World indoor record holder Ashia Hansen confirmed her supremacy in this event by winning gold with her first hop step and jump. The Briton adapted better than her rivals to the bouncy runway and, after three controlled movements, soared out to 15.02 - the world leading mark this season. Hansen then had three fouls ... one a very near miss that looked like an improvement on her opener and did not improve with her last two valid efforts. Sarka Kasparkova was in second position with 14.87 until the last round when Bulgarias Iva Prandzheva achieved 14.94 to overtake her. Both marks were national records.
Gold Medallist - HANSEN Ashia (GBR)
"Obviously ater coming back with the silver medal in Paris I am quite satisfied but in some ways I am disappointed. I hoped to jump so much better today and believed that I would beat my world record. Obviously this was not meant to be!
Yeah, I watched Jamie's (BAULCH) race, I know I should have been concentrating on my own performance. When Colin Jackson got the gold I said to myself if he can do it, so can I! What more inspiration can you need than that.
My disappearance from the competition? Simply, a toilet break. I was bursting to go! (Smiling)"
Silver Medallist - PRANDZHEVA Iva (BUL)
"This is my second indoor silver after 1995, but I am still content with my performance. Hopefully in Seville I will be able to double in the long jump and triple jump. Yesterday after the finish of the long jump my hamstring was hurting, but luckly it did not hinder my performance too much."
Bronze Medallist - KASPARKOVA Sarka (CZE)
"I had three good jumps, unfortunately the third was a foul. With my first attempt I jumped about 20 centimeters behind the board, I think it might have been a 15.05 jump.
Coming here, I knew there was three of us who could have won. It depends on a day who will win.
I am not competing until Grand Prix circuit."