BIRMINGHAM, England (Xinhua) --
Frenchman Renauld Lavillenie won his third world
pole vault indoor title and Poland broke the men’s 4x400m world
record in the final day’s competition of the World Indoor
Championships here on Sunday.
the gold medal thanks to a superb second time clearance at 5.90m
in the day’s final event, which lasted close to three hours.
The French world
record holder edged out the outdoor world champion Sam Kendricks
of the United States and Poland’s world silver medalist Piotr
Lisek, both of whom cleared 5.85m.
A record 13 men got
over 5.60m, including Chinese national champion Xue Changrui.
Nine men cleared 5.70m and six exceeded 5.80m.
Thiago Braz of Brazil and 2011 world champion Pawel
Wojciechowski of Poland were both stopped at 5.70m. “I’m very,
very happy,” Lavillenie said. “The competition was a real
battle. The competition was very long and very intense as you
can see with seven athletes trying to jump 5.90m.”
Jakub Krzewina, who
ran the final leg of the 4x400m, helped Poland sweep past the
United States in the final strides of the race to produce one of
the biggest upsets in indoor competition history. The US team
led for the first three legs but 2016 relay gold medalist Vernon
Norwood wasted a four-meter margin as Krzewina crossed the line
first in 3:01.77, beating the world indoor record of 3:02.13 set
by the US team in Sopot at the World Indoor Championships four
hurdler delights home-crowd
Andrew Pozzi earned
the host country their second gold medal from the men’s 60m
hurdles as he edged past American Jarret Eaton by just one
hundredth of a second.
The 25-year-old, was
the fastest qualifier for the final following an impressive 7.46
in the semi-finals earlier. He sent the home crowd into a frenzy
with his first medal on a global stage. The British team
captain said, “To be a world champion in Birmingham makes the
achievement tenfold. I’ve grown up here over the last decade -
the first competition I ever watched was the trials here 15
champion Francine Niyonsaba set a world leading time of 1:58.31
to take the women’s 800m title following a tussle with Ajee
Wilson of the United States. Britain’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke ran
clear of Ethiopia’s Habitam Alemu in the final 40 meters to take
Spanovic, who won the silver two years ago in Portland, finally
landed her first global title in the women’s long jump thanks to
a 6.96m leap in the fourth round.
athletes put in strong showing
In the men’s 3,000m
final, Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha, 20, successfully defended his
title with an easy victory in 8:14.41. His compatriot,
18-year-old Selemon Barega, managed to sneak the silver medal in
the closing metres while Kenya’s Bethwell Birgen took the
The men’s 1,500m
gold also went to Ethiopia. 18-year-old Samuel Tefera won his
country’s fourth gold medal at the championships in just his
fourth ever indoor race. Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski won the
silver and Morocco’s 2012 champion Abdelaati Iguider was third.
After four days’
competition, the United States topped the medal table with six
gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals. Ethiopia was second with
four gold and one silver while Poland finished third with two
gold, two silver and one bronze.
The next World
Indoor Championships will be held in Nanjing, China, in 2020.