Jackson Wins Indoor 60-Meter Hurdles
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VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Britain’s Colin Jackson, ranked in the top 10 for 16 consecutive seasons, won the 60-meter hurdles Saturday at the European Indoors.
Jackson was timed in 7.40 seconds, 0.04 faster than his season’s best. Austria’s Elmar Lichtnegger was second in 7.44 and Russia’s Yevgeniy Pechonkin was third in 7.50.
The men’s 1,500 belonged to Portugal’s Rui Silva. He won by a yard and finished in 3 minutes, 49.93 seconds, for his season’s best mark.
Spain’s Juan Higuero was second in 3:50.08 and Britain’s Michael East was third in 3:50.52.
Poland took the gold and bronze in the men’s 200. Marcin Urbas won in 20.64 seconds, 0.01 ahead of Christian Malcolm of Britain. Robert Mackowiak was third in 20.77.
France’s Muriel Hurtis retained her European Indoor title over 200, timed in 22.52. Austria’s Karin Mayr was second in 22.70, her fastest time this season. Germany’s Gabi Rockmeier was third in 23.05.
Glory Alozie, born in Nigeria but now racing for Spain, easily won the women’s 60-meter hurdles in 7.84 seconds. Linda Ferga of France was second and Kirstin Bolm of Germany was third.
In the men’s 3,000, Spaniards Alberto Garcia and Antonio Jiminez finished 1-2. Compatriot Jesus Espana shared third with Britain’s John Maycock.
Garcia was timed in 7:43.89, with Jiminez at 7:46.49 and Espana and Maycock at 7:48.08.
``We’ve been able to show everyone that Spanish athletes are among Europe’s best,″ Garcia said.
Russia’s Marina Kuptsova beat Sweden’s Kajsa Bergqvist to win the women’s high jump, clearing 6-foot-8.
Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic won the heptathlon, outclassing defending champion and countryman Thomas Dvorak and Olympic decathlon gold medalist Erki Nool of Estonia.
Sebrle finished the seven-event competition with 6,280 points. Last summer, Sebrle became the first decathlete to break the 9,000-point mark.
In the shot put, Spain’s Manuel Martinez edged Denmark’s Joachim Olsen for the title by an inch with a throw of 69-9 in his fifth attempt.
Bulgaria’s Tereza Marinova captured the women’s triple jump with a leap of 48-7 1/4 in her second jump _ the season’s best performance.
``I’m the Olympic champion and I was determined not to lose the gold medal here,″ Marinova said.