BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Athletics: European Athletics  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Statistics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

  Saturday, 10 August, 2002, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
Hansen leaps to glory
Ashia Hansen in action during the triple jump final
Hansen needed a season's best to take victory


Britain's Ashia Hansen produced a superb final leap of 15 metres to claim gold in the women's triple jump at the European Athletics Championships.

Hansen saved her best to last as she staged a repeat of her victory at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Heli Koivula of Finland took the silver medal with 14.83m and Yelena Oleynikova of Russia won bronze with 14.54m.


It gave me confidence knowing I could do it in the last round
Ashia Hansen

Koivula had put the pressure on Hansen with a personal best in the first round.

But the 31-year-old held her nerve to come up with a season's best with her sixth and final jump and take her first European gold.

It was the first time Hansen had reached the 15m mark for three years.

"She (Koivula) piled on the pressure in the first round and I was making mistakes because I was trying so hard," said Hansen.

"I did one in the fifth round but it was a no jump. I knew it was in me and when the sixth round came I just had to relax and do exactly the same thing.

"It gave me confidence knowing I could do it in the last round but I don't like doing it like that because it's too much to handle."

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
Triple jump winner Ashia Hansen
"All I was doing was making mistakes"

All the action

Round-up

Our Man in Munich

Photo gallery

Have your say

Internet link
Links to more European Athletics stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more European Athletics stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales