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Wednesday, 31 July, 2002, 19:53 GMT 20:53 UK

East claims surprise gold

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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