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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 March 2008, 18:28 GMT
Valencia - 7-9 March, 2008

Phillips Idowu celebrates winning gold in Valencia
Idowu was just eight cm short of the world indoor triple jump record

Phillips Idowu won gold for Great Britain on the final day of the World Indoor Championships in Valencia.

The Londoner set a new British record on his way to triple jump success, his second-round leap of 17.75m beating the mark of Jonathan Edwards by 11cm.

The 29-year-old's jump was also the fifth longest in indoor history.

Idowu's gold adds to the four silver medals won by controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers, Kelly Sotherton, Jeanette Kwakye and Chris Tomlinson.

The haul ensured Britain finished fourth in the medals table.

As soon as I picked up that medal, my head was right now on the Olympics

Phillips Idowu

Idowu, who was just eight cm short of the world record, immediately turned his attention to August's Olympic Games in Beijing following his win in Spain.

"It's nice to have the gold medal to take home but there's still a long way to the Olympics," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It was a good jump, it was enough for gold here, but there's going to be more people in Beijing hunting for the same medal, so I've got to up my game.

"As soon as I picked up that medal, my head was right now on the Olympics."

Russia's Yelena Soboleva broke her own indoor world record in the women's 1500m with a time of three minutes 57.71 seconds in Valencia.

The 25-year-old beat her previous mark, set in Moscow last month, by 0.34 secs.

Earlier, Britain's Jenny Meadows finished fifth in the women's 800m final, while Mo Farah finished well behind 3,000m gold medallist Tariku Bekele.

Tyler Christopher celebrates with the Canada flag
Tyler Christopher stormed to victory in the men's 400m final

The Ethiopian - the younger brother of Olympic 10,000m champion Kenenisa - clinched gold with a time of 7:48.23 secs, with Farah finishing seven seconds behind in sixth.

The 26-year-old Meadows was left trailing as Australia's Tamsyn Lewis pulled off a surprise gold medal, holding off Tetiana Petlyuk and Maria Mutola.

There was more disappointment when Great Britain's quartet of Steve Green, Richard Buck, Dale Garland and Rob Tobin finished in fifth place in the men's 4x400m final.

Russia's Olesya Zykina won the first gold medal of the day in the women's 400m, just beating compatriot Natalya Nazarova in a time of 51.09 secs.

The USA powered home to take gold ahead of Jamaica.

The pair teamed up two hours later to help Russia's women's 4x400m team to take gold ahead of neighbours Belarus.

Canada's Tyler Christopher produced a brilliant performance in the men's 400m final, taking the gold medal in a season's best time of 45.67 secs.


Christopher let Sweden's Johann Wissman and Bahamas' Chris Brown tussle for position in the first 350m before bursting through with incredible power in the final 50m.

World shot put champion Valerie Vili of New Zealand added the indoor title to her portfolio thanks to a throw of 20.19m.

Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus finished in second, with China's Li Meiju taking bronze.

Earlier in the morning, Olympic decathlon champion Roman Sebrle was forced to withdraw from the heptathlon after sustaining a hamstring injury in the 60m hurdles.

The Czech's absence meant American Bryan Clay claimed top spot on the podium after the 1000m, the final event of the heptathlon, with a score of 6371 points.

The 28-year-old finished 137 ahead of Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus, who took silver.

Naide Gomes won Portugal's first gold medal of the championships in the long jump thanks with a 7.00m effort, finishing 11cm ahead of Brazil's Maurren Maggi.

Sudan's Abubaker Kaki Khamis held off South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi to take gold in the men's 800m in a time of one minute 44.81 secs.

In the men's pole vault final, Russia's Yevgeniy Lukyanenko secured gold after he vaulted 5.90m, beating American Brad Walker by five cm.

And Croatia's Blanka Vlasic won the final gold medal of the day in the women's high jump with a leap of 2.03m.

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