2016 World Indoor Champs, Day Four Redux, from EME News, the view from Europe


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IAAF President Coe was satisfied
PORTLAND (USA): The host nation dominated the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 with also taking the final gold. Their victory in the men's 4x400m relay brought their medal tally to 23 medals, 13 of which were gold, meaning they took half of the titles that were on offer. All four of the evening sessions at the Oregon Convention Center were sell-outs, with a combined attendance figure of nearly 40,000. "During the past four days, we have experienced indoor athletics at its finest at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016," commented IAAF President Sebastian Coe. "Top-class entertainment, innovatively presented with light and sound effects, from the introduction of athletes in the stadium to the medal ceremonies in the heart of city centre. We were thrilled by some outstanding performances. The four action-packed days produced 10 world-leading marks, with two championship, seven area and more than 40 national records set in the Oregon Convention Center," added Coe.


"I didn't know what to expect, whether it was going to be fast or slow, but all I knew was that I wanted to put myself in a really good position on the shoulder of the leaders and I did that. I was in the front most of the race," Matthew Centrowitz.

I came in wanting gold and I got it, though. I wanted to pass my PB and contend for that world record spot, but I had those two big fouls so that didn't set me up for it. I have some things to fix in my approach heading into outdoors," Marquise Dendy.


Omar McLeod and his 60 m hurdles world lead and national record of high calibre 7.41. Both winning US relays clocked World leads 3:02.45 and 3:26.38


No medals for Iguider in the 3000 m and Souleiman in the 1500 m. Jamaican women and Belgian men not succesful in relays. Junior win for Cunningham in high jump.

USA 13-6-4, ETH 2-2-1, FRA 1-1-2, JAM 1-1-1, BDI+CZE+NED 1-1-0, 29 countries got medals (Sopot 2014 USA-RUS-ETH-GBR-JAM-POL and 30 countries).

USA 249, ETH 56, GBR 39, POL 33, JAM 32, FRA 30, 53 countries got points (Sopot 2014 USA-RUS-POL-GBR-GER-JAM and 50 countries).

AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Paul Doyle 3, Jos Hermens and Ricky Simms 2, Mark Pryor, Mark Wetmore, Rene Auguin, Andy Stubbs, Alberto Suarez, Marcello Magnani, Alfonz Juck, Karen Locke, John Nubani, Merhawi Keflezighi, Ian Weakly, John Regis, Hussein Makke, Federico Rosa, Ulf Saletti, Claude Bryan. Note - Vashti Cunningham no agent. Paul Doyle won also in Sopot with 3 golds.


World leads (10): men 60 m twice, men shot put, long jump women, pentathlon women, heptathlon men, women 800 m, women 4x400 m, men 60 mH, men 4x400 m
Meet records (2): men pole vault, women pole vault
Continental Indoor records (7): Asia 3, North America 2, Oceania 2
Combined events bests (1): 1000m.

Sopot 2014 had 12 World leads, one meet record and two combined event bests.

TITLE DEFENDERS (from those who competed)

YES: Maslak, Eaton, Ali, Dibaba

NO: Aman, Barshim, Filippidis, Adams, Licwinko, Ndiku, Souleiman


In total 39 283, Sopot had 34 000.

STATS (by Ken Nakamura)

MLJ: 1cm winning margin as well as 5cm medal spread is second lowest at MLJ in history of World Indoors.

M4x400m: 3:02.45 by US is second fastest time at World indoors. Sixth gold in a row for USA.

WHJ: The lowest winning height at World Indoors 196.

M60mH: For two consecutive World Indoors France went 2-3, PML won silver each time.

W4x400m: First medal for POL at W4x400m at World Indoors.

M1500m: The winning margin of 0.08 sec is the second smallest in the event at World Indoors.

W3000m: Winning margin of 6.83 sec is second largest at World Indoors in this event. Defar won record 7th medal in this event at World Indoors.

W800m: First gold medal for Burundi at World Indoors.

M3000m: Kejelcha is the first World Youth champ to win World Indoor 3000m. The winning time of 7:57.21 is the slowest winning time since 1987.

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