04 March 2007
Gardener storms to fourth victory
Britain’s Jason Gardener stormed to his fourth European Indoor 60m title at Birmingham’s NIA. The Bath Bullet shot out of his blocks and led from the gun, winning in a time of 6.51s.
“I feel fantastic. You don't know how much this means to me,” Gardener said. “I needed to dig deep to win that one, but I've got a wealth of experience and I've been pushing really hard in training. I've been through a tough time recently. It means so much to me with the difficult season I've had, but I trusted in myself and always believed in what I could do.”
Gardener’s training partner, Craig Pickering took silver in a time of 6.59s. “I’m so satisfied with that. I don't think I could have done much more. Jasons' run was amazing. I don't know where he got that from, but I can't complain as I got the silver.”
Gardener was delighted for the twenty year old: "I had to dig deep and use all my experience to come through it. I'm delighted with my time, but I'm also pleased for Craig because he has had to deal with a lot of pressure. He deserves this."
Ronald Pognan of France was third, just 0.01s behind Pickering.
Ryan Scott, Britain’s third competitor in the final, was disqualified after a false start.