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Triple Jumper Hansen Sets Record

February 28, 1998

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) _ Britain’s Ashia Hansen set a new indoor world record with a triple jump of 49 feet, 9 inches to take the gold medal in the women’s final Saturday at the European Indoors Championships.

Hansen’s jump replaced the previous record of 49-3 3/4 set by Russia’s Yolanda Chen in Barcelona on March 11, 1995.

``I still can’t believe it,″ Hansen said. ``I knew it was a big jump, but when I got out of the pit I didn’t think it was that far and didn’t realize that I got the world record.″

Greece’s sprinting tradition stood firm with Agelos Pavlakakis finishing winning the 60 meters in a time of 6.55 seconds.

After the first day of finals, Germany leads the medal list with seven _ including three golds. Russia is second with five and Britain with two.

Germany’s Melanie Paschke, took the gold in the women’s 60 clocking 7.14 .

Rui Silva of Portugal pulled off a surprise victory over favored Spanish runners in the men’s 1,500, coming from behind near the end to clock 3 minutes, 44.57 seconds. France’s Kader Chekhamani was second at 3:44.89.

Austria’s Theresia Kiesl, Olympic bronze medalist, took the gold in the women’s 1,500m posting a fastest time of 4.13.62. In second place was Lidia Chojecka of Poland with 4:14.93.

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