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World Indoor Athletics Championships: Andrew Pozzi wins 60m hurdles gold

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World Indoor Athletics: GB's Andrew Pozzi wins 60m hurdles gold in photo finish
Great Britain's Andrew Pozzi secured men's 60m hurdles gold by one-hundredth of a second at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham.The 25-year-old has shared team captain duties with Shelayna Oskan-Clarke at the event and his win arrived shortly after she claimed women's 800m bronze.Oskan-Clarke fought back in her closing 200m to take a medal and Pozzi also rallied after hitting early hurdles.
His 7.46 seconds clocking just edged out American Jarret Eaton (7.47).
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Great Britain ended the World Indoor Athletics Championships with six medalsBoth Pozzi and Eaton shook hands and stared at the arena's big screen as they waited for clarity on who had won.Roars met the result, as the Briton took the title having come from behind late on following Eaton's rapid start, with France's Aurel Manga third (7.54)."My heart stopped at the end there," Pozzi told BBC Sport. "I knew the fifth hurdle I was behind. I can't describe how much I wanted it. "I was throwing my body at the line. To be voted co-captain for the championships is the biggest honour of my life. Every member of the team has been perfect."
'He handled the pressure' - analysis
Two-time men's 110m hurdles world champion Colin Jackson on BBC TwoPozzi had a great heat, a wonderful semi-final and now, when the pressure was on, he's won. Even though he made some mistakes, he kept a cool head and hauled himself back into contention. He drove very hard for the line. What a well deserved victory.
Clarke digs in for bronze
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Shelayna Oskan-Clarke wins World Indoor bronze in 800m
Pozzi and Oskan-Clarke have led a British team now boasting six medals, with the hurdler joining pentathlon winner Katarina Johnson-Thompson as the only athletes to win gold.Oskan-Clarke, 28, epitomised the grit which has epitomised several British performances as she moved from fifth to claim bronze in the final 200 metres of her 800m final.Her time of one minute 59.81 seconds makes her the sixth British woman to break two minutes indoors.Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba won in 1:58.31, ahead of American Ajee Wilson (1:58.99), the pair resuming their rivalry from the outdoor World Championships in 2017 where they won silver and bronze respectively in London.Oskan-Clarke had never won a medal at a global championships."At the start it was nerve-wracking as I had to do my speech and I wanted to inspire the team," she told BBC Sport. "Now it's congratulating them, making them know I'm aware of their performances and that's not too draining."I'm happy. It wasn't the best race. It was a bit out of control for the first part of it but I just had to dig deep and catch them at the end. "The crowd noise was so incredible and loud. You can't not hear it and it helped me dig that bit deeper."
Composure rewarded with bronze - analysis
Women's marathon world record holder and BBC Sport commentator Paula RadcliffeOskan-Clarke judged this perfectly. She was only just starting late on and the noise of the crowd must have given her a boost. Once you start to reel someone in and you see they are tired, it's a huge confidence boost. She didn't panic at all when the leaders went ahead. At one point it looked like she was more to the back of the field but she kept her composure.She worked hard, she deserved that and it will give her another boost moving forward into the rest of the season.
GB 4x400m women's relay squad among 22 disqualifications
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Great Britain's 4x400m relay team Amy Allcock, Hannah Williams, Meghan Beesley and Zoey Clark were briefly elevated into bronze medal positionGreat Britain thought they had won another medal when the women's 4x400m relay team were briefly elevated from fourth to third, following the disqualification of second-placed Jamaica.But officials later threw out the British quartet for pushing, the latest controversy in a championship which featured 22 disqualifications, most of which were for lane infringements. The American four - brought home by 400m gold medallist Courtney Okolo - set a championship record, finishing half a second off the world record in three minutes 23.85 seconds.In the men's 4x400m final, Poland set a world indoor record of three minutes 01.77 seconds, edging out the USA into silver (3:01.97).
'This was absurd' - analysis
Eight-time world champion Michael Johnson on BBC TwoI believe the IAAF will have to do something about this. The problem will continue with lane infringements. This was on an absurd level. If you step on the line one time, you don't get much advantage. When it amounts to this number of disqualifications and confusion, I think fans get to a point where they zone out, thinking they don't know who won. That's no fun for the fans.
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