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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 March 2006, 14:13 GMT
Mutola wins seventh indoor title
Maria Mutola
Mutola has now won seven world indoor titles
Mozambique's Maria Mutola won the 800m at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow on Sunday, her seventh title.

Mutola, 33, won in a time of one minute 58.90 seconds, while Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair snatched silver and Morocco's Hasna Benhassi took bronze.

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele took the 3,000m crown to become the first man to win world titles on three surfaces.

And Germany's Andre Niklaus won the final two events of the men's heptathlon to pip Bryan Clay to gold.

Bekele, the world and Olympic 10,000m champion pulled away with one and a half laps to go to win in seven minutes 39.32 seconds.

He now holds world titles indoors, outdoors and over cross-country.

Double world steeplechase champion Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar used his superb finishing speed to overtake Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge for silver on the final lap.

I've got to be pleased with a personal best off half a winter's training
British triple-jumper Nathan Douglas

Russia scooped five gold medals and topped the final medals table with eight golds, matching their previous best showing.

Yuliya Chizhenko won the 1500m ahead of compatriot Yelena Soboleva, with Bahrain's Maryam Yusuf Jamal in third.

Olesya Krasnomovets won the women's 400m in a championship record of 50.04 and then helped Russia to another gold in the 4x400m relay.

Tatyana Kotova won her third world indoor title in the long jump and high jumper Yelena Slesarenko was the hosts' other Sunday medal-winner.

Elsewhere, Grenada's Alleyne Francique retained his 400m crown, winning in 45.54 from Botswana's California Molefe.

The US won the men's 4x400m relay after 2004 champions Jamaica crashed out of the heats.

Russia's hot favourite Yuri Borzakovsky was beaten into third in the men's 800m by Kenya's Wilfred Bungei and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

Wales' Jimmy Watkins finished last, running out of steam having run two lifetime bests in the qualifying rounds.

Walter Davis won the triple jump title for the United States with a leap of 17.73m, while Britain's Nathan Douglas was seventh.

Douglas, third in last year's world triple jump rankings, had considered pulling out of the event after an indifferent season and ankle surgery.

"It was a gamble coming here and the gamble paid off for me," said Douglas, who set a personal best of 17.05m. "I've got to be pleased with a PB off half a winter's training."

In the men's 400m, Alleyne Francique of Grenada took gold in a time of 45.54 seconds.

Natalya Khoroneko of Belarus won the women's shot put with a throw of 19.84m, while America's Brad Walker won pole vault gold.

The US finished second in the medals table with seven golds, well clear of Ethiopia and Ukraine, who both won two.





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