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European Indoor Championship: Medals, wins and WR from Bercy
The 31st European Indoor Championship held in Paris, France:
The French party that began on the opening night of the 31st European Indoor championships with Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida’s victory in the Pentathlon continued on Saturday with two more national records by the home team, capped with Renaud Lavillenie’s spectacular 6.03m clearance in the Pole Vault that made him the 3rd Pole Vaulter of all-time! The bar that danced and bounced didn't finally follow, so it allows him to  eclipse Jean Galfione, the ex-record holder of 6.00m. Then the journey ended on Sunday 6 with a World Record for Teddy Tamgho who tripled twice 17.92m! It was unusual for the Italian Fabrizio Donato to stay in the second position in indoors with 17.70m! Donato set also a NR for Italy. Teddy who finished with no medals in the long jump, has put all his angry in the triple jump and improved by 1cm his previous WR. France aslo took gold in 4x400m  with a NR and 400m with Lesli Djone.

While nine different countries struck gold on the final day, Russia added three to end the weekend with 15 medals in all, just four ahead of France which collected 11. Darya Klishina was the first to strike gold thanks to a 6.80m leap in the fifth round to wrestle the Long Jump title from Naide Gomes by a lone centimetre. It was the first senior title for the 20-year-old, the reigning European junior and former World youth champion who is less than two months into her twenties. For Portugal’s Gomes, the 2004 World indoor champion in the Pentathlon and 2008 World indoor gold medallist in the Long Jump, it was a season’s best. Bronze went to Russian Yuliya Pidluzhnaya, who improved her career best to 6.75m in round five. In the women’s 800m, Briton Jenny Meadows looked every bit the winner for the first 700 metres, but that mattered little over the last 100. Controlling the race from the outset, the UK record holder led by more than half a second through 600 metres but well behind her, Russian Yevgeniya Zinurova was just biding her time. With just over half a lap remaining, the 28-year-old Zinurova moved up through the field, first passing Meadows’ teammate Marilyn Okoro and then finally reeling in Meadows over the final few metres to win in 2:00.19 to the Briton’s 2:00.50. The result of the women’s 4x400m Relay was no surprise, with Russia again dominating, this time in 3:29.34, well ahead of Great Britain (3:31.36) and host France (3:32.16).

In the women’s Pole Vault, 4.55m was the magic number. Nine women negotiated that height – Poland’s reigning World champion Anna Rogowska and Germans Elizaveta Ryzih and Silke Speigelburg sailed through the round without a miss. Not making the cut was teenage sensation Angelica Bengtsson, the 17-year-old Swede who raised the World junior record to 4.63m earlier this winter. The World junior and Youth Olympic Games champion wasn’t quite up to task here though, first running into trouble at 4.15m, which required two tries, before leaving the competition after three misses at 4.45m. Anna Rogowska dominated the Pole Vault, eventually scaling a 4.85m national record. Sealing the victory with a massive clearance at 4.80m, the 29-year-old vaulting Pole needed a second before sailing clear at 4.85, adding four centimetres to her previous best while moving up to the No. 3 spot all-time. In the men’s race, Adam Kszczot led a rare 1-2 finish for Poland, the first such gold and silver showing for a nation since 1992.

The way he smiled widely and shook his head for the introductory television camera shots, Francis Obikwelu indicated that he might have a surprise in store in the 60m. That he did. When the dust had settled and the photo was read, the 2004 Olympic 100m silver medallist edged defending champion Dwain Chambers by a scant 0.01 in 6.53, in what turned out to be this championships’ battle of the 32-year-olds. The fastest by a European this winter and a Portuguese national record. Christophe Lemaitre, wildly popular here, didn’t leave empty handed. Fighting back from a somewhat sluggish start, the 20-year-old closed fast to clock 6.58 for the bronze.

Read more (source IAAF):

European Indoor Championship Day 1
European Indoor Championship Day 2
European Indoor Championship Day 3
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