TODAY’S ZAMAN – Tanui of Turkey runs out of steam, settles for 1,500-meter silver

Tanui of Turkey runs out of steam, settles for 1,500-meter silverCzech Jakub Holusa edged out Kenyan-born Turkish middle distance runner Ilham Tanui zbilen by only 006 to take the gold medal in the 1,500-meter final in three minutes and 37.68 seconds at the European Indoor Championships in Prague on Sunday.

Tanui clocked 3:37.74 to clinch the silver and Britainand#39s Chris Oand#39Hare took the bronze with a time of 3:38.

96. Kenya-born Ali Kaya also made Turkey proud on Saturday by winning the menand#39s 3,000-meter gold, and Dutch athlete Dafne Schippers confirmed her status as a major continental sprint force by winning the 60-meter race.

Last yearand#39s World Indoor Champion Richard Kilty of Britain proved unbeatable again, winning the menand#39s 60 meters in six minutes and 51 seconds, with a duo of German sprinters, Christian Blum and Julian Reus finishing second and third, respectively. Another British hopeful, Chijindu Ujah, was disqualified because of a false start.

Schippers, the double European champion at 100 and 200 meters, added an indoor gold at O2 Arena in the Czech capital. The specialist in multi-event disciplines recovered from a slow start and used a strong finish to win in 705 seconds, a world-leading time this year Dina Asher-Smith, the rising star of British sprinting who won the world junior championship last year, finished second, 003 behind and Germanyand#39s Verena Sailer another 001 back in third.

Earlier, Ilya Shkurenyov claimed gold in the heptathlon while Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands dominated the womenand#39s 1,500 meters. Shkurenyov was the best in the long jump, high jump and pole vault with a total of 6,353 points.

The Russian held a winning margin of 74 points over Arthur Abele of Germany while defending champion Eelco Sintnicolaas of the Netherlands came in third.On the final day of the championships, Hassan cruised unchallenged to victory in 4:09.

04, leaving Angelika Cichocka of Poland in second, almost 15 behind. Federica Del Buono of Italy took the bronze.

With the absence of favorite Jenny Meadows of Britain, Selina Buechel of Switzerland took the womenand#39s 800 in 2:01.95, edging out Yekaterina Poistogova of Russia in a photo finish with 2:01.

99.3 Nataliya Lupu of Ukraine was third in 2:02.

25.In the same distance in the menand#39s race, Marcin Lewandowski of Poland pulled away with 100 meters to go to win in 1:46.

67, beating Mark English of Ireland with 1:47.20 in second while Thijmen Kupers of the Netherlands was third.

In other events, Daniyil Tsyplakov of Russia won the menand#39s high jump after clearing 231. His fellow countrywoman Yekaterina Koneva won the triple jump with a world-leading leap of 14.

69 meters and another Russian, Anzhelika Sidorova, cleared 480 meters for victory.Russia topped the medal table with six golds and a total of eight medals, France came in second with three golds while Britain had two golds and the most medals overall — nine.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman