So that's pretty much it. Well it is it. A final few words from Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson
. Lewis says: "The athletes have risen to the challenge - roll on Daegu [The Korean city hosts the World Champs in August]. We know we can reproduce this in London - I can't wait." While Jackson adds: "These championships have shown they have a place in the fixture list. it's a great opportunity for our athletes to develop into top stars. It's all a stepping stone for London 2012." If ever there's an over-used phrase it's "stepping stones". But London Olympics is only 16 months away. It's coming! Opportunities to impress Van Commenee are running out. Some bright stars slowly emerging in the GB team though. Merci Paris. A lively three days.
Charles van Commenee is especially happy with the golden efforts of Helen Clitheroe
today: "She's the ultimate example of perseverance - because of the love of the sport, she's now getting her reward. She's a great example for younger athletes and shows you're never too old." Why not check out Helen's magnificent
gold in the 3,000m
from earlier on Sunday.
Let's have some words from UK Athletics head coach Charles Van Commenee
after GB end up with an impressive eight medals and in fourth place. "We've doubled our medals from two years ago." On silver medallist in the hurdles Tiffany Ofili
, Van Commenee says: "It was an awesome performance in a new environment." On Mo Farah
, he says: "He knew how to accelerate from the front which is very hard to do and not over-taking. It's a special quality which he has worked on and it's a good weapon to have in the future." Overall thoughts
on the championships: "It was encouraging for the World Championships later this year [in Korea in August] and I'm happy with Tiffany
and also Andrew Osagie
, Jodie Williams
was outstanding. There are lots of positives to take home from here."
Sorry for slight delay. Loads of quotes to catch up on.
As the GB women step up to get their silvers, Dwain Chambers
reflects on his silver in the 60m: "I wasn't holding anything back. I knew I had to rely on my experience to get into the final. I knew Lemaitre would be a strong contender but when I saw Francis in the semi-final I knew my job would be even harder. I have been focusing on the 100m so I've been focusing on the outdoors and the long term. I lost to a better individual. I've been doing longer runs. Hopefully it will bode well for the World championships in August in Korea."
And a fitting finale to the Champs as local boy Teddy Tamgho WINS THE TRIPLE JUMP after a world record mark of 17.92. He leapt it twice actually. The crowd are naturally loving it.
Nick Leavey takes over from Levine and GB are struggling a little. Leavey drops back to fourth as the French are flying. Richard Strachan is third and he's got it all to do. This is a cracking race. Four all close together. Strachan moves to second as the Russian drops back. Richard Buck takes over for the anchor. France lead. Buck grits his teeth and battles to a brilliant silver.
French will be strong. Russia should be in the medals. Levine looks bang up for this. The Dutch opening runner is dead ringer for Coldplay's Chris Martin. Here we go.
Time for the men's relay teams. GB's Nigel Levine
to kick it off.
One leap left for the triple jumpers but Teddy Tamgho looks set for golden glory. Music switches from Jacko to Maradona.
Jenny Meadows: "My 800m silver medal was a disappointment but this was a huge bonus."
Sotherton says: "I'm pleased I gave the baton to Lee in a decent position. The French girl kept clipping me. But hey - Lee ran an amazing leg." The quotes stop as the sprinting men step on to the podium. Chambers
is all smiles as he picks up his silver. It's Obikwelu's
day though. He looks like the sort of guy who wouldn't be upset by anything. Coolness and happiness personified. Nice.
Tom in Haringey, via text:
"Dwaine seemed to over-stride in the last twenty. He also stumbled on his last stride and that seemed to compromise his dip"Yep - his last stride was a strange one. Still a great race though and gold for the 32-year-old Francis Obikwelu was a belter. A bit of a shock as well - although Colin Jackson called it.
Teddy Tamgho equals his world record mark of 17.92 in the triple jump. A fair effort by the French lad. The men's 400m relay coming up.
The Russians are blooming flying. Sotherton does OK in third. The French and German runners are moving up through the gears. Lee McConnell hands over to Marilyn Okoro (an hour after running the 800m final) and she's in third. Okoro breathing down the neck of the French vest. Meadows gets set for the anchor leg and she's off in silver spot. Russia way ahead but the scrap for silver is a corker. And Meadows keeps ahead of the French and WINS SILVER FOR BRITAIN. And it's a first international medal for Sotherton as a 400m runner.
Sotherton clutches the baton and she starts out for the GB women. Jenny Meadows is running the fourth leg. Marilyn Okoro is third. Let's go girls.
Women's 4x400m relay coming right up. Former heptathlon star Kelly Sotherton
in action for GB.
Anon. via text:
"Just realised I go to school with Jodie Williams. How can you not know you go to school with talent like that?"Unbelievable revelation. You go around with your ears and eyes closed? Clearly too focused on your studies. Wake up!
Maurice Greene on Christophe Lemaitre
: "He rushes everything and he panics. And he panicked in that final and he didn't know how to manipulate the race. He's young and still learning. It was his race to lose and he lost it today. When you get in the finals, anything can happen."
Former Olympic champ in 2000 Maurice Greene on BBC Two says: "It was a very good race. They came out and performed well."
Now it's time for Dwain. After winning silver, the man who loses his indoors sprint title says: "I saw the green and I thought maybe my chest had done it but no....Once I was in the final I thought 'let's go for it'. To do this with all my preparation for the outdoors it bodes well."
A big beaming Portuguese 60m gold medallist called Francis Obikwelu
says: "Dwain's a fantastic guy and I knew he'd be dangerous. I was here in 1997 in the 200m and I won bronze and now I'm very happy and very honoured. I came here to enjoy myself and it came out out pretty good!" Nice.
brianstapleton1 on Twitter:
" Ballad of Helen Clitheroe. At the age of 37 she realised she would run in Paris with the warm wind in her hair"
All about the dip. Talk about the narrowest of margins. Dwain should have been wearing a thicker vest. Francis Obikwelu
wins in 6.53. Chambers 0.01s behind. OOOFFFF. Lemaitre
wins bronze in 6.58. Quotes on the way.
Oh lordy. The French are stunned. This is tight. Photo finish.....UNBELIEVABLE. Portugal's former Olympic 100m silver medallist Francis Obikwelu
WINS GOLD IN THE 60M. CHAMBERS WINS SILVER
. Amazing race.
Massive noise for Lemaitre. The quiff still looks magnifique. Chambers gets polite applause as he looks to the end of the track. I reckon Lemaitre by two metres. Chambers bronze I reckon. A bit of pressure on his bulging shoulders. Shhhh. Eyes down....
Chambers vs Lemaitre. The 32-year-old Brit is the reigning European indoor champion and faces the Frenchman for the first time since being beaten in Barcelona at the Europeans last July. Here we go.....they're in the blocks. More French joy or can the Brit break some Parisian hearts?
A NEW WORLD RECORD in the triple jump as France's Teddy Tamgho
sends the Paris crowd bonkers with a leap of 17.92. It's 22cm longer than Italian Fabrizio Donato who was leading the event a few minutes ago. Scripted for the locals? Great stuff.
Men's 60m final coming up.
Final standings in the women's 60m final.
Olesya Povh wins in 7.13. Ukraine's Mariya Ryemyen in silver place with 7.15. Bronze goes to Ezinne Okparaebo in 7.20.
Ukraine's Olesya Povh WINS 60m GOLD in 7.13. Jodie Williams
gets out of the blocks brilliantly and gets fourth in 7.21. Equalling her lifetime best. Brilliant. Not bad for a 17-year-old eh? And the youngest athlete in Paris.
The 60m women just doing their friendly waves as they get introduced to the noisy Parisian crowd. Let's see how Williams gets on.
A few quotes from Jodie Williams
ahead of the Euros: "I'm aiming to get to the final and then anything can happen. [JOB DONE!] I'm missing school to do this. But they've given me a ton of work to do while I'm out here including a load of maths papers." A big gold star for making the final Jodie. She ran a PB 7.21 in the semis and with times of 7.1 by the other girls then a medal is unrealistic but will be great experience for her. If you want to know more about Jodie then read
by BBC Sport's Jess Creighton. All top stuff.
So seconds away from the women's 60m final
and it's the men's sprint final
with Dwain Chambers
taking on France's Christophe Lemaitre
So Jodie Williams
. What do we know about her? She's 17, is the reigning world youth and world junior champion over 100m, she had to request a week off school to make her senior GB debut here in Paris and now stands sixth on the GB all-time 60m list after her showing in the semis. She won the 100m at the world juniors in Canada last summer and then her defeat in the 200m final came after an amazing 151 successive victories. Good pedigree this one and she hasn't looked out of her depth this week in Paris. Oh - and the A-Levels she's studying are maths, psychology and PE. Brains as well as fast legs.
Seven minutes away from Jodie Williams
in the 60m final. More noise in Paris as Teddy Tamgho
gets leaping in the triple jump final.
Russia's Darya Klishina
wins the women's long jump
after a best effort of 6.80m, while two-time former champion Naide Gomes
of Portugal (6.79m) takes silver and Russian Yuliya Pidluzhnaya
(6.75m) gets bronze.
The ding-donging is getting even more ding-dongy in the women's pole vault
clears 4.75 in stunning fashion. Up steps Rogowska
, clears the bar, hits the bar, more wobbles than a bowl of raspberry jelly but it stays on. Nerves of steel. Drama.
A brilliant last stretch in the 1500m final. Turkey's Kemal Koyuncu
almost causes a shock but Spain's Manuel Olmedo
just comes through in 3:41.03.
In the women's pole vault
, Poland's Anna Rogowska
having a right old ding dong with Germany's Silke
(great name) Spiegelburg
(great surname). Both at the top having failed at 4.75m. Men's 1500m final
With more medals up for grabs with Williams, Chambers and the relays, how about some predictions or anything else in your head. As you know, I'm
and if you want to tweet me, DO IT. If you use Twitter, please use the hashtag
And if you have a phone then how about a text on 81111.
The men's 1500m final
coming up. And at 1540 it's time for Jodie. Jodie Williams
that is in the 60m final. Some more details on Jodie in just a sec.
Colin Jackson offers hope for silver medallist Jenny Meadows on BBC Two: "She's still the same girl. One day it will all fall right for her I'm sure."
Meadows led all the way and looked very relaxed but just gets pipped in the last 50 metres by Russian Yevgeniya Zinurova
. Another silver medal for the Brit. Meadows
says: "I felt good on Saturday and wanted to take the pace on again. It's difficult indoors. I didn't feel the best today. A fifth and fourth previously, so a silver is still great. Seeing Helen my room-mate on the podium was a nice way of starting my race. There was some stress in the last 100m - I was brave but I'm still very pleased with myself." Okoro
was fifth by the way and says: "I did all I could do today."
JENNY MEADOWS WINS SILVER IN THE 800M.
Meadows leads from the word GO. A gap of three metres at the bell. Okoro in third.
"Don't be surprised if Jenny attacks this from the front" says Steve Cram. Let's see. They're off.
Ding dong. The clock chimes THREE and Meadows is ready. Okoro is ready. The 800m final is seconds away.
After a silver at the World Indoors last year, Jenny Meadows gets ready for the 800m final as Helen Clitheroe
steps on to the podium to wear her 3,000m gold. It's nine years since she last stepped on to the rostrum. Nice. A massive boost for the oldies. (With respect to the oldies). A very special moment. Denise Lewis
is optimistic about Meadows' chances: "She's been fourth, fifth in previous years and today is the day she can get the gold medal." Big chat.
We are eight minutes away from Jenny Meadows and Marilyn Okoro
in the 800m final. Don't you go disappearing anywhere. I'm watching you.
Osagie just gets edged out in the last 200m. It's a one-two for Poland. Adam Kszczot wins gold in 1:47.87 ahead of team-mate Marcin Lewandowski. Osagie punches the sidewall. Time for some chat with Phil Jones. "I'll look back and be happy to make the final. But I missed an opportunity to get a medal. There was some quality in that race so I cant be too disheartened. But I'm bitterly disappointed. It's the start of better things." Mixed emotions! Can't be easy to do an interview after getting fourth.
One lap to go. DING DING. Osagie has a chance in third.
The gun goes off. Osagie aiming to be the sixth Brit to win this event. Seb Coe was the first in 1977 - Tom McKean the last in 1990. C'mon Andrew.
Men's 800m final coming up. Can Andrew Osagie
win more metal for GB? He looked smooth in the semis. "He's got a great chance of a medal" says Steve Cram.
TheJT on Twitter:
"Hurrah for 37 year-olds! Well done Helen Clitheroe. Terrific 3000m race!"
Gushing words from an emotional Denise Lewis
about Helen Clitheroe
: "She had to be brave and that's the result of years of perseverance and believing in yourself. The last 12 months have been difficult [she had her funding cut]. It shows a strong mind and passion goes a long way."
A delighted Clitheroe
steps up towards the BBC's Phil Jones and says: "I can't believe it. It's what I've been dreaming of but not daring to say it aloud. Even when I crossed the line I thought 'it can't be me'. This is what I've been waiting for, for all these years. I still didn't know I'd won when I went over the line. My coach told me to believe in myself, whatever happens. I'd have been happy with any medal but a gold! I can't believe it." She ends up by declaring she may make a dress out of her Union Jack flag. Stunning stuff.
"The girl from Preston has done it in Paris" says Steve Cram. Not bad for a 37-year-old. Clitheroe wins in 8:56.66 and she's all smiles. 0.03sec ahead of highly-fancied Russian Olesya Syreva and Poland's Lidia Chojecka. Brilliant. The Brit strolls round the track - now running actually - wrapped in the Union Jack flag and grinning like a teenager. She's 20 years older than Jodie Williams who's running at 1540 in the 60m. But let's enjoy this for Clitheroe right now. A magical moment.
HELEN CLITHEROE WINS 3,000m GOLD.
The leading group drops down to four. "Surely not another fourth for Clitheroe" says Cram. One lap to go....and it's still four.
It's 800m (four laps to go) and it's still Clitheroe and Checa. "They're all waiting" says Steve Cram.
Clitheroe edges ahead with Spain's Checa but it's still a very steady pace with six laps to go. "All the dangers are there" says Steve Cram.
It's 15 laps and commentator Steve Cram reveals the last time Clitheroe won a medal was in Manchester at the Commonwealths in 2002. She's come fourth on four occasions. She's sitting pretty in the front three with 12 laps to go.
The 3,000m runners just waiting for the heptathlon boys to wind up their celebrations. Now we're ready. C'mon Helen - crank up those achy limbs.
GB's Helen Clitheroe
lined up for the 3,000 final. Can the 37-year-old get on the podium?
France's Nadir El Fassi brings the house down by winning the 1,000m. A bit of a wait as the Parisian computers crank up the stats but HEPTATHLON goes to Belarus' Andrei Krauchanka
El Fassi gets silver - Roman Sebrle wins bronze.
Was going to throw you some details about Jodie Williams but let's go with the final event in the men's heptathlon. It's the 1,000m and points up for grabs. Can Czech veteran Roman Sebrle
grab gold? The boys just being introduced to the Paris crowd.
Alcamin on Twitter:
"Watching some of the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Really grown to like these sports over the years. Really impressive."
Following the wonderful poloneck worn by Jonathan Edwards
yesterday, it's time for Colin Jackson
to steal the limelight. It's a shocking beauty. It's woollen. It's burgundy. It has buttons. It's a woolly vest. Big buttons. And it has big flappy collars. A cardigan with collars! Sensational effort Colin.
The women's long jump final set to begin. The first sight of a GB vest will be the women's 3,000m final at 1415 with Helen Clitheroe
looking good for a medal. Ssshhhh - could be the kiss of death - sorry Helen. Then at 1500 it'll be Jenny Meadows and Marilyn Okoro
in the 800m final. Jodie Williams
at 1540 in the 60m final. Then it's Chambers v Lemaitre
Farah continues about his impending move to the States. "It hasn't been easy changing coach. You look at your career and I've been the best in Europe and I want to do that on the world stage. My new coach is not afraid of doing new things. I need to focus and keep training. I've been sixth or seventh in the world and I need to get closer to a medal and improve by a second and a half. I've become more more confident and now I'm not afraid." Top winning chat. Medal chances for Mo in London in 18 months?
Farah is the perfect example of how winners can still be nice. He reflects on his race to BBC Sport: "I was nervous. I was lacking sharpness. It's all about working hard and grafting. It doesn't bother me if you're favourite. We just come out here and just see what we can do."
With one minute before the live coverage on the BBC, I need to tell you about my pathetic start to work today. I arrived at TVC. I strolled down the corridor. My head was filled with athletics - Chambers, Williams, medals, running, jumping, the podium, London 2012 even entered my noggin. I approached the lifts. 72% of my head was screaming 'take the stairs'. I wanted to take the stairs, I really did. I took the lift. Pathetic. I feel as though I've let my family down, the world of athletics down. I hang my head in shame. Anybody else been more lazy than that today? A 12-second drive to get the newspaper perhaps? Or better still - tell me your heroic stories of athleticism and over-exertion. Twitter or text.
Let's be having you.
A quick overview of what's coming up in Paris. And I don't mean a 12-inch baguette avec une cappuccino. It's all about the women for the first hour with the long jump final
at 1350, followed by the pole vault
and high jump
. First GB interest at 1500 as Jenny Meadows
and Marilyn Okoro
run in the 800m
final. Look out for the lively Teddy Tamgho
in the triple jump from 1525. At 1540, it's the dazzling 17-year-old Jodie Williams
in the 60m final. And then it's the battle of the two powerhouses at 1555 with defending champ Dwain Chambers
taking on local boy Christophe Lemaitre
in the 60m. And the day wraps up with the crazy relays from 1640. What else is there to do this afternoon hey?
So how about chucking me some predictions or general athletics thoughts. Jodie Williams
a future winner? Chambers vs Lemaitre
in the 60m? More medals for Meadows
today? First things first - I'm
and if you want to tweet me, don't be shy, just DO IT. I really don't bite. If you do use Twitter, please use the hashtag
Nice. And if you have a phone in your paws then how about a text on 81111.
Just so you know - time for those all-important coverage details. For live text then stay right here. The live website video
and BBC One
kicks off at 1330 and will take you through to 1730. You can also follow the action on 5 live sports extra
1400-1645. What more could you possibly want from me? You can have anything apart from a slice of my ham sandwich. Not a chance.
So how's everybody doing on this 'sizzling Sunday'? (as everybody is now calling it) Everybody so far that includes me. Who's in?
Afternoon. What a day. What a blooming day. In the cricket
, England fight back to
defeat South Africa
at the World Cup. In the football
, Liverpool take on
And more importantly, arguably, I offer you a huge plate of Parisian athletics to chew on that will make you feel positively rotund. It's a feast. Details to follow. Une grand bonjour to everyone.