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August 20, 2013

What we learned at the world championships in Moscow



“I’m just doing my part by running fast, winning titles and letting the world know you can do it clean,” Bolt said.

2. Mr. and Mrs. Eaton: The Eatons skipped a honeymoon to win medals.

First, Olympic champion Ashton Eaton took the decathlon crown. Not to be outdone, his wife, Brianne Theisen Eaton of Canada, captured silver in the heptathlon.

The couple went to the University of Oregon and married July 13. Now, it may be time to relax.

“Go lay on the beach,” Theisen Eaton said. “But if we did that, I’d just shut my eyes and in 10 minutes he would go, ‘How much longer are we going to lay here? Let’s go play volleyball or something.’ He can’t sit around too long.”

3. Rainbow bright: Isinbayeva has set 28 world records and won three world titles, including one in front of a boisterous home crowd last week. Only now she may be remembered more for what she voiced in a news conference that what she’s vaulted. The two-time Olympic champion who will serve as “mayor” of one of the Sochi Games villages spoke out in favor of her country’s anti-gay stance.

“If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people,” Isinbayeva said in English. “We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.

“We never had any problems, these problems in Russia, and we don’t want to have any in the future.”

Two Swedes — high jumper Emma Green Tregaro and sprinter Moa Hjelmer — sported rainbow colors on their nails to offer support for gay rights. In the final, Green Tregaro went with red nails after track officials said the earlier gesture might violate the meet’s code of conduct.

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