Birmingham 2007 European indoor championships


03 March 2007

One-two for Great Britain in the Men’s Triple Jump

Phillips IdowuPhillips Idowu took gold ahead of Nathan Douglas in a scintillating men’s triple jump competition at Birmingham’s NIA.

Idowu laid down his mark early – his opening leap of 17.56m was not only the winning jump of the competition, but a world lead and a championship record.

The newly crowned European Indoor Champion was delighted that his pre-event plan had gone well:

“Wow - that was close! My aim today was to get a big first jump in and then be a spectator for the rest of the competition. I have to give credit to Nathan though, he made me carry on jumping! It's great to be able to call myself "European Champion". The atmosphere was fantastic and the crowd really gave me a lift. I had to wait until the last round to be really sure that I'd won as Nathan kept going further and further. For us to get a GB 1-2 is great.

Idowu’s victory came off the back of a bruised heel, which had prevented him training for the two weeks leading up to the competition: I’m still in pain but in great shape,” he added. The winning mark was just 8cm shy of Jonathan Edward’s British record and a personal best by three centimeters.

A personal best rewarded Douglas with a silver medal: “I'm very pleased. We both performed at world class level all the way through. I always knew I had a big jump in me, it was just a case of keeping focused throughout the competition. You have to be happy with silver when you jump 17.47 and in front of the home crowd.”

Russian Aleksandr Sergeyav’s effort of 17.15m was a season’s best and enough to clinch bronze.

“Third place here is a very good day for me,” said Sergeyev. “This is my first major European Championships and I will take a lot from the experience. This season I have had is my best season ever, with another good jump today. The other two were very good but I will learn from this Championship and be stronger for it.”

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