashinda Demus, and there are many female coaches on the Russia team.
If the UK statistics are, in comparison, shocking, anecdotal reports are equally concerning.
Guardian interviewees have described a coaching culture dogged by sexist attitudes, where women have allegedly been subjected to verbal abuse for doing their jobs.
McColgan, a former 10,000m world champion, and coach to daughter Eilish who reached the final in the 3,000m steeplechase in Moscow, sighs at the subject.
“It’s just a male-dominated sport,” she says, “and it matters because we’ve lost a lot of knowledge simply because there are no opportunities for women within the sport.
It’s sad.” Has she experienced sexism as a coach? “I’ve done a lot in my own career, so when I talk to male coaches I’m given a wee bit more respect.
But it’s still very much a lot of men talking around the table, which is really hard to break into as a woman.” Bowmaker, a mother of two and full-time schoolteacher, is credited with reviving the career of the sprinter and former world youth champion Asha Philip after years of injury, as well as working alongside the coach Lloyd Cowan in helping to develop Christine Ohuruogu.
“There have been occasions when my coaching ability has been questioned, and comments made relating to my gender,” Bowmaker says.
In her lowest moments, she contemplated quitting altogether.
“When you get knocked down enough times it’s very hard to keep getting up.
Thankfully people like Lloyd Cowan and Chris Zah Perri Shakes-Drayton’s coach are always on the phone being supportive.” Is athletics a sexist sport? “It is,” she says.
“I don’t want to attack the sport I love, I just want it to be recognised that there are shortcomings, and there is a long way to go before female coaches have adequate support to reach an elite level.
“As a coach I have had a limited amount of support and opportunity, despite my attempts to develop my career.
When I offered my expertise as a relay coach Bowmaker coached England 4x100m women to Commonwealth gold in 2010 I was refused even an unpaid role.
How can I develop and gain experience?” Bowmaker says she was eventually offered a role with the U23 relay team, but the timing clashed with preparing her individual athletes for the national championships.
Carol Jackson, credited with developing the European champion and Olympic bronze medallist high jumper Robbie Grabarz, believes women are not given the opportunities they deserve.
“I’ve taken seven guys to world or European junior championships, and I’ve never been on a UKA senior team,” she says.
Of her 40 years in coaching, Jackson says it is only in the past decade that she has felt confident in her expertise.
“We need to educate men to make sure that they are not discriminatory,” she says, describing how she received a volley of sexist abuse from a male coach during a high jump session.
“One of my athletes came up to me afterwards he was 15 years old and put his arm around me.
He said, ‘Sexist pig’.
I reported it to the top and it never got dealt with, and it was a paid employee at UKA.
There has to be an education programme.
If these guys are treating women, or anyone, in that way it’s bullying.
It should be dealt with by the governing body.” UKA said it cannot comment on HR issues.
Jackson, meanwhile, feels the culture has changed for the better under Neil Black’s leadership.
But if the numbers of women coaches are to increase, a change in the system is badly needed.
McColgan, a mother of five, had to take her two youngest children to the GB holding camp in Barcelona last month when childcare arrangements fell through, and often brings her kids to the Loughborough track.
Bowmaker faces similar difficulties.
“As a female coach with children there are numerous challenges that I’m confronted with,” she says.
“I want to attend more coaching courses, but without childcare provision or the funds to pay for it it is very difficult.” Both coaches were only part-funded by UKA to attend the holding camp before the world championships.
Factor in expenses to attend warm-weather training in Florida this year for the sprinters as well as attending all competitions, and it is a wonder that any coach not employed by the governing body, regardless of gender, is able to make ends meet.
Toni Minichiello, coach to the Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, recently became a father and empathises with the obstacles that women, in particular, face.
“Christine can coach, and she has two young kids.
It makes it difficult but that can’t be a reason for her to be excluded from the sport,” he says.
“Most of the men at the top of the sport are divorced or single and probably don’t have a view of the family dimension.” The 2012 UK Coach of the Year warns that a host of factors are combining to prevent an increase in numbers from a high drop-out rate in participation among teenage girls, to unattractive coaching hours on no wages.
All the interviewees acknowledge UKA’s efforts to tackle the subject, with the establishment in 2009 of Women in Coaching, for which Jackson sits on the advisory board, and the Female Coach Legacy Programme created after London 2012.
UKA says it pump tens of thousands of pounds every year into these initiatives.
However, an FCLP source described the budget as “tiny” and said it relied on the goodwill of contributors to keep functioning.
Gwenda Ward was a pioneer in gender research for UKA in the early 1990s and is critical of the governing body’s approach.
“The impression I got from Kevin Tyler, the former stragegic head of coaching and development who left UKA in October 2012 was that he wanted a quick project to sort out the women.
I was saying it’s not that simple, we need an integrated approach to gender representation and that has to come from the top.
That was not a story he wanted to hear.” Ward’s account is interpretative, but is backed up by an FCLP source who said that Tyler requested the programme be set up within the shortest timeframe possible: it was put together in three weeks.
UKA denies this, saying that “months of preparation work” were invested in the programme, and Tyler, said: “It would be incorrect to suggest the FCLP was created in a rush.
As an organisation we recognised early on that female coaches were under-represented.
We formed the Women’s Coaching Advisory Group in mid 2009.
Throughout the four years 2009-2012 the group was supported by upper level UKA staff, myself included, and I attended the majority of their meetings to provide support and encouragement.
The final phase of this process was launched in September 2012 with the current FCLP.” Ward takes a different view of the programme’s value.
“The FCLP is about fast-tracking a group of women coaches,” she says.
“That’s fine, that’s useful, but in itself it’s not going to address the root causes of the problem.
I think as a management challenge the approach has been extraordinarily naive and simplistic.
And to me that suggests a lack of motive to get their head around it.” Ward believes part of the problem is a lack of pressure from UK Sport.
Athletics, she says, “is allowed off the hook because, on the face of it, athletics represents women in sport pretty well.” A rare female success story in British coaching is Julie Hollman, a former UKA apprentice coach who was this year employed as assistant coach on the national combined events programme the only female appointment in the major shake-up since London 2012.
While Hollman admits that the sport is dominated by male coaches, she says she has never experienced sexism rather that being female has given her an advantage.
“Women have a lot of good traits.
We’re the emotional ones, we give good advice a lot of the male coaches at Lee Valley actually came to me to get advice.” Hollman does not have children, but acknowledges that women face the greater burden when it comes to juggling parenthood, finances and a coaching career.
“We’re the only sport that doesn’t pay for private coaches,” she says.
“In tennis you pay for tennis lessons.
In athletics you just pay 2.50 to use the track.
The coach comes with it.” She says if the sport could put in place a financial programme to support coaches, in the way it supports athletes, it could recruit and retain more coaches of both sexes.
“There’s no doubt that being a full-time coach has helped me a tremendous amount because there is so much to do I’m working until 8pm, and I started at 9am.
How can a volunteer fit that all in?” Peter Stanley, UKA’s head of coaching development, said: “There is no ‘quick-fix’ to amassing experience and knowledge but we do have the national and local coach development programmes which are accelerating the influences of good coaching practice and theory.” He points out that 25% of participants in the national coach development scheme are female.
“We are committed to the process of developing all coaches, including female coaches.” In the meantime Bowmaker has vowed not to let the barriers get to her.
“I want to inspire other women.
That’s why I stayed in the sport.
The supportive coaches kept saying to me, ‘What you have to understand Chris, is that if you walk away women will continue to walk away until we start making a stand and being there.’ There are good female coaches, and we can do the job, and the sport needs to realise there are women who can do the job.
They need to start recognising us.”
Golden Joy: Daniel Ritchie, Tom Ransley, Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Mohamed Sbihi, Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, William Satch and Phelan Hill Great Britain ended a successful World Championships in Chengdu by taking their first-ever gold medal in the men’s eight event.
Having already secured one gold and three bronze medals during the regatta in South Korea, the eights crew finished ahead of Germany and the United States.
The men’s eight were bronze medal winners at the London 2012 Olympics, where Germany took the gold.
But it was a momentous victory on Tangeum Lake on Saturday for the British crew – Daniel Ritchie, Tom Ransley, Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Mohamed Sbihi, Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, William Satch and cox Phelan Hill.
They dictated the pace of the 2000m race, leading at all of the checkpoints – although Germany closed to within five-tenths of a second of the leaders when they crossed the line.
On the final day of competition the men’s lightweight four managed to secure third, with Adam Freeman-Pask, Jonathan Cleggwon, Chris Bartley and William Fletcher taking bronze.
Anthony Joshua with Eddie Hearn (Pic Lawrence Lustig) Eddie Hearn believes Anthony Joshua could be ready for a British title fight by the end of next year.
The Matchroom promoter is hoping to get 10 fights into the Olympic gold medallist in his first 12 months as a professional, kicking off at the O2 Arena on October 5.
And such is the paucity of talent in the heavyweight division, Hearn feels a title shot will not be long in coming.
“It’s such a weak division.
Obviously Haye v Fury is the fight everyone is waiting for now and personally I think the winner of that will fight Wladimir next.
“There just aren’t the opponents out there.
How they are filling out arenas for these fights I don’t know, they put on great shows but in time the winner of Haye vs Fury makes sense.
“Domestically you’ve got those two, Derrick Chisora is still battling away, and David Price I feel will be back.
He’s still British and Commonwealth champion, still got a lot to fight for.
“Beneath that you’ve got Anthony Joshua.
He looks the real deal and now he’s got to get in there and show it.
He’s got a lot of learning to do and that starts on October 5 at the O2.
“I think Britain should be excited about this young man’s future.
He’s got all the attributes of a fantastic heavyweight.
“I hope we’ll get into double figures in the first year but these are big guys landing heavy shots and injuries do come into play.
But after 10 fights we’ll be looking for a British title.
“Joshua he will have three or four fights before the end of the year.”
The London Paralympics opening ceremony was a year ago this week.
Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images London 2012 was special and the Paralympics came of age.
On a personal level, it was simply phenomenal.
I had gone into the Games a double gold and silver medallist from Beijing so I knew I was capable of winning gold again but I wanted to slip under the radar in the buildup, so I could focus on my training and let the results do the talking.
When the competition arrived I thrived at the prospect of competing in front of 10,000 people and have fond memories in particular of my third medal event.
The crowd had been asked to wave instead of clapping so as not to scare the horses but by then we all knew that my horse and I would be fine and, as I left the arena having finished my test, my brother and two cousins shouted: “We love you Sophie!” and the whole crowd erupted.
The thought of it still makes me emotional.
Thursday marks the first anniversary of the opening ceremony and even after a year I am still not used to being recognised in the street.
People come up to me and say: “Well done, you really made our year last year.” It’s still an unexpected novelty and not only by people who follow equestrianism.
The whole of Britain got behind ParalympicsGB it was brilliant and it is still ongoing.
I find people are much more comfortable talking to me about disability and that is really good.
Kids are not afraid to come and talk to me, whereas five or 10 years ago, they would not have done.
However, I do think there remains a huge gap between how Paralympians are perceived and how the rest of the disabled community is seen.
A lot of disabilities are not represented in the Games and, while the public may assume they understand disability because of the Games, they do not see the everyday lives of disabled people behind the scenes.
The Paralympics were a glamorous show but it is important to highlight what it is like to be severely disabled.
Most Paralympians want to focus on their sporting prowess but in order to make the most of the Games’ legacy more focus must be put on teaching people about disability.
Even for me, there are still basic issues for instance, it is assumed that because I am at the top of my sport and won three gold medals my life is sorted out but I still have problems receiving the right care I need for cerebral palsy I still have to raise money to pay for carers and have trouble finding them.
It is no easy task.
The perception of disability in Britain has changed but during the Paralympics, Britain was at an all-time high, there was complete euphoria about being British and about disability but a year on it has gone downhill and slid back into how people can be moaning about pretty much anything.
That was always going to happen but the key is finding a way of maintaining that interest between the Games.
More Paralympic sport in the media is one obvious step.
People tweet me to ask why the European Championships, where I am currently competing, are not being broadcast.
Channel 4 recently covered the athletics and swimming but their focus is on the more popular sports.
From what I understand, the general public cannot get enough Paralympic sport.
They really want to watch and follow the results and it is up to the media to support that eagerness.
The way forward, then, is to exploit the steps forward the London Games made by getting stories about disability out there.
I do a lot of work with the government and they are building a database of disabled role models, which will offer people the chance to change their perceptions of all kinds of disabilities and also give disabled people inspiration so they can identify with role models and go on to fulfil their potential.
There is no doubt Paralympic sport has grown over the 12 years since my first games in Athens in 2004 as a competitor it is tougher and tougher to stay at the top but back then, aged 16, I was quite shy and self-conscious of my disability.
Then I saw all these amazing disabled people just getting on with their lives and it really brought me out of myself.
Ever since I have wanted to change people’sperceptions just by being me.
I hope I have and the sport can continue to do the same.
2 View comments Mo Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar has staunchly defended his athlete against doping accusations – which he views as opponents making excuses.
Farah won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles at the World Championships in Moscow to repeat the momentous double he achieved at last summer’s London Olympics, and last month broke the European 1,500m record at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco with three minutes, 28.81 seconds.
That run in particular sparked insinuations on website forums that Farah could be using performance-enhancing drugs, but Salazar emphatically dismissed such suggestions.
Scroll down for video of Mo Farah’s 5,000m victory in Moscow At the double: Mo Farah raced to victory in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the World Championships in Moscow Careful: Even the legitimate substances that Farah uses are limited for fear of contamination with banned agents ‘It bothers me when people question my integrity,’ the American said.
‘But the way I look at it, if you don’t want people to say things about you, go run real crappy and then nobody will talk about you.
‘At this level, we know we’re clean.
We know we’re never going to test positive for anything.
No way in the world.
I have a clear conscience.
‘Everyone is so into this drug mania.
Everybody believes that if anybody runs well they have to be on drugs.
That’s their excuse for why they don’t run well.
Golden child: Farah caught the nation’s attention by winning gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games ‘They’re saying: ‘They’ve got to be cheating’.
But that’s why a lot of Americans and a lot of Brits are running crappy, because that’s their excuse.
They should be saying: ‘You know what, it’s do-able because Mo Farah did it.
If I train this hard and do this, then I can do it’.
‘When we see all this stuff we just think ‘good’.
It just means there are fewer people for us to worry about because they’re all using this as an excuse.” Salazar revealed even Farah’s use of legitimate supplements is strictly limited for fear of contamination with banned substances, saying: ‘We don’t take that much stuff and everything that Mo takes is from UK Athletics.
‘None of our athletes are on any sports-specific supplement other than beta alanine, which is an amino acid.
Other than that, it’s iron, vitamin D and that’s it.
You don’t really need anything else.’ Inspiration: Alberto Salazar (C) believes athletes should took to Farah for what can be achieved without taking performance enhancing drugs Having worked with Farah since 2011, three-time New York Marathon winner Salazar puts his protege’s improvement down to a dramatic shift in the intensity of his training methods.
‘When you look at it from the outside it’s hard to see it but for me, being in there, it’s not hard to see it because I see how fast he was before he joined our programme and the sort of work he used to do compared to what we do now year-round,’ he said.
‘He hardly did any stuff and he was still fast, so is it surprising that when we do this stuff, he is where he is? Some of the speed work we do is just phenomenal.
I’ve seen him do workouts when he’ll be pushing himself so hard that he literally has to crawl off the track.’
0 View comments Swimming star Rebecca Adlington said she is ‘so relieved’ after her Olympic medals were found following a break-in at her home.
The double Olympic champion had tweeted that she was ‘shaking’ and ‘in absolute pieces’ after believing the irreplaceable items had been stolen.
But she later shared her relief that they had been found and thanked fans for their concern.
Police are at the house investigating the burglary during which her fiance Harry Needs’ keys and car were stolen, she said.
Can’t be replaced: Rebecca Adlington was distraught when she thought her Olympic medals had been stolen The 24-year-old first wrote on Twitter: ‘In absolute pieces.
Some bastards have broken into my house and stolen my Olympic medals!!! Something I will never be able to replace! ‘Actually shaking.’ However, she later added: ‘Medals have been found.
I’m so relieved.
They’ve been in house and stolen Harry’s car and got keys.
I’m just glad no one has got hurt.
‘Thank you all for the concern.
The main thing I know is were safe.
Life is more precious.
Xxxxx’ Relief: Adlington eventually revealed the missing medals had been found A few hours before revealing the burglary, Miss Adlington, who is originally from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, tweeted about an ‘amazing meal’ in London.
Adlington also hit back at Twitter ‘trolls’ who messaged her abuse after news of the break-in.
The swimmer found fame in the Beijing Olympics where she won two gold medals, and at last year’s London 2012 Games she took home two bronze medals.
At the beginning of the year she announced her retirement from the sport to pursue a career in broadcasting.
All smiles: Adlington – now retired from swimming – in action at the London 2012 Games last summer
| 0 View comments Greg Rutherford, the Olympic long jump champion, could be forgiven for thinking it will never get any better than Super Saturday at the London Games last summer, when he jumped 8.31metres to win gold on the greatest night in British athletics history.
A year which has seen him lose his kit sponsorship with Nike, his coach, American Dan Pfaff, and rupture his right hamstring in Paris in July, culminated in his failure to make the World Championships final in Moscow last week.
Just minutes after such devastating disappointment, however, Rutherford was already looking forward to 2014, and a year in which he is determined to add Commonwealth gold to his Olympic title.
VIDEO: Scroll down for video of Rutherford talking about his Olympic win Disappointment: Greg Rutherford failed to live up to expectations at the World Athletics Championships 2013 The Commonwealth Games will be massive for me, I think, he said.
I won a silver medal last time in Delhi (in 2010) and I d like to win the entire thing in 2014.
I think they re going to be a really big deal throughout Britain.
I won t have the madness of the three or four months post-Games that I had last year, so I can get back into training earlier and do an indoor season.
I m going to run and jump indoors in 2014 and then get ready for Commonwealths and Europeans.
I ve achieved the one thing in my life I ve always dreamed of by becoming Olympic champion, and to have that already at the age of 26 is weird.
But I always want to win more.
I want to jump further and I want to win more medals.
Golden boy: The English athlete realised a dream by jumping 8.31m to take gold at London 2012 Super Saturday: Rutherford claimed gold on the same day that Farah and Ennis made the nation proud I still see myself as one of the best long jumpers in the world.
There’s no question.
I ll come back fighting again and I ll win a few more titles.
Rutherford will not have it all his own way in Glasgow, although the opposition promises to be slightly less daunting than at the European Championships in Zurich a fortnight later.
South Africans Godfrey Khotso Mokoena and Zarck Visser, defending Commonwealth champion Fabrice Lapierre of Australia and Damar Forbes from Jamaica have all jumped further than Rutherford this season.
Fellow Englishman Chris Tomlinson, with whom Rutherford shares the British outdoor record of 8.35m, also has an extra incentive after the 26-year-old was picked ahead of him for the World Championships.
Tomlinson claimed the Olympic champion had been chosen purely on media profile , and not current form, after he crashed out in qualifying, jumping only 7.87m.
In good shape? Rutherford has had to answer questions over his fitness ahead of the World Championships Rutherford defended his selection vigorously, and British Athletics were satisfied he had miraculously recovered from a serious hamstring injury.
The Olympic champion had declared he would look like a mug if he went to Moscow lacking fitness.
There was more than a hint of embarrassment, too: being an Olympic champion comes with responsibility, and certainly a lot of expectation, after all.
The long jumper insisted, though, that the painful memories of Moscow will drive him on to achieve more next year.
The suggestion Rutherford won an easy long jump competition, with the shortest winning distance since 1972, at London 2012 still irks him, too.
South African connection: Zarck Visser and Godfrey Khotso Mokoena will provide stiff competition in Glasgow Rutherford is also a man who clearly enjoys routine: training, walking his dog and tidying his flat.
He once had a part-time job in Gap and admits he enjoys folding things .
He also likes baking; thriving on the therapeutic process of making a cake.
I m very accomplished now at making different types of sponges, he says, laughing.
Rutherford is poised to start working with Rana Reider in Loughborough, the American who already coaches the USA’s Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor, as well as British sprinters such as Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.
There, Rutherford will put aside the chat-show appearances, and try to prove London 2012 was not a fluke.
I try not to look at that (my Olympic medal) as much as I possibly can, said Rutherford.
That was a while ago.
I ve got to move on from those sorts of things.
True Brit: Chris Tomlinson will have a point to prove after missing out on the World Championships Everything that I ve known and had for the three years leading up to the Olympics has disappeared and I tried to replicate and I couldn t find it.
And now I ve just got to look closer to home, where I m comfortable and happy.
When things go wrong, you get a major injury and you go all through all the pain and anguish, you think: Well, I might as well retire.
But I love doing what I do.
My dream is to jump much further, which is when I think I ll be able to look back on my career and be a bit happier.
I want to put the British record into distances where it’s just never been discussed before and I want to be classed as one of the greatest ever long jumpers, which means I have to jump a hell of a lot further.
I want to go over 28ft, which is 8.54m.
I think it’s well within my reach.
If I can do that in the next few years I can retire after 2017, a happy man.
0 View comments Usain Bolt will leave Russia with three gold medals, if not fond memories of a World Championships he admits were ‘not the best’.
The indomitable 26-year-old sprinter followed up victories in the 100 and 200 metres by anchoring Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m in Moscow tonight.
However, Bolt’s performances in Russia were often met by as many empty seats as cheering fans.
Gold: Bolt ran the last leg of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay victory Bolt (right) poses with his 4x100m relay team-mates Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade (L-R) The imposing Luzhniki Stadium was not at full capacity once during the nine days of competition, despite organisers selling tickets for only a fraction of the arena’s capacity and from as low as 100 Roubles (less than 2).
‘I must be truthful, it’s been a different championships,’ Bolt said.
‘It’s not been the best.
Over the days it got better.
‘They changed a few things and people got more relaxed, more people started smiling and there were more people in the stands.
‘It picked up at the end so I will have to say 7 out of 10.
I’m just being real.
‘The food was always the same.
I’m used to seeing the stadium rammed and absolutely packed.
‘The fact people could get close to you real easily was different.
They were little things.’ Empty: The World Championships struggled to attract crowds Despite his frustrations with the organisation, Bolt’s experience in Russia was not all bad.
‘There are a lot of women, a lot of beautiful women, so I will definitely tell my friends about that,’ he said.
‘I don’t know how to celebrate.
I think I should go to Moscow and see beautiful ladies.’ Bolt is able to raise a glass to a 14th world gold medal and 10th World Championship medal, which equals Carl Lewis’ men’s record.
Easy: Bolt strolls to the 100m title at a rain-soaked Luzhniki Stadium Jamaica’s women 4x100m relay team will also be celebrating tonight, having broken the championship record in a time of 41.29secs to take the crown.
Arguably the performance of the day came from France’s Teddy Tamgho.
The triple jumper became just the third man in history to go over 18 metres, producing the biggest effort since 1996.
France’s Teddy Tamgho kisses his triple jump gold medal ‘I don’t know what to say, I have managed to win,’ Tamgho said after his 18.04m.
‘Jonathan Edwards congratulated me and told me that one of my fouls was above his record, but I shall not think about it.
‘Today it is the victory that matters and I would like to thank my coach for preparing me so well for it.’ Elsewhere, Germany’s Christina Obergfoll followed up silver at London 2012 with gold in the javelin.
2008 Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya won the 1,500m at the Luzhniki, while compatriot Eunice Jepkoech Sum was a surprise winner of the women’s 800m.
Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter celebrates winning a 100m hurdles bronze medal at the world championships in Moscow.
Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images For the first week of these world championships Britain’s medal currency has been pure gold but nobody in Moscow much minded when two bronzes arrived in the space of half an hour on Saturday night.
First the women’s 4x400m team, shorn of the injured Perri Shakes-Drayton but starring Christine Ohuruogu on the final leg, fought off the insistent pestering of the French to finish third behind Russia and the USA.
Then Tiffany Porter ran a personal best of 12.55sec one hundredth outside Jessica Ennis-Hill’s British record to repeat the medal trick in the 100m hurdles.
Porter was in front for the first 70m before the American Brianna Rollins powered past her to win gold in 12.44sec.
The Olympic champion, Sally Pearson, took silver in a season’s best 12.50sec.
Britain’s medal haul for these championships is now five.
But they have a live chance of bronze in the men’s 4x100m on Sunday, which would take them to sixth equalling their tally from London 2012.
The 21-year-old Rollins has been this year’s breakout athlete.
She runs in a 1980s-style headband and her times are reminiscent of the decade too.
She was not quite up to her personal best of 12.26sec here but her power and timing over the hurdles was too good for the rest of the field.
But Porter, who was fourth in the 2011 world championships in Daegu, was delighted to go one better in Moscow.
“I’m just so happy to come out with a PB and a medal for GB,” she said.
“With the hurdles anything can happen but I believed in myself.
I was racing against some very talented ladies, so I’m just really proud to have won a medal.” There was similar joy among the 4x400m squad, who felt they had an outside shot at gold before Shakes-Drayton’s injury.
But by the end of the first leg it was clear that bronze was all they could realistically shoot for, given the cold war battle royale being played out between Russia and the US team ahead.
At one point the British team slipped to fourth behind the French as Shana Cox tied up badly in the home straight.
However, strong final legs from Margaret Adeoye and Christine Ohuruogu ensured Britain got bronze in 3min 22.61sec behind the Russian team in 3min 20.19sec, with the US second in 3min 20.41sec.
“We’ve been running together, contending for medals, since the indoor season.
It’s a nice end to our 4×4 campaign,” said Ohuruogu.
“The week has been great I’ve really enjoyed being part of the team.
It’s a nice way to end this championship because we’ve worked hard.” Meanwhile, the Luzhniki stadium, packed for the first time this week, drank in the Russian victory.
The wall of sound produced as Antonina Krivoshapka held off the grim challenge of Francena McCorory, who had won bronze in the individual 400m, would have surely impressed Phil Spector himself.
3 View comments Mo Farah would like to challenge the long-distance world records of the great Kenenisa Bekele after emulating the Ethiopian by completing a dream double-double.
The 30-year-old confirmed his status as arguably the greatest British athlete of all time by claiming his second gold of the World Championships in Moscow.
A thrilling 5,000 metres victory sealed a second twin triumph following his two golds at London 2012.
Only Bekele has previously won both long-distance crowns at the Olympics and the World Championships and, with the medals in the bag, his times could now tempt Farah.
VIDEO Scroll down to watch Mo Farah winning the 5000m in Moscow Nice hat: Farah poses for the cameras wearing a ushanka while doing the “Mobot” Cool customer: Farah was in demand after completing the historic ‘double double’ Next step: Farah is next aiming to break the long-distance records of the great Kenenisa Bekele Top three: Farah (centre) with silver medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia (left) and bronze medalist Isiah Kiplangat Koech of Kenya History made: Farah recorded an historic ‘double double’ holding both 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic and world titles Top of the world: Farah came through for his third World Championship title ‘DOUBLE DOUBLE’: MO’S GOLDEN ACHIEVEMENT 2011 World Championships: 5,000m gold and 10,000m silver 2012 Olympic Games: 5,000m and 10,000 golds 2013 World Championships: 5,000m and 10,000m golds ‘It would be nice to get closer to the record and the great athlete Bekele has both records,’ said Farah.
‘It would be nice to get closer to that, but I haven’t tried too much.
‘I’ve just been concentrating on the World Championships and winning medals for my country.
‘But now it gives me time to think about it and try to prepare for it.
‘That’s very hard in a championship, when you have to cover every move.’ Bekele’s marks over 5,000m and 10,000m are 12 minutes 37.35 seconds and 26mins 17.53secs respectively, while Farah’s personal bests are 12m 53.11s and 26:46.57.
Record breaker: Bekele claimed the 5,000m world record in the Netherlands in May 2004 Best: Farah is now regarded by some as the greatest British athlete of all time Too much: Farah falls to the floor after winning gold in Moscow Farah is currently the king of dominating slow races, last night producing another fierce kick, this time from 650m out.
It looked at one point as if he might be caught, with several men still in contention coming into the home straight, but Farah, his face contorted with effort, dug into his deepest reserves of energy to pull away and win by 0.28.
He crossed the line in 13:26.98, with Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet taking silver and Kenya’s Isaiah Kiplangat Koech the bronze.
After a typically rapid final lap, timed at 53.51, he dropped to his knees and kissed the blue Mondo track before embracing coach Alberto Salazar, the man who has overseen Farah’s rise to greatness.
Reward: Farah said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family Again: Farah celebrates winning gold in the men’s 5,000m final Farah hailed the win as ‘definitely the sweetest’ of his career, coming only six days after a gruelling 10,000m race which had taken its toll on his body.
The Briton and his American training partner Galen Rupp were the only two athletes attempting the double, leaving their fresher rivals with a distinct advantage.
But Farah, who received his gold medal from Sebastian Coe, is no ordinary athlete.
Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Brendan Foster told BBC Sport: ‘For my money he is the greatest athlete we’ve ever had in this country.’ Held on: Farah looked tired towards the end, but powered through for a momentous victory Close call: Farah saw off rival Isiah Koech of Kenya after a tight final 150 metres Aloft: Farah won Britain’s third gold medal of the World Championships IS MO THE GREATEST BRITISH ATHLETE EVER? HERE ARE THE RIVALS…
Seb Coe Middle-distance great Coe won 1500m gold at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and two silvers over 800m.
Daley Thompson The decathlon king also triumphed at the 1980 and 1984 Games, as well as the 1983 World Championships.
Christine Ohuruogu The 29-year-old broke the British 400m record as old as her in Moscow to claim her second world title in a thrilling race.
She also won Olympic gold in 2008 and silver in 2012.
Paula Radcliffe The marathon world record holder has no Olympic medals, but has run the three fastest times in history for the distance.
Kelly Holmes Double middle-distance gold at the Athens Olympics in 2004 following years of injury problems made her Britain’s first double gold medallist at the same Games in 84 years.
Sally Gunnell Gunnell hurdled to 400m Olympic gold in 1992 and world gold in a then world record the following year.
She is the only woman to have held the European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic 400m hurdles titles at the same time.
Jonathan Edwards His triple jump world record of 18.29m still stands 18 years after he set it in winning the world title in Gothenburg.
He won Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000 and a second global title in Edmonton the next year.
Colin Jackson An Olympic gold eluded him, but Jackson won two world titles over the 110m hurdles as well as Olympic silver.
His 1993 world record stood for 13 years.
Mary Rand Rand is the only British female athlete to win three medals at the same Olympics after taking long jump gold, pentathlon silver and sprint relay bronze in Tokyo in 1964.