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  Sunday, 11 August, 2002, 18:16 GMT 19:16 UK
Munich's fantastic finale

Sunday was a great way to end what has been a wonderfully enjoyable championships.

Britain's Matt Elias and Daniel Caines
Elias and Caines changed their running order
There were two good relays from the British men, although they were such strong favourites that it would have been a real disappointment if they hadn't won.

The sprint boys looked particularly good.

There was a slight concern when we saw Tony Jarrett warming up and heard that Darren Campbell's hamstring was giving him a few worries.

With Jason Gardener and Allyn Condon having declined selection, the team would suddenly have looked in a spot of bother had one of the guys pulled out.


The 400m line-up was just about as good as you can get

The question mark over the 400m team was not one of selection but simply a matter of who ran which leg.

It's one for them to think about in the future.

I'm not convinced that you get the best out of Matt Elias when you have him on the second leg.

Apparently there was a very late change of plan. Until last night, Daniel Caines was going to run the second with Matt on the anchor.

Both relay teams have strength in depth, but the 400m line-up we saw on Sunday was just about as good as you can get.

Wilson Kipketer
Kipketer was in a class of his own
I know there's Tim Benjamin and Chris Rawlinson to come back in, but I like Jared Deacon on the first leg. He never lets you down.

I really enjoyed the men's 800m. What a great race. Andre Bucher put in a brilliant performance. If he was just a little fitter...

Then again, no-one would have beaten Wilson Kipketer.

It sounds like an obvious thing to say when he's the world record holder, but he is one of the greatest middle distance runners there's ever been.

I love to watch him run, and I just hope he can stay fit and healthy for a couple of years and win the Olympic gold his talent deserves.

Sureyya Ayhan beat Gabriela Szabo in the 1500m
Ayhan toppled the mighty Szabo
The women's 1500m was a shock. Sureyya Ayhan is a hell of a strong runner, but very few of us had predicted her holding off Gabi Szabo.

Ayhan tried the same tactics at the World Championships last summer, going off fast and trying to hang on, but she wasn't strong enough.

This time she was. Szabo clearly thought she could sit with her and then kick off her shoulder on the home straight, but the magic of last year wasn't there.

Neither woman had run a 1500m this season before Sunday, but to me that is less significant than the fact the Ayhan had barely raced at all.

I guess she knows what suits her - and you can't argue with the scalp of Szabo and a gold medal, can you?


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