Moscow: Russia on Monday basked in the glory of its triumph at the World Athletics Championships but the event was shadowed by a controversy over homophobia which risks tarnishing its hosting of the Winter Olympics and World Cup.
Russian athletes topped the medals table for the first time since 2001 with seven golds, one more than the United States, boosted by a "super Saturday" where the team enjoyed stunning victories in the women's high jump and 4x400-metres relay.
"Goodbye America!" crowed the Sovietsky Sport daily. "Together we watched a show of world class," added the Sports Express daily.