Thursday, 30 August 2007
Gold - Irving SALADINO, PAN
I was sure to win the gold medal until Andrew Howe did his last jump.
Then, my coach advised me to go back one step in my run-up. Before my last jump I told myself 'You are the best in the world, so go for the gold medal! You have to outdo yourself in this jump for the gold.' And this is what I did - I gave my best, I came out very strong and I got it. Oh, I trained a lot for this.
The victory is for the Latin American people. We are still on the top, we can do big things! God bless Latin Americans!
Man, this was a strong battle for the gold with Howe!
Silver - Andrew HOWE, ITA
At the beginning I had problems with my approach that I had to adjust, and then I really got into it. On the last jump, I was really concentrated on what I had to do. I knew it was a good one but didn't realize how far it went. It's kind of a weird feeling. At first I was more happy because I thought I had won but I'm happy anyway. I really thought I got it, I got it, I got it. But you never know until the end and Saladino put out a great jump.Bronze - Dwight PHILLIPS, USA
I'm very disappointed, I wanted to win. But I was not the best person, so I could not. It did not went as planned, I did not execute well. I had my off day, steps were little bit off, the guys in front executed better. It was my last meet of the season, I'm definitely motivated for next year to return on top.
- Osaka 2007 – no positive tests during the IAAF World Championships
- President Diack proudly signs off Osaka 2007
- Osaka 2007 - HIGHLIGHTS, Day 9
- With historic double, Lagat joins illustrious company
- Pitkämäki finally strikes gold
- Beating back the pressure, Vlasic comes of age
- IAAF Website’s written coverage of Osaka 2007 was brought to you by...
- Calm and cool, Jamal bears Helsinki in mind en route to Osaka gold
- Yego’s first win of the season a notable one
- Sergey Bubka confirmed as new IAAF Senior Vice-President