04 March 2007
Brits top table as Championships draw to a close
The European Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham have drawn to a close after three days of thrilling action at the National Indoor Arena, enjoyed by a combined total of 18,000 spectators.
The crowd, and the watching millions on TV, have been treated to some top quality action – with two Championship records, a unique medal-winning double and a table-topping performance from the British team amongst the highlights.
A flurry of medals on the final day saw Britain top the final medals table – winning three gold, four silver and three bronze to finish ahead of Italy and Sweden. The Russians finished fourth overall, but did claim most medals winning 15 in total.
Championship record honours went to Tia Hellebaut of Belgium in the women’s high jump who won the event by a huge 9cm margin after clearing 2.05m, and Britain’s Phillips Idowu whose leap of 17.56m in the men’s triple jump final was also the best in the world by any athlete this year.
The other particularly notable performances came from Lidia Chojecka of Poland who created history by being the first athlete to complete the 1500m and 3000m golden double, and, of course, Britain’s Jason Gardener who won his fourth European title in the men’s 60m.
The baton now hands over to Turin, who will host the Championships in 2009.