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    High Level Competition is Getting Thicker

    Track & Field has become even more competitive at higher levels. Here’s what happened at the IAAF World Championships this past August:

    7 women cleared 4.70m in the pole vault finals, an unprecedented achievement in the history of the event.

    6 women cleared 1.99m in the high jump finals for the first time ever at the World Championships.

    5 men threw the javelin beyond 87 meters in the same competition for the first time in history.

    4 Kenyan’s swept up the first four places in the men’s 3000m steeple chase which has only been achieved twice before in any IAAF World Championships event.

    3 men ran under 44 seconds in the 400m race final for the first time in history.

    2 women set national records in the long jump (Shara Proctor’s 7.07m for Great Britain, and Ivana Spanovic’s 7.01m for Serbia) and neither won the event.

    1 man, Luguelin Santos, became the fastest non-medal winner in the history of the 400m World Championships race when he placed fourth with a Dominican Republic record of 44.11.

    The major distinguishing factors for athletes that made the finals were their mental and technical skills, not just their physical abilities.

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