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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 March 2007, 14:53 GMT
Birmingham - 2-4 March, 2007



Phillips Idowu and Nathan Douglas
Idowu and Douglas celebrate after taking gold and silver
Phillips Idowu led a British one-two in a high-quality triple jump competition on the second day of the European Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Idowu leapt 17.56m - the longest jump in the world this year - with his first attempt to hold off Nathan Douglas whose 17.47m was a personal best.

Idowu's mark beat his indoor best by 36cm and was a new championship record.

It was a particularly impressive display given that the 28-year-old was suffering with a bruised heel.

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He had not been able to jump in training for two weeks before Friday's qualifying round.

"I bruised a heel in Glasgow in January then I aggravated it at the trials," he said. "I'm still in pain but in great shape.

"I got a gold in the Commonwealth Games so I'm starting to build up a nice little collection now."

Britain's Robert Tobin snatched the bronze medal behind defending champion David Gillick of Ireland in the 400m.

The old boy's back; the 60m is all about getting a good start and after 20m I was in control

Jason Gardener

The 23-year-old Tobin finished strongly in the last five metres to just edge Swede Johan Wissman for bronze, crossing the line in 46.15 seconds.

He said: "To get a medal is amazing because with injuries and flu, I've only trained for five sessions in the last five weeks."

Gillick's time of 45.52 seconds was a new Irish record with Bastian Swillims of Germany taking the silver medal.

Gillick is the first 400m man to retain his crown since Du'aine Ladejo in 1996.

Mo Farah finished a disappointing fifth in the 3,000m final.

Farah, who fell in Fridays' heat, tried to force the pace in a slow race, but he was clearly not at 100% and had to step back off the throttle as Italy's Cosimo Caliandro won gold.

Meanwhile, British sprint trio Jason Gardener, Craig Pickering and Ryan Scott all qualified for the 60m final.

Jason Gardener
Gardener made an impressive start

Having earlier won their heats, defending champion Gardener and favourite for gold Pickering both recorded 6.58 seconds to win their semi-finals.

Scott clocked a personal best of 6.63 as he came third in Gardener's semi-final with Frenchman Ronald Pognon splitting the training partners.

"The old boy's back; the 60m is all about getting a good start and after 20m I was in control," said Gardener.

Ireland's Paul Hession finished fourth and also goes into Sunday's final, having earlier broken his national record with a time of 6.61.

In the high jump, Briton Martyn Bernard set a new personal best of 2.30m to qualify for Sunday's final.

"I'm kind of surprised. I've attempted it a few times and thought I'd been over it, only to be disappointed, so it was a bit of a shock.

"But I knew I was capable of it a long time ago. That's the benchmark of whether you are a high jumper or not."

Long jumper Chris Tomlinson made the final with his first jump of 7.96m.

Frenchman Francis Salim Sdiri and Greece's Louis Tsatoumas were the only men to reach the automatic qualification distance of 8.00m.

There will not be any British interest in the 800m final after Richard Hill and James Brewer both narrowly missed out on qualification in their semi-finals.

But Britain's James Thie will be in action in Sunday's 1500m final after claiming a place as a fastest loser.

Germany's Danny Ecker claimed gold in the pole vault, ahead of Ukraine's Denys Yurchenko and Bjorn Otto.



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