TODAY’S ZAMAN – Ali Kaya conquers Europe with new 3,000-meter record

Ali Kaya conquers Europe with new 3,000-meter recordAli Kaya of Turkey won the menand#39s 3,000-meter race at the European Indoor Championships in Prague on Saturday, setting a new record in the event.The Kenyan-born Kaya, who became the gold medalist with a time of 7:38.

42 minutes, erased Mo Farahand#39s championship record of 7:40.17 from the books.

Lee Emanuel of Britain was second with 7:38.42 and Henrik Ingebrigtsen of Norway finished as second runner-up in 7:44.

48. Russiaand#39s Yelena Korobkina won the womenand#39s 3,000.

Kaya said he got an early aantage at the beginning of the race and never looked back. After the competition, the Kenyan-born Turkish athlete said he loves Turkey and the Turkish people.

He has been competing for the country for three years.andquotIt was particularly meaningful for me to win the medal by breaking a record previously held by Mo Farah.

andquot Farah ran past Kaya in the final meters of last yearand#39s 10,000-meter event at the European championships to leave him in the third spot.News of Kayaand#39s victory elated the Turkish athletics scene, which has been battling the repercussions of doping scandals in recent years.

The gold medal in the menand#39s 3,000 was the first in the nationand#39s history at the EurosLavillenie shines againElsewhere, Renaud Lavillenie proved his class again by winning a fourth straight pole vault title.The Frenchman vaulted 575 and 590 meters to leave the field behind.

He cleared a year-best 604 on his second attempt for the championship record.Then he tried 617 — 001 higher than the world indoor record he set a year ago — but he failed in his three attempts.

andldquoIand#39m really happy,andrdquo said Lavillenie, who also triumphed in 2009, 2011 and 2013. andldquoI donand#39t want to have any limits,andrdquo he added.

andldquoMaybe 620, maybe more.andrdquoHis second attempt at 617 was the most promising.

andldquoI was lacking a bit of energy,andrdquo he said. andldquoAnd only 99 percent is not enough to set a world record.

Yet, it was one of my highest jumps everandrdquoRussiaand#39s Aleksandr Gripich took the silver medal, and Polandand#39s Piotr Lisek claimed the bronze after both cleared 585.In the menand#39s triple jump, 2008 Olympic champion Nelson Evora of Portugal won with 17.

21 meters, 017 ahead of Pablo Torrijos of Spain. Romaniaand#39s Marian Oprea was third.

Home favorite Pavel Maslak was the fastest in the menand#39s 400 meters, retaining his title and adding a third straight indoors gold, including last yearand#39s worlds.Maslak was clearly ahead after the first 200 and stretched his lead at the finish straight to win in 45.

33 seconds, a championship record. Dylan Borlee of Belgium was almost one second behind in second place, and Rafal Omelko of Poland was third.

Nataliya Pyhyda of Ukraine was first in the womenand#39s 400, with Indira Terrero of Spain second.Mariya Kuchina of Russia won the womenand#39s high jump after clearing 197, her second straight indoor gold after winning at last yearand#39s indoor worlds.

Then, she shared the trophy with Kamila Licwinko of Poland. Licwinko, who is the best in the world this year with 202, had to settle for the bronze with 194, while Alessia Trost of Italy got silver after clearing 197.

andldquoIand#39m not satisfied with my result today but Iand#39m happy to get the European indoor title clearly,andrdquo Kuchina said.Ivana Spanovic of Serbia took gold in the womenand#39s long jump with a leap of 698 meters, and Anita Marton of Hungary had the best throw of 19.

23 meters in the womenand#39s shot put.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman