• Maslak defends 400m crown; Eaton wins 3rd consecutive heptathlon title

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Czech Republic’s Pavel Maslak won the men's 400m final and became the third man in the history of the IAAF World Indoor Championships to successfully defend his world indoor 400m title, while Ashton Eaton won another heptathlon world indoor gold medal on Saturday in Portland. 

Coming out of the final bend Maslak took the lead from Grenada's Bralon Taplin to win his second world indoor title with a time of 45.44 seconds. Qatar's 19-year-old Abdalelah Haroun clocked  45.59 to take silver, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Deon Lendore  with 46.17 concluded the podium.  Taplin who led the race for 360m faded to 4th 46.56.  Video here.

Ashton Eaton in front of his home crowd cruised to his third consecutive heptathlon world indoor title. After dominating most of the events Eaton concluded the heptathlon with a 3rd place in the 1000m and shortly after was announced the world indoor champion. The world record holder in the event Eaton scored  6470 points almost 300 points ahead of silver medal winner Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine, who managed to score 6182 points. Germany's Mathias Brugger with 6126 points won the bronze medal.

USA's Barbara Pierre clocked 7.02 seconds beating favourite Dafne Schippers of Netherlands into second place in the women's 60m final. Jamaica's Elaine Thompson clocked 7.06 seconds and won the bronze. Video here.

A surprise victory in the men's 800m final took little known Boris Berian of the United States. The 23-year-old Berian led the race from start to finish to win the 100th gold medal in the history of the World Indoor Championships for the Unites States. Berian's winning time in the 4 lap final was 1:45:83.  Antoine Gakeme won the silver for Burundi while Erik Sowinski of the USA took bronze.  Video here.

Another victory for American's came from shot putter Michelle Carter, who set a new world lead of 20.21m in the final round. Hungary's Anita Marton with a new national indoor record of 19.33m took silver, while Olympic champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand took bronze with 19.25m. 

In the men's high jump Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy with a mark of 2.36m won the gold. Olympic silver medalist Robert Grabarz of Great Britain won silver 2.33m, while USA's Erik Kynard won bronze with 2.33m on countback. Video here.

Women's 1500m final took Netherlands Sifan Hassan in 4:04:96. Video

Oluwakemi Adekoya won the first 400m indoor title with a new Asian Indoor record of 51.45 seconds. Video

On day three the American athletes produced 4 gold medals, 3 bronze and 1 silver medal.

The world indoor championships will conclude on Sunday, March 20. 

Final Day events

W High Jump Final Startlist
M Long Jump Final Startlist
M 3000 Metres Final Startlist
W 800 Metres Final Startlist
W 3000 Metres Final Startlist
M 1500 Metres Final Startlist
W 4x400 Metres Relay Final Startlist
M 60 Metres Hurdles Final
M 4x400 Metres Relay Final Startlist

Full Results Day 3

M 60 Metres Hurdles Heptathlon Startlist Result Summary Points
W 800 Metres Heats Startlist Result Summary
W Triple Jump Final Startlist Result
W 60 Metres Heats Startlist Result Summary
M Pole Vault Heptathlon Startlist Result Summary Points
W 800m Masters Final Startlist Result
M 4x400 Metres Relay Heats Startlist Result Summary
M 800m Masters Final Startlist Result


M Triple Jump Final Startlist Result
M 60 Metres Hurdles Heats Startlist Result Summary
W Shot Put Final Startlist Result
W 60 Metres Semi-Final Startlist Result Summary
M High Jump Final Startlist Result
M 800 Metres Final Startlist Result
W 400 Metres Final Startlist Result
M 400 Metres Final Startlist Result
W 1500 Metres Final Startlist Result
M 1000 Metres Heptathlon Startlist Result Summary Points
W 60 Metres Final Startlist Result

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