Tuesday, August 24, 1999 Published at 22:24 GMT 23:24 UK
Hansen flops in triple jump
Formanova (left) edges ahead of Masterkova and Mutola on the line
Ashia Hansen, one of Britain's leading medal hopes in Seville, suffered a terrible time in the women's triple jump, slumping to last place in the final.
Paraskevi Tsiamita of Greece took gold with a leap of 14:88m, her compatriot Olga-Anastasia Vasdeki claimed bronze, with Cuba's Yamile Aldama in second place.
Hansen never looked in with a shout of a medal and had two of her three jumps wiped out before finishing almost a metre-and-a-half behind the winner with a best effort of 13.39.
She said: I'm disappointed but I will ride this out for the next few days.
"I thought my warm-up went well and there was no problem with my first no-jump, but then I got distracted by the crowd doing a Mexican wave on my next.
"The foul meant I had to play safe on my third attempt but it wasn't enough."
But there was better news for Britain's women when Katharine Merry qualified for the final of the 400m.
Merry, coached by Linford Christie, clocked 50.21 seconds to finish third in her semi-final behind Australia's Cathy Freeman, the defending champion, and Germany's Grit Breuer.
But Merry admitted she will have to go through the pain barrier again in the final as she often finishes races with a headache.
"The pressure of competing, of wanting to do well and having to run a personal best to get to the final just builds things up in my head," she said.
"I have a sinus problem as well anyway. But I was delighted when I crossed that line, though I will have to run under 50 seconds if I want to get a medal."
Czech snatches 800m
In a thrilling women's 800m, Ludmila Formanova outsprinted favourite Maria Mutola to claim a surprise gold.
The final was billed as a head-to-head between Mutola and her arch rival, Olympic champion Svetlana Masterkova.
But Formanova upset the form book by beating both in a fantastic finish.
The Czech star, who had beaten Mutola into second place at the indoor world title last March, did it again to record her first major outdoor title.
The pony-tailed 25-year-old surged past Mutola to cross the line in 1min 56.68secs.
Mutola, the 1993 world champion, took silver in 1:56.72 while Masterkova clocked 1:56.93 in third.
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