Briton Kilty steals 60 meters show in closest final

Sat Mar 8, 2014 5:47pm EST
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(Reuters) - Briton Richard Kilty shocked the favourites to win the tightest ever 60 meters sprint final at the World Indoor Athletics Championships on Saturday.

"I told my dad four years ago that I'd be a world champion and to think I've come out and done that, I feel like crying," the 24-year-old Kilty told reporters.

Kilty took the gold medal in a personal best time of 6.49 seconds overcoming American favorite Marvin Bracy and third-placed Qatari Femi Ogunode.

The eight finalists were separated by a mere 0.09 seconds in the race at the Ergo Arena in Sopot, Poland.

Veteran fellow Briton Dwain Chambers and Jamaican Nesta Carter, respectively bronze and silver medalists at the championships in Istanbul two years ago, were sixth and seventh.

There was also a surprise winner in the women's 60 meters hurdles with American Nia Ali beating Australian defending champion Sally Pearson to the line in a personal best 7.80 seconds. Britain's Tiffany Porter was third.

"It wasn't my night, but it was Nia's and I have to congratulate her on a great performance," Olympic 100 meters hurdles champion Pearson said.

"She was the best athlete out there and I have said all along that it isn't about times, but instead about the athlete that can run the best race at the time and she did that."

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Richard Kilty of Britain celebrates victory next to Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Kimmari Roach in the men's 60 metres final at the world indoor athletics championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach