The IAAF World Championships in Athletics ended with Canada’s Derek Drouin winning gold on the final day.

Men’s high jump

Derek Drouin (centre), stands with Bohdan Bondarenko (left), and Guowei Zhang at the conclusion of the high jump at the world championships in athletics on August 30, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Derek Drouin (centre), stands with Bohdan Bondarenko (left), and Guowei Zhang at the conclusion of the high jump at the world championships in athletics on August 30, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Drouin won a jump off against defending world title holder Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine and Chinese favourite Guowei Zhang at the height of 2.34m to take first place.

It was Canada’s second gold medal of Beijing 2015, part of an eight-medal haul that is the largest ever at the worlds for Athletics Canada.

More: Drouin becomes world champion in high jump

Canadian finalists

Liz Gleadle in the women's javelin at the Pan American Games in Toronto, July 21, 2015. Gleadle won gold.

Liz Gleadle in the women’s javelin at the Pan American Games in Toronto, July 21, 2015. Gleadle won gold.

Liz Gleadle (javelin) and the women’s 4x400m relay teams took part in finals on Day 9.

Gleadle couldn’t match her preliminary round throw of 64.02m that placed her in the final and was out of contention after three attempts, unable to make the top eight to continue.

The women’s 4x400m relay team of Carline Muir, Aiyanna Stiverne, Sage Watson and Audrey Jean-Baptiste ran 3:27.69 to finish eighth at worlds.

Day 8 – August 29, 2015

Canada won two silver and a bronze on Saturday in Beijing, matching and then surpassing its best ever medal haul at a World Championship in athletics.

Women’s 800m

Melissa Bishop celebrates with the flag after winning 800m silver at the world championships in Beijing on August 29, 2015.

Melissa Bishop celebrates with the flag after winning 800m silver at the world championships in Beijing on August 29, 2015.

Melissa Bishop became the first Canadian woman to win a worlds medal in the 800 metres, running for a time of 1:58.12 to take the silver medal in a close finish. That medal was Canada’s fifth at Beijing 2015, equalling its best-ever mark from Moscow 2013.

On Thursday night in Beijing, Bishop broke the Canadian women’s 800m record by running 1:57.52 in the semifinals to qualify for the thrilling finale on Saturday.

More: Bishop wins world championship silver in Beijing

Decathlon

Ashton Eaton (left) and Damian Warner race in the 110m hurdles at the world championships in athletics on August 29, 2015.

Ashton Eaton (left) and Damian Warner race in the 110m hurdles at the world championships in athletics on August 29, 2015.

The two-day, 10-event decathlon came to a close on Saturday with Ashton Eaton of the United States breaking his own world record for gold, while Damian Warner of Canada finished with a new national mark and the record-breaking silver medal for Canada in Beijing.

Warner improved on his old mark of 8659 points by 36 to close Beijing on the podium. The Canadian had won decathlon bronze at the previous worlds in Moscow.

More: Warner wins World Championship decathlon silver medal

Men’s & women’s 4x100m relay

The men's 4x100m relay pack tries to chase down Usain Bolt of Jamaica at Beijing 2015.

The men’s 4x100m relay pack tries to chase down Usain Bolt of Jamaica at Beijing 2015.

Canadian men were once more thrust into a relay disqualification controversy, though unlike in the Pan Am Games, the Beijing 4x100m decision was in their favour, as the fourth place finish secured by Aaron Brown, Andre De Grasse, Brendon Rodney and Justyn Warner was elevated to bronze after the United States, initially in second, was shown to have an illegal baton exchange.

More: Canada wins world champs bronze in 4x100m relay

Isatu Fofanah to Khamica Bingham in women's 4x100m relay semifinals at the world championships in athletics on August 29, 2015.

Isatu Fofanah to Khamica Bingham in women’s 4x100m relay semifinals at the world championships in athletics on August 29, 2015.

The women’s 4x100m relay team didn’t find the podium at worlds, but improved on its national record with a new best time of 42.60 seconds in the semifinals thanks to Crystal Emmanuel, Kim Hyacinthe, Isatu Fofanah and Khamica Bingham. They were sixth in the final.

Women’s 4x400m relay

With a time of three minutes 26.14 seconds, the women’s 4x400m relay team of Carline Muir, Aiyanna Stiverne, Sage Watson and Nicole Sassine advanced to Sunday’s final.

Day 7 – August 28, 2015

Heartbreak in the long jump, but possibilities in decathlon, high jump and javelin arrived on Day 7 for Team Canada at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

Women’s long jump

Christabel Nettey at Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Christabel Nettey at Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Christabel Nettey set the pace early with a 6.95-metre jump on her first run. The Pan Am Games champion and national record holder has enjoyed a stellar season that also saw her first Diamond League win this summer. Nettey looked poised to become the first Canadian woman to break seven metres in long jump on Friday, a mark she would’ve needed to surpass for a world championship medal, but it wasn’t to be.

Ivana Spanovic responded to Nettey’s jump with a Serbian national record of 7.01m in the opening round of jumps. She matched that mark on her sixth and final attempt to secure the bronze. Shara Proctor of Great Britain also had a major breakthrough, setting a record for her country (or whatever) with a 7.07m leap for silver. In the end, neither could hold back American Tianna Bartoletta. Nettey’s season-long rival, who destroyed the field with a 7.14m jump on her final try for gold. It is the first time that three women have jumped over seven metres at the World Championships.

“I was feeling really well and confident,” Nettey said. The fact that I couldn’t respond and move with the girls is really disappointing. Fourth is really hard.”

While Nettey’s goal was to medal in Beijing, fourth best in the world with less than a year to what is expected to be her first Olympic Games still puts the 24-year-old in a strong position for the long haul.

Decathlon

Damian Warner in the shot put on July 22, 2015, the third event of the decathlon at Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Damian Warner in the shot put on July 22, 2015, the third event of the decathlon at Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Through the first day of decathlon, Damian Warner is in a silver medal position with 4530 points. Warner is pacing ahead of his Pan Am Games winning Canadian record mark of 8659 points. At the halfway point at Toronto 2015, Warner had 4460 points. He won bronze at the previous world championships in Moscow two years ago.

“Being 70 points better than my best mark, that makes me feel very confident before the second day,” Warner said. “If I come out with a (personal best), I would be glad. Anything can happen (Saturday). The heat was devastating, the only thing which helps are the ice masks and water. You have to keep yourself hydrated.”

Men’s high jump

Derek Drouin kept a clean score card, clearing all five of his jumps, including the requirement for making Sunday’s final with a 2.31m leap. The Canadian record holder is the defending world bronze medallist.

Women’s javelin

Pan Am Games champion Liz Gleadle registered 64.02m on her first throw, smashing the required 63.5m needed to make the final.

Women’s 100m hurdles semifinals

Phylicia George (far right) in the 100m hurdles semifinals on August 28, 2015.

Phylicia George (far right) in the 100m hurdles semifinals on August 28, 2015.

Neither Phylicia George (12.87s) nor Nikkita Holder (13.00) could reach the women’s 100m hurdles final, bowing out at the semifinal stage. Canada was one of only four countries to have multiple women in the semifinals.

There are two days remaining at the IAAF worlds, with Canada having the potential to break its record of five medals at this competition set at Moscow 2013. Canada currently has four medals in Beijing.

Day 6 – August 27, 2015

Melissa Bishop provided Canada’s top story on Day 6 of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics with a phenomenal national record for a place in the women’s 800 metres final.

Women’s 800m

Pan Am Games champion Melissa Bishop was in the third heat of the women’s 800m semifinals on Thursday. She might’ve known that the two opening heats flew by with massive times, claiming teammate Fiona Benson, who despite a personal best of one minute 59.59 seconds, couldn’t advance to the final.

Melissa Bishop waits for her official time and placing following the IAAF World Championships in Athletics 800m semifinals on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Melissa Bishop waits for her official time and placing following the IAAF World Championships in Athletics 800m semifinals on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China.

In her heat, Bishop didn’t leave anything to chance. Her final 150 metres, becoming a standard for how to finish a middle distance race, saw Bishop power her way up the middle of the two leaders and edge ahead to win her heat with a time of 1:57.52 in a photo finish between Marina Arzamasova (Bulgaria) and Eunice Sum (Kenya).

The final race featuring eight women who ran 1:58.86 or faster in the semifinals will take place on Saturday morning at 7:15 ET. Diane Cummins (1:58.39) held the previous Canadian record.

Women’s 100m hurdles

Two Canadians are through to the semifinals from the heats on Day 6. Pan Am Games medallist Nikkita Holder had the sixth fastest time of 12.86 seconds. Phylicia George also advanced with a time of 13.03s.

Women’s long jump

Christabel Nettey

Christabel Nettey after winning long jump gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

One of the most consistent jumpers on the international stage, Canadian record holder Christabel Nettey easily advanced to the final with a leap of 6.79 metres, the fourth longest in qualifying. Nettey’s season-long rival Tianna Bartoletta delivered 6.71m. British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson is also in the competition, she equalled Nettey’s distance in qualifying.

Men’s 1500m

With a time of 3:39.72 Charles Philibert-Thiboutot is through to the semifinals of the men’s 1500 metres. The Canadian benefitted from being in a fast heat, as his time was among the quickest for those not advancing automatically from finishing top six in each of the three heats. 

Sprint and hurdles semifinals

Several Canadian athletes advanced to sprint and hurdles semifinals in the last couple of days (more on this below). Unfortunately, none were able to advance to respective finals despite some strong performances. Notably, Jonathan Cabral had a 13.37s personal best in men’s 110m hurdles on Thursday.

Day 5 – August 26, 2015

Morning sessions returned in Beijing on the fifth day of IAAF World Championships in Athletics, where five Canadian runners advanced from the opening heats, another two joined the fun in the evening.

Women’s 800m

Melissa Bishop powers up the middle during 800m heats at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics on August 26, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Melissa Bishop powers up the middle during 800m heats at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics on August 26, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Melissa Bishop won her heat with a powerful final stretch just as she had done in Toronto last month to take Pan Am Games gold. Her time of 2:00.23 was the ninth fastest heading into the semifinals. Fellow Canadian Fiona Benson (2:00.53) was second in her heat and also advanced to the semis.

Men’s 5,000m

Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed qualified for the final after he took on Great Britain’s Olympic and World Champion Mohamed Farah in the heats and finished with a season’s best 13:19.58 time for the third fastest run of the round, closely stalking the Brit and Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha, the only men who were faster than the Pan Am Games gold medal-winning Canadian. Ahmed’s teammate Cam Levins was unable to register a time quick enough for a spot in the final.

110m hurdles

Both Sekou Kaba and Jonathan Cabral qualified for the 110m hurdles semifinals in the morning. The next round will take place on Day 6 for eight coveted spots in the final.

Women’s 200m

Two of three Canadian women, Khamica Bingham and Kimberly Hyacinthe, advanced to the semifinals, while a third – Crystal Emmanuel – was involved in a bizarre race and just missed qualification in the evening session.

Khamica Bingham looks up for her time after running the 200m heats at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China on August 26, 2015.

Khamica Bingham looks up for her time after running the 200m heats at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China on August 26, 2015.

Bingham ran 22.90s and Hyacinthe 23.03s to meet the automatic qualification criteria by finishing top three in their respective heats. Emmanuel finished fourth in hers, however, Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown ran in the wrong lane for half the race to win that heat. The Jamaican wasn’t disqualified though, and Emmanuel (23.22s) was kept out of the semifinals falling shy of the fastest required times outside the top three, which saw 23.15s as the slowest qualifying time.

Day 4 – August 25, 2015

It was a quiet Day 4 at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics for Canada after winning four medals in the opening three days.

Men’s 200m

With no morning session, the men’s 200m on the evening was the only event that featured multiple Canadians. Brendon Rodney and Aaron Brown took part in men’s 200m heats looking for a place in the semifinals.

Brendon Rodney (left) with Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain after their 200m heat on August 25, 2015 at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China.

Brendon Rodney (left) with Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain after their 200m heat on August 25, 2015 at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China.

With top three in each heat plus next three fastest times overall advancing, Rodney booked an automatic spot by placing third in heat number five with a personal best of 20.18 seconds. Brown however, didn’t fare as well, running in a much slower heat the Canadian was fourth and his time of 20.43s was just outside the slowest clocking through to semis, a 20.40s belonging to Jamiaca’s Nickel Ashmeade.

Women’s 400m

Carline Muir was eliminated from competition in the semifinals after a time of 52.31s.

Day 3 – August 24, 2015

The third day of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Athletics saw Canada win a historic pole vault gold medal via Shawn Barber.

Men’s pole vault

Shawn Barber has a personal best of 5.93 metres, a Canadian record set only last month, however the 21-year-old didn’t need to reach that height to secure gold in Beijing and become the World Champion in the process.

Shawn Barber at the World Championships in Beijing on August 24, 2015 after winning the pole vault gold medal.

Shawn Barber at the World Championships in Beijing on August 24, 2015 after winning the pole vault gold medal.

France’s Renaud Lavillenie, the world record holder, failed to clear the 5.90m height on three attempt, knocking him out of contention for gold after Barber made the grade on his first try. Only Raphael Holzdeppe – the defending world champ – of Germany remained in contention after he cleared 5.90 on his third and final chance. Neither Barber nor Holzdeppe could clear 6.00m, giving the Canadian gold for having the better overall record.

More: Barber wins pole vault gold, becomes World Champion

Women’s 10,000m

Pan Am Games medallist Lanni Marchant and Canadian record holder Natasha Wodak competed in the 10,000m final on Day 4. There was a timid start from the field, but when the race picked up the Canadians were too far back of the pack. Marchant (32:22.50) and Wodak (32:59.20) were well off the Canadian record pace (Wodak’s 31:41.59). The winner was Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot in a final lap sprint for a race time of 31:41.31.

Men’s steeplechase

Matt Hughes, who led a 1-2 Canadian finish at the Pan Am Games in July, finished eighth in the world on Day 4 in the steeplechase at a time of 8:18.63. As usual at this event, Kenyan runners dominated, occupying the top four positions in a medal sweep with Ezekiel Kemboi (8:11.28) winning gold.

Day 2 – August 23, 2015

Canada has three medals at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics – all coming on Day 2 in Beijing from Andre De Grasse, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ben Thorne.

Men’s 100m

Andre De Grasse has won a World Championship bronze, sprinting to the podium in 9.92 seconds. His personal best prior to this race was a wind legal 9.95s (although he has run wind-assisted 9.75 this year as well). A day earlier De Grasse ran 9.99 in heats before finding 9.96s in the semifinals two hours prior to the final.

Andre De Grasse at Beijing 2015 after winning World Championship bronze in the men's 100m final on August 23, 2015.

Andre De Grasse at Beijing 2015 after winning World Championship bronze in the men’s 100m final on August 23, 2015.

The 20-year old matched Usain Bolt in the semifinals before reaching the final, where the Jamaican superstar took gold in 9.79, edging Justin Gatlin of the United States (9.80) for silver. De Grasse shares the bronze medal with collegiate rival and good friend Trayvon Bromell of the United States, who was also clocked at 9.92s.

More: De Grasse delivers bronze against stacked World Champs field

Heptathlon

Brianne Theisen-Eaton has won a second consecutive silver medal at the IAAF World Championships, following up on her Moscow 2013 performance with a similar result in Beijing on Sunday.

Heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton in the 800m at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Athletics on August 23, 2015 in Beijing.

Heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton in the 800m at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Athletics on August 23, 2015 in Beijing.

Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill – the Olympic Champion – was the only woman to beat Theisen-Eaton. The difference over seven events between the two top female heptathletes was 6669 points for Ennis-Hill to 6554 for Canada’s Theisen-Eaton. Latvia’s Laura Ikauniece-Admidina was the bronze medallist with a national record of 6516 points for her country.

Theisen-Eaton’s breakdown of events are as follows: 100m hurdles (12.98 seconds, 1127 points); high jump (1.80m, 978); shot put (13.70m, 774); 200m (23.94s, 986); long jump (6.55m, 1023); javelin (42.94m, 724); 800m (2:11.52, 942).

More: Strong second day from Theisen-Eaton strikes silver

Men’s 20km race walk

Ben Thorne won bronze and broke the national 20 kilometre race walk record in one hour 19 minutes and 57 seconds, bettering teammate Evan Dunfee’s 1:20:13 set in May of 2014. Dunfee finished 13th and Inaki Gomez 15th on a punishing day with several athletes dropping back with physical ailments.

Ben Thorne holds up the maple leaf after winning IAAF World Championship in Athletics bronze medal in 20km race walk on August 23, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Ben Thorne holds up the maple leaf after winning IAAF World Championship in Athletics bronze medal in 20km race walk on August 23, 2015 in Beijing, China.

Miguel Angel Lopez of Spain took gold (1:19:14) while the Bird’s Nest roared as Chinese walker Zhen Wang ended his race with a silver medal in 1:19:29.

MORE: Thorne wins bronze with tactically sound race

Women’s 100m

No Canadian runners advanced past the heats in the morning. However, Khamica Bingham, Crystal Emmanuel and Kimberly Hyacinthe – who all ran on Sunday – will return for the women’s 200m and 4x100m relay. In the latter event Canada is ranked seventh in the world and could have an impact on the final.

CBC has daily live streams of the competition at Beijing 2015, with recorded coverage on television. Athletics Canada has a compeition page with full team roster and other details about the Canadian squad.

Day 1 – August 22, 2015

Andre De Grasse in 100m heats action at Beijing 2015 on August 22, 2015.

Andre De Grasse in 100m heats action at Beijing 2015 on August 22, 2015.

Multiple Canadians remain in the medal hunt after first day of competition at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics taking place at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.

Heptathlon

Brianne Theisen-Eaton in the heptathlon sits in fourth place after four of seven events through Saturday. Only six points back of third, the silver medallist from the last IAAF worlds at Moscow 2013 is very much in contention for a return to the podium on Sunday.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Brianne Theisen-Eaton competes in the long jump at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. The long jump will be one of the three events she will have remaining on Day 2 of IAAF worlds heptathlon competition.

Bowing out at 1.80 metres in the high jump and falling short of her personal best in the 200m (running 23.94 seconds against a PB of 23.34s) hurt Theisen-Eaton in the points race. She did set a personal best in the 100m hurdles of 12.98s and scored a decent shot put distance of 13.70m, but Great Britan’s Olympic Champion Jessica Ennis-Hill (4005 points) and Katarina Johnson-Thompson (3925) sit 1-2, just ahead of Nadine Visser of Netherlands (3871) making up the top three to date. The long jump, javelin and 800m events will finish the two-day contest on Sunday.

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Men’s 100m

Canada saw two sprinters to the semifinals for Sunday with Andre De Grasse (9.99s) and Aaron Brown (10.03s) each finishing second in their respective heats. Both semifinals and then the final will take place roughly two hours apart during the evening session on Day 2 (early Sunday morning in Canada’s east coast).

Andre De Grasse celebrates after winning the men's 100m in Toronto, Ontario (Alexandra Fernando for COC).

Andre De Grasse celebrates after winning the men’s 100m in Toronto, Ontario (Alexandra Fernando for COC).

A total of eight men ran sub-10 second times, including a 9.83s from Justin Gatlin of the United States and a casual 9.96s for defending World and Olympic Champion Usain Bolt. De Grasse’s U.S. college rival Trayvon Bromell sprinted to a 9.91s finish in heats. Gatlin’s time was slightly wind assisted at 2.1 metres per second, in the same heat as Canada’s Brown.

Men’s pole vault

Shawn Barber at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games podium after winning pole vault gold on July 21, 2015.

Shawn Barber at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games podium after winning pole vault gold on July 21, 2015.

It was easy does it for Canada’s Shawn Barber, an undisputed medal threat in the pole vault. The 21-year old Canadian was one of 16 men who cleared the bar at the requisite 5.70m for a chance at medals in Monday’s final. Barber’s clearance came on his first attempt, he has a personal best of 5.93m set four days after he won the Pan Am Games gold medal in Toronto.

Men’s steeplechase

Matt Hughes celebrates gold in the men's 3000m steeplechase at the Pan American Games in Toronto, July 21, 2015.

Matt Hughes celebrates gold in the men’s 3000m steeplechase at the Pan American Games in Toronto, July 21, 2015.

In this Kenya-dominated event, Matt Hughes has reached the final. It is another great step for Hughes, who won the 3000m race with its jumps and a water hazard at the Pan Am Games last month. Four Kenyans will be in Monday’s final – most for any country – three of whom have clocked sub-eight minute personal best times, no other nation has competitors in the final that can boast the same.

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