MOSCOW, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- After six days of wait the 2013 IAAF World Championships finally witnessed the first meet record in Moscow with Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko crowing in a top-level men's high jump event here on Thursday.
However, the 23-year-old Bondarenko, wearing one red shoe and one yellow, still failed to introduce the first world record in the biannual track and field gala in the Luzhniki Stadium following three unsuccessful charges at the 20-year-long world record.
The Ukrainian, who will turn 24 by the end of August, cleared 2. 41 meters with his second attempt to clinch the gold, equalling his world leading performance and bettering the former Championships record of 2.40m set by Cuba's Javier Sotomayor in 1993 Stuttgart worlds.
He also tried to beat Sotomayor's world record of 2.45, set on July 27 1993, but in failed all the three attempts at 2.46m.
The Ukraine has been enjoying a huge progression so far in the 2013 season, improving his personal best by 10 centimeters. The seventh finisher at London Olympics set the world leading in Lausanne as he went over 2.41m, a height not achieved for 19 years. At his last competition in London just over two weeks ago, Bondarenko went well clear over 2.38m before two audacious attempts at 2.47m.
Starting at 2.29, Bondarenko showed great confidence on Thursday and skipped 2.32 and 2.38 before leaping over 2.41 with only his fourth jump in the evening.
"I did not expect to win with such a good result. The audience in the stands really gave me great support with their cheers and applause," said Bondarenko, who revealed he had been bothered by slight belly twinges in recent days. "It does not matter that I did not break the world record, because I have already won the world title."
When asked whether he will continue to charge for a new world record, Bondarenko said: "I do not think so. For me the season has already ended."
Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, Asian indoor and outdoor record holder, took the silver with a perfect record at 2.38. After an unsuccessful attempt at 2.41, one centimeter over his personal best of 2.40, Barshim tried to challenge 2.44 but failed the two audacious attempts.
Derek Drouin of Canada, also a bronze medalist at London Games, jumped over 2.38 with his second attempt and settle for the bronze with a new Canadian national record.
The Day 6 at Moscow worlds also saw three world leads in the other five finals in the evening session.
Caterine Ibarguen became the first Colombian woman to win a medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu two years ago who she took bronze in the women's triple jump. Shecontinued to make history by becoming her country's first World champion, jumping a world lead equalling 14.85 to win the gold.
The Olympic silver medallist is unbeatable all year, winning at the Diamond League meetings in Shanghai, Eugene, Oslo and Paris.
Reigning world champion Olha Saladuha of Ukraine, who also reached 14.85 in June in Diamond League Eugene meet, was below par at 14.65 to settle with the bronze.
Russia's Ekaterina Koneva, who successfully defended her World University Games title in July with a PB of 14.82m, earned the silver at 14.81.
Jehue Gordon triumphed in a breath-taking home-straight duel against American Michael Tinsley, winning the men's 400m hurdles gold for Trinidad and Tobago with a world leading time of 47.69 seconds.
Tinsley clocked a personal best to 47.70 to take the silver while Emir Bekric trimmed Serbian national record to 48.05 to finished third.
Czech Zuzana Hejnova also clocked a world leading of 52.83 seconds to win in the women's 400 hurdles. Dalilah Muhammad of United States finished second in 54.09 while her compatriot Lashinda Demus notched the bronze with 0.18 s in arrears.
Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi completed his world title hat-trick at 2013 IAAF World Championships, winning the third straight gold in the men's 3000 steeplechase.
The 31-year-old Kemboi, also a two-time Olympic champion, clocked 8 minutes, 06.01 seconds to secure the gold, albeit well shy of the world-leading time of 7:59.03 he set in Paris last month.
Kemboi successfully matched the hat-trick world gold feat of his legendary countryman Moses Kiptanui in the event, following his successes in Berlin and Daegu, respectively. It was also his sixth straight medal at a World Championships following consecutive silver medals at the 2003, 2005 and 2007 editions.
Conseslus Kipruto, also from Kenya but some 13 years Kemboi's junior, took the silver in 8:06:37. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France, a two-time Olympic silver medallist and 2011 World bronze medal winner, finished third in 8:07.86.
Abeba Aregawi claimed the first gold in Moscow worlds for Sweden as she clocked 4 minutes 02.67 seconds to win the women's 1500m race. The silver went to American Jennifer Simpson, who trailed 0.32 s behind. Kenya's Hellen Onsando Obiri pocketed the bronze medal in 4:03.86.