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12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2008
  • March 10th, 2008

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Results: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

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A total of 646 athletes from 157 countries and regions are participating in the tournament, the last major athletics event before the August Olympic Games in Beijing. The competition opened Friday and will conclude Sunday.

The cream-de-la cream are competing at the newly laid competition surfaces of the Palau Velodromo Lluís Puig in Valencia

The 12th IAAF World Indoor Championships, will be one of the most keenly contested global competitions of recent years.

Day One

The US have won two gold medals while Nigeria took the other one on the opening day of the 12th International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Indoor Championships here. American Christian Cantwell won the first gold Friday, taking the men’s shot put title after beating defending champion and compatriot Reese Hoffa to the second place.

Cantwell, the world indoor champion in 2004, won with a throw of 21.77 metres, 57 cm more than Hoffa’s 21.20 metres.

Tomasz Majewski of Poland won the bronze medal with a throw of 20.93 metres, setting a new national record.

In women’s 60 meters, American Angela Williams captured the gold medal in 7.06 seconds, bettering this year’s previous best result of 7.09 metres held jointly by Nigerian Ene Franca Idoko and Russia’s Yevgenia Polyakova.

Jeanette Kwakye of Britain finished in 7.08 seconds to collect the silver medal, while Tahesia Harrigan from the British Virgin Islands took the bronze with 7.09 seconds.

Nigerian Olusoji A. Fasuba foiled the US attempt to sweep all the three gold medals of the night, winning his first world indoor title in men’s 60 metres with the world’s best time this year.

Fasuba clocked in 6.51 seconds, ahead of Briton Dwain Chambers and Kim Collins from Saint Kitts and Nevis, who finished jointly second with an identical time of 6.54 seconds.

Day Two

Lolo Jones was the USA’s lone gold-medal winner during the second day of competition as she won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.80 seconds, defeating fellow American Candice Davis (7.93) and Cuba’s Anay Tejeda (7.98). Susanna Kallur of Sweden, who recently broke the 60-meter indoor world record, dropped out with a pulled hamstring before her semifinal heat.

On the men’s side, world record-holder Liu Xiang of China was more fortunate, winning the gold with a clocking of 7.46 seconds. Almost as impressive was Allen Johnson’s performance. At age 37, the American ran 7.55 to take the silver. Russian Evgeniy Borisov and Stanislavs Olijars of Latvia both ran 7.60 to earn bronze medals.

As usual at the World Indoors, Stefan Holm Sweden and Russian Yaroslav Rybakov dueled in the men’s high jump, with Holm gaining his fourth title in the last five Indoor Championships. Rybakov won the event in 2006 and placed second in 2003 and 2004.

This time, Rybakov led after leaping 2.34 meters, while Holm passed. Holm, who’d needed three jumps to clear 2.30, succeeded at 2.36 meters while Rybakov missed once, then passed. But Rybakov’s strategy failed when he missed twice at 2.38. American Andra Manson jumped 2.30 to claim one of two bronze medals, tying with Kyriakos Ioannou of Cyprus.

Strategy may have also played a role in the women’s pole vault final, as Russian Yelena Isinbayeva and American Jennifer Stuczynski both cleared 4.75 meters, but Isinbayeva won the gold as her total of three misses beat Stuczynski’s four. Both jumpers passed at 4.80, then missed three times each at 4.85. Stuczynski also missed once at 4.75. Had the American attempted, and cleared, at 4.80, she might have scored an upset. Brazilian Fabiana Murer and Monika Pyrek of Poland shared the bronze (4.70).

In the women’s 3000, Meseret Defar paced herself perfectly, driving past the field on the final lap to win her third consecutive Indoor title, with a time of 8:38.79. Fellow Ethiopian Melelech Melkamu was second (8:41.50) with Morocco’s Mariem Alaoui Selsouli third (8:41.66).

In the women’s triple jump, Cuban Yargelis Savigne passed leader Hrysopiyi Devetzi of Greece on her final jump to claim the gold. Savigne, the 2007 World Outdoor champion, leaped 15.05 meters on her sixth attempt to surpass Devetzi’s 15.00. Devetzi jumped 14.91 on her last try and had to settle for silver. Marija Sestak of Slovakia placed third (14.68).

In similar fashion, South African Godfrey Khotso Mokoena took the lead in the men’s long jump in the fifth round to gain the gold with an 8.08-meter performance. Great Britain’s Chris Tomlinson jumped 8.06 meters on his first attempt and took the silver. Tomlinson’s sixth-round jump measured 7.95, leaving Mokoena ” who’d fouled in the sixth round ” with the victory. Mohamed Salman Al Khuwalidi of Saudi Arabia was third (8.01).

Juan Carlos Higuero gave the host nation, Spain, its first medal of the event by placing third in the highly-competitive men’s 1500 with a time of 3:38.82, edging fellow countryman Arturo Casado (3:38.88). Ethiopian Deresse Mekonnen took top honors, with a time of 3:38.23, while Daniel Kipchirchir Komen of Kenya won the silver (3:38.54).

Day Three

The 12th IAAF World Indoor Championships have ended in Valencia, Spain. Topping the medal chart, the United States grabbed five golds, five silvers and three bronzes, while Russia ranked second with five golds, four silvers and three bronzes.

Team USA’s five golds were in the men’s shot put, women’s 60m, women’s 60m hurdles, men’s 4X400m relay and men’s heptathlon. The Russian team won golds in the men’s and women’s pole vault, women’s 4X400m relay, women’s 1,500m and women’s 400m, all of which are their strong events.

The 25-year-old Yelena Soboleva of Russia was crowned on the final day of the championships with a new all-time-best indoor record of 3:57.71 in 1500m

The African team won six golds, five of which were in middle-distance races, which are their strong events. Ethiopia ranked third on the medal chart, with three golds, one silver and two bronzes.

The Chinese team stood eighth overall, with one gold and one bronze, topping the Asian countries and region. Bahrain, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia took one bronze each.

Six Chinese male athletes and five females took part in the 12th IAAF World Indoor Championships. Liu Xiang took a gold medal for China in the men’s 60m hurdles, while Liu Meiju took the bronze in the women’s shot put. Xie Limei stood eighth in the women’s triple jump. The Chinese team had disappointing results in the women’s high jump, men’s pole vault, women’s 3,000m, men’s long jump and men’s triple jump.

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