Monday, August 23, 1999 Published at 21:55 GMT 22:55 UK
Injury wrecks Smith's medal dream
Down and out: Smith is forced to accept the inevitable
Steve Smith's desperate attempt at high jump glory was scuppered by injury in the final in Seville on Monday.
But Smith's do-or-die bid ended in failure when he pulled up trying to clear his British record height.
Smith went for bust, not attempting a jump until 2.35 metres.
He failed at that height and again at 2.37m before pulling up in agony when attempting one last leap.
He said: "I just wanted to give it my best shot. It was either that or going home and I wasn't going to do that. I'll be back for the Olympics in Sydney."
Russia's Vyacheslav Voronin won the competition with a jump of 2.37m - one centimetre higher than Smith's 1999 best.
Former Briton Brendan Reilly set an Irish record of 2.29m to finish equal eighth.
Champion misses out
Christopher Koskei upset defending champion and fellow Kenyan Wilson Boit Kipketer to claim gold in the men's 3000m steeplechase.
The duo led for most of the race but Koskei proved stronger over the final 200m to seal the win in eight minutes, 11.76 seconds.
Kipketer was second in 8:12.09 with Ali Ezzine of Morocco taking the bronze medal at 0.64 seconds behind.
Favourite Bernard Barmasai lost his first race of the season when he came fifth in 8:13.51.
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