Video : Gerald Phiri finishes fifth, misses bronze medal

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Gerald PHIRI (ZAM) 6.52 , World Indoor Athletics Championship - Men 60m Final
Gerald PHIRI (ZAM) 6.52 , World Indoor Athletics Championship - Men 60m Final

World Indoor Athletics Championship : Men 60m Final

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1. Richard KILTY (GBR) 6.49 PB
2. Marvin BRACY (USA) 6.51
3. Femi OGUNODE (QAT) 6.52
4. Bingtian SU (CHN) 6.52 PB
5. Gerald PHIRI (ZAM) 6.52 PB
6. Dwain CHAMBERS (GBR) 6.53
7. Nesta CARTER (JAM) 6.57
8. Kimmari ROACH (JAM) 6.58

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ZAMBIA’s star runner, Gerald Phiri yesterday missed out on a bronze medal at the World Indoor Athletics Championship by a millisecond after finishing fifth with a time of 6.52 seconds in the final of the 60 metres dash in Sopot, Poland.
Phiri actually finished the same time with the bronze medal winner, Femi Ogunode of Qatar together with one other runner from China, Su Bingtian but lost out when it came to photo finish timing.
Whereas Phiri will be left angry at missing out on a medal from the event described as the tightest final in athletics history, the Zambian sprinter will be comforted by the fact that he beat his personal best record and also broke the national indoor record.
Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) president, Elias Mpondela expressed excitement with Phiri’s performance and said this was Zambia’s best performance in more than 10 years.
The last person to perform so well at the world championships was former world record holder, Samuel Matete.
After finishing first in the Heat One of the competition with a time of 6.59 seconds to reach the semi-finals, Phiri came out second in the third heat but with a better time of 6.57 which turned out to be a new national indoor record from the previous 6.58 seconds.

GERALD PHIRI PERSONAL BESTS
PERSONAL BEST – OUTDOOR
PERFORMANCE WIND PLACE DATE
100 Metres 10.06 +1.3 Austin, TX 09 APR 2011
200 Metres 20.29 +0.7 Boulder, CO 18 MAY 2008
PERSONAL BEST – INDOOR
PERFORMANCE WIND PLACE DATE
60 Metres 6.52 Sopot (Ergo Arena) 08 MAR 2014
200 Metres 20.80 College Station, TX 22 JAN 2011
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