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Idowu wins Britain's second gold

ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Berlin Date: 15-23 August
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Phillips Idowu

Highlights - Idowu wins Gold

Great Britain's Phillips Idowu clinched triple jump gold at the World Athletics Championships, setting a new personal best of 17.73 metres.

Idowu, who won silver at last year's Olympics, edged out Portugal's Nelson Evora, who pipped Idowu in Beijing.

However, Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu could finish only fifth in the final of the women's 400m, with American Sanya Richards taking gold.

And David Greene finished seventh in the final of the men's 400m hurdles.

The 30-year-old Idowu soared past Evora's mark of 17.55 with his third-round jump, despite taking off well short of the board. Cuba's Alexis Copello won bronze with 17.36.

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Defending champion Evora, who beat Idowu by five centimetres in Beijing, had three attempts to beat Idowu's winning jump, but could only manage a leap of 17.55 on his final attempt.

Londoner Idowu, who is the defending Commonwealth Games and world indoor champion, beat his previous best of 17.68, set in 2002, although he has jumped 17.75 indoors.

"It was a long time coming," said Idowu, whose medal was Britain's second of the meet, after Jessica Ennis's heptathlon gold.

"I've worked hard and knew I had a big jump in me and I'm just grateful it came out at the right time. I didn't think 17.73 was going to be enough and I feel like I had more in reserve.

"I just broke down in tears, it was emotional. I was just happy, giving my thanks to God for keeping me on top.

"I have to thank my coach, Aston Moore, he's been there over the last 12 months, through the ups and downs, and he's always told me I'm a great athlete.

"And there's a lot more to come. Even with a gold medal now I still believe there's more in there. I still have the dream of being Olympic champion."

Phillips Idowu

Gold a long time coming - Idowu

The last male British world champion was fellow triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards in 2001, while it is the first time since 1993 that Britain has won two golds at the same world championships.

Britain's Nathan Douglas, silver medallist at the 2006 European Championships, bailed out of the final after just three jumps.

In the women's 400m, Ohuruogu clocked a season's best 50.21 seconds, but she was well off the pace of old rival Richards, who ran 49.00, the fastest in the world this year.

Richards, who went off too fast in Beijing and ended up third, made a more measured start on this occasion and set the fastest time in the world this year.

Shericka Williams of Jamaica finished second in 49.32, ahead of Russia's Antonina Krivoshapka in 49.71.

"I don't know why it didn't happen," said defending champion Ohuruogu.

"I thought I would stay in touch with the girl in lane eight, I thought she would get me round but I forgot about the rest inside me. I should have kicked earlier.

A one-spiked Charlene Thomas

Highlights - Brit runs with one shoe

"The race evolves and you need to move on. You need to come out with something new so that you can challenge the others better."

Kerron Clement of the United States took gold in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 47.91, ahead of Puerto Rico's Javier Culson (48.09) and American Bershawn Jackson (48.23).

Welshman Greene, competing in his first world championships, clocked 48.68, 0.41 seconds outside the personal best he set in his semi-final.

"I wanted to run faster but my body just said no," the 23-year-old said. "There was just nothing there, I had nothing left in the tank.

"But for me to run 48.6 on what I call a bad day is really good. In the future I'll be looking at under 48 seconds and a shot at medals. I'm not afraid of these people. I'm ready to take on the best in the world."

Marlon Devonish finished second in his 200m second-round heat, behind 2004 Olympic champion Shawn Crawford of the United States.

Devonish, the 2003 world indoor champion and the only Brit in the event as a result of the withdrawals of Dwain Chambers and Toby Sandeman, clocked 20.66.

Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney all made it through to Wednesday's 400m semi-finals, as did Ireland's David Gillick.

Tobin won his heat in 45.50, Rooney false started before finishing third in a quick heat with a time of 45.45, and Bingham finished second in his heat in 45.54.

Lisa Dobriskey was the only Briton to qualify for Friday's women's 1500m semi-finals as Charlene Thomas and Stephanie Twell crashed out.

"It did feel quite relaxed but in the same sense really tense," said Dobriskey. "There's not much to gain by going through to the semi-finals but there's lots to lose. I'm so, so pleased to go through."

There were high hopes for Thomas and Twell but both made tearful exits, Thomas after losing a shoe which was loosened when Shannon Rowbury fell.

"I couldn't believe it," said Thomas. "She went down and I thought I had cleared it. My shoe was half way off my foot and I had to flick it off. It stings so much running without a shoe."

Sarah Claxton, who finished eighth at the Beijing Olympics, came through her 100m hurdles heat, finishing fourth in a season's best time of 12.86.

Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child missed out on the final of the women's 400m hurdles, finishing seventh and sixth in their semi-finals respectively.

Christine Ohuruogu

Replay - Ohuruogu misfires in 400m



see also
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18 Aug 09 |  Athletics
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