With the 2015 World Athletics Champions now over, we can look back on what was a successful week for the British team as a whole. The success the team had in the 2012 Olympics was backed-up as Great Britain finished in a strong fourth place on the medal table. A performance which will fill the team with confidence heading into Rio next year.
The most exciting moment for British athletics fans must have been the golden return of the London Olympics poster girl, Jessica Ennis-Hill. After given birth to her son just over a year ago, the 29-year-old heptathlon star picked up where she had left off before her maternity break and put in a dominating performance to take gold comfortably. Her show of consistency, focus and ability has to make her favorite for a second Olympic gold in Rio.
If you want inspiration and a reason to celebrate then look no further than the gold medal laden Mo Farah. Described by BBC's Brendan Foster as Britain's "greatest sportsman" after the long distance runner completed his "triple-double" in Beijing. Mo has now won gold in the 5000 and 10,000 meter events at the last three major world meetings (2012 Olympics, 2013 and 2015 world championships) A feat that has put him at the top of the sport along with sprinter Usian Bolt.
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Long jumper, Greg Rutherford, also impressed and added to British athletics history. After winning gold in the Bird's Nest stadium, Rutherford became just the fifth Briton to hold the Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles at one time. An achievement that will dismiss any of critics who said his Olympic gold in London was a "fluke."
The 28-year-old's big competition pedigree seemed to trouble his opponents who were ahead of him when it came to pre-tournament favourites. The ability to perform strongly when it matters will send Rutherford into the Olympics season with great confidence of a second gold at the world's greatest sporting event.
Other athletes to medal were Shara Proctor, who took silver in the woman's long jump, after being in gold medal position going into the final round of jumps and both men's and woman's 4x400meters relay teams who took bronze in their events, with two solid displays.
Other Olympic prospects
Here are a few more Britons that will be hoping to get onto the podium in Rio.
First on list has to be Katarina Johnson-Thompson. If it wasn't for the heptathlete's failed long jump efforts, which saw off her medal hopes in China, she could have easily challenged Ennis-Hill for gold and will be aiming to do just that next year. The talented youngster will also look to push herself into the main long jump event after getting into the final last week.
Dina Asher-Smith is now the faster ever female teenager over 200 meters (22.07seconds) after her fifth place finish in the event and you can only think she will improve on her position with another 12 months under her belt. When it comes to the men's sprint events, the talented Adam Gemili will hope to back fit after having to sit out last week because of injury. Looking to join him will be Zharnel Hughes and Chijindu Ujah in a promising British trio.
Tiffany Porter stumbled in the 100 meter hurdles to see her medal hopes dashed, but after coming into Beijing ranked fifth in the world, she will look to bounce back strongly. We are yet to know if 400meter specialists Dai Green and Christine Ohuruogu will compete next year with both hampered by injuries. They will have to be considered as medal hopefuls if they can get themselves back to full fitness within the next year.
In a golden era for British athletics, we can only look ahead with great expectations for more Olympic glory in Rio 2016.News Now - Sport News