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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 March 2007, 15:19 GMT
Birmingham - 2-4 March, 2007



Craig Pickering and Jason Gardener
Gardener, right, pipped Pickering in a British one-two in the 60m
Victory for Jason Gardener in the 60m and a dramatic late gold in the 4x400m relay capped a fine weekend for Britain at the European Indoor Championships.

Gardener led from the front to produce a superb run of 6.51 seconds to beat compatriot Craig Pickering into second.

And Robert Tobin, Dale Garland, Philip Taylor and Steve Green were awarded gold in the 4x400m relay late on.

The quartet finished second but winners Germany were disqualified after Bastian Swillims's push on the final lap.

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Swillims clashed with Artem Sergeyenkov on the final bend, causing the Russian to fall from the front back into third place.

That meant Britain moved up into the gold medal position with a time of three minutes, 07.04 seconds, with Russia second and Poland third.

If you'd have offered me a silver medal at the start of the season, I'd have bitten your arm off

Craig Pickering

It took Britain to top of the medal table in Birmingham with 10 medals - four more than the six targeted by UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins.

But the highlight of the day was Gardener and Pickering's one-two, which came after two false starts, one of which saw fellow Briton Ryan Scott disqualified.

"I had to dig deep and use all my experience to come through it," said Gardener.

"I'm delighted with my time, but I'm also pleased for Craig because he has had to deal with a lot of pressure. He deserves this."

And Pickering added: "That's an amazing performance from Jason. I don't know where 6.51 came from, but I'm delighted for him. He's had some stick of late, but come through it and shown his class.

Britain's 4x400m relay team celebrate their dramatic gold
Britain's 4x400m relay team celebrate their dramatic gold

"As for me, if you'd have offered me a silver medal at the start of the season, I'd have bitten your arm off so I'm happy."

Earlier, Martyn Bernard claimed Great Britain's sixth medal at the championships as he took the bronze in the high jump.

Bernard cleared 2.29m at the third attempt to guarantee a medal, behind Swedish pair Stefan Holm (2.34m) and Linus Thornblad (2.32m).

He was just one centimetre short of his personal best of 2.30m and he narrowly failed with three attempts at 2.32m.

"I'm delighted. I wanted a medal and I've proved myself," said Bernard.

"Obviously you want to do the best you can and maybe even win. But I hope to improve on today, build on it as best I can.

I plan to go back to the drawing board a bit now, try to replicate what makes the Swedes successful

Martyn Bernard

"I plan to go back to the drawing board a bit now, try to replicate what makes the Swedes successful and train hard at it. I can definitely jump higher."

Chris Tomlinson, in only his second competition of the season, failed to get into the medal places in the long jump.

The Briton could only manage a best jump of 7.89m to finish fifth, in a competition won by Italian Andrew Howe with a national record jump of 8.30m.

Elsewhere, Roman Sebrle won the heptathlon with a points total of 6,196.

The Czech's victory comes just two weeks after he was speared by a javelin through the arm in training, with Aleksandr Pogorelov of Russia and Belarussian Andrei Krauchanka second and third.

Holland's Arnoud Okken won the 800m ahead of Spaniard Miguel Quesada and Maurizio Bobbato of Italy.

And Spain secured an impressive one-two-three in the 1500m with Juan Carlos Higuero beating Sergio Gallardo and Arturo Casado.



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