Richard Kilty storms to 60m win at European Athletics Indoor Championships
Britain`s Richard Kilty made a fine addition to his world indoor gold as he won the 60-metre race at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague on Sunday.
Prague: Britain`s Richard Kilty made a fine addition to his world indoor gold as he won the 60-metre race at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague on Sunday.
Kilty clocked 6.51sec as he beat Germany`s Christian Blum (6.58) and Julian Reus (6.60).
He was the only Briton running in the finals after Chijindu Ujah had been disqualified for a false start.
Sean Safo-Antwi failed to reach the finals by a hundredth of a second.
"My second gold medal indoors, now I am ready to show something outdoors too and I am working on it very hard," said the 25-year-old Kilty.
"Maybe there were some people who thought I was just lucky in Sopot (in 2014) but I am confident and this confirmed I am in a good shape."
Dwain Chambers did not make it to Prague as the British federation decided to sideline the controversial 36-year-old legend.
Other major absentees on the shortest track included French sprinters Christophe Lemaitre and defending champion Jimmy Vicaut.
Dafne Schippers equalled this year`s world-leading time of 7.05sec to take 60m gold.
"Every medal counts and I appreciate this gold a lot," said the Dutch European 100m and 200m champion.
Schippers revealed new plans ahead of the world outdoor championships in Beijing in August.
"I will focus on heptathlon now. I already train for the multi events."
Britain`s 19-year-old sprinter Dina Asher-Smith equalled the British record at 7.08sec to come second ahead of Germany`s Verena Sailer, the 2010 European outdoor champion (7.09).
Russian high jumper Daniyil Tsyplakov took the honours ahead of Italy`s Silvano Chesani and Greece`s Adonios Mastoras who shared second with all three clearing 2.31m.
Poland`s Marcin Lewandowski took gold in the men`s 800m at 1min 46.67sec ahead of Ireland`s Mark English and Thijmen Kupers of the Netherlands.
Selina Buechel of Switzerland won women`s 800m in 2min 01.95sec, beating Olympic bronze medalist Yekaterina Poistogova from Russia and defending champion Nataliya Lupu from Ukraine.
British star Jenny Meadows did not start in the finals after grappling with a heavy cold for several days.
The home crowd went crazy when Jakub Holusa edged past Turkey`s Ilham Tanui Ozbilen in a nerve-wracking finish to take the 1500m gold in a national record of 3min 37.68sec. Britain`s Chris O`Hare was third.
Dutch runner Sifan Hassan lost nine seconds against her world-leading time but won the women`s 1500m comfortably in 4min 09.04sec after taking a massive lead from the start.
Russia`s Ilya Shkurenyov won the heptathlon with a world-leading 6,353 points, beating Arthur Abele of Germany and Dutch defending champion Eelco Sintnicolaas.
Adding to Russian joy, Yekaterina Koneva dominated the women`s triple jump with a world-leading 14.69 metres ahead of Gabriela Petrova from Bulgaria and Hanna Knyazyeva from Israel.
And Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia won women`s pole vault gold in 4.80m ahead of Greece`s Ekaterini Stefanidi and Sweden`s Angelica Bengtsson.
The gold in the final 4x400-metre relays went to Belgium with the three Borlee brothers, and to French women.