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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

World Record Eludes Privalova in 400 Win

BARCELONA, Spain -- Russian sprinter Irina Privalova became the first athlete to win gold medals in three different events at the World Indoor Championships, capturing the 400 meters in a meet record of 50.23 seconds.


In her first ever indoor 400 on Sunday, Privalova led from start to finish but came up short in her bid to break Jarmila Kratochvilova's 13-year-old world record of 49.59 seconds


Privalova's victory added to the world indoor golds she won in the 60 meters in 1991 and the 200 in 1993.


Her time was the fastest of the year and the ninth best in history. She bettered American Diane Dixon's previous meet mark of 50.64 seconds, set in 1991.


"It was not an easy race for me,'' said Privalova, who extended her 1995 unbeaten streak to 12 races. "It's quite difficult to run 400 meters three times in three days. I think it's my first and last time. It's easier to run 60 meters -- 7 seconds, no problem.''


Privalova finished seven meters ahead of Sandie Richards of Jamaica, who won the silver in 51.38. Daniela Georgieva of Bulgaria took the bronze in 51.78.


Another Russian woman, Yolanda Chen, set a world record in the triple jump at 15.03 meters.


The Americans did better in the men's 400, where Darnell Hall won the first U.S. gold medal of the meet. Hall overtook Sunday Bada of Nigeria with 20 meters left to win in 46.17.


Regina Jacobs, 31, then won the women's 1,500 meters. The two-time Olympian took the lead with about 500 meters to go and clocked a personal best of 4:12.61 to win her first major title -- and the first-ever by a U.S. athlete in a distance event at the indoors.


American hurdler Allen Johnson, 24 won the 60-meter hurdles at 7.39 seconds, a championship record.


Maria Mutola of Mozambique extended her winning streak to 39 races in taking gold in the women's 800 meters in 1:57.62, fastest time of the year and fourth best of all-time.


Gennaro di Napoli of Italy defended his men's 3,000 title, winning in 7:59.89. He held off charging Anacleto Jimenez of Spain, who finished in 7:50.98.


Clive Terrelonge of Jamaica was a surprise winner in the men's 800. He clocked 1:47.30 to edge Kenya's Benson Koech by three meters.


Brian Wellman won Bermuda's first ever gold medal at the world indoors, capturing the triple jump with a championship record leap of 17.72 meters.


Wellman's effort was the third best ever and was just shy of the world record of 17.77 meters held by Leonid Voloshin of Russia.