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America continues to boss World Indoor Athletics championship

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By Euronews
America continues to boss World Indoor Athletics championship

More gold for America at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, Oregon, with Barbara Pierre thrilling the crowds with a unexpected victory in the 60 metres a whisker ahead of the Netherland’s Dafne Schippers and Jamaican Elaine Thompson.

America is utterly dominant. With drugs-banned Russia absent, the Americans have 15 medals including eight golds. No other nation has more than three medals, or a single gold so far, with just one day of the meeting left.

The Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan held off two former Ethiopian compatriots, Dawit Seyaum and Gudaf Tsegay, to win the women’s 1,500m.

In the High Jump the honours went to Italy and Gianmarco Tamberi, while the moment the crowd and history books had waited for came in the Heptathlon, where local hero Ashton Eaton defended his title to win. His wife won the Pentathlon on Friday, making them the first married couple to win golds at the same event.