The Emperor of distance running enforces his rule in supreme fashion. Great Haile Gebrselassie ensnares Paul Tergat (KEN) into a similar game plan as in Gothenburg two years earlier although he goes some 600m out this time round to turn a seemingly winding up tight contest into a runaway victory with aplomb, his third title in a row.

The Char is back with a vengeance although not as assured as he used to be. Nevertheless, Sergey Bubka, in the colours of Ukraine now, rises above a championships record of 6.01m to turn the final on its head for an unprecedented seventh global title, literally owning the pole vault one having won all since the inaugural version in Helsinki 1983. That was meant to be his last though….

Maurice Greene brings Donovan Bailey‘s sprinting reign to an end and establishes his own in place.

Iwan Thomas may live to ever regret spurning this big chance of his to mount the top of the world, in the form of his career. He storms round the first 300m at a searing pace to come off the top bend at the top of the race but hasn’t got the legs to sustain his challenge down the home straight and Michael Johnson, not at his very best through injuries, has got enough to edge past and extend his reign over the 400m for two more years.

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British medalists

Golds (1): Great Britain men’s 4x400m (Iwan Thomas, Roger Black, Jamie Baulch, Mark Richardson)

Silvers (4): Jonathan Edwards (triple jump), Steve Backley (javelin), Colin Jackson (110mh), Denise Lewis (heptathlon)

Bronzes (1): Great Britain men’s 4x100m (Darren Braithwaite, Darren Campbell, Doug Walker, Julian Golding)

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World Championships Results – Top 8

MEN

http://www.the-sports.org/athletics-world-championships-1997-results-men-s5-c0-b0-g61-t556-u19-v1.html

WOMEN

http://www.the-sports.org/athletics-world-championships-1997-results-women-s5-c0-b0-g61-t556-u19-v0.html

MEDALS

http://www.the-sports.org/athletics-world-championships-1997-results-medals-s5-c0-b0-g61-t556-u19-v3.html

(Following the disqualification of the US men’s 4x400m team as Antonio Pettigrew was found to have made use of illegal substances years later, Great Britain have been awarded gold soar up into an eventual 10th on the medal table)