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Jamaica take women's 4x400 gold despite Felix heroics

Jamaica stun the United States in the last women's track race of the Athletics World Championships.

Hilliard targets under-performers at world champs

Sprinter Mel Breen (left) performed below expectations in Beijing.

Michael Gleeson   Australia had exceeded their own pessimistic medal forecast but some senior athletes had still under-performed, head coach Craig Hilliard said after the World Championships.

Coach says Mickle was okay to throw

Australia's Kim Mickle competes in the women's javelin throw qualification at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Friday.

Michael Gleeson   Athletics Australia has defended the decision to allow Kim Mickle to throw in the javelin despite having torn ligaments in her shoulder.

More gold for Bolt as Farah proves his greatness

Usain Bolt throws the baton up after the race.

Michael Gleeson   What made this World Championships different was that Usain Bolt was not expected to win. But then of course he did and the world felt a little foolish for doubting him.

Patterson raises bar for Australia, finishes among top eight

Australia's Eleanor Patterson reacts after she was eliminated from the women's high jump final.

Michael Gleeson   Teenager Eleanor Patterson finishes in the top eight in the world at the World Athletics Championships.

Tallent wins silver and declares Russian boycott

Australia's Jared Tallent

Michael Gleeson   Jared Tallent won silver in the "first clean" race for walking in years and immediately declared he would boycott next year's World Race Walking Cup in Russia because of the disgrace of widespread systemic doping.

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Mickle throws javelin and caution to the wind

Australia's Kim Mickle competes in the women's javelin throw qualification at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Friday.

Michael Gleeson   Javelin is the sport of throwing a spear to the wind; it is not, necessarily a sport best executed throwing caution with it. Kim Mickle didn't throw her javelin very far on Friday night, but she threw caution along with it.

Another major walking medal for Jared Tallent

Jared Tallent of Australia

John Salvado   Australian walker Jared Tallent has added to his remarkable haul of major medals by claiming the silver in the 50km at the world athletics championships in Beijing.

Hurdles final good news for Pearson

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 28:  Danielle Williams of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win gold in the Women's 100 metres hurdles final during day seven of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 28, 2015 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

John Salvado   Nothing that happened in the women's 100m hurdles in Beijing will have dented Sally Pearson's confidence that she can successfully defend her Olympic title next year in Rio.

Bolt's segway assailant says sorry with a bracelet

Usain Bolt

The Chinese cameraman who sent Usain Bolt flying at the World Athletics Championships has presented him with a red bracelet to apologise.

Michelle Jenneke misses hurdles final

Switzerland's Noemi Zbaeren, Australia's Michelle Jenneke, Britain's Tiffany Porter and Germany's Cindy Roleder cross the line in the women's 100m hurdles semi-final on Friday.

Michael Gleeson   Dancing hurdler Michelle Jenneke ran well but was unable to get through to the final of the 100m hurdles.

Mickle out of javelin due to shoulder injury

Australia's Kim Mickle competes in the women's javelin throw qualification at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Friday.

Michael Gleeson   A world silver medallist two years ago, Kim Mickle has been eliminated in the opening round of the javelin at the World Championships 2015 in China.

Starc leaps into world championship final

Australia's Brandon Starc

Michael Gleeson   Australia's Brandon Starc has jumped higher than ever before to make the final of the high jump at the world championships in Beijing.

Brichacek turns focus to 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Cautious approach: Canberra middle-distance runner Emily Brichacek is turning her focus to next year's Olympic Games after pulling out of the world championships.

Lee Gaskin   Canberra middle-distance runner Emily Brichacek says she is capable of being in the mix at Rio.

Transforming Lapierre from flat to Fab

Long jumper Fabrice Lapierre has turned his fortunes around with a silver medal at the world championships.

Michael Gleeson   Fab was late. Again. Dan Pfaff stood at the Bird's Nest warm-up track in Beijing waiting for Fabrice Lapierre to arrive. In less than an hour the Australian long jumper was due to take his first jump at the world championships and he had not arrived to warm up yet.

Bolt brilliant, then bowled over

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates

Michael Gleeson   Usain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin for the second time in a week. For the second time in a week the world's fastest ever man had been the symbolic saviour of a sport and allowed the world to sigh with relief that the unpalatable had been averted. Then he was run over.

Usain Bolt wins 200 metres at world championships, then gets run over by Segway

Thunder struck ... Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the 100m final.

Matt Bonesteel   How do you stop the world's fastest man? With a Segway apparently. 

Bolt denies Gatlin again, the world sighs

Fastest man of the year: Usain Bolt.

Michael Gleeson   Justin Gatlin beat Usain Bolt. The world sighed, then shrugged and resignedly offering that at least it was the lesser of the sprints.  

Mickle confident injury no problem

Still loving competition: Kim Mickle.

Michael Gleeson   Kim Mickle doesn't know whether she is rested or rusty. She is going with well rested.

Dancing or sleeping, the different paths to finals

Eleanor Patterson clears the bar in Beijing

Michael Gleeson   The contrast could scarcely have been more dramatic, but Australians Michelle Jenneke and Eleanor Patterson both advanced to finals in Beijing.