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Last Updated: Friday, 29 August, 2003, 21:14 GMT 22:14 UK
Phillips claims long jump
Dwight Phillips
Dwight Phillips of the United States jumped 8.32m to win the long jump gold medal at the World Championships.

Jamaica's James Beckford was four centimetres behind Phillips in second, with Spain's Yago Lamela taking the bronze medal.

Britain's Chris Tomlinson jumped 7.83m in qualifying, but he was ninth with only the top eight progressing through to the final.

Four-time defending champion Ivan Pedroso of Cuba aggravated an ankle injury in qualifying and was unable to compete in the final.

Phillips had won his last four competitions and jumping in a body suit he added the outdoor title to his world indoor crown.

"I have always wanted to be at the top," Phillips said.

"Now I am the world champion, and that feels good.

"I was well prepared but the gold medal did not come easy. The competition was so tight that the pressure I felt was enormous.

"Even my best jump was not good, I thought I did not hit the board that well."





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