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European Indoor Athletics Championships 2005


Doucoure wins Men's 60 Metres Hurdles against a field thinned by false starts

Once again, the curse of the false start surfaced, this time in the Men's 60 Metres Hurdles. After Thomas Blaschek (GER) left prematurely, there followed reigning European indoor silver medallist Elmar Lichtenegger (AUT) and former European indoor champion Stanislav Olijar (LAT), along with Sebastian Denis (FRA), to pare the field to five from the original eight.

Based on season times, Lichtenegger and Olijar were thought to be strong medal candidates.

Ladji Doucoure (FRA) took no chances after Blaschek put the false-start curse on the field. The French hurdler, who leads the world in the event this season, had the slowest reaction time of the entire field on all of the succeeding starts. No fool he.

When the race was finally allowed to go, Doucoure ran conservatively, asserting his superiority only over the final two barriers as he won in 7.50, an amazingly fast time considering the circumstances.

Felipe Vivancos (ESP) drew cheers from the local fans with his silver-medal 7.61 clocking, and Robert Kronberg (SWE) won a photo decision from compatriot Philip Nossmy for the bronze, as both clocked 7.65.

Blaschek, the hurdler who initiated the carnage, finished fifth and last in 7.68.
(06. Mar, 2005, 18:35)

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