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Originally published Friday, March 4, 2011 at 12:07 PM

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Nytra wins 60-meter hurdles at Euro indoors

Carolin Nytra of Germany won the 60-meter hurdles in a photo finish at the European indoor championships on Friday.

AP Sports Writer


Carolin Nytra of Germany won the 60-meter hurdles in a photo finish at the European indoor championships on Friday.

Nytra held off British runner Tiffany Ofili's strong finish and beat her at the line, clocking a European season's best of 7.80 seconds. Ofili recorded the same time at Palais Omnisports.

"This was such a great race, my coach told me this race was going to be very tight," Nytra said. "I'm delighted."

Favorite Christina Vukicevic of Norway took bronze in 7.83.

The 23-year-old Ofili, who was born in Michigan and has dual citizenship, broke the British record twice in the day.

"It feels fabulous. I'm honored to wear the (British) vest and I'm very excited at what's in store," said Ofili, who was cleared to compete for Britain in September.

After first lowering the British record in the semifinals, Ofili beat it again in the final as she dipped her head for the line before falling on the track. Ofili hurt her shoulder in her fall but said it wasn't a serious injury.

In the men's 60 hurdles, Petr Svoboda of the Czech Republic maintained his unbeaten indoor run this season to win in 7.49. Svoboda has won his seven indoor races this season with a best time of 7.48.

"I'm very happy, this is my first gold medal and I'm a bit surprised," he said. "This race was very difficult because I had a little problem with the second hurdle. If there was no problem at the second hurdle, I am sure I would have made the new Czech record."

The powerfully built Czech won ahead of Garfield Darien of France, who equaled his personal best in 7.56.

Ralf Bartels took the gold in the shot put in a German 1-2 finish. Bartels, a two-time world bronze medalist, won with his fourth attempt of 21.16 meters, the best European mark this season.

David Storl took silver with 20.75 ahead of Maksim Sidorov of Russia, who claimed the bronze medal with 20.55.


Frenchwoman Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida won the pentathlon title with a total of 4,723 points. Lithuania's Austra Skujyte was second with 4,706 points.

Djimou Ida was trailing Skujyte ahead of the final event but claimed fourth place in her 800 meters heat to pass her rival.

When she found out she had won, the Frenchwoman started to cry as someone drapped a French flag over her.

"It was pure guts, that's for sure," said Nana Djimou.

Teddy Tamgho of France qualified for the final in the long jump and triple jump.

Tamgho, who broke his own indoor triple jump world record with a 17.91-meter leap at the French indoors earlier this year, topped both events in qualifying.

In the men's 3,000, defending champion Mo Farah of Britain reached the final after winning his heat in 8 minutes, 2.36 seconds.


AP Sports Writer Jerome Pugmire contributed to this report.

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