Surprising even himself, Czech hurdler Petr Svoboda ran a scintillating 60 meter hurdle final, running 7.49 to take the European Indoor Championships. Garfield Darien of France gave France its second medal of the day, running a pb of 7.56. In third, Adrien Deghelt of Belgium hurdled a pb of 7.57.
Felipe Vivancos of Spain was fourth in 7.59 and in fifth, Konstantin Shavanov of Russia hurdled his pb of 7.61.
The night was Svoboda’s, who pulled his shirt off and pointed and smiled to the crowd, who enjoyed the pure joy of winning a gold medal for one’s country!
Updated March 6, 2011
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