• World Indoor Championships

Kilty sprints to superb gold medal

ESPN staff
March 8, 2014
Richard Kilty was competing at his first major international championships © Getty Images

Great Britain's Richard Kilty has won the gold medal in the men's 60 metres final at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot.

Kilty, who was a late replacement for the injured James Dasaolu, reached the final after finishing second to Nesta Carter in his heat.

And in the final, he secured Britain's first gold medal at the event by running a personal best 6.49 seconds, fending off the likes of Carter and Marvin Bracy to win. Fellow Briton Dwain Chambers finished sixth.

Tiffany Porter collected bronze in the women's 60m hurdles final to secure Britain's first medal at the event, clocking a season's best 7.86 seconds. Nia Ali won gold ahead of defending champion Sally Pearson, who had just taken the silver ahead of Porter.

"I'm so honoured to bring a medal home for Team GB. I never take that for granted, anything can happen in these races," Porter told BBC Sport. "It wasn't my best performance. My start was awful, that was frustrating because that's one of the better parts of my race. All of us know you never go out there thinking who ran what earlier. It's all about delivering on the day, Nia showed that."

Andrew Pozzi is through to the semi-finals of the men's 60m hurdles after winning the fourth and final heat.

Pozzi ran a personal best time of 7.56 seconds to qualify for Sunday's semi-final, while compatriot William Sharman topped heat three with a personal best 7.59s to book his spot in the last 16. Sharman will run in heat one of the semi-final, with Pozzi competing in heat two.

Asha Philip ran a time of 7.18s to win heat one of the women's 60m. She will be joined in the semi-final by Sophie Papps, who set a personal best 7.22s to finish second in the sixth heat and qualify for the semi-final.

Robert Grabarz and Tom Parsons failed to advance to the final of the men's high jump, but Shara Proctor and Katarina Johnson-Thompson both qualified for the women's long jump final.

Great Britain's men's 4x400m relay team finished top of heat two with a seasonal best time of three minutes 6.09 seconds to qualify for Sunday's final. Great Britain's women's team enjoyed a seasonal best of three minutes 30.60 seconds to qualify for their final, which also takes place on day three.

Veronica Campbell-Brown qualified for the 60m semi-finals in her first outing since being cleared of a doping charge. The Jamaican was 13th quickest overall after placing third in her heat.

Andrew Pozzi will be joined by William Sharman in the semi-final of the men's 60 metres © Getty Images
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