After a European Athletics Indoor Championships to remember, we look back at some of the best quotes of the weekend from Prague.
“I have tears in my eyes but unfortunatelly not from happines but unhappiness. I felt I was able to go even further and was ready for the world record.”
Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson was very emotional at the end of the pentathlon
“This is the top moment of my whole career. It is on the home soil, it was unexpected and it was in front of my family, friends and supporters from my hometown.”
Czech Republic’s Jakub Holusa, who brought the house down at the 02 Arena with his stirring win in the 1500m.
“I cannot describe my feelings, I have not realised what has happened. I am very excited and my hands are shaking.”
Germany’s Sosthene Taroum Moguenara shows it is not all about gold as she celebrates her long jump silver.
“When I was trying for the world record, I really felt as though I was going to make it but everything needs to go perfectly for it to be broken. I am thrilled to have come so close in a championship because there’s more pressure just to win the title so you can’t be fully focused on the record.”
Renaud Lavillenie, of France, was pleased with overall performance in Prague.
“This is my first European indoors title and it was lacking in my collection. I am proud that I made it.”
David Storl, of Germany, who won the shot put with 21.23m.
“I aimed to win the gold in Prague but much more important for me was to break the national indoor record which has stayed for 25 years. I am overemotional now as I could do it so quickly.”
Alina Talay, of Belarus, on her 60m hurdles win of 7.85.
“I am a fearless warrior when I am on the track. I absolutely love it.”
Great Britain’s Richard Kilty after winning the 60m gold.
“Today is women´s day and I want to dedicate this medal to my mother Sneza. I just spoke with my parents; they were watching me on the TV.”
Bulgaria’s Gabriela Petrova hands out the praise after her triple jump silver.
“This is a special, historical moment for France. Three medals for our country at 60 metres hurdles.”
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, who led a national clean sweep ahead of Dimitri Bascou and Wilhem Belocian.
“It’s a very emotional and unique moment for me. It has been quite a long time since I stood on the top of the podium, so I will enjoy it a lot.”
Long jump winner Ivana Spanovic, of Serbia, on her first major senior gold.
“I am crying because I am so happy. These are tears of joy.”
Netherlands’ Maureen Koster shows the meaning of bronze in the 3000m.
“We will have a great party, with my teammates, but also with my girlfriend and my family. They are all here. It is my first international medal.”
Thijmen Kupers, of the Netherlands, on his 800m bronze.
“I think I was a little bit over-motivated today but the support was unbelievable. I had the chance to please the home crowd and to feel such an emotional atmosphere of the event. Thank you all.”
Pavel Maslak, of the Czech Republic, who retained the 400m title for the host nation.