The women's 10,000m final at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images) © Copyright
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What we learned on day three – IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015

At the end of any event, it's time to look back and see what was learned and what can improve next time. This is what we learned on Monday, day three of the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015:

Heptathlon training as 100m preparation

When Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women's 100m in dominant fashion as usual, the surprise of the moment wasn't Jamaica's "Pocket Rocket" but the silver medallist, the Netherlands' Dafne Schippers, who was and probably still is a heptathlete (she was world junior champion in 2010).

 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins the 100m at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images)Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins the 100m at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images) © Copyright

 

Schippers ran a Dutch record of 10.81 and may inspire an entire generation of sprinters to consider high jumping.

Kemboi really wants to dance

The 1-2-3-4 sweep of the 3000m steeplechase by Kenyans Ezekiel Kemboi (8:11.28), Conseslus Kipruto (8:12.38), Brimin Kipruto (8:12.54), and Jairus Birech (8:12.62) put a rest to speculation that Evan Jager might disrupt the Kenyan dominance of the event.

 

Ezekiel Kemboi celebrates after winning the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images)Ezekiel Kemboi celebrates after winning the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images) © Copyright

 

The Kiprutos did most of the leading, but it was Kemboi who had the monster move with 200m to go which sorted out some of the medals and put him in a position to celebrate after the finish. While Jager was in the mix until the final lap, it was his team-mate Daniel Huling who followed the Kenyan romp in fifth (8:14.39) while Jager wobbled in sixth (8:15.47).

Kemboi, as is now traditional, danced during his lap of honour. Kemboi has been fully as dominant as Bolt and Fraser-Pryce in his specialist event over the past eight years.

Canada's younger generation is not to be sneezed at

Renaud Lavillenie vaulted five times in Beijing. Once in qualifying, when he cleared the required height on his first attempt. Once more at 5.80m in the final, which he cleared on his first attempt. And then three failed attempts at 5.90m, a height which Canada's Shawn Barber bested on his first attempt.

 

Shawn Barber after winning the pole vault at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images)Shawn Barber after winning the pole vault at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images) © Copyright

 

Only defending champion Raphael Holzdeppe was able to join Barber at the next height, clearing 5.90m on his second attempt, but by then the gold was Barber's to lose.

Like men's 100m bronze medallist Andre De Grasse, Barber was a champion in the US collegiate system this spring. Both turn 21 this year and, like 20km race walk bronze medallist Ben Thorne, are likely to continue developing. Look for Canada to pick up big points at the 2021 World Championships.

Always run through the line

We also learned that three-time world champion Vivian Cheruiyot is back, certainly, with a commanding closing 200m that disposed of Gelete Burka – herself a ferocious competitor in the 1500m – but the 3, 4, 6 finish of US team-mates Emily Infeld, Molly Huddle, and Shalane Flanagan had its order set when Huddle, raising her arms to claim bronze, was nosed out by the fast-closing Infeld.

 

Emily Infeld after taking 10,000m bronze at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images)Emily Infeld after taking 10,000m bronze at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images) © Copyright

 

Caterine Ibarguen is as reliable as the tide

The last triple jump competition Caterine Ibarguen lost was the London 2012 Olympics, meaning she has now won 29 competitions in a row.

 

Caterine Ibarguen celebrates her triple jump victory at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images)Caterine Ibarguen celebrates her triple jump victory at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images) © Copyright

 

If there was anything at all unexpected about the women's final, it was silver medallist Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko, whose national record of 14.78m secures Israel’s first World Championships medal in a women’s event.

Parker Morse for the IAAF