If anyone had thought that Portugal's Rui Silva was yesterday's man at the age of 32, the 1998 and 2002 European Athletics Indoor Championships 1,500m champion proved them wrong.
Silva unleashed a ferocious sprint over the final 200m to claim his hat trick of titles, crossing the line in 3:44.38 to return to the top of the medal podium after an absence of seven years.
“The old Rui is back,” proclaimed the thrilled Silva, who was also the 2001 World Indoor champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medallist.
“Four the last four years, I haven't been able to compete in a major championships because of injuries or because I wasn't fit because of injuries so this gold medal makes me very happy.
“I've always been strong at the finish so between the bell and the next 150m I was very comfortable, although it was hard over the last 50m. I have to admit I thought someone might catch me,” he added.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Rui Silva won the 1500m at Athletics European championship. Congratulations!
Posted by Pedro Cardoso at 9:33 AM