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Welcome to our coverage of the final
day of the world indoor athletics
Championships here in Birmingham. It
is a very sad day for the world of
athletics and, indeed, British and
world sport. Sir Roger Bannister,
the first man to run a four-minute
mile, has died at 88.
Here is Patrick Geary.
A windy, rainy day in Oxford. May
The crowds were braving the
conditions. They had heard a British
medical student was set to challenge
a seemingly unbreakable record, the
four minute mile.
So when the weather brightened up at
the track, Bannister set off with
two friends acting as pacemakers.
When Chris chat away began to tire,
it was over to Bannister.
and anguish. My mind took over. --
makes to joy and anguish. I felt
that the moment of a lifetime had
The Everest of athletics was
about to be conquered. Bannister
broke the tape in three minutes 59.4
Am absolutely overwhelmed.
It is a great surprise to me to be
able to do it today, I think Ibis
He would never topped
what happens on the track that day,
but he became a major figure in
British sport. He shared the sports
Council and introduced the first
test for anabolic steroids. By the
time he appeared at the 2012 Sports
Personality Of The Year awards, he
knew he was suffering from
Parkinson's, a disease he spent most
of his life treating as a
neurologist. He was knighted for
services to medicine and sport.
Bannister regarded his medical
career as the greater achievements
but had strong memories of his day
I collapsed as I crossed
the tape but recovered sufficiently
to hear him announcing in a time
which, subject to ratification, will
be a new world record, three... And
after that the noise of the crowds
are obliterated the remainder of his
Lord Sebastian: Steve Cram have
joined me to talk more about the
significance of that moment. -- Lord
Sebastian Coe and Steve Cram. And
also put into context how that day
perhaps transcends athletics and
sport. It was in an age of
pioneering. If you could put into
context for us exactly where he came
from in his athletics career and
what it was like for him?
part of that Corinthian age where,
as you have heard in that film, for
him, athletics might not have been
the be all and end all but, as you
said rightly, there was a pioneering
spirit in the 50s.
spirit in the 50s. Roger was a great
athlete, he would tease said and I
about had he been around in our day
with better tracks, shoes and
training methods. He was a great
athlete. It was destined to happen.
We heard John Landy was going to try
to break the four-minute mile.
Everything came together on that
day. It was filmed. For the first
time the news of what happened very
quickly got out to not only the
British public but around the world.
It was one of the first sporting
events for that to happen. The
resonance of his achievement was
much greater than it might have been
if he had done its two or three
years earlier. He was always very
self-effacing about it but, for me,
and I am sure for Seb, the first
book my coach gave me was The Four
Minute Mile. The first film he made
me watch was those grainy pictures.
Scientist says people would die if
they ran a four-minute mile. Records
are there to be broken, but that
particular barrier was seen as
something that was medically almost
It was. You are right,
people were writing learned treaties
and medical magazine saying if you
try to do that, it is
life-threatening. He was one of the
cleverest people I think I have ever
met. He was, in equal measure,
modest as well. He never really got
what he did. It was not a front. He
just said, he used the line there, I
am quite lucky. I don't think the
enormity of what he did came to life
for me until I actually had the
great privilege, and we both knew
him well, sitting in his sitting
room and we were comparing training
diaries. And I think it is fair to
say we were probably doing in a day
and a half, two days, but these guys
were to begin a week and a half,
maybe two weeks. Then you look at
the times he achieved off the back
of what was really quite thin
training, he and his colleagues were
beginning to use the science of the
sport and exploring it and he had a
medical background, but when you
look at the time... And people
dismissed the four minute barrier.
More people have individually
climbed Everest than run a four
minute mile. It is an extraordinary
achievement. Interestingly, in your
lovely little montage, somebody, I
think the voice-over, said he did
not achieve again on the track.
Actually, in pure racing terms,
winning the Commonwealth title
months later in Vancouver when he
again Peter John Landy, was one of
the greater mile races of all time
-- when he again Peter John Landy.
He turned down the chance to go to
the Olympics in 1948 because he was
studying, that tells you a lot about
what athletics was like.
He became a
volunteer in 48.
So at the sport was
important to him, no doubt, but not
the same sport we have now, clearly.
He was at university to study to
become a doctor, he always said, not
to become an athlete. Pursuing an
athletics career while he was there,
it could have been rowing or
something else, it was always going
to come to an end at a point when he
wanted to get on with his career. He
left this massive, massive legacy.
What did it do for you?
young milers, I was born in 1960, it
happened a few years before I was
born, he was a bit older than me,
the first person that you are taught
to look up to was Roger Bannister.
Then after that you are looking at
times, all athletes do. When I was
15, 16, I was already thinking I
wonder if I could run a four minute
mile one day. That is still true and
that is where all athletes around
the world, one of the athletes at
the beginning of these World
Championships who was shown in the
titles, he came to the 50th
anniversary Championships, we had
Peter Snell, John Landy, Jim Wright,
all the greats. But that athlete was
bowing down to Sir Roger Bannister
in a way which I found really
touching. If a guy from Morocco in
the midnight is understood what
Roger Bannister meant to other
sports, to me that was really
heart-warming. And it still does too
many youngsters around the world.
There is no athlete of our vintage,
particularly in middle distance
running, that did not look at him as
the senior partner. The mile high
Dane Piedt history before Roger did
what he did, we had Walter George,
Sidney Goodison in the 30s, but that
race to the four minute secured the
mile as a British athletics
institution and we have a massive
debt of gratitude.
And a rich
It is a rich heritage.
Steve is right. When I joined my
athletics club and dads to say I
wanted to run the mile, people
referred to him.
We should put into
context the work of his pacemakers
and how it was at team effort.
were great friends for the whole
life. Chris and Chris, he always
said I just took the credit for a
great piece of teamwork. They always
said they could not have taken that
are run and run the 3.50 nine. I
love that they became such good
friends and they were intrinsically
It feels to me like
conquering Everest going to the
South Pole, it is one of those
iconic things that man does.
large proper preparation was spent
in Scotland, walking and climbing
are just becoming great, great
friends. -- in large part of their
preparation. When we sadly lost
Chris chat away, it deeply affected
Roger. They were close friends.
said he did not hear anything beyond
three when the time was announced.
He talks about that moment, and Seb
will say this. I have met, he has
met, and I am sure thousands of
people around the country will say I
was there or knew somebody who was
there, that would probably add up to
100 or 150,000.
I think there were
around 15,000 people die. So many
people have a story. Roger is the
one in the middle of it all. I met
so many people over the years that
say the announcement was drowned out
by the cheering of the crowd. I
think it was voted one of the most
iconic moments of the 20th century,
It has been an
inspiration to athletics in sport,
the people have talked about the
four-minute mile in the context of
science or the arts, if you if you
think you can or you think you
aren't, you are probably right.
is one of our biggest national
moments. It is such a great sadness,
a national sadness. We have lost a
friend on the sport has lost a
He will continue --
it will continue to be an
inspirational moment for people
beyond the sport. Looking at the
list of times you guys run the mile
and held world records in, those
small increments, it is still in the
40s, within 40 seconds. He took his
own time down over the couple of
years beforehand and what must have
gone on in his mind.
He was a great
student even in the later years. I
was always amazed about how Internet
she still was with who was doing
what, particularly in the mile. He
was a scientist at heart, I guess.
Was it middle distance running in
I invited him to sit
next to me at the 1500 metre final
in London. He was reading the race
in exactly the way you were. He was
in touch, he had very feisty views.
He was a very challenging person,
but in a very good way. He wanted to
know about training methods,
altitude, why were people running
quicker and why are they not running
A cup of tea with
Roger was a trip to the osteopath,
you were really challenge.
lucky I am privileged to have spent
the time with someone who has meant
so much to this country and the
world of sport. -- you are lucky and
Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for sharing. We have a
packed agenda, as always, on this
final day of the World Indoor
Championships. The men's pole vault
is coming into the arena, the
competition starts shortly. The
hurdles semifinals on the track
first up, featuring Andy policy of
Great Britain and Aries Merritt. The
women's long jump, I think we'll be
one of the events of these
championships. Ivana Spanovic, we
saw her in the indoors in Belgrade,
just supreme. How will Brittney
Reese respond? The 3,000-metre men's
final is at 3:35pm. Shelayna
Oskan-Clarke is going in a wide-open
eight injured metre final. --
In between, hopefully Andy Pozzi
will have made it safely through to
the men's hurdles. We will also be
showing highlights of the London
Half. Mo Farah was first across the
line, we will see how that happened.
Let's go to the commentary box with
my lovely colleague Colin Jackson.
We're looking forward to
We're looking forward to seeing the
men's hurdles Andy Pozzi featuring
in the same heat as a Aries Merritt,
who you feel is perhaps the main
It is interesting.
Jeopardy is involved courtesy of the
five barriers they had to take. And
he was very good yesterday. He got
out of the blocks really sharply.
And think about a Aries Merritt as a
main rival. Out the blocks very
quickly. Remember, he is just
getting over his kidney transplant.
I am seeing a really good,
competitive opportunity for areas to
get back on the global stage as a
winner. He has the capability, for
sure. -- a really good, competitive
opportunity for Aries
sure. -- a really good, competitive
opportunity for Aries.
But Andy has
looked very relaxed, really enjoying
these championships? Agazzi feels he
is in great shape, which is most
important. He worked really hard
of the blocks to get himself set up,
worked hard from every single
barrier. But sometimes causes you to
get a bit close. That is what
happened here. He literally had to
jump a bit higher than he would
necessarily like, but that will be
fixed by doing skill work in the
warm up. I think he should have a
flawless entrance into that final.
Let's hope so, and joining me in the
studio is Denise Lewis and Michael
Johnson. If I can take you away from
the hurdles for a second, and a word
about Sir Roger Bannister. As a
former world record-holder yourself,
you have been in that elite group
but the four minute mile in the
context of almost sporting history
and in terms of what mankind can
achieve, it was such a pioneering
moment, wasn't it?
It really was and
it goes beyond what he accomplished
with the 4-minute mile goes beyond
athletics. This was man on the moon
level stuff, it was amazing. Every
athlete owes a debt of gratitude to
Sir Roger Bannister for what he
meant to the sport and bringing the
sport outside of athletics and into
the world consciousness. And what
human performance is all about and
pushing boundaries. From that point,
you started to have Bob Beamon and
those sort of moment and Roger
Bannister is right at the top.
at the vanguard of that in so many
ways. Steve Cram made a great point
and said two years before we
wouldn't have seen it because we
wouldn't have had that footage. The
confluence of events that happened
that day, the weather, the
pacemakers, everything came together
and now in our age of being able to
see anything, whatever, it's almost
impossible to imagine what that was
Completely, but you said it,
pioneering, ground-breaking, and as
a developing athlete he was one of
the leaders for us coming in as a
14-year-old really understanding
what he has done for British sport
and international sport. I never had
the honour of meeting him directly
but he was in that consciousness. He
represented endeavour and grit and
determination. That is what you hold
dear as a British athlete.
read about it so many times over the
years, the idea that suddenly he got
wind of the Australian Lundy was
about to do it. It is such a magical
moment in history, isn't it?
Absolutely and that is that
competitiveness, you want to be the
first. It really did set up for
subsequent athletes the idea of
doing something special and
continuing to push boundaries of
human achievement. Like I mentioned
Bob Beamon, that was special for me
as well. Nobody had ever done the
200m and 400m at that level before
and that was special for me, pushing
the boundaries. It was inspired over
the decades by Sir Roger Bannister
and the 4-minute mile.
Let's get out
onto the track because it is the 60m
men's hurdles semifinals time and
Andrew Cotter is in the commentary
COMMENTATOR: Stephen King going in
the first of these semifinals. A
the first of these semifinals. A
very tough line-up for him to try to
overcome. Eaton is one of the
favourites. Hough has just won the
Australian title for the fourth
time. Manga of France, the French
champion. There is Eaton, ran 7.43
to win the US title. Baji, the
bronze-medallist in London. Look out
for this guy, 30 now but making his
mark on the world stage.
mark on the world stage. David King
gets his welcome. 7.63 in France
last month, needs to find a time
close to that or perhaps even
quicker, and Smet of the Netherlands
on the outside. Al-Malod drifted
into the lane on his left in
qualifying. He was clear in the
first round because the man on his
left was way behind but there could
be a little bit of sharing of
airspace in this heat so look out
for that. Two to go through
automatically over the three heats,
two fastest losers.
At the moment Eaton going strongly.
Well, just about on the line, Manga
takes it from Eaton. Great run from
the French champion.
the French champion. We were all
looking to Eaton. Manga came through
very well indeed to take the
victory. A good run from Manga,
David King further down the field,
but Manga and Eaton are the two who
will go through.
Yes, if they didn't
make any mistakes it was going to be
nearly clear for them. They were the
quality of this field.
quality of this field. Eaton started
making mistakes, and Manga came
through meaning he will get a better
laying in the final.
We want to look
at David King as well. Look how
close they are coming.
And if you
clash, arms will be tying up between
each other and that's the reason
that I say when you share the
airspace it is a problem for
athletes because you feel like you
are physically assaulted. It might
sound dramatic but it is the way you
field -- the way you feel.
French have Lagarde so the challenge
might be strong in the final. Manga
and Eaton going through is the
and Eaton going through is the
David, sixth place, are you happy
with your performance?
Not really, I
sat on the second or third hurdle.
It is disappointing because I wanted
to come out in the semis and run
better than in the heat. Sometimes
it doesn't come together but it is
motivation to keep fighting.
say, next time it could be the
Commonwealth Games, what have you
learned from this process is that
you can take forward?
It has all
been a really amazing experience.
For me running on two different days
I've never really done before in
heats and semis so I've learned to
handle that a little bit or at least
what to work on. Any international
experience is really good so it will
do me some good.
Thanks for speaking
Andy Pozzi going in the next of the
semifinals and it's so important,
there will be a final in two hours
and 20 minutes and he cannot leave
anything behind because you have to
get in the top two.
Yes, you have to
treat this as a final. Knowing
what's to come, he will have trained
for this understanding that you have
a quick recovery, you have to come
back and warm up again so he will
absolutely attack this as a final
knowing he cannot leave anything on
He has been here before,
he knows what he has got to do apart
from studying his mind and not
overthinking it. He is competitive,
his good. He just has to do his
He's in great shape, the
joint captain of the British team
and his fellow captain of course is
also in action today. It could be a
good day for the captains, Steve
COMMENTATOR: Absolutely, and I know
COMMENTATOR: Absolutely, and I know
everyone talks about leading by
example but captains do have that
little bit of extra responsibility
to perform well. Andy is just going
to make sure here that he gets into
the final later with a solid
performance. I think as long as he
runs something like he ran in the
qualification he will be fine here.
Merritt, the Olympic champion in
2012, world indoor champion and
record holder in that year as well,
Merritt is showing signs of getting
back to his very best totally in
terms of times this year. Didn't
look quite so sharp in qualification
but he's a great competitor,
Merritt. So he goes in lane six,
Pozzi is in four. Only the first two
guaranteed, the fastest loser time,
to keep an eye on that.
Here is Constantino, the
23-year-old. A season's best of
7.60. If he is anywhere near that he
might have a chance of fastest loser
spot. Another one who improved his
personal best in qualification,
22-year-old from Cuba, Iribane.
22-year-old from Cuba, Iribane. This
is his moment, the European indoor
champion on two occasions has been
out of the
out of the medals. Very experienced
Greek athlete next to him.
Greek athlete next to him. Alongside
him, Merritt, as I was just
One or two false starts, of course
most pointedly CJ Ujah and it is not
commentator's curse here, I just
want to get that out of the way so
there's going to be no false start
here. Just nice, solid, clean
performance from Pozzi. He and
Merritt are the two expected to go
through here, and keep an eye on
Iribane in lane three.
Merritt just taking a little longer
to settle in.
A good start next to Pozzi. That is
a storming run! 7.45, just outside
his personal best. Well, I said he
only needed to be as good as he was
in qualification, he was better. Not
sure his start was quite as good but
once he got into his running, the
start from the guy next to him, the
big tall Cuban Iribane, he did get
the second place ahead of Merritt
but what about Andy Pozzi here,
Colin Jackson, very good indeed.
Yes, he was under pressure in his
mind to make sure he qualified well.
He has been desperate to get a fast
run, and to prove to everybody what
great shape he is in. He popped out
of the blocks, he didn't really
drive out but he prepared himself
well. He came off the first hurdle
nice and strong and dynamic and kept
a cool head. He didn't press, he
just knew -- just did what he knew
he was capable of doing. He also ran
himself a season's best and get
under the 7.50 mark. Just a nice,
controlled race. He knew he was
pulling himself away and if you look
at his face he is very relaxed, very
chilled. Have a look head-on, at the
right of our screen. Works hard into
the first hurdle but knows that he
needs to clear it well with no
mistakes whatsoever. In a nice
straight line so he can work
straight off it. Look at his face
after he comes off this barrier,
He knew it, he knew he
had run well and very quick. That
has put him in prime pole position.
We have one more semi to come. Eaton
has run a tad quicker this year but
didn't look anywhere near as good in
the previous semi.
No, Andy is
looking very good. Of course the
final is to come and the person I
would say it would be his real
danger comes up next.
STUDIO: A very impressive run from
He seemed to pull the
way between hurdles two and three
and increase incrementally between
each hurdle. Did not have a bad
Not at all. Looking at him
versus the other athletes other than
Aries Merritt, he was there, Merritt
versus the other athletes other than
Aries Merritt, he was there, Merritt
got a very good start. And you did
what he needed to do, solid all the
way through. I don't think he
touched any hurdles committee was
not at risk. A very clean race and
he picked up speed in between the
hurdles. Denise, you would know a
bit more than I do but it looked
fantastic to me.
It was a pleasure
to watch. Sprint hurdling is about
frequency. The rhythm into those
barriers and off, it is all about
driving that trail leg of each
hurdle. Like Mike says, a great
start from him. Really silky smooth.
We know this is what he can deliver.
Will Sutton .46 be enough? Will he
had to push harder in the final? --
will 7.46 be enough?
Do you do not
need to push harder. You want other
people to make mistakes. He feels
good, keep in mind fresh.
the confidence as he addresses the
camera. He is
the confidence as he addresses the
camera. He is in a good place.
running with great confidence. I ran
into his brother last night outside
the hotel, who introduced in cells,
he said he is in a really good
place, and join being captain and is
really confident. He has won the
prelim, won the semifinal and he
should be confident going into the
Andrew Cotter, we saw him
petting a leader L's dog, Ben. He
was very relaxed.
petting a leader L's dog, Ben. He
was very relaxed.
Ben was relaxed up
meeting Andrew Cotter. Lagarde
looked pretty useful yesterday, so
many injuries, blighted by a foot
injury. Hurdlers run the gamut of
injuries. This is how they line up
for the third of the semifinals. As
Colin highlighted, look over Ronald
Levy of Jamaica. He had his injury
problems last year but he might be a
threat to Pozzi.
threat to Pozzi. That is the Polish
champion. The 27-year-old from
Shanghai is one of the fastest
losers from the first round. Petr
Svoboda, form made European indoor
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, a big
figure. A cruel fourth place at the
World Championships in Beijing. And
the Olympics in Rio. Milan
Trajkovic, made the final at the
Olympics in Rio.
We did not really get a chance to
see what Ronald Levy could do in
London. 7.49 in his indoor debut in
Canada last weekend. The Canadian
used to run for the States, he has
dual citizenship. Erik Balnuweit has
just won the German title for a
sixth time. Two going through
automatically, the two fastest
losers at the moment are Aries
Merritt, 7.60, and Gabriel
Constantino of Brazil, 7.60 one.
Merritt hopes he can get through the
big names, mustering for the final
later. That is that 5pm.
later. That is that 5pm. -- at 5pm.
Clearly away. A little twitch from
Martinot-Lagarde. He has a lot to
do. Martinot-Lagarde leg... Worked
so well to take second between Milan
Trajkovic. A simple sit down address
job. Impassive. That was quick, 7.50
-- birther. Martinot-Lagarde saves
it, it was a poor start and that is
a whole heap of ooh la la from
Those are exactly
the words I was thinking, ooh la la.
He must have been thinking, what
have I done?! All eyes were on levy
to see what he was capable of doing.
The two go through on the right-hand
side, middle now,
side, middle now, Martinot-Lagarde
Even though you have
the reputation of running fast, it
is important to deliver the
performances when it really matters.
Goodness gracious, Pascal had to
fight to get bread. Different than
in the sprint. When you are
sprinting, you stay low, at least
you have the time to get up. When
you are faced with a 3.5 foot
barrier you have to rush. He was
good at keeping a good, clean head.
Working his way to the field, no
panicking, rewarded with a season's
Trajkovic, Serbian born but
settled in Cyprus, running for
Cyprus. He won the Greek indoor
title. Martinot-Lagarde, this is
certainly throwing everything into
this just to make the final.
smiling because I know there will be
huge panic, what's Abhay Dunn, try
to work it through! He is very
Or confirmation of
to work it through! He is very
Or confirmation of that
with the new indoor Cypriot record.
-- I know there will be huge panic,
what have I done?!
Lots of finals to come, that is at
5pm. Only the 4x400 relay after.
There will be a pause in proceedings
in the arena as they pay respects.
We expect Seb Coe to say a few words
about the sad passing of Roger
Bannister, which we spoke about at
the beginning of the programme.
the beginning of the programme. Just
to reiterate the finals that we had
to look forward to, Pozzi into that
60 metres final.
to look forward to, Pozzi into that
60 metres final.
The men's pole vault competition is
under way. Seven athletes have a
global title past or present. The
first of those that we will see is
Barber of Canada. Five metres 45, a
very early hate. Good clearance. A
good start for him.
There are world champions, Olympic
champions, world record holders. A
really strong field. Probably the
best collection of vaulters we have
seen in the history of the events in
this pursuit of a world title here
this afternoon. Barber has a chance.
He is in the mix.
This man recently broke the world
junior record. A very solid
clearance. 18 years of age. A
Swedish Baltic, you might remember
his dad, the American, he was
jumping in the 80s, the early 90s.
There is your world champion from
last summer. Very high-class, hard
stepper, another world champion
walking away out of shot. This man
took the title last year, really
enjoys competing. He stamped his
authority last summer. Unbeaten last
year, Sam Kendricks. Looking to get
his competition to a clean start.
Five 45, Kendricks goes clear. The
Too easy, I think, for
him at these early heights. Just
carrying a bit of tape around his
knee, probably has a bit of problem
with his patella tendon, his
take-off leg. It is probably just a
Kendricks and really
good shape. Raphael
good shape. Raphael Holzdeppe,
another champion from the past. A
great championship performer, got
sideways Ahmad but tidied it up
nicely. Solid clearance, no
casualties at these early heights.
Getting the measure of the run-up
speed, feeling their way through
heights toward six metres, 5.90 as
you can see at the right of your
screen. Look at that clearance from
the German, that is enormous.
works off the top of the pole so
At the world-record holder is
yet to start. Here are your
I mentioned the French world
champion. Lisek is a double world
medallist. It will be a great
spectacle, this pole vault
competition. He is not the tallest,
he is not the strongest but he is
slick and capable when he gets it
right. His world record is six
metres and 16 centimetres,
Lavillenie. Konstantinos Filippidis
of Greece, the world Indoor
Championships when 4014. He has won
this title before, and goes well. --
the world indoor champion in 2014.
Shawn Barber, world champion in
2015. Fast on the approach. He takes
a long run-up. He just decelerated.
I think you are right. Slowed down
into the box, did not quite get into
the position he wants for the
take-off. That is the pole back in
the can, checks where his left foot
take office. Realises where he is
under board the jump.
Voltaire when he gets it right, is
Barber. -- six-metre vaulter. There
will be a pause in all competitions
to pay respects to Sir Roger
Bannister, who sadly passed away
yesterday. As you can see, the clip
of that incredible achievement in
1954 at the track in Oxford where he
broke the four minute smile, the
first man to do it, running 359.4. I
am sure many people in the arena
today for the matters and
inspirational moment. I do not just
mean the athletes, I mean
spectators. Any athletics fans would
know who Rogers -- Sir Roger
Bannister was and what he meant.
Sir Roger was a European and
Commonwealth world medallist, but he
will be best remembered for his
achievement on the 6th of May, 1954.
Seb Coe is on the track with other
dignitaries from the IAAF. Jeff
Wightman is explaining everything
that happens on that great stay. --
happened on that great stay.
It was as much a psychological
barrier as physical. His
achievements and legendary kindness
transcended sport and inspired
future generations of British
On this day, in Britain and
especially in the world of
athletics, ladies and gentlemen, we
remember the great Sir Roger
Thank you, everybody.
response from this capacity crowd in
the Birmingham indoor arena, and
seven of the IAAF council members
you saw there. Sadly missed, Sir
you saw there. Sadly missed, Sir
Another great field event
Another great field event under way,
Nettey the first athlete to set a
mark, the Commonwealth indoor
record-holder. The chance to set
that marker. Somewhere in excess of
6.50, 6.60 to give the rest of the
field something to think about. Her
personal best is 6.62. Trying to get
that run up right. A reasonable
start for the Canadian.
Bekh of the Ukraine. Fast on the
approach, good on the board. It is
over six metres. A foul on that
The next event on the track is the
final of the men's 3000 metres.
There may be a chance of a clean
sweep by one nation, three
Ethiopians going here and certainly
three who are incredibly strong
contenders. Barega, the very
talented youngster. And the
defending champion, Kejelcha, in the
line-up. They will get their
introductions to the crowd. This
could be a very interesting race.
Missing the US champion, a myriad of
athletes who was disqualified.
Bronze in the 5,000m in Rio, and
medallist at World Championships as
well. Oakley of New Zealand, 7.47
this season and run pretty well in
his first round to get into the top
four. Barega only turned 18 in
January and ran in northern France
recently and that was his first run
indoors. Birgen with victory in
Glasgow, preferred to go for the
3000. Bouhin of Italy. Kiplangat.
Both he and Barega are huge talents.
The USA does have one representative
here, another Kenyan who now runs
for the US Army and for the United
States. He was advanced after being
a fastest loser.
a fastest loser. Essalhi. Kejelcha
warming up with a smile, still just
20 but such a familiar figure, the
defending champion. Bleistein came
through as one of the fastest
losers. And another Ethiopian,
Balew, checking the one-way system
and a leisurely jog. So Paula
Radcliffe alongside for this one.
It's fascinating. We always have so
many young talents involved often
from Ethiopia and Kenya but Barega
looks the real deal.
Yes, he does.
Many times we see these 18-year-olds
come out of Ethiopia and race
astonishingly well but the
difference is Barega seems like he's
learning and progressing with every
race and he seems to be putting that
into action and really showing the
same promise we saw back with Haile
Best wishes to Andrew
Butchart, who continues his
convalescence with a broken foot.
The final of the men's 3000 metres
under way, a reminder that US came
with high hopes for Paul Chelimo but
just one port on the infield in
qualifying and he was disqualified.
Some people consider a lot of the
qualification is harsh but the rules
have been strictly adhered to at
these championships and some big
names have suffered.
had an impact on the quality of the
field in the final and maybe it is
something that needs to be looked
at, the nature of indoor racing
needs to be respected more and maybe
a different set of rules for indoor
racing as opposed to outdoors. But
we will see if the team tactics come
Not raising much at the
moment, sort of trotting around
slowly so we often wonder who might
change the pace.
We know that
Bleistein did it in the heat. It is
a different prospect in the final
and the main protagonists are all at
the back, the three Ethiopians. They
are the ones... Kiplangat now moves
to the front.
It's interesting when
people look at national vests and
say they must be working as a team.
Some of them are part of different
There is an a
different coach here as far as I'm
concerned. The Kenyans often
struggle to get their act together
to work as a team but the Ethiopians
tend to come into it with a plan.
Having said that it is rare to have
a plan that involves doing any work
in the early stages. It is usually
reacting to something the others
throw down. We have seen they are
not prepared to so it is looking for
somebody's nerve to snap and
somebody to decide to do something
about it and put some work in.
Mechal could challenge with a decent
finish. It is still very pedestrian,
you can always tell when it is close
together and congested, and this is
when people get nervous as well.
That's why we see three Ethiopians
at the back staying out of any
potential trouble. Stay away from
all of that and bide your time.
almost like they are a little bit
lost. They need to start reacting
because they are just turning it
straight into a 1,500m race. Birgen
have the choice coming into these
championships if he wanted to race
in the 1,500m or the 3000 metres.
There are lots who can do that but
there are also lots who can't so why
don't they give that they go here
because they might as well have
continued their warm up inside.
continued their warm up inside.
it just starts to lift a bit,
everyone is on guard, everyone is
watching. Kejelcha having to go very
wide round the outside as Mechal
lifts it. The place has suddenly
Yes, we were talking
about Barega learning with every
race, I think he made another
discovery there that you have got to
be alert. If you are going to jog
round at that pays you have got to
be ready to react because when
somebody does, they will put the
hammer down hard and start to break
up the field.
And here comes Barega
moving round the outside.
moving round the outside. As the
pace picked up, it now seems to have
slowed a little again but Barega
comes into third place. A little bit
of barging. It was Oakley just
clearing away for himself on the
inside, I think that was fair
enough. The pace has now studied so
everybody has come back together
Yes, I think Mechal wanted to
react and raise the pace. To pick it
up a little bit and aim for somebody
else to come by and take that on and
that hasn't happened so we are
almost back to stage one. Somebody
else will try another surge, then
they will react again, then they
will start to get mixed up over
which will be the real surge when
somebody means business but this
could be it now.
In 1,500m race, the
pace and jostling is dangerous. Look
at Kejelcha on the outside. The
three Ethiopians hit the front. The
United States athlete coming
Yes, holding his hand down, saying
don't push me.
So Kejelcha now
leading, that all familiar figure we
have seen for the last couple of
years often shadowing Mo Farah on
his way to victory.
his way to victory. Kenya now
running for the United States and
two Kenyans beside him. Mechal has
muscled his way in. The Ethiopian
drifting back to fourth from the
back but everyone still very much
involved in this race.
there's a lot of pushing and
shoving. Barega is badly boxed, but
boxed by his own countrymen so they
might do him a favour and let him
out. You can see him sitting behind
Bouhin. Kejelcha is controlling it
from the front and we are almost
starting to see a relay. Is the next
Ethiopians going to take a turn?
metres remaining and only now the
strain beginning to be felt by
Bleistein at the back. Barega
Bleistein at the back. Barega passed
Kejelcha who responds and keeps him
at bay. Only now the strain
beginning to show.
beginning to show. Kiplangat coming
round the outside, who had that fast
finish in the qualifying, and now a
I think Mechal is badly
boxed, he might be able to work his
way out of it but he might find it
tough. The Ethiopians might have had
a plan coming into it but very much
they want to come through.
remaining and Kejelcha turns the
screw and lift the pace even
further. And Kipchirchir, who only
scraped into the final, starts to
feel the heat. The two Kenyans
shadowing just behind Birgen but is
the Ethiopians looking for a clean
sweep. Birgen starts to make his
He looks good. Mechal
The bell sounds and
the noise from the crowd lifting.
Can Barega get back in fourth place,
can company macro start to kick?
Mechal trying to keep pace. Birgen
running hard. Kejelcha, winner two
years ago, looking for world indoor
title again and he will have it by a
distance. It is Barega who comes
through, just, and Birgen is close
for bronze. No doubt about the
winner, once again it is a dance of
celebration from Kejelcha, world
indoor champion over 3000 metres. A
slow time but a very good race.
the end he managed to squeak inside
a personal best. It was fierce and
fast and furious in the closing
stages and the man who reacted the
best super surges and put himself in
the best place was Kejelcha and he
wasn't willing yet to step aside and
allow Barega to come through, and
Barega have to fight hard to get
into second place.
It was very close
for bronze. Is any Ethiopian 1-2-3?
Kejelcha a long way clear, but have
a look at this, Paula.
like he realised in the closing few
strides he had the chance of making
it any Ethiopian clean sweep at the
medals, I don't think we've have
that yet in the championships. He
didn't quite manage it, Birgen
managed to keep running enough but
it was the disappointment of seeing
the silver medal snatched from him
and he backed off a little bit too
much and you cannot do that when you
have people finishing as desperately
We were asked to pick our athletes
for the future. Cachopa has a bright
future ahead of him. Once again
defending his title. -- Yomif
Kejelcha has a bright future ahead
Back to this women's long jump
final, we saw Christabel Nettey of
Canada, six metres 49. Nobody has
really woken up yet. Quanesha Burks,
the runner-up in the US trials. That
is a bigger effort. The white flag
is raised as a valid jump. Chasing
bad lead of six metres 49. If her
left hand lands outside the pits...
I am not happy with that.
raised a very interesting point. It
is a pity we can get a sideways
view. If that hand lands to further
back... She has opened up with a
personal best, but if that hand is
landing further back than her feet,
the jump ought to be measured from
6.81 was followed, taking the
lead. Her team-mate wreath, a little
stutter. -- her team-mate, Reese.
She crowded the board a little bit.
If you watch Brittney Reese, she
shortens her strides to increase
frequency speed. She really attacks
over the last six metres. Six
strides in, she really attacks.
6.76, just shy of the lead-off
Burks. The last jumper of the first
round is the Ivana Spanovic. The
European indoor champion was
incredible last year. She was third
in Glasgow last weekend. Spanovic,
That looks really flat
as a take-off, but she leans back.
It is a legal jump. She is
efficient, runs across the board.
Does not get a lot of lift.
get the hide, but it is a long way
into the pits.
into the pits. This takes into first
place, 6.89, at the end of round
What a night it was last night. It
was a night of drama on and off the
track. Disqualifications and
medallists waiting for their
opportunity to get onto the rostrum.
Earlier Giles thought he might get a
medal in the 800, and he did not. We
did not have time to present the
medals for the 60 metres, and what a
race that was.
Everybody was talking about what
Christian Coleman could do when he
came to these championships, and the
world-record holder did not let
anybody down. The world number one
from last year has had to play
second fiddle to Christian Coleman
this year, and he was pipped for the
silver medal by Chan of China. -- by
Bingtian Su of China.
Bingtian Su of China. You could
argue this is the fastest official
sea-level time. The world-record to
set a couple of weeks ago was in
Albuquerque, at altitude. -- the
world record he set a couple of
weeks ago. 6.30 seven. An incredible
performance from Christian Coleman,
winning his first global title. A
silver medal outdoors last year
behind Justin Gatlin. This time he
is the champion.
NATIONAL ANTHEM OF THE USA PLAYS.
OF THE USA CONTINUES.
Five gold medals for the USA
yesterday. They will hope for more
today. For the time being, Christian
Coleman can concentrate on the
summer season ahead. The World
Championships and the Olympics to
come. Can he turn an indoor title
into an outdoor one over the next
couple of years? STUDIO: Michael
Johnson, in answer to Steve, is he
the forerunner, the man they will be
I am not ready to say that.
If you remember back two years, the
Olympic Games, Andree Degrassi was
the heir apparent to Usain Bolt,
before that was Andre Joubert 's C
and Trey von who were tied. They
and Trey von who were tied. They
have both suffered injuries under
coming back. What we are in store
for is a real treat over the 100
metres as opposed to can Usain Bolt
win it and will he break the world
record again, we will see some great
young sprinters who I think have the
ability to battle it out in those
championships and go back and forth
over the next couple of years. I
like Christian Coleman, I think he
is a fantastic talent and I think
you can win some championships
outdoors and take this world record
and this World Championship and
parlay that into success outdoors,
but it will not be easy and just
because he is the one we are talking
about does not leave he is
automatically the error apparent.
automatically the error apparent.
more global championships for the US
athletes, he will focus on the
Diamond League and we will see him
back in a couple of weeks?
see him dabble in the 200 metres,
here's a great 200-metre winner.
here's a great 200-metre winner. --
here's a great 200-metre runner. I
think the other guys will all be
there, we might get some sense the
summer of what is to come.
summer of what is to come.
Year. There are two very exciting
field competition is under way.
Steve? COMMENTATOR: The pole voters
have been beavering away. Sam
Kendricks is a brilliant competitor,
he seems to have developed a way of
seducing his opponents into
believing they cannot win.
believing they cannot win. 5.60,
massive clearance. Perfect so far,
two jumps, two clearances. Five
metres 60. I suppose when you have
jumped 5.93, as he has this year
already, you expect that kind of
clearance. His campaign to take the
world indoor title is going very
nicely indeed. Off to a great start
for the American.
STUDIO: The Women's 800-metre final
is coming up shortly on the track.
Paula Radcliffe in the commentary
box will talk to us about Shelayna
Oskan-Clarke Great Britain. Looked
very good in qualifying. There is
quality there, when you look at the
defending indoor champion,
potentially the one she will have to
get close to to get into the medals,
it is more than achievable for her
to be on the rostrum?
It is within
her compass, she can take a shot. I
think the defending champion,
Niyonsaba, is the favourite.
Niyonsaba, is the favourite. I think
if Shelayna gets it right, which she
has proven time and time again that
she can do and get into the right
places in the final, if she makes
those decisions right she will have
In qualifying she proved
it, she said it was not how she had
planned it but she responded so
well. Her experience of these big
championships, it is crucial in the
middle distances, your tactics?
had to be learning on your feet all
the time and put it into place and
make those decisions quickly. That
is what she did in qualifying, she
did not expect it to go so fast. She
got herself in trouble a couple of
times but got out of it.
earlier Giles come forth in the 800
metres, there was an appeal which
was overturned. They will hope their
camp can bear some fruit. Shelayna
Oskan-Clarke is the joint captain,
with Andy Pozzi. She has enjoyed
Yes, and she has enjoyed
seeing the team perform well. Now
she wants to play her part in it.
Thank you, Paula. We will catch up
with the long jump, Steve?
COMMENTATOR: The women's long jump
is starting to hot up. Brittney
Reese, her first leap was 6.70 six.
She is in fourth place. Spanovic of
Serbia, 6.89, is the target.
Serbia, 6.89, is the target. She
It is a good jump. She
likes it. Just sinks and lifts, that
is how she jumps. There are
differences between style and
technique, you either have a
straight leg where you run off the
board or you bend, either way you
had to lower your hips and raise
them. You can do that by lengthening
your stride or sinking at the knee.
We have seen various styles.
improvement, 6.61, Reese still in
fourth. Here is your event leader.
Medals at five global championships,
a bronze and a silver at these
championships, but never the gold.
Can Spanovic extend her lead?
forward a little, the body leans
into the box. She lost a bit of
momentum as she accelerated and
dropped off. Not as good. Needs to
stand up tall on the board.
said earlier, Tony, just not getting
up off the board, maybe did not get
that Upward propulsion and the
height we have seen from her in the
past. She is in the lead. 6.89, no
That long jump continuing, but back
on the track the 800-metre women's
final. Here is the start list.
Francine Niyonsaba is probably the
favourite. Raevyn Rogers has been
very busy at these championships.
Here come the introductions.
First of all, twice
European indoor champion for
Switzerland, Selina Buchel.
the European indoor Championships
anti occasions. Me and sat there is
definitely in that sort of shape. --
frenzy Niyonsaba is in that sort of
shape. Ajee Wilson of the United
States, US record-holder, won silver
in Portland and a bronze outdoors
last year in London. Shelayna
A great reception
for Shelayna. A lame as Ethiopia, a
great young talent.
great young talent. -- Alemu of
Ethiopia, a great young talent.
Rogers was never slated to run the
final in the four by 400, she helped
her team qualifier and will win a
medal if they, as he expects, win.
Anyway, she has the 800-metre final.
She is in the same training group as
a Wilson, I think. She has left
university. -- the same training
group as Ajee Wilson. Niyonsaba is
the defending champion.
The women's 800-metre final, four
lapse indoors. -- laps.
I was looking for lane infringement,
I did not see any. Shelayna is in a
decent position, Alemu catching the
heels of Wilson. Shelayna is tucked
on the curb.
The girls were very
careful for lane infringements.
Rogers took a long time to come off
the curb and come back in. She is
settled at the back and watching
Wilson dictate this race and control
this race. Ajee Wilson has grown in
composure and stature. When
Niyonsaba tries to take back
control, she is not having any of
Rogers is tired from the four by
four yesterday. Ajee Wilson making
sure she kept control. Did not want
Niyonsaba, who really wanted to get
to the front. It has been
controlled. 59 to 400 metres.
Oskan-Clarke is still in with a
great chance. Five women are
contesting, Shelayna has to come
She had a little bit
of a barge with Michelle, Shelayna
was letting her know that would not
happen. She looks tired and needs to
fight. Ajee Wilson is responding to
everything Niyonsaba tries.
between Niyonsaba and Ajee Wilson.
Niyonsaba try to get back the
defending champion again. Really
wants to get in front. Wilson doing
a cracking job of holding her.
Niyonsaba tries again. Alemu is in
the sight of Shelayna Oskan-Clarke
stop Shelayna is moving into third.
The crowd are going crazy. Niyonsaba
is going to defend her title
superbly well. Niyonsaba wins a
great 800 final. It is a bronze the
Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, who stuck to
her task well. Could see that the
surge with which Niyonsaba and
Wilson had dragged first of all
Alemu and Selina Buchel, Buchel went
first and then Shelayna had a
different target as Alemu tired.
Hats off to Niyonsaba, a very good
performance from her. Ajee Wilson
did her best to hold her wrath, it
was a great scrap. 1:58.31, negative
spreads, a really good performance
but shall Aina Oskan-Clarke joins a
list of Jane Finch in the first
indoor Championships and Joe
Fanning, Jenny Meadows who got moved
on to a silver medal in 2010. Good
pedigree in the women's 800.
Shelayna Oskan-Clarke delivering a
Huge congratulations to wall free
women. Congratulations to Ajee
Wilson, she held off Niyonsaba and
made it as difficult as possible for
her to retain her title. They were
both working hard down the back
straight and at this point Ajee
Wilson is just trying to focus and
hold on. But Shelayna Oskan-Clarke
judged this perfectly. She was only
starting around the bend and I'm
sure the noise of the crowd must
have given her a boost. We felt she
was closing in on Alemu before we
saw it on our screens. Once you
start reeling someone in and you can
see they are tired, it is a huge
confidence boost, even though
Shelayna must have been tired as
well, running negative splits, and
that is a hard way to run the race
but she deserved that and it will
give her a boost moving into the
rest of the season.
So Shelayna goes
under two minutes, a personal best
and she becomes the six British
woman to go under two minutes
indoors for the 800m and she is
rewarded with a bronze medal. Ajee
Wilson will be disappointed, a
personal best but she will be
disappointed she couldn't hold off
Niyonsaba. That was a cracking race,
Back to the pole vault, Holzdeppe
has a foul at this height. He has to
go clear here. 5.60, second attempt.
Much better. Made a mess of the
first one but showed real character
coming back with a solid clearance,
and the German's campaign continues.
Nice jump that for the German. Next
height, 5.70. This is the only
athlete not to have jumped yet, the
Frenchman world record-holder, as we
turn our attention to the world
junior record-holder, Duplantis.
5.60, also goes clear at the second
time of asking. Showing some
competitive metal there, the young
Swede. His mum is Swedish, his
father is American. As I mentioned
earlier, a vaulting family.
earlier, a vaulting family. Barber
of Canada in trouble. Two
consecutive fouls and you are out so
he has to go clear. Last chance
saloon. He's out. A bit of a
surprise, three fouls at a pretty
low height for Shawn Barber.
have got to get the pole up and out.
A shame for the young lad.
Shelayna is quite rightly lapping up
the moment, the crowd loving her
performance there. Really bullied
her round the home straight. Paula
Radcliffe, she played it so well
because she didn't panic at all, did
No, she didn't panic,
No, she didn't panic, at one
point it looked like she was more
towards the back of the field but
she kept her composure. She used her
nous to keep her space and stop
people cutting her up and then
judged it well. Down the back
straight was when she really made
the surge and started to make a big
impact on Alemu and was reeling her
in. The crowd must have given her a
boost and knowing she had a medal
down the back straight, and got a
personal best to boot.
fantastic PB because the sixth woman
from these shores to go under two
minutes indoors which really puts
her amongst some of the great and
will give her confidence going to
the Commonwealth Games. A season
that she can get some medals,
Yes, and she's proving
that with every season, her
confidence is getting stronger but
also her strength is getting better.
As she gets stronger, she will take
a break and build back towards the
Commonwealth Games, then back for
the European Championships.
day we will hear her when she's not
having a massive lactic deficit in
her interview where she was bent
over! Obviously speaking to
Katharine Merry in the infield, we
will hear her in a moment speaking
and I'm sure she will be more
composed by then. We will see her in
the papers tomorrow no doubt but
let's speak about the men's 1,500m
coming up next on the track because
we saw Chris O Hare after his heat
in a terrible state with his foot.
He said he was feeling the effects
of an injury and obviously went off
disappointed not knowing about the
disqualification, then being
reinstated. He is down to race, do
you have any news on that?
had a message from him yesterday.
Had an MRI on his foot showing
inflammation but nothing that would
be damaged further by racing on it
today so as far as I'm aware he's
planning on coming out and giving it
his best go today.
We are looking
forward to this one. Steve Cram is
your commentator, and it is quite an
COMMENTATOR: Yes, and over the years
we've had some great winning this.
You can go back to the great old
days, I remember Marcus O'Sullivan,
a great Irish runner who won this on
three occasions, and wonder whether
we can get some British success
here. Kibet of Kenya made the final
two years ago. Oskan-Clarke, one of
the US' best 1,500m runners.
Lewandowski dangerous in a slow
race, others might want to make sure
he's not able to use his pace. The
man who I think will be a big
danger, looked very comfortable in
qualification, almost back to the
sort of form he was showing two or
three years ago. He has a happy
knack of winning medals in
Championships. Wote, another who
knows what it's like to get on the
rostrum in this event. Craig Engels
played a canny game yesterday. He
still has that moustache though. And
Chris O'Hare, as you heard Paula
laying, has decided to come and
compete and run.
Tefera broke the world indoor record
in France in January. But in
Wightman Britain have an excellent
contender along with Chris O'Hare,
looked superb in qualification
winning his heat. A very well
controlled race. In the form of his
life heading towards the
Commonwealth Games where you
represent Scotland. Chris O'Hare
also heading in that direction,
hopefully. So, two Brits here with a
very good Ethiopian, Niyonsaba of
Morocco with a lot of experience.
The youthful exuberance of Tefera to
contend with. When he broke the
record it was his first indoor race,
no indoor tracks of course in
Ethiopia. And Lewandowski, well both
Chris and Jake know him well. Jake
ran a personal best in preparation
for this, which is a great way to
set yourself up.
set yourself up. This foot injury
has set Chris O'Hare back a little
bit, hopefully he can put that to
On your marks...
men's 1,500m final. Seven and a half
laps of the track indoors, again we
don't have any natural front runners
here. Wote might be the one who gets
uncomfortable when it is too slow,
that all Ethiopian at the back.
Tefera, the youngster, we are
waiting to see how he conducts
himself here. Wightman has a good
tactical brain. Niyonsaba just
jogging through this first couple of
hundred metres very slowly indeed.
Yes, when Niyonsaba goes to the
front we don't know if it's anything
but to control it or slow it down.
He will be a front runner in the
race, so too will be Lewandowski.
They might as well walk now!
I could keep up with this, just
about. You have got to go back all
the way to another Scot, David
Strang who won a medal in the 1990s.
Jake is looking anxious. This is
where you have got to keep your
nerves. They are just about jogging
and this is not what you are used
to. It makes you feel uncomfortable,
you are worried about getting
tripped. You don't want to be the
one to change the pace, you try to
coax someone else into doing it,
that is what Chris is doing there.
But nobody wants to. Tefera, even
though he's 18, he doesn't want to
be the one either. Nobody wants to
want to be there. Even if Engels
wanted to do it he cannot get out
from where he is. When someone's
nerve snaps, they will go hard and
there will be a quick scramble, and
that is when it is dangerous because
people tried to extricate themselves
from the boxes they are in.
also is not to panic when the pace
comes on. We saw Shelayna, sometimes
you have to build your effort. We
saw Laura Muir do that and come away
with two medals. Jake is in in good
place around the outside. He's in a
very good position. For the first
time Tefera get things moving.
Jake moved out wide to allow himself
to get a better view of where people
were in the field. Having said that,
the work he did to get himself in a
better position was just undone.
he has to stay there and get to this
position and not give this up. Chris
O'Hare at the back now so it is
Tefera in the lead. Wightman in a
good sport. Chris O'Hare at the back
at the moment and they are just
picking it up.
This is where it
shows if you get yourself a good
position at the start. If Tefera
keeps running wide...
liked to have seen Jake hold off
Wote, now he will have to check out
and come back. This is good from
Jake Wightman, an excellent move.
Wightman. The three heat
Wightman. The three heat winners,
1-2-3 at the moment. Wightman has
told the inside, Lewandowski
challenging. This is his territory.
It is Niyonsaba, and Tefera the
youngster, Lewandowski of Poland.
Wightman has got to hang in. Tefera
going to try and strike, but has
Niyonsaba got enough strength to see
it through? Tefera gets the gold,
Lewandowski with silver, Niyonsaba
gets a bronze medal.
The youngster who broke the world
and 20 record on doors in January in
his first-ever indoor race is the
champion. Lewandowski must be
absolutely delighted that turned
into a 800-metre race. The two
British man, that meant that the big
sprint that came, there was a big
change in position. If you were not
in the perfect place that made it
difficult, but it was about pace at
the end and we did not have enough.
Words just missing out, coming
forth, Iguider hanging on for the
bronze. -- Wote just missing out.
Mahtre Lewandowski made the decision
he was going to commit to the 1500
metres, might have regretted that
when he saw the 800-metre line-up,
but it turned into less than an
800-metre race. It was about being
in the right place and what you had
in the home straight. He was evenly
placed with Jake Wightman on the
inside, who was maybe in a better
position to track through the Heinz
Tefera, but Lewandowski managed to
stay patient, to wait around the
bend where it is still wide open for
the three battling for the bronze
medal, probably gold and silver were
gone at this point in their mind.
Looking at the pictures afterwards,
Iguider was happy. But Samuel
Tefera, let's see what he can do
outdoors and build on this.
A very exciting prospect. Ethiopia
have a feud. We have seen arrogant,
Cajal Kerr, now Tefera. Great
athletes coming through. -- we have
seen Salamon Braegger, Yomif
There was a 55 seconds 400 before
that. They ran out of legs little
The two Brits finished
The two Brits finished sixth and
eighth and join us.
That was a serious race. You please
with your performance?
Not really. I
was hoping to be going for a medal.
I did not get my positioning right.
I was struggling in the last 50
You are having to fight for
position in a few times. It looked
like you would get the break and
I did a bit too much
work at points, something I was
hoping not to have to do. To make
the final was a tick for me, but I
wanted more, I am gutted.
I will not
lie, after our conversation
yesterday, your foot injury, I did
not think I would see you. It was
bowled coming out.
I had an MRI last
night, went pretty much from the
track to the hospital. Do you know
what, I am happy to be here. I don't
like to say that, but with what
happened yesterday and by last
couple of weeks I am happy I was
able to run. Just could not get my
knees up. I thought it is OK, more
jogging. I thought I was all right
added. When we kicked off, I was all
out the back, could not get my knees
in front of me. The power was not
there. That is a shame. But it is
good to have two Brits in the final,
we will get there.
Great to see you
both in action, thank you for
speaking to us. STUDIO: A cracking
race but still no medal from a
British man in these championships.
It has all been down to the women.
We have had another one from
Shelayna Oskan-Clarke method took
bronze in the aid had metres
JJ caught up with her. A personal
best, bronze medal and you have
broken the two minutes barrier,
which only six women in Britain have
ever done. A day of accomplishments.
I would not say it was the best
race, I was a bit out of control for
the first part, but I had to dig
deep and know I could catch the
girls at the end. I am happy to
girls at the end. I am happy to get
You said yesterday the race
did not go to plan, what did you
It is quite hard when
all the girls are quite close, they
went out fast. You will possibly get
boxed in, you had to be aware. Which
kind of happened to me, and I was
stopping and starting but I managed
to hold my own and be confident in
being able to catch the girls back.
When you enter the chase round the
back bends, you were riding on a
wave of sound from the crowd. How
incredible was that?
Normally I face
everything out, but it is and
encouraging that you can did not
hear it. -- normally I phase
You have been the
captain this week in a team that has
done so well, what is it like
balancing your roles and
responsibilities? Nerve-racking? Has
it build you up?
It was definitely
nerve-racking up the start because I
had to do my speech and I really
wanted to inspire the team. Now it
is congratulating them and making
them aware of their performances and
saying good luck, but has not been
too draining, I have had to keep
focused on what I came here to do.
You have lead by example, thank you
for speaking to us.
You have lead by example, thank you
for speaking to us. COMMENTATOR:
Back to the pole vault, Filippidis
of Greece, a good clearance at the
previous height. The new height five
metres and 70, he will be the first
athlete to have a go at this new
heights. First attempts by previous
champion. Very good. Confident
stuff. Probably not getting towards
medal awarding heights just yet, but
his competition continues nicely. I
don't know if he has much more to
give. He looks like he is right at
the end. A good clearance at five
metres 74 Filippidis. -- five metres
70, four Filippidis. STUDIO: Eilidh
Doyle had a fantastic run yesterday,
taking bronze, her first individual
medal on the global stage. The
hurdler racing on the flat. Laura
Muir, second final of these
hurdler racing on the flat. Laura
Muir, second final of these
championships, second medal. A
silver in the 1500 metres.
I spoke to them both earlier. Thank
you so much for coming in to join
this coming huge congratulations to
you both. It has been a brilliant
few days. I saw a wonderful tweeter
of the pair of you are enjoying the
success. Does it mean a bit extra
that you are also Scottish
team-mates, you have come through
the system together, to have this
moment together when you have known
each other so long must be lovely?
Not only are we team-mates but we
are from the same town, we went to
same school, Laura got there. It is
really nice we have this bond and
were able to share it last night.
expect the phone call from head of
PE for speech day this year. To be
so close together and said Dibaba,
making that step from bronze to
silver, now you are breaking through
on the world stage. It has been
pretty monumental, these last few
days? About such a relief. I have
been there or thereabouts for the
past few years, getting the European
medals last year was great
has been my first medals in the
world stage against really top
competition, really pleased.
From day one to yesterday, did your
belief system increase from the
first medal? Did you really see
yourself pushing through? About just
being so close and being in
contention, I thought I could do
well in 1500. We are going to do
good today, it is a matter of racing
smart and finishing strong. I came
out with silver.
Hats off, Eilidh, you racist smart
and pushed into a fantastic
position. Almost managed to hold off
and go for silver.
and go for silver. -- hats off,
Eilidh, you raced smarter.
I lost my
rhythm and my stride in another
race, I did not want that in the
final. Gave myself the best possible
chance to be in the medals,
thankfully it paid off.
Australia soon for the Commonwealth
Games, Eilidh. Laura, heading back
to your veteran area studies. Has a
bit if you felt so good here that
you would like to go to the
This has been in
the planning for three or four macro
years that I would not be able to do
the Commonwealth Games. But the
Scottish team is so strong, the
likes of Eilidh.
When you are going
for really cold runs in Scotland and
they are out there, a little bit of
you will be watching that with a bit
of old, God...?
A couple of weeks
ago there was sleet in my face, my
face was numb...
I could be in
Australia! You have made the right
decisions for you, going through
with your studies. In your
veterinarian to greet wraps up soon?
-- and your veteran I read degree
wraps up soon?
back over the hurdles?
Can't wait to
It was a joy to meet your
gorgeous Rottweiler, Ben. You must
have missed him?
I will need to
leave him for five weeks when I go
to Australia, that will be hard.
Thank you so much and best of
to Australia, that will be hard.
Thank you so much and best of luck.
COMMENTATOR: Brittney Reese not
having the best afternoon, one of
the most decorated athletes at the
World Indoor Championships, she has
won this title three times before,
her best so far was 6.76, in fourth
place. Into round three.
run of the board. Did not really
carry the speed across but seemed to
have more room. She really needs to
take off and drive her hips across
her foot. Out into the pits.
produces it when it matters most but
she has lots to spare. Another
almost 20 centimetres, 6.70 seven.
Slight improvement, still in fourth
place. -- 6.7 seven.
place. -- 6.7 seven. The Australian,
Filippidis increases the only man
clear so far. What a good attempt
that was, a good clearance.
will take him into joint first
Tenth in Rio, seventh in
London, 20 years of age, Kurtis
Marschall, going well. The
athleticism needed to move yourself
over five metres 70, up in the air.
Next up is the women's 4x400 metres
relay. First to meet the crowd,
Poland will go in late one.
Poland will go in late one. That is
three quarters of the team which won
One replacement. Italy in lane two.
Here are Great Britain and Northern
Meghan Beesley, Hani
Williams, Allcock and know a veto.
-- know a litre oil.
Strong favourites, the United
States. They may be able to push the
world record of Russia.
Jamaica gets stronger. MacPherson
and Jenkins coming in. Jenkins was
fifth in the individuals.
Jenkins in her first indoor heat
I think the United States, if they
are to get close to the record of
Russia, would need a good, honest
push from Jamaica as well. Jamaica
will have designed other than
helping the United States to a world
record. Meghan Beesley is enjoying
something, she switches to the
lead-off leg. So Lee Clark will run
the anchor leg. I think all the
British women have gone for a Dutch
platter, I am told. By those who
Hannah Williams, sister of Jody
Williams, running on the second leg.
There is another Dutch plat. Amy
Allcock. In the Relay, we are
keeping an eye out for everything.
Because so many in the 400
individual and the Relay changeovers
as well, the handovers. So plenty to
look out for. Great Britain and
Northern Ireland in with the chance
of a medal, but Poland will be
strong and the United States are
favourites. Jamaica might give them
a good race.
a good race. Ukraine with a strong
quartet as well. So the final of the
women's 4 x 100m Relay. Meghan
Beesley to lead off the home four.
Meghan Beesley has gone out very
quick indeed. She does this often
and is running 400 fast and closing
down on the Ukrainian Melnyk and for
the United States, Quanera Hayes
taking them out. Jamaica with a bit
to do at the moment, Tovea Jenkins
settled and hoping to finish
strongly. Poland in a good position
and Italy with so much to do
The form book says at USA
to win and a struggle for silver and
bronze with the backend they have,
the United States are the hot
favourite and Jamaica have got
McPherson. So imported Meghan
Beesley digs in deep. She's
struggling in the last 50 metres and
she has got to give Hannah Williams
a chance to be involved, with
Poland, Jamaica and Italy. Like she
was yesterday, Williams has got to
chase here, to try and not panic at
this point on the first leg and keep
closing that gap. Get as close to
those medal positions as possible.
Finalist at the Olympic Games in the
hurdles in 2012, Georganne Moline,
leading the United States, with
another hurdler Janieve Russell
closing down and for Poland,
Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz closing down,
a lot of work for Hannah Williams to
do and Ukraine are faring badly in
the handover and propping up the
field. The crowd roaring Hannah
Williams on to close the big gap to
the top three. And that is trouble,
Georganne Moline has hit the curb.
Something to keep an eye on. Russell
hands of Jamaica to Anastasia
Le-Roy, Poland close behind and Amy
Allcock with work to do for Great
Britain and Northern Ireland.
three teams too far ahead at the
moment. Perhaps Poland, they do have
a very experienced competitor on the
last leg, but that is a big gap to
close. The USA, Jamaica, but the
only question is, did Moline put a
foot inside the curb or stagger or
stumble to avoid stepping on it?
United States leading bass and
Jamaica so close, Anastasia Le-Roy
on the final leg. United States
leading, Jamaica, Poland third and
these two clear of Great Britain.
Great effort by Poland to get clear.
And who knows, the United States
could be in for trouble with the
judges once again. It could be a
shame to see, two disqualifications,
United States a stronger act.
Jamaica giving them a fierce race.
On the anchor leg, individual
champion in the 400m, Courtney
Okolo, close to world record pace
and Stephenie Ann McPherson was
disqualified in the individual and
has something to prove. A long way
clear of the rest. Great Britain and
Northern Ireland are working hard in
fourth place at the moment, is its
third or fourth, who knows? Right
front is Courtney Okolo. McPherson.
Chasing gold is Courtney Okolo.
McPherson has not given up, Poland
and third place. McPherson digging
in, closing a bit, but it goes to
the United States. Not quite a world
record. A championship record. Just
outside the Russian world-record
3.20 three. It is gold for the
United States. As we expected. And
also as we expected, Jamaica gave
them such a good race. But again,
you have to say with a caveat
because there will be a close look
at Georganne Moline on the second
leg for the United States. The
United States deserved to win that.
They are the strongest four, but the
judges had been draconian at these
championships. And at the moment,
Great Britain and Northern Ireland
of finishing in fourth place. So we
will wait and see.
Yes, we will.
What a great race! To within half a
second of the world-record.
Phenomenal race from both Jamaica
and the United States. Jamaica go
third on the all-time list, it
United States second. And Poland's
performs as well.
performs as well. Quicker than any
British team has ever run, 3:26.09.
So no shame. So did Georganne Moline
put a foot inside the curb, no, I
think she was just avoiding doing
that. The Pole Vault Matt was in the
perfect position for as not to know.
Anyway, I think she was just making
sure, a little off-balance and tired
at that point. She looks a was a bit
I think they are OK. And
there will be some people watching
at home who was perhaps wish to see
a medal for Great Britain and
Northern Ireland. We have seen too
many disqualifications and many
great performances and old.
Georganne Moline just behind the
Pole Vault bed. Courtney Okolo just
outside the Russian world-record in
2006, Stephenie Ann McPherson
disqualified in the individual,
desperate to make amends, but could
not quite do it.
That is a
Commonwealth record for Jamaica as
well. So records all over the place.
A solid and good performance as well
for the British women, and a 3.30.
United States gold medal, Poland
with a good brands.
A slight improvement for the
Americans in that round. Brittney
police is unbeaten this year as she
settles herself ahead of her fourth
round jump. Fastest ever on the
approach. That looks a better
Still not driving the
Freeney, that gives you left. That
converts the speed. But starting to
get used to the runway here.
feeling her way into this
competition. She has improved twice
already. 6.89 and police goes into
Well, what a
Well, what a moment this is. I sure
she'll have a thought for her old
coach who sadly died a couple of
years ago. Turned into a great 800m
runner and her coach has kept on the
great work. Apart from being one of
the most popular members of the
team, she is a great inspiration to
many because she always produces her
best at the championships and a
bronze medal in what was a cracking
800m final. Wilson ran bravely and
she fought with great tenacity to
try and hold of the defending
champion. It was a fast last 200m
off a good pace and she was awarded
with a new personal best.
with a new personal best. But this
athlete moved to be coached by Mark
Rowland, a great steeplechaser in
his own rights, world medallist
himself. Back in the 1980s. Doing a
great job with his group.
great job with his group. Niyonsaba
Burundi taking the gold medal in a
NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS
So she defends her title in fine
style. That really was a race to
revel in. Articulate the
revel in. Articulate the performance
of Oskan-Calrke. She said she was
jealous of Eilidh Doyle treating her
pictures. Well, she has got one now
and she could look a bit happier!
She is absolutely delighted. Well
done, great performance.
And Steve said that, Denise, great
She leaves everything on the track.
You talked about her tactical brain.
Her ability to raise her game within
championships. And that is just a
fantastic medal and hopefully it
will elevate her through the rest of
the season. Fantastic job.
out because Steve Backley, we have
been treated to great field over the
last couple of days and it will
continue for the next couple of
It has been good, Gabby. And the
Long Jump is living up to
expectations so far.
expectations so far. Spanovic in
second place chasing that lead, at
Better left and better
speed, for me. Drives the Freeney.
Drives the right leg up into the air
a bit more and gets a bit more left.
Not as flat as we have seen.
Normally, have I should, parallel to
the ground. But it is working for
Good on the board and a really
good leg shoot but she enters the
sand and this will challenge the
lead. World leading jump. Out in
front. Spanovic takes control in the
fourth round. On the opposite side
of the Arena in Birmingham,
Duplantis getting ready for five
metres and 70, getting towards the
world junior record we saw. Look at
Good clearance. This has been
a World Championships where we have
seen a lot of youngsters coming
through. We saw the young Cuban in
the Long Jump. The age difference
between the oldest and the youngest
is 13 years so I think we will see a
lot more of this young man.
of age, showing some stability under
pressure. Duplantis, really good
clearance. The reigning champion,
Sam Kendricks, looking to go from
outdoor champion last summer to
indoor champion here in Birmingham.
Kendricks. 5.70. Such a clean
It is too easy! Lovely
textbook pole vaulting.
Sam Kendricks. First-time clearances
carrying no foul, that bodes well
for his placings should he be
challenged for height.
far. Good, isn't it?
far. Good, isn't it?
So finally, the
only athlete to have passed every
height so far, to match the
clearance of Kendricks, and he does.
Just goes off a little bit to the
light touch to the right, he should
come straight in the 12 o'clock, but
it's so low, he does not need to.
is game on, the Frenchman Lavillenie
looking good, so is Kendricks. The
Pole Vault going exactly to plan.
This is going to go down to the
wire. Great competition.
wire. Great competition. Lavillenie,
champion two years ago in Portland.
Looking to defend.
Back to the long jump, where
Brittney Reese was in the lead
momentarily. But I Ivana Spanovic
wrestled it away from her.
dropped her feet in early.
Reasonable speed. And then just
didn't get her feet out ahead of
centre of gravity, really. She
drives the knee, goes up. Pulls back
down from the knees. The shins go
into the ground.
That bodes well for
a last round jump. That will maybe
not challenged. It is not her best
job. But she has got to be
optimistic going into the final
round. There is a cut in round five.
Let's see if Quanesha Burks does it
again with the left-hander. Huge
Fouled it. It tipped
forwards. If your feet land before
you touch outside the pitch, that is
fine. As long as that hand is
further forward, or further away
from the long jump board than the
first contact with the sand, that is
fine. I hope that makes sense!
More big news to
bring you. It wasn't the United
States who were ultimately
disqualified for Georgeanne Moline's
foot. Jamaica have been
disqualified. The waiting athlete
being in the wrong position for the
incoming athlete. We will look at
things. It does mean that Great
Britain and Northern Ireland will
get a bronze medal. Jamaica, who had
earned the silver, will not get the
silver. Another disqualification at
these championships. But a different
rule infringement. Steve, you have
been keeping an eye on this as well.
This does happen occasionally.
happens. It has happened to Great
Britain before. Back in 2006 at the
Commonwealth Games, England were not
in the right order. You get placed
in order at the changeover line
based on where they are in the back
straight. Normally outdoors it is at
the 200 metres mark. It doesn't
matter if your runner comes past.
She wasn't in second place around
the back straight with 100 to go.
You have to line up where the
officials walk you out. She was
walked out in third place. She
jostled into second. That is why she
has been disqualified.
Let's look at
the second changeover. That is fine.
They are brought out in those
positions and they stay there. But
it was the first changeover from
Jenkins to Russell. Jamaica, who
were several -- silver-medallist,
have been disqualified under the
rule. And it means that Great
Britain and Northern Ireland get the
bronze medal. Meghan Beesley, Hannah
Williams, Amy Allcock and Zoe Sharp.
bronze medal. Meghan Beesley, Hannah
Williams, Amy Allcock and Zoe Sharp.
21 disqualifications at these
championships. After the athletics
are over just after half past five,
we will have a bigger chat about
that. Some of these toe the line
maybe. Maybe we are all suspicious
of that. But this was a clear rule
I'm always wondering
if the athletes are told and warned
beforehand before they go out there.
This is one of those obscure rules.
It is one that can of goes against
common sense when you are there. You
are thinking, my athlete is coming
in second, we are going to have to
cross one another. Let's make it
easier. So yeah, she's moving in.
This athlete is saying, no, belong
there. She knows the rules. It's one
of those things, it is a clear rule.
I would agree this to -- with this
disqualification based on the rules.
But you saw the official stepping
onto the track to correct the
movement. She should have enforced
it, been a bit stronger. It was
definitely a mistake by the
I think she tried to. She
was trying to say, you go back where
you were placed.
you were placed.
Long jump time. Steve Backley. We
are in the final round. Brittney
Reese has one final chance to
convert her second place to a gold
medal. She did exactly this two
years ago. That was in the last
round of these championships. See as
won it three times. She is chasing
six metres 96.
She decelerated and
slowed down into the board. She gets
a white flag. No, I think she knows
that is not enough. Those hand
gestures. Sinks on the penultimate
step and that slows down.
is. She has got to settle for a
silver medal. She's not used to
that. Three times champion. Her work
Six metres and 85 at second man.
The only athlete left who can stop
A lot of height. But
not enough speed across the board to
take into the pit. She slowed down
and really went to lift. It
converted the speed to lift and
Ivana Spanovic takes gold.
It was bronze four years ago. Silver
two years ago. And now she has got
the full set. That will look good in
the medal cabinet, wanted?
got a medal cabinet. Have you got
one?! Brilliance scenes. You can see
what it means to her. She was
incredible last year taking the
European indoor title. Maybe not
quite in that same shape but good
enough to be the best in the world.
The German wins bronze. That is what
it feels like to come second.
There is a confirmation of the
medallists. I Ivana Spanovic, a
world leading jump.
world leading jump. She beats a
Andrew Pozzi with the season's best
A cracking start. And
he wins it. A smile from Aries
Merritt, will also go through. Much
better from Pozzi. That is a
stunning run. The last individual
event on the track is upon us.
stunning run. The last individual
event on the track is upon us. And
it involves Andrew Pozzi.
He will be
expected to push himself to the
front of this race. This is here for
him, isn't it? He could win this?
could win this. He has run really
well throughout the rounds. He ran
fantastic in the semifinal. Team
captain. No medals yet for team GB.
There is a lot that he could do for
himself and this team. He is well
positioned to do it. It is a matter
of running the same type of races we
have seen him run over the rounds.
This semifinal, a good clean start.
Clean over the hurdles. Nice and
efficient. No real issues. That is
what he needs to do. I think it is
all he can do. Obviously the French
athlete is fantastic and has run
amazingly. I don't think there is
anything Andy can do about that.
has to run his own race.
Martinot-Lagarde had a stumble and
pulled himself back. That must be a
slight worry from a British
perspective because he looks very
He looked good, but
unfortunately for him he can be
quite inconsistent. He touched the
little bit on the blocks there which
caused him to not react as well as
he should have. But because he is so
tall and he is so powerful, he was
able to use the frequency and power
of the fraud to pull himself back
into second place. He is dangerous.
Using his long legs there to get
Trajkovic back in.
frequency, given that rhythm going
his what is best. I think from a
Andrew Pozzi can get out and stay
relaxed under pressure. If you can
do this, this could be a fantastic
race for him.
There's anybody who
knows what it is like to run fast
indoors it is the word's fastest man
ever over the hurdles indoors. Colin
Jackson still holds that time.
Colin, we saw a very fast time from
Andy Pozzi. Does he need to run any
quicker? Row will that time be
He needs to keep their very
cool head. He is in the same lane in
the final as he was in the
semifinal. He has to get out of the
blocks, as Denise said, well, and
hold it all together. He will not
have to press whatsoever. Even if
people challenging, let them
challenge and perhaps make mistakes.
He should be out there in front from
about hurdle three. He needs to hold
It has been a good few days for
the British team. They have picked
up some medals, some good
performances. Andy Pozzi would be in
that group going forward through
this next cycle that we would expect
big things from. This could be a
real breakthrough for him?
think so. He regularly wins on the
European stage. This is a step up to
the world stage. It will be imported
free to go out there as favourite
and perhaps take this title. He is
more than capable doing that.
The athletes coming out in just a
moment. But Steve
The athletes coming out in just a
moment. But Steve Backley, the
pole-vault competition is hotting
Yes, it is taking its time to get
towards the business end. But we
getting there. Emanuel paralysis of
Greece, who held the world junior
record briefly. Armand Duplantis
with the world junior record. He
goes clear at 5.8 zero. How about
that! He loves it.
that! He loves it.
He just snaked
its way around the bar. Look at it
means to him.
from the Greek youngster. He did
hold of the world junior record very
briefly. That would be the world
junior record. What a clearance. A
lifetime best in a World Indoor
Championship saw an 18-year-old.
What a bright future he has in this
event. Great scenes.
event. Great scenes.
Well, at 20
years of age, there is a crop of
youngsters. Kurtis Marschall from
Australia looking to match that
clearance. And he does! The
pole-vault indeed hotting up.
pole-vault indeed hotting up.
talented crop of youngsters going
very nicely indeed.
continues to build inside this arena
in Birmingham as we near the end of
these World Indoor Championship sand
and eagerly anticipated final to say
the least. Gabrielle Constantine of
Brazil. Introduced to the crowd.
Roger Iribarne of Cuba. He came
through just ahead of Aries Merritt.
What about Pascal Martinot-Lagarde?
Writes Andy edge the semi. -- he was
right on the edge in the semifinal.
If he guesses start right he may be
the favourite. Manga did not get it
wrong and is semifinal. He ran
beautifully to take a victory. He is
the French champion. Talking of good
runs, Milan Trajkovic the second
quickest qualifier. He had to rely
on being a fastest loser to make the
final, Aries Merritt. Former Olympic
champion. Current world record
holder. Jarret Eaton, the second
American in this line-up. Came in
with great hopes. Just occasionally
fails to deliver.
fails to deliver. He is the joint
team captain. He is very local.
Effectively a home track. Certainly
a home crowd who will rue -- willing
to victory. What competition he is
against. Because for other events I
have seen some of the biggest names
not here, or perhaps those who did
come failing. This event is strong.
Perhaps a shame that Omar McLeod
could not make the trip. Apart from
that it is loaded.
So Andrew Pozzi focused. The centre
of attention for so many here. But
up against Aries Merritt
Constantino. Martinot-Lagarde. Milan
Trajkovic and Jarret Eaton.
Back they come. It was Milan
Trajkovic and Jarret Eaton. A gasp
from the crowd as the second gunshot
cracked. Looking at Trajkovic in the
light blue, Milan Trajkovic. And he
will be out.
Holzdeppe, of Germany. First
attempt. 5.8 two. He gets it as
well, so he joins Marschall, of
Australia. First-time clearances of
five metres 80. And the event
Back to have a look at
this and Trajkovic, alongside Jarret
Eaton. And very sadly.
disqualify the athlete in lane six.
The bell tolls for him. That is one
where he perhaps did not know
because it was close. He will have
felt it was on the edge. And
reaction time does not lie. A warm
applause for Trajkovic, from the
Birmingham crowd, but little
consolation. Trajkovic has gone and
he had a chance. He has been going
so well, the second quickest
qualifier at 7.50 one. And down to
seven. -- 7.5 one.
It just adds to the nerves and
tension these men will be feeling.
Aries Merritt, Gabriel Constantino,
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde flanking
Pozzi. Jarret Eaton and Roger
Iribarne, of Cuba, in lane eight.
Silence and they are settling once
Ready now for the final of the men's
60 metres hurdles.
This time, they go,
Martinot-Lagarde, Pozzi leading at
the moment. Jarret Eaton is coming
through, Pozzi across the line.
7.46, who went that time to win the
gold medal? So tight between Andrew
Pozzi and Jarret Eaton. They don't
know. They look together. All eyes
turn to the big screen. For the name
to appear. And it is Andrew Pozzi
has the gold medal. Pozzi has it by
100th of a second from Jarret Eaton,
the crowds don't know yet, they do
now and Pozzi knows. The first man
of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland to winning gold at these
championships. And how they
celebrate! For their captain. Pozzi
with gold. European indoor champion
and now champion of the world, what
a win, what a race! Jarret Eaton
with the silver. But it all belongs
to Andrew Pozzi.
What a tremendous
run by this young man! We have
waited time and time. We have known
what he is capable of and we decided
on so many occasions that if he can
shake off those injury problems he
has, he is truly a world beater. He
has come here to Birmingham, his
home track, delivered a great heat.
Wonderful semifinal. And now when
the pressure is on it even though he
made some mistakes, he still kept a
cool head. He pulled himself back
into contention and he came off the
last barrier and he drove very hard
for the line. And what a well
deserved victory for Pozzi.
smile of a champion, cries of Pozzi
around the arena. Look at this gold
medal winning run.
Out from the
blocks, he is focused. Shakes of
Martinot-Lagarde early and look at
Jarret Eaton, absolutely flying. And
at this stage, it was his race. He
makes a mistake going into this
barrier and clatters it with his
lead like and drags him right back,
Pozzi going forward and he works
hard. He was not going to lose that
on the lip. It wasn't flawless. He
stands on the hurdle, reverses at
the crucial end of the race making
sure that Pozzi just takes a great
Watching Pozzi here, that
last barrier from Jarret Eaton, as
the shot widens out.
the shot widens out. Pozzi's race,
and early start up. It was clean, it
makes such a difference, clean over
the final barrier, Jarret Eaton was
not and that is the difference,
winning by 100th of a second.
Brilliant performance from him. You
are anxious when somebody hits the
barrier during the acceleration
phase which is one, two and three.
Andrew smashed that hurdle and that
is when you saw the big gap appear
instantly. Because Jarret Eaton did
not do that. He goes out and takes
control well, but he is with that
lead leg, it throws him back. And
when you take your weight back, it
is difficult to recover. As well as
this young man did. He kept a cool
head and he definitely will have
seen Jarret flying in front of him.
It is horrible for Martinot-Lagarde
because he got a decent start,
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, and he
could have been the favourite. Clean
over the barrier.
He hammers that
barrier, doesn't he? He tries to
recover but instead of taking it
higher, he decides to take a risk
and cream the barrier. It didn't
work and he goes backwards. Pozzi
fighting for the line. He wanted
this title. He knows what he is
capable of in himself and his heart
and he so wanted this. Look how he
dives for the line! Lean, Andrew,
lean! Brilliant, brilliant, Billy
Lean, he did and when he did.
And this is when he found out,
Jarret Eaton knew before it and he
was already congratulating him.
There it is, the celebrations of the
first British man to win a medal at
these championships. The women still
leading 6-1. Aurel Manga with
bronze, for France. And by 100th of
a second, Andrew Pozzi, champion of
STUDIO: Some gold medals just make
you feel really good. It is always
great for the home crowd to see a
British at the Excel, but that was
fantastic, Denise, from Andrew
Just outstanding. He clearly
arrived at these championships in
great form, but to consistently
deliver what we asked of him, what
he has asked of himself in these
championships is brilliant, valiant
Michael, he did not get
rattled by what was going on around
him, Martinot-Lagarde was falling
And he proved himself from
the beginning, if I just go and run
my race and I run it clean, that is
the best I can do. It puts him in a
great position, so he will go into
the finals and do it again and that
he has done each round, he has been
very consistent and it has worked
really well and it's great to see
that pay off at the World
Championships in the last individual
event of these championships.
Fantastic that the men have finally
got themselves their medal. They had
to wait until the last individual
event. But it means Great Britain
now on seven medals in total,
including the 4 x 400m, but in Great
Britain to third in the medal table,
which is impressive, just picking
them up slowly. Would this be in
excess of what they targeted?
they set their targets high, they
were well aware that it is a double
championship season because they are
moving on to the Commonwealth Games
and they have had to make those
decisions. To get the two gold
medals, that has made a big
It has set off on the right note and
we have seen Laura Muir getting so
close and not getting that and the
rest of this team see her get it and
you think, Andrew Pozzi, I have been
close, this is my time. And once
that. Rolling, it picks up momentum.
Yes, Andrew Pozzi and Shelayna
Oskan-Clarke clearly popular to be
voted Captains. They held their
positions and they have delivered
and Andrew Pozzi will send this home
crowd happy. But first of all, it is
the medal ceremony, Steve Cram, we
are all very happy with that.
What a way to finish a cracking
championships. We know we set our
targets high, as Paula said. As we
see the roster. Despite the fact
there were absentee athletes and
qualifications -- disqualifications.
1,500 metres, very precocious
talent, Tefera, just 18 years of
age, taking another gold for
Ethiopia. Lewandowski takes the
NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS
Well, six weeks ago, this young man
had never run an indoor race. He is
now the world record-holder for
juniors, indoors. And the World
Indoor Championships Samuel Tefera,
STUDIO: Chris O'Hare and Jake
Wightman win that 1,500 metre race,
Paula Radcliffe, Jake Wightman said
he was upset and disappointed with
his performance in that.
Yes, I think what Jake did, he
reacted a little bit too much to the
mood. In a race like that when it is
going to go really fast at one
stage, you kind of only need to make
that big move ones. And he did it
two or three times and he surged a
bit and he will kick himself when he
looks back at the times because he
He will definitely
learn from this experience.
Well, the new indoor champion of the
world over the 60-metre hurdles is
When they make a movie about this
competition, it will involve you, a
Birmingham local, trying to win the
first British medal at this
championships in the final race on
the track, then A false start, then
a photo finish and you go away with
the gold, can you believe it?
heart stopped at the end, I knew at
the fifth hurdle, was behind and I
can't believe how much I wanted it,
throwing my body up the line. I just
about got there. This championships
has been amazing and to be voted
co-captain for this championships is
the biggest honour of my life. Every
single member of this team has just
been perfect. And I am just a later
that I could win at the end.
into this championship, there is a
lot of talk including from yourself
about how you needed to come away
with a medal from this, how is it
coping with that and what is the pay
Every interview we have
done this year, I have said I am in
great shape. I did in with the
fastest time, I was ranked tenth,
11th, but consistently, in training,
am running well and is trying to be
as confident as possible and
enjoying the atmosphere. I knew that
was coming but I knew it would be so
competitive so to win in a great
time is just perfect.
World Champion, what that will do
for your confidence, should Colin
Jackson be quaking in his boots?!
No! He has helped me an awful lot
with my career and I have the
benefit of having the world
record-holder helping me out.
this a springboard for the outdoors?
Absolutely. I think I am only here
for a week and we go to the gold
Coast to prepare for the
Commonwealth Games. There is no way
I could turn down coming to
Birmingham for this World Indoor
Championships, an absolute delight!
It has been a delight to watch,
congratulations and enjoy your medal
He will think it is a very good
decision to do both major
championships. Some athletes
deciding to forego these
championships. Everybody has their
own personal journey and they juggle
their season. Laura Muir is putting
your educational needs first this
year. If you can win a gold medal
and go to the Commonwealths and back
it up, then to the European
Championships, this is the kind of
season you really can breakthrough.
We have talked about that since day
one. These championships are an
opportunity for many athletes,
whether it is those trying to strike
-- crack -- scratch and claw their
way onto the medal podium and
consistently failed to live up to be
potential they have shown in the
past. And then athletes like Andy,
just waiting for the right
opportunity and for everything to
happen at the right time. Frame to
be in the best shape of his life and
to have the right mindset. That came
true for him today. The timing is a
little bit odd for this season for a
lot of these championships. But for
some athletes it will work really
well. Like Andy Pozzi. He will go to
the Gold Coast. It will not be next
year when he starts to build of
these championships. It will be next
month. And that is a real good
opportunity for him.
athletes spend a lot of time
planning about what they do and when
they do it. They have to be ready
when they are ready. There are so
many championships. From what I have
seen so far from the athletes so far
come they have managed to step up.
They have delivered when it matters
and utilise all the experience that
they have had over the years,
whether it has been a -1, but this
pressure has been positive. And Andy
Pozzi epitomises that from me.
of the best in the world were here.
This is one of the events where you
can translate this to the outdoors.
There is little difference.
very little difference in terms of
start and technique and speed
between the hurdles. This will just
continue on for another 40 metres.
50 metres. But you do have to look
at this situation. It is a unique
situation in that this is a
situation where Andy doesn't have to
be the fastest in the world. He just
needs to run the best race he can
and be clean over the hurdles. Aries
Merritt is not at his best. The
fastest person in the world this
year is not hear from the US. We
have to be honest and be realistic
about what this means for the
outdoors. It is great for a
confidence booster. But Andy will
know, he knows the best hurdlers in
the world, and this will give him
the confidence to compete with them.
Yes, he has to work on things
physically, from a speed and hurdle
perspective, to be better, to be
faster. Mentally, I can compete with
His mental attitude has
been very impressive, Pollock?
and you can only beat who turns up
on the day. That is what he has
done. That is what is important. He
has pulled it back. Even he said at
hurdle five he thought it was gone
but he was still fighting for it.
Then it comes down to how much you
really wanted and how much you are
focused on that big target and what
you are prepared to do to get there.
I think he probably said thank you
to: because that was a Jackson did
at the end as well!
You talk about
Colin and you talk about arriving at
the Championships. It is raising
your game. You want to take the
opportunity. Always arrive at the
Championships absolutely fit, you
don't always arrive. He has been
really good, really focused. It is
great to watch.
The pole vault
competition is proving, as we said
about so many of these events, it is
proving there is a really exciting
young crop of pole vaulters on the
world stage. They are using this
Arena, this platform, to just show
us what they are about,
Arena, this platform, to just show
us what they are about, Steve
It bodes well, doesn't it?
so. They are taking their time
though. This has gone on beyond what
was expected. I think it was
midnight in Rio. I don't think it
would be that bad. But it is two
hours and 20 minutes since he
started this competition. And nine
athletes are still involved.
Including the world champion. San
Kendricks carrying a foul already.
Filippidis agrees get ready. -- of
Greece. One of my favourite
performances from those Rio
Olympics, it had an entire country
celebrating in the street after
anyone gold in an historic
competition. But he has to go clear
here. This was a few moments ago.
But he couldn't. He couldn't do what
he did two years ago in performing
under pressure. The Olympic champion
not quite in shape. He has had some
problems since taking that title. As
we come back to see Filippidis. One
of the oldest. 31 years old now. The
same age as the Frenchman. First
attempt. Too much. This may be the
height that starts to sort out the
medal contenders. Nine athletes have
jumped five metres, 88 or better
this year. A second consecutive foul
for Filippidis. Three and he is out.
He will only get one more attempt at
its height. He needs to clear it. Or
he can pass again and go to the next
tide. He can debate that for a
So then, starred Yacob
of Sweden. -- three consecutive
fouls. This is the last chance for
the Swede to stay involved. He has
jumped very nicely indeed this
afternoon. The 24-year-old. This
would be a massive lifetime best.
5.78 is his personal best from this
year. Outdoor personal best of 5.70.
Very much in new territory as he
stands back looking up at the
highest bar he has ever attempted.
If you think you can, you are
halfway there. Does he believe? 5.8
five. Final attempt.
five. Final attempt.
He didn't get
the poll out early enough and put
the energy into it. He probably
would have been quite nervous. 5.80
would have been a personal best for
him indoors. He has gone for it. He
has thought, if I can clear 5.85
that will make me competitive for
muddle. It is not about the
performance, it about winning.
Unfortunately it didn't happen for
him today. But he will live to fight
The Swede is done. As
we see a man, a young man, Emmanouil
Karalis. He went absolutely bonkers
when he went clear at five metres
That was a personal best for
him. It may have been a Greek junior
record for him as well. That kind of
performance, we can understand why
he was a little happy.
5.78 was a
junior record. It stood for two
weeks this winter. Good attempt.
That was excellent. I loved the
energy. The poll may have been soft.
What I mean is when it bends it
takes too long to uncoil. Because it
is still uncoiling it goes past the
bar and knocks it off. He jumped
5.78 earlier this winter. It was on
the 25th of February. Armand
Duplantis of Sweden jumped 5.8 it.
So he held the world record for two
weeks. That has to be some kind of
record in itself. The coach is
looking at the video. He has got his
phone in his hand. He will have been
videoing and double checking before
making that final comment.
Marschall. Another young man who is
jumping very nicely indeed.
Experienced 20-year-old. I say that
because he is very good at
championships. He has proved that
when he was 18 at Rio and he came
tenth. 19 when he came to London
last summer in the outdoor version
of these championships. A strong
looking cut. That tiny glitch at the
start. It has been perfect sense. He
has not jumped indoors. So it is a
seasoned's best. World junior
silver-medallist two years ago. No
one clear yet at 5.80 five. Still no
The bottom and was not
straight enough in front of him to
put the bend into the poll. Another
Australian herder -- Polter. There
have been quite a crop of
Australians pole vaulter. Steven
Caulker. -- Steve Hooker. He has got
two more attempts at this height.
have still got nine athletes
involved. All the big names and some
youngsters. And this man, Raphael
Holzdeppe. Previous champion. 28
years of age now. 5.80. He was clear
at the first jump. And if he can do
that again now, he will take himself
into the lead. For athletes have
attempted this height. All four of
them have failed. 5.85 then. We
haven't seen a clearance now for
about six, seven jumps. The pole
vaulter has gone a bit tepid at the
The first person who clears
this height puts themselves in the
medal, obviously. The best attempt
so far. But another foul.
to Luke warm, do you think? He was
It wasn't the best we have
seen so far. Raphael Holzdeppe in
second place. It will be the Swede
next. And then San Kendricks. Who
once this most? A clearance here may
do the job. Who knows?
think so. So the full line-up there.
The last medals to be contested at
this world indoor Championships.
Great Britain with a young, well
they're not all youngsters, but
certainly an inexperienced team,
shall we say. Can they produce
something here a little bit special.
The women ended with a bronze medal
after the disqualification of
Jamaica. This is a good team,
Trinidad and Tobago. They were not
as good as we thought they might be
in qualification. Full of great
experience. The Czech Republic.
Maslak, because of two
disqualifications in the final of
the individual event, which Spain
won so impressively. Spain not in
this. A change because Lee Thompson
comes in to join these three men,
who ran superbly well. Plenderleith
will now be on the second leg. Jamal
Rhoden-Stevens and Lee Thompson.
Poland have a very strong squad.
They will be tough, very tough. I
expect them to be among the medals.
A real scrap for the medals, which
will include Belgium. Which include
three members of the same family.
And then the United States, who have
kept their one in four from
qualification. So the United States
will start as favourites. But
there's Poland team looks good.
Belgium with a lot of experience.
But Great Britain, with a
performance are not even sure they
might have expected in
qualification, they run the fourth
fastest time ever by a British
quartet. -- ran. They will be led
off by Owen Smith. A Welshman.
Coached by Matt Elias, who was him
self pretty good in the relays. He
is going to hand to ground handily.
-- Grant Plenderleith. The former
footballer. He is on the second leg.
He ran the last leg yesterday. Then
Rhoden-Stevens. And Lee Thompson.
Plenderleith and Lee Thompson from
the same club. Sheffield.
We are just hearing news, the women
just winning a medal and the British
women have been disqualified. It is
on our computer and we will follow
that up. The Bretton -- the Great
British women's 4 x 400m team who
thought they had been advanced to a
bronze medal at Dina disqualified
for bumping and barging. There is
the graphic. That is for obstruction
or for pushing.
or for pushing. OK, we will get back
to that. So, Owen Smith on the first
leg. Kerley for the USA, Borlee, for
Belgium. Zalewski for Poland.
Belgium. Zalewski for Poland. Owen
Smith doing a great job in the
leader leg and he has to match these
big stars for pace. We are watching
4-lane infringements and everything,
Eagle eyes on everybody. Kerley of
the United States, they are the
favourites, Poland will make life
difficult and Owen Smith here. Great
Britain have to stave off as much as
they can and hope Lee Thompson
brings them a medal. Great Britain
just behind Trinidad and Tobago.
Fred Kerley so frustrated not to
make the individual, third at the US
championships and he will hand over
to the man who won the US title,
Michael Cherry and give them a big
lead. But the Polish quartet in a
good position in second place. Great
Britain and Northern Ireland with
work to do. In third place at the
moment and trying to close in on
absolutely flying. At that clock is
correct, on the first leg, they are
the world record holders, twice
broken the world records in these
championships. Last time was... They
have won their last six gold medals
after some discord occasions. The
USA leading, Poland getting closer.
Cherry looking a little tired.
Michael Cherry handing over to
Aldrich Bailey and the usual
confusion in the handover to avoid
the outgoing athletes. But it is
Bailey. And for Trinidad and Tobago,
it is Asa Guevara. And for Great
Britain, Rhoden-Stevens trying to
get chased on Jonathan Sacoor,
Belgium. We bought the United States
might go further clear but they are
being reeled in by Poland. A good
like by Asa Guevara for Trinidad and
is Tobago, but how much do they have
USA, Poland, Trinidad and
Tobago, Belgium still in this, Great
Britain and long way to go at this
point with the baton safely in the
hands of Vernon Norwood. And Poland
have a great runner on the last leg
with five metres to chase them down.
Inside world-record pace at the
moment. And they are flying. Can
Vernon Norwood bring this home? A
lap to go, a proper battle for the
silver and bronze. United States in
the lead. Norwood, Zalewski, Poland.
Against Borlee, who is trying to get
in return. Poland moving away from
the battle for brands, USA in front,
Vernon Norwood coming under
pressure, look at Zalewski trying to
close him down! It is going to be
Poland's gold medal! Poland win it
in a new world record as well!
Poland stun the world of 4 x 400m
running. Zalewski. Sorry, Jakub
Krzewina running a brilliant last
leg. Look at the joy and the
surprise of one or two Mako of his
team-mates. We said Poland would be
amongst the medals but who knew they
could go that quick? The first leg
the United States were leading and
we saw Krzewina could finish
strongly. Norwood is probably going
to think, I have thrown this away
for my team, they were inside
world-record pace. But the last two
runners were not as strong as they
could have been and Great Britain
could never get on pace. A great
performance and the Borlee brothers
have run quick to drag their team
through but barring
disqualifications, bold to Poland,
at United States have to settle for
silver and Belgium take the bronze,
in a new national record for them.
You said to look out for this Polish
quartet before this started, at the
United States in the men's 4 x 400m
have a target on their back but we
have highlighted Krzewina, he just
missed out on a place on the
individual final and we highlighted
how strong he is in the closing
stages. He muscled his way past
Norwood, who is a high ad lib.
Krzewina bringing it home. And that
is as unexpected as it was widely
celebrated by Poland, astonishing
row. Great Britain and Northern
Ireland some way down and they could
not live with the pace of the
others, and great run for Belgium.
This is the United States's medal to
lose and what a run from Krzewina!
And I think when you look at the
scrap going on, at 100 separating
third and fourth. Krzewina out here,
just watch his team-mate crossing
the line. You'd think the USA have
won this the last six times, the
previous three when they did not
when they were disqualified, and the
time before that, they broke the
world record. This is that event,
they always win this event. Not this
time, Poland win it, a new
world-record, gold to Poland. United
States take the silver. And a new
national record for Belgium and
Trinidad and Tobago. The British
team ran a little quicker than they
did in the heats, I have excelled
themselves, in sixth place.
The women's result has changed, as
we mentioned. Great Britain and
Northern Ireland have been
disqualified now. Disqualified under
that rule that is barging, bumping,
obstruction is the official word.
United States take the gold, Poland
take the silver and Ukraine move up
to bronze because Jamaica, who
thought they were seconds, they were
disqualified, and Great Britain
moved up to third, but they were
Right, back to the Pole Vault and we
have seen a succession of fouls.
Piotr Lisek Kendricks and Renaud
Lavillenie the three favourites, the
next three athletes to try this
height of 5.85. Nobody clear yet.
Piotr Lisek goes clear finally. A
big jump from the big man, world
indoor tour winner. Very consistent.
He has jumped high SO he may have
more to give, but he goes into first
The giants of the Pole Vault
have woken. Good determination. He
scared me a bit with that scream at
the top of the runway! Heat dashing
is more powerful than the other
athletes, carries the biggest poles.
Used them to good effect. But
Kendricks carries the shortest. But
he is so athletic on the top of the
pole. World outdoor champion. He has
a fail at the previous height. Now
5.85, the first attempt from
Kendricks and he gets it.
athletic off the top of the pole,
both him and the Polish athlete,
Lisek, they are confident enough
that they link 5.85, they can just
go to 5.85 and be confident to clear
it. They are confident and toying
with the competition.
clearance, the next height is 5.90.
Earlier today in London, Sir Mo
Farah competed in the inaugural
half-marathon in London ahead of his
preparations for the London Marathon
next month and Chris Denise was
Away we go in the wheelchair race
and David Weir again renewing his
rivalry with the silver bullet in
the centre of the picture, who will
come out on top this time. Away we
go in the inaugural vitality
because, Sir Mo Farah doing battle
against Callum Hawkins, the British
number two, in the shades. And the
reigning London Marathon champion
from Kenny. Mo Farah has been
training hard at altitude
immediately and five miles and, is
this a decisive break? Patient in
the early stages, Sir Mo Farah has
opened up a gap already. There is
situation pack, Josh Griffis leading
the way and the gap is considerable.
It was just a surge. Mo Farah is
reeled in. And Callum Hawkins is
much closer. Shall Perdue and Louis
Partridge going straight to stride,
they know each other well. And it is
Callum Hawkins's turn to make a
brace -- a break, approaching Tower
Bridge. And Mo Farah playing his
part. Solid -- Charlotte Perdue has
been in great form and training in
Australia. Just beyond halfway. And
the three main runners in the men's
race still stride for stride, coming
off the bridge, with Hawkins again
doing the lion's share of the work.
They will do a left turn into
Southwark. The chasing pack again
with a lot of ground to make up.
Charlotte Perdue and Louis Partridge
still going together. Team-mates
with a bit of colour for company.
And Mo Farah, who has been quite
content to keep quiet at the back
and let the other two Mako do the
work, looking very comfortable
indeed, as if he is out for a Sunday
morning jog on the streets of
London. Perdue and Partridge coming
over Tower Bridge, still
inseparable. Have been in great form
in 2018. And is this Wanjiru's turn
to make his presence felt? Mo Farah
has been quite content to let the
others do the work. But David Weir
beaten once again, a comfortable
victory for the Olympic champion.
Victory on the streets of London
once again. Callum Hawkins making
another surge, will this one be
decisive? He has put in a great
effort today. Sally, Lily Partridge
has been dropped by Perdue and is
playing catch-up. And there is
Perdue, who ran so well in Japan
just before Christmas. Mo Farah, the
clubs are of physically and may be
metaphorically. Is this him saying,
enough is enough, time to get
racing? And they are still racing
over Tower Bridge. 200m to go, Mo
Farah edging in front. Half a
shortage of the track. We know all
about his finishing speed from his
track days, can he turn it on here?
Final twists and turns as we entered
Greenwich. The Cutty Sark interview.
Mo Farah, Wanjiru still on his
shoulder. I laughed and turn, a
right-hand turn, and Mo Farah, can
he turn on the style and the speed
for the home crowd? And there he is,
a big finish from Mo Farah in the
big half. He wins this race. He
wanted the win, it looks like he has
got the win, and Mo Farah once again
winning on the streets of London.
And it was all about getting the
victory here today. Charlotte
Perdue, what a performance. Huge
personal best. Other in minute
sliced from her previous lifetime
best. Small in stature, but a huge
talent and huge guts and we will
look out for her once again in the
London Marathon next month.
London Marathon next month. But
today was all about this man, Mo
Farah winning a in London. So
against all the odds, a big half
managed to beat the big chill.
Victory for Mo Farah, perhaps he
would have referred a stiffer test
today, but he looks in good shape
ahead of the London Marathon.
Likewise, Charlotte Purdue with a
huge personal best. And a Swiss
double in the wheelchair race.
Mo Farah winning in the inaugural
London half and we have a hotline to
the Farah camp because Paula
Radcliffe's husband is coaching and
involved with Mo's new career on the
roads, how are things going? What is
the word inside the camp?
I think training has gone well. He
is in good shape. I know that he
doesn't particularly enjoy running
in cold conditions. Today was
probably about getting the job done.
He now has got another hard block of
training to knuckle down to and he
needs to get back working on that
Was he secretly hoping that
would be called off because of the
No. It is part of the build-up
plan. Especially when you have flung
back from Ethiopia to take part.
That was slightly facetious. What
busy finding lifelike? I did some
television with at the end of last
season. The producers have -- said,
he has retired, hasn't he? And I
said, no, think it will be more in
terms of milage when he trains. How
does it work now, his new life?
is working different systems. I
think he kind of got a little bit of
a shop in 2014 when he tried the
London Marathon. He knew there were
certain changes he needed to make.
He accepted the training would be
difficult and he wanted to take that
challenge on. He's really happy with
how he has adapted and how things
have moved on in the last couple of
months. I know he is really excited
about going on the streets of
London. He got a little taste of
beer with the crowds this morning.
It will be a much bigger stage than
that in April. He wants to be ready.
April 22. Anything can happen in the
next month in this country with the
weather. It could be 70 degrees by
then. Let's stay inside. We have
still got a great pole vault
competition to bring you.
competition to bring you.
A little look back.
We saw Kendricks of the United
States and the polish volta go
clear. Renaud Lavillenie has spent
less energy than anybody else at
this point. One height cleared,
5.70. 5.8 five. Very comfortable
He means business. Much
straighter going towards the 12
o'clock at the top of the pole.
o'clock at the top of the pole. Two
voltas in them one half hours. Not a
bad day's work. That may be an
important factor because he has not
spent energy and everybody else has.
The business end of this competition
is about to unfold probably between
San Kendricks of the United States
and Renaud Lavillenie. Can Raphael
Holzdeppe join them? 5.90. First
Didn't get that right at
A bit of a mess. At full
stretch. He fouls.
stretch. He fouls. Season's best is
five metres and 80. So he is in new
territory and it is showing.
five metres and 80. So he is in new
territory and it is showing.
You may have heard the British women
have been disqualified from the
4x400 medal that they only got
because of a disqualification to
Jamaica. They finished fourth.
Jamaica were disqualified. Now
Britain have been disqualified. We
have looked forensically at the
footage and we can't find anything
that would indicate why. We know the
rule but we can't see anything. It
does add a up to 22
disqualifications in total. All the
talk last night was about how many
there had been for a foot over the
line infringement, which is not rule
163. That is obstruction. I will
remember the number in a minute.
This was only matched by the last
time the world in thes were held in
Birmingham. In the meantime, there
have only been one, three, four,
four. This is by far the worst
place, it would seem, are the best
place, depending on how you want to
look at it, for disqualification is.
Why would that be? I asked some
people this morning. I still didn't
get a very good answer. I was told
with regard to the lane
infringements that there is an area
on the track that should be flat but
it has curveds. I didn't get any
more information than that. It
didn't make sense to me. So don't
blame me. That is what I was told.
Regardless of that, I believe the
IAAF will have to do something about
this. The problem with the lane
infractions, this was at an absurd
level. If you step on the line one
time, there are probably shouldn't
be an infraction because you are not
gaining that much of an advantage. I
understand the rules and I
understand if you cut the line you
gain an advantage. No problem. I
understand that. But when it amounts
to this number of disqualifications
and confusion, I think the fans get
to a point after a while where they
have checked out watching the event.
And they are like, I think I know
who won but I'm not quite sure and I
just watched the race. That is no
fun for the fans.
It spoils the
enjoyment, it's confusing and it is
just no fun. Athletes don't
deliberately try to bend the rules
in that way on the track. I don't
know if you remember in 95, you were
there in Gothenberg, that one
outdoor competition that I remember
competing in heptathlon, there were
55 disqualifications of various
orders in that won championships.
Gwen Torrence. Maria Bartolo. It
does happen. -- Maria Metella. It
has been bad here as well.
It is a
Catch-22. You have to enforce the
rules, otherwise there are athletes
who will try to take advantage of
that. But you have to make sure that
it works in the best way for the
sport as well. There are two issues.
We are talking about the lane
infringementss and the jostling and
the bumping and barging. They are
the main reasons. Bumping and
barging as part of the indoor
barging as part of the indoor
Thank you. San Kendricks about to
go. We will return to this.
This could be a critical job. Five
metres and 90. Second place at the
moment. First attempt. Not today.
Kendricks unable to go clear. We
have had five athletes attempt this
new height already. Five failures.
Only Renaud Lavillenie left to try.
He may have just got the Brighton
wrong place. Just goes through the
bar. You can move the bar back and
forth. 80 centimetres back and 40
centimetres forward. You may catch a
glimpse of another clock out there
with a red frame on it which is got
the numbers on it. That indicates
worthy competitors the bar.
Kendricks does have good memories of
competing on British soil. Champion
last summer in London. As does this
man, champion in the Olympics in
2010. Renaud Lavillenie, a perfect
card. And he knows because of the
faileds of his competitors, if he
goes clear at this height, this
could be a gold medal winning jump.
Two jumps, Mata clearances. He is in
first place anyway. This to extend
his lead and possibly extend it.
Great speed on the runway. I want to
see that a second time. He was great
over 5.80 five. You want to see what
the differences between the two.
seemed to be in the band for a long
time. I don't know if his pole is
soft. It seems for a fraction of a
second it didn't catapult him up.
may need to change poles. Get a
stiffer pole. It will uncoil
quicker. Obviously you have got to
run fast and put the energy in as
He is so meticulous in his
methods, Renaud Lavillenie. So we
have still got six athletes. The
young man, a manual chorale is
looking for silence. -- Emmanouil
Karalis. This is his last attempt.
Three consecutives and you out. This
is that moment for the youngster. He
asked for silence and he has got it.
Now he wants the crowd to join in.
He is in control.
I think so. Every
athlete goes through their own
little rituals as to what they want
and how they compose themselves and
get their mind ready before they
This for a new world junior
record. A big ask for the young man
from Greece. That was a good jump.
It was. He didn't get the pole away
early enough. It was low on his
right hand in terms of planting.
That way you go underneath the pole
and you don't get the energy to
penetrate. Great attempt.
the world Championships at 18 years
of age is pretty impressive in
itself. Looking down the card,
noughts and crosses across the
screen, Renaud Lavillenie out in
front. 5.8 five. Still no unclear at
this height. Emmanouil Karalis
appreciative of the support. I look
forward to seeing how his career
progresses. A big prospect.
This pole competition, as thrilling
as it is, unfortunately means we
will not get the medal ceremony for
Andy Pozzi's gold. As soon as we go
off air, we will have the rest of
the pole vault and the ceremony on
the BBC's website. You will be able
to see it. We have a couple of
minutes left. 25 hours of live
coverage of these World Athletics
Championships. I guess highlights is
the final thoughts, Michael?
oddly enough for these
championships, one of the first
where I can remember at all of the
field events. They were extremely
competitive. As in the pole vaulter
which we are seeing right now. Very
competitive in the high jump. Right
through with the triple jump
yesterday. It has been great, the
field events. The quality of the
competition but also the
We want to tie
competitions where the leads are
changing every time. The field
events have delivered. It has been
fantastic to watch. I think Britain
have stepped up massively. I am
pleased with the medal haul. I think
I said we would be light on the
ground but they have been fantastic.
The fact that certain individuals
knocking on the door, Laura Muir
etc, have pushed themselves through?
Yes, this time they have delivered
and they have delivered in a big
way. Laura Muir and cagey tea have
really done that. So special to see
Laura come through.
And your city of
Birmingham has done you proud,
Denise. Like the rest of the country
we have had some terrible weather
here in the last few days but the
crowds have enjoyed this?
battled through the snow, the slides
and the awful conditions to be here.
Athletics is a very popular sport in
this city. We have our trials. This
is another reflection of what for me
has been a really good
Michael, you are
coming back with us for the
I look forward
We are doing that in Salford.
Don't be getting a plane to
Australia. I would have been gone!
Thanks so much. And to the
production team, who make all of
these things so successful. We leave
you with images and memories of a
great British icon, Sir Roger
From all of us, good night.
Well, I remember it very
well. The main problem was that the
weather was so bad. What I was told
by Mike coach in the morning, he
said, "I think you can run a 3.56,
and if you don't think -- take this
opportunity when it is presented,
for the rest of your life you may
never forgive yourself.
When I overtook Chris chat away, I
began to feel the pain.
I collapsed as I crossed the tape.
But then I recovered sufficiently to
hear him announcing...
Ladies and gentlemen, here is the
R G Bannister.
ratification would be a new world
record, three... And after that the
noise of the crowd blizzard --
obliterated the remainder of his