Track and field's finest wrapped up the IAAF World Athletics Championships on Saturday, after a week of reminding the rest of us just how feeble we really are.
The competition, held in Moscow, boasted plenty of dramatic performances both on and off the track. Glamor-jock Nick Symmonds tested Russia's tolerance for sexual freedom with a post-race speech dedicating his silver medal in the 800 meters to his gay and lesbian friends.
And the always-extroverted Usain Bolt beat Mother Nature and Justin Gatlin to take back his 100-meter title following a false-start disqualification at the 2011 worlds.
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Still, if the idea of running around in circles or jumping really high in spandex doesn't impress, well, maybe these photos of the elites in action will change your mind.
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