Olsson leaps to triple jump record

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Sweden's Christian Olsson leapt 17.83 metres to set a world record in the men's triple jump at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Budapest.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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A third world record was achieved at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday, with Sweden's Christian Olsson leaping 17.83 metres in the men's triple jump. The reigning champion equalled Aliecer Urruita of Cuba's seven-year-old mark set in 1997. On the track, Maria Mutola of Mozambique earned her sixth indoor world title after muscling past Slovenia's Jolanda Ceplak on the final bend in the women's 800 metres, but there was to be no sprint double for Gail Devers of the United States, who was beaten by Canada's Perdita Felicien in the 60-metre hurdles. Fifteen gold medals were on offer during the final day's action at the 10th World Indoor Championships on Sunday and Russia's Tatyana Lebedeva was trying for a double success following yesterday's world record in the women's triple jump. Her second round jump of six metres and 98 proved good enough to beat compatriot Tatyana Kotova, the reigning champion and Sweden's Carolina Kluft, the world outdoor Pentathlon champion, who was carried off with a leg injury two rounds from the finish. Another athlete going for a second gold medal was Gail Devers of the United States. Devers won the 60-metre hurdles title on Friday, but there was to be no repeat in the hurdles, where Canada's Perdita Felicien stormed through the last 30 metres to win in 7.75 seconds, three-hundredths-of-a-second ahead of the American. Linda Ferga-Khodadin won bronze, the first medal in these championships for France. Mozambique's Maria Mutola was trying for a record sixth title in the women's 800 metres and was determined not to let Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia stand in her way. In fact, there was perhaps a little too much muscle in the way Mutola got past her opponent and despite a big effort from the world record holder, Mutola took gold in one minute, 58.5 seconds. In the men's 800, a masterful performance from Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was too good for the rest and the South African came home in one minute and 45.71 seconds, ahead of Brunei's Rashid Ramzi and early leader Osmar Barbosa dos Santos of Brazil. Christian Olsson became the third athlete to produce a world record at these championships when the 24-year-old Swede leapt 17 metres and 83 centimetres to equal the record set by Cuba's Aliecer Urrutia seven years ago. It also secured a gold medal for the outdoor world champion. (AP)

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