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Isinbayeva vaults to yet another gold

STILL THE BEST: Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva added another world title to her rich collection on Sunday.

STILL THE BEST: Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva added another world title to her rich collection on Sunday.  

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There were twists, turns and a back flip at the world indoor championships on Sunday but no world records, despite pole vault winner Yelena Isinbayeva's best efforts.

Four-times champion Meseret Defar lost her 3,000 metres title to Kenyan Hellen Obiri and American hurdler Aries Merritt pulled off a surprise victory over China's Liu Xiang.

The USA finished on top of the medal table with 10 golds for its best showing at the three-day championships.

Bernard Lagat gained some revenge for his defeat in last year's world outdoors 5,000 final by beating Mo Farah in the men's 3,000.

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown left it late to retain her 60 title and Brittney Reese became the first woman to win successive long jump titles.

The Americans won the men's 4x400 metres relay, after successfully appealing against a disqualification, but Great Britain pulled off a shock in the women's race.

Meanwhile on Saturday, American Justin Gatlin took another step towards redemption after a four-year doping ban by comprehensively winning the 60m in 6.46 seconds.

“I came here to dominate and I wanted to follow up,” said Gatlin. “I just had to make sure that once the gun sounded, I went out. I won the 2003 World indoors in Birmingham with exactly the same time and it feels great to be back”.

The results (all finals): Men: Triple jump: 1. Will Claye (USA) 17.70m, 2. Christian Taylor (USA) 17.63, 3. Lyukman Adams (Rus) 17.36; High jump: Dimitrios Chondrokoukis (Gre) 2.33m, Andrey Silnov (Rus) 2.33, 3. Ivan Ukhov (Rus) 2.31; 800m: Mohd. Aman (Eth) 1:48.36s, Jakub Holusa (Cze) 1:48.62, Andrew Osagie (GBR) 1:48.92; 3000m: Bernard Lagat (Ken) 7:41.44, 2. Augustine Choge (Ken) 7:41.77, 3. Edwin Soi (Ken) 7:41.78; 60m hurdles: 1. Aries Merritt (USA) 7.44, 2. Liu Xiang (Chn) 7.49, 3. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (Fra) 7.53; 4x400m relay: 1. USA 3:03.94, 2. Great Britain 3:04.72, 3. Trinidad & Tobago 3:06.85; 60m: 1. Justin Gatlin (USA) 6.46, 2. Nesta Carter (Jam) 6.54, 3. Dwain Chambers (GBr) 6.60; Heptathlon: 1. Ashton Eaton (USA) 6645 pts (WR), 2. Oleksiy Kasyanov (Ukr) 6071, 3. Artem Lukyanenko (Rus) 5969. Long jump: 1. Mauro Vinicius da Silva (Bra) 8.23m, 2. Henry Frayne (Aus) 8.23, 3. Aleksandr Menkov (Rus) 8.22.

Women: 60m: Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jam) 7.01s, Murielle Ahoure (CIV) 7.04, 3. Tianna Madison (USA) 7.09; Pole vault: Elena Isinbayeva (Rus) 4.80m, 2. Vanessa Boslak (Fra) 4.70, 3. Holly Bleasdale (GBR) 4.70; 800m: 1. Pamela Jelimo (Ken) 1:58.83s, 2. Nataliia Lupu (Ukr) 1:59.67, 3. Erica Moore (USA) 1:59.97; 4x400m: 1. Great Britain 3:28.76, 2. USA 3:28.79, 3. Russia 3:29.55; Long jump: 1. Brittney Reese (USA) 7.23m, 2. Janay DeLoach (USA) 6.98, 3. Shara Proctor (GBR) 6.89; 3000m: 1. Hellen Onsando Obiri (Ken) 8:37.16, 2. Meseret Defar (Eth) 8:38.26, 3. Gelete Burka (Eth) 8:40.18.

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