Isinbayeva shines in Moscow

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Home favourite Yelena Isinbayeva produced a stunning performance to claim her third pole vault world title at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Tuesday.

The two-time Olympic champion and world outdoor record holder, cleared 4.89 metres, enough to beat America’s Jennifer Suhr while Cuba’s Yarisley Silva completed the podium.

Kenya’s Milcah Chemos Cheywa outclassed Lydia Chepkurui to take gold in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase final while Ukraine’s Hanna Melnychenko held her nerve to win the heptathlon gold medal ahead of Brianne Theisen Eaton of Canada.

America’s LaShawn Merritt reclaimed the world title in the men’s 400m after downing fellow countryman Tony McQuay.

The 2008 Olympic gold medallist completed the course in an impressive time of 43.74 seconds to win by a wide margin, running the best time in the world this year.

Ethiopia’s Mohammad Aman timed his sprint perfectly to clinch the men’s 800m final.

The 19 year old edged out America’s Nick Symmonds to claim Ethiopia’s first medal at a distance below 5,000m at a major championships.

Olympic discus champion Robert Harting of Germany won his third straight world championship title, beating Piotr Malachowski of Poland while former world champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia had to settle for bronze.