Distance runners were the stars of the day, with Olympic Champion Mo Farrah winning the 10,000m in exciting fashion and Edna Kiplagat emerging victorious in the marathon. Farrah won the 10,000 in a time of 27:21.71, just barely edging out Dejen Gebremeskel and his time of 27:22.23. Kenya’s Paul Tanui finished in third at 27:22.61. In the women’s marathon, Kiplagat became the first women to win back-to-back marathon titles, finishing the difficult course in a time of 2:25:44. It was a close race; Italian Valeria Straneo finished just 14 seconds behind.
In the shorter distances, Usain Bolt turned in a strong performance in the 100m, advancing to Sunday’s semi-finals by way of an easy 10.07 second sprint. Two Americans, Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin, both broke the 10 second barrier in the qualifying rounds, marking the first sub-10 times ever recorded on Russian soil.
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