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Women Triple Jump Final

It was an early tussle for gold in the women's triple jump, but Tatyana LEBEDEVA (RUS) won the battle, leaping a season best 15.18m to win her second consecutive World Championship title.
The Olympic silver medallist started slowly, improving with every attempt until fouling in the final two rounds.
It was a feeling of déja vu at the Stade de France as, like in Edmonton in 2001, the silver medal was won by Françoise MBANGO ETONE (CMR), who added yet another second placing to her collection.
Mbango took the lead early with an African record 15.05m and looked the only serious challenger to Lebedeva. However, the Russian answered the challenge with her next jump. Under pressure and needing 14cm to snatch victory, the colourful woman from Cameroon was red flagged on her final attempt, and had to be content with silver.
Claiming the bronze medal was Magdelin MARTINEZ (ITA), who recorded a national record of 14.90m. She destroyed the challenge that had been made by Anna Pyatykh (RUS), who was always on the ex-Cuban's tail, eventually finishing fourth (14.72m).
Further back in the field, Cuban Mabel GAY (14.52m) and another Italian Barbara LAH (14.30m) both recorded personal bests to finish fifth and sixth.