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    World News - Greene wins world athletics gold

    By Tom Fordyce
    Chief Sports Writer in Daegu, Korea World News - Greene wins world athletics gold Greene is now the European, Commonwealth and world champion Welshman Dai Greene stormed to world 400m hurdles gold with a brilliant sprint finish at the World Championships in Daegu, Korea.

    Greene, 25, ran a scintillating race to deliver Britain's first gold of the championships - and fifth medal in all - in a time of 48.26 seconds.

    "Coming off the last hurdle I had so much momentum," Greene told Channel 4.

    "I just thought, 'I can't let this go, this is mine.' I'm really relieved and really proud."

    Greene held his nerve after two aborted starts, the athletes having been called back to their blocks after a first faulty start and then told to stand up again before the race got under way.

    The Welshman came past Puerto Rico's Javier Culson off the final barrier, Culson taking silver in a time of 48.44 and South Africa's LJ van Zyl winning bronze in 48.80.

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    I saw Hannah England's performance and saw her running around with the flag, and thought I had to get a piece of that action
    Dai Greene
    Greene now has the world, European and Commonwealth titles in the 400m hurdles to his name.

    "I've been working so hard for this for a number of years. I always believed I could make it but I had to dig deep to pull it out," he said.

    "I do get a bit nervous but I seem to be able to handle it better than the rest.

    "I saw Hannah England's performance and saw her running around with the flag, and thought I had to get a piece of that action."

    It was Britain's fifth medal of the championships and is a big boost to the GB team which makes head coach Charles van Commenee's overall target of "seven to eight" much more likely than it had appeared midway through the week.

    Jesse Williams joined US team-mates Lashinda Demus, who won the women's 400m hurdles, and Jennifer Simpson, 1500m champion, on top of the podium as he won high jump gold from Russia's Aleksey Dmitrik and Trevor Barry of the Bahamas. His first-time clearance at 2.35m was enough to take the title, with pre-event favourite Ivan Ukhov out of the medals.

    Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi defended his men's 3,000m steeplechase world title, producing a memorable celebratory dance as he slowed to cross the line in a time of 8:14.85, comfortably ahead of compatriot Brimin Kipruto (8:16.05).

    Kemboi's team-mate Asbel Kiprop confirmed his position as favourite for the men's 1500m with a classy qualification, while Norway's Olympic and world champion Andreas Thorkildsen was an uncharacteristic fourth as he came through javelin qualifying.

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