08 MAR 2014 Report Sopot, Poland

Report: men's 400m final – Sopot 2014

Pavel Maslak wins the 400m at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot (Getty Images)Pavel Maslak wins the 400m at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot (Getty Images) © Copyright

Czech Republic’s reigning European indoor and outdoor 400m champion Pavel Maslak significantly improved upon his fifth position in the 2012 edition, which advertised his arrival as a 400m runner having previously concentrated on 200m, to scorch to in victory 45.24.

The 23-year-old took the race by the scruff of the neck from the gun, immediately going into the lead, and was rewarded with the Czech record, becoming the second-fastest European ever over two laps of the indoor track.

He became the first Czech man other than a multi-events exponent to win a gold medal at the championships and the first Czech gold medallist in any event for a decade.

Chris Brown put up a valiant effort at regaining the title he won in Doha four years ago but had to settle for the silver.

The Bahamian in turn, sped to a 45.58 lifetime best – a world indoor age-35 best – thus becoming the oldest 400m medallist in the 15-year history of these championships.

US champion Kyle Clemons came home third in 45.74.

Costa Rica’s 2012 champion Nery Brenes put up a brave defence of his title, passing the bell in second place behind Maslak, before fading in the home straight and jogging home in 47.32. 

Nicola Bamford for the IAAF