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As a five-time world cross-country champion, two-time Olympic 10,000m silver medallist and former world marathon record-holder Paul Tergat was one of the most versatile distance runners of his generation.
A surprise world indoor record* for Poland, a third world indoor title for Renaud Lavillenie and a hometown hero taking gold were among the final highlights of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
Seven weeks ahead of his scheduled return to London for the Virgin Money London Marathon, Mo Farah warmed up with an assured victory at the inaugural Vitality Big Half on Sunday (4).
The Polish quartet of Karol Zalewski, Rafal Omelko, Lukasz Krawczuk, Jakub Krzewina broke the world indoor record* in the men's 4x400m with a stunning finish to the final track event of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
The US quartet dominated the women’s 4x400m as expected, flying to a championship record of 3:23.85 to secure their third straight victory.
Andrew Pozzi whipped the British crowd into a delighted frenzy, as the local athlete stormed to a popular and frantically-tight victory in a dramatic final over the USA’s Jarrett Eaton, for Britain’s first gold medal on the men's side at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
With the bar at 5.90m and three men clear at 5.85m, Renauld Lavillenie stood on the runway as the final man to make a second attempt, knowing that a clearance would likely secure him a third world indoor title.
At the last IAAF World Indoor Championships, in Portland in 2016, Ivana Spanovic had the title in her grasp until the penultimate jump of the competition. The Serb was sitting pretty in gold medal position with a 7.07m jump – until Brittney Reese, the US jumper known as The Beast since her collegiate days as an all-conquering sporting all-rounder, unleashed a 7.22m championship record.
On the day the track and field world bade a sad goodbye to the man who achieved the most celebrated middle distance feat of all time, Sir Roger Bannister, it seemed fitting that a new talent should emerge into the global spotlight.
Not since the days of the Maria Mutola has there been a successful title defence in the women’s 800m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha successfully defended his 3000m title with a powerful display of front running over the final kilometre of a tactical final.
The men’s 60m hurdles finalists were decided at the opening of the sixth and final session of these championships, and as in the first round, it was Britain’s Andrew Pozzi who emerged as the fastest qualifier.
Welcome to day four of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
The IAAF is deeply saddened to hear that Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile within four minutes, died on Sunday (4) at the age of 88.
Breaking away from his final pursuer just before the 40-kilometre mark, Kenyan Joseph Macharia Ndirangu took a 2:07:53 victory at the 73rd Lake Biwa Marathon in Otsu, Japan, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday (4).
Three championship records, two other world leads and drama aplenty: just another night at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
Still the wait goes on for Katerina Stefanidi. The 28-year-old might have come to Birmingham as the Greek with the Midas vaulting touch – on a role of European outdoor, Olympic, European indoor, and world indoor titles – but, when it came to the world indoor final, the one gold missing from her Fort Knox collection proved beyond her grasp once again.
In an event that combined youth and experience, it was the latter that came out on top as Will Claye regained the world indoor triple jump title he won six years ago.
It was another record-breaking 60m blast from Christian Coleman, and a first global gold medal for the burgeoning 21-year-old US sprint talent from the USA.
Emerging from the ashes of an emotional 400m contest, Pavel Maslak became the first three-time winner of the event at these championships.