Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia competes in the women’s pole vault at the Luzhniki Stadium. The 31-year-old triumphed with a leap of 4.89 metres. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The world championships finally caught fire as the fans turned up to say farewell to Yelena Isinbayeva, only for the Russian pole vault queen to roll (...)

Ireland’s Mark English after his heat of the men’s 800m event, where he finished in 4th place in a time of 1:47.08. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Mark English and Paul Robinson both missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the 800 metres on the opening morning of the World Championships in(...)