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03 September, 2007 - Published 10:43 GMT
Athletics championships draw to a close
The world athletics championships have drawn to a close in the Japanese city, Osaka. Nine days of competition have produced a series of memorable performances and it's been largely free of scandal. This report from Alex Capstick:
These championships could not have been more different than the cold, wet and windy experience that was the last edition two years ago in Helsinki. For athletes and spectators, track and field is at its best when the weather is fine, but with the mercury soaring above the thirty degrees mark and soaking humidity, Osaka has taken it to the extreme.
But there were few complaints and although no world records have been set, the running, throwing and jumping has been of the highest quality. The most successful athlete has been the American sprinter, Tyson Gaye, who will leave Japan with three gold medals.
There was much to enjoy here in Osaka but the overall attendance has been disappointing. The sports governing body is under pressure to attract a new audience. One idea under consideration is to make the schedule more compact, by reducing the length of the championships.
But at least there have been no scandals - yet. At least one drug sample is suspicious, but the organisers say it will take at least a week to determine whether there's been a doping violation.
Alex Capstick, BBC, Osaka
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