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Gevaert Defends 60-Meter Title at European Indoor Athletics Championships

Kim Gevaert of Belgium has successfully defended her 60-meter title, while Britain's Jason Gardener won the men's event for the fourth straight time at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham, England.

Gevaert won her race in 7.12 seconds Sunday, well ahead of disgraced Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who finished sixth. Thanou, who was loudly jeered by fans, recently returned to the track after being banned for two years for missing drug tests at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Gardener won the men's event with the fastest time in Europe this year - 6.51seconds.

In other results, Olympic and world indoor champion Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic won his third straight European indoor heptathlon title with 6,196 points. Trailing by 32 points heading into the final event, Sebrle beat Aleksandr Pogorelov of Russia by almost 10 seconds in the 1,000 meters.

Lidia Chojecka of Poland captured the women's 3,000 - meter title in 8:43.25. Arnoud Okken of the Netherlands won the men's 800 meters in 1:47.92, while Olympic high jump champion Stefan Holm of Sweden retained his indoor European title with a leap of 2.34 meters.

The women's shot put gold went to Italy's Assunta Legnante with a throw of 18.34 meters, while Carlota Castrejana of Spain took the women's triple jump crown with a winning leap of 14.64 meters.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.