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James, the Bond

india Updated: Aug 31, 2011 01:22 IST

Yelena Isinbayeva became the latest victim of a curious curse at the World Athletics Championships on Tuesday, while Grenadian Kirani James lit up the track in 400m to become the third youngest ever world champion.

Russia's pole vault queen Isinbayeva turned in a miserable performance in front of 40,000 spectators, but James, who turns 19 on Thursday, was sensational in chasing down champion LaShawn Merritt on the home straight.

Isinbayeva's failure to clear 4.80 metres was a poor showing from one of athletics' genuine greats. Brazil's Fabiana Murer took gold with a distinctly lukewarm 4.85m, way short of Isinbayeva's 5.06m world mark.

James surged past American Merritt just before the line to claim victory in a personal best time of 44.60.

Rudisha bags 800m
World record holder David Rudisha proved himself worthy successor to 800m greats Seb Coe and Wilson Kipketer with a supreme performance to win gold. The 22-year-old Kenyan cruised to victory ahead of his main rival Abubaker Kaki with Russian Yuriy Borzakovskiy taking the bronze. Rudisha's time of 1:43.91 was almost three seconds off the record he set in Italy last August.

Harting too grity
German Robert Harting suffered through the agony of an injured knee to win the discus title, and planned to take a beer shower to douse the pain. Harting took gold with a throw of 68.97m, with Estonian Gert Kanter claiming silver.
Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis, Britain's brightest athletics hope at the London Olympics, lost her heptathlon world title to Russia's Tatyana Chernova. Chernova clinched the gold with 6,880 points, while Enniswas was good enough for silver with 6,751.

Gowda finishes 7th
India's Vikas Gowda finished seventh in discus, while Mayookha Johny failed to qualify for the final of triple jump. The US-based Indian hurled the disc to 64.05m, while Mayookha had a leap of 13.99m in the preliminary round and failed to advance.