Ginger really is the new gold

The results are in and you have voted Greg Rutherford as your Performance of Day 4.

Rutherford received 56.06% of the votes, of which half consisted of the website vote below and half of a live WeChat vote amongst spectators in the stadium during Day five’s morning session. He silenced his critics by completing his collection of major long jump titles in incredible fashion. Unlike during his Olympic and Commonwealth titles, where he could rely on a supportive home crowd, the Brit was behind the enemy's lines with three Chinese long jumpers all well within reach of medals. Rutherford, however, was a different class, with even the lesser of his two legal jumps being further than all of the other competitors’ best jumps. 

To relive the dramatic long jump final, head this way.


Of course cheering on your favourite athletes at the world championships is one thing, but we want the fan experience to go further than that.

The IAAF, in conjunction with Official Partner adidas, is asking you, the fan, to vote for your favourite performance of each day. After every evening session, a panel of experts will pick three athletes, who in any shape or form grabbed their imagination and will leave it to you to choose the winner.

Today's shortlist features a Cuban powerhouse, a returning king and a true championship performer.

Denia Caballero

It was the first event of today’s evening session and the Cuban’s first throw of 69.28m was all it took to get the Bird’s Nest crowd roaring. Not a single competitor could come within reach of her, not even favourite and reigning champion Sandra Perkovic. 

David Rudisha

The 800m world record holder may have struggled with injuries since his stunning display in London 2012, but tonight no one was going to take that gold away from him. After missing out on Moscow 2013, he retained his 2011 world title in 1:45.84.

Greg Rutherford

You couldn’t make it up. The Brit, branded a fluke after winning the Olympic long jump title, tonight completed his collection of all major titles by adding that of ‘world champion’ to his tally. It only took the 28-year-old two legal jumps to seal the deal (and break 50,000 Chinese hearts) with a fourth round leap of 8.41m.