15-year old Cherotich Kipkorir Ruto (KEN) proved today that one doesnt need good shoes to become a World Champion. She in fact needed no shoes at all.
Impressive in both the heats and the semi finals, Ruto decided to take the lead from the start of the race today.
Going through 200 metres in 28.92, Ruto was followed by Germanys Doreen Klose who would eventually pay for her efforts and finish in a disappointing 7th place.
At the bell, reached in 1:00.07, Ruto had already made the break from the rest of the field with Czech Republics Veronika Plesarova and Russias Anna Alminova, who had the best personal best of the finalists before todays race.
Pushing hard in the back straight, Rutos lead improved to 5 metres as Alminova was loosing ground.
Great Britains Danielle Barnes made her move then but was unable to threaten Plesarovas second place.
The final sprint for silver and bronze ended up being a battle between Plesarova, Barnes and Jamaicas Carlene Robinson who had till then remained in the group.
Ruto crossed the line for what seemed an easy victory in a new personal best and championships record of 2:05.50.
Plesarova managed to keep a slight advantage for second place and crossed the line in 2:06.01 while Robinsons last strides guaranteed her the bronze medal with a time of 2:06.18. Barnes who was outsprinted in the very last metres finished fourth in 2:06.51
The first four of this race established new personal bests.