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World Athletics Meet Ends in Canada - 2001-08-13

The competition has concluded at the World Athletics Championships in Edmonton, Canada.

There were eight gold medals up for grabs Sunday with the first medal of the day going to Lidia Simon of Romania in the women's marathon (2:26:01). Reiko Tosa of Japan won the silver and the bronze went to Svetlana Zakharova of Russia.

Meanwhile, the women's high jump went to Hestrie Cloete of South Africa, who two meters. Ms. Cloete told VOA that, while she did not clear the height she wanted, she is pleased to win the gold. "I was going into competition trying to clear every height with my first attempt," she said. "but I cleared two meters on my second one. I was a little bit disappointed in myself, but I am walking away with gold so there is nothing to be disappointed in."

Maria Mutola of Mozambique won the women's 800-meters gold medal by edging Austrian Stephanie Graf at the finish line. Ms. Mutola said that she was not sure she could pass Ms. Graf until the very end. "I thought I left a little bit late, but I just had to keep pushing and trying and today until I get closer to Stephanie and I won very closely but it was very, very difficult," said Mutola.

The bronze medal went to Letitia Vriesde of Suriname. Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco won the men's 1500-meters gold. Mr. Guerrouj said afterward that he hopes this win silences the critics. "You know after the Olympics, all the people were telling me that I had finished my career. But I have proven to all those people that I am the greatest in the 1500 meters and I am the greatest in the event in all history," said Vriesde.

The silver medal went to Kenya's Bernard Lagat and the bronze went to Driss Maazouzi of France. World record holder Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic needed only two throws to win the men's Javelin with a toss of 92.80 meters. The silver went to Aki Parviainen of Finland and Konstadinos Gatsioudis won the bronze.

Jamaica won the women's 4x400-meter relay in three minutes, 20.65 seconds. Germany won the silver and the bronze went to Russia. The United States finished fourth when Suziane Reid dropped the baton on the exchange in the final leg.

The United States won the men's relays taking the 4x400-meter relay in 2:57.54, and the men's 4x100 meter relay in 37.96.

The United States finished atop the medals table with 19 medals, nine of them gold. Russia also won 19 medals but only six gold. Kenya finished third in the medals standings.