USA shine at IAAF World Indoors

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The United States dominated the final day of the World Indoor Athletics Championships on Sunday to complete a hugely impressive showing at the prestigious event.

The athletics meeting was held in Portland at the Oregon Convention Centre and lasted for four days and it was the United States who tasted success the most in the first event since Russia was banned from track and field. The Stars and Stripes finished with a total of 13 gold, six silver and four bronze medals.

The Stars and Stripes finished with a total of 13 gold, six silver and four bronze medals.

On the final day, American athletes won gold in the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays, the men’s 1500m (Matthew Centrowitz), the men’s long jump (Marquis Dendy) and women’s high jump (Vashti Cunningham).

Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha won the men’s 3000m, coming home in 7:57.21 to deny Ryan Hill of the United States, who took silver. Kenya’s Augustine Choge won bronze. Omar McLeod of Jamaica won the men’s 60m hurdles after flying home in 7.41 seconds.

The women’s 800m race was won by Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba (2:00.01 seconds) while Ajee Wilson finished second and Margaret Nyairera Wambui third.

Ethiopian star Genzebe Dibaba successfully defended her 3 000m crown after she stormed home around 50 meters clear of her nearest rival, compatriot Meseret Defar, clocking a time of 8:47.43, with Shannon Rowbury of the United States taking bronze.

It is estimated that a fraction under 40’000 people passed through the gates of the Oregon Convention Centre between Thursday and Sunday and IAAF president Sebastian Coe said the attendances showed athletics was on the road to recovery after a torrid few months.

“Nobody is denying the challenges that lie ahead to regain trust but this has been a pretty good start,” Coe told AFP.

“It’s a sad moment for our sport. But it hasn’t stopped this from being a fantastic athletic experience for spectators and athletes alike. It shows you that the sport is still very strong.”