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Saturday, August 28, 1999 Published at 21:07 GMT 22:07 UK

Anton is home hero

Abel Anton is hailed by the Spanish crowd after his marathon win

Spain's Abel Anton defied searing heat to retain his world marathon title to the delight of the Seville crowd.

Seville 99
The stadium erupted as Anton entered through the tunnel and his final lap was more of a victory parade.

He had time to wave to the fans on his way round and finished 27 seconds ahead of Vincenzo Modica of Italy with Japan's Nobuyuki Sato third.

Temperatures were at 36C at the start of the race and organisers hosed down the course to help the runners.

But despite the heat of the Sevillian afternoon, Anton's winning time was a respectable 2hr 13min 36sec.

"I thank the crowd for their support," 36-year-old Anton said.

"It was special to win in Seville, where all the people gave so much support. It has been a great moment for me to win in my own country."

Cuban hat-trick

Cuba's Ivan Pedroso won his third world long jump title in a row with a leap of 8.56 metres.

[ image: Ivan Pedroso leaps to victory in the long jump]
Ivan Pedroso leaps to victory in the long jump
He disappointed the home fans by holding off the challenge of Spain's Yago Lamela while Slovenia's Gregor Cankar won the bronze.

Pedroso had won eight of his 10 competitions this season coming into the championships.

Ciaran McDonagh, the first Irishman to legally reach the eight metre mark to make the final, was 10th with 7.90m.

Morocco's Salah Hissou clocked 12min 58.13sec, a championship record, to win the men's 5000m.

In a race of devastating pace the tough north African was too strong on the last lap for his team mate, Brahim Lahlafi.

Lahlafi led into the home straight but finished without a medal as he was passed by Benjamin Limo, of Kenya, who took the silver, and Mohammed Mourhit, the former Moroccan who has taken Belgian nationality and claimed third.

Greek shock

Mirela Manjani-Tzelili of Greece pulled off a surprise in the women's javelin when she defeated double world champion Trine Hattestad for her first major title.

A personal best throw of 67.09m gave the Albania-born thrower, who became a Greek citizen in 1997, the title.

The 1993 and 1997 champion Hattestad, who was bidding to become the first athlete to win three world javelin titles could not respond and eventually finished third with 66.06.

Russian Tatyana Shikolenko grabbed the silver with a fifth round throw of 66.37.

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