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Athletics Wednesday, 31 July, 2002, 19:53 GMT 20:53 UK
East claims surprise gold
England's Michael East beats Kenyan favourite Williams Chirchir to the line
East (left) outsprinted Chirchir down the home straight
England's Michael East saw off favourite Williams Chirchir to record a stunning victory in the men's 1500m in Manchester.

East beat his Kenyan rival to the line with a storming sprint down the home straight.

He won in three minutes 37.35 seconds from Chirchir, with Australia's Abdi Youcef third in 3:37.77.

East's team-mate Anthony Whiteman made a bid for victory from 200m out but was overhauled in the home straight, finishing fourth in a season's best 3:38.04.

East surprised himself with his performance and admitted the best he had hoped for was third.

"I have shocked myself. If anything I thought I could snatch a bronze. It's surreal but I am delighted," he said.

"I knew I was capable of winning a major championship but I have been a bit off form and a little bit tired lately, so it is a cross between shock and ecstasy."

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