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European Indoor Athletics Championships 2005


Gillick shocks Canal to win Men's 400 Metres

After his scintillating 46.17 qualifying race yesterday, one had to wonder if David Gillick (IRL) would have any energy left for the final. But the youngest runner in the field survived the a quick opening lap by David Canal (ESP), plus some bumping on the final curve, to send a deathly silence through a Palacio de Deportes full of partisan Spanish fans with his upset win.

Canal had undoubtedly seen Gillick run Friday evening on the video monitor in the call room as he awaited his own heat, and from this the former European indoor silver medallist knew that he had to get out fast. The Spaniard hit the 200 in 21.74 with Gillick right behind. Off the penultimiate curve, Dmitriy Forshev (RUS) slipped into second ahead of Gillick, but the Irish runner did not lose contact.

With Canal still leading, Gillick moved past the Russian on the final curve and appeared to be on the receiving end of some bumping, as his tempo was noticeably interrupted. Gillick paid no mind, charged forward, and passed Canal with fifteen metres remaining to bring Ireland a most unexpected gold medal in 46.30, as Canal held the silver with 46.64.

Meanwhile, Forshev was fading on the home stretch as Sebastian Gatzka (GER) continued to run strongly and claimed the bronze in 46.88, with the Russian fourth in 47.37.
(05. Mar, 2005, 19:25)

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