The week in quotes: what the winners said


Find out what some of the winners said during a busy week of athletics in Ukraine, Finland and England.

World Youth Championships, Donetsk, Ukraine (10-14 July)

Robert Kiptoo Biwott (Kenya), men’s 1500m champion in new championship record 3:36.77:

"I was running like this because nobody was coming for me. I haven’t plans to stay in Europe to do some more races. I will go back home for training."

Iréne Ekelund (Sweden), women’s 200m champion in new championship record 22.92:

"It’s great. I did my best. Gold medal is a very good result for me, although that was expected. When I finished this race, I looked at my fans. It’s wonderful! It’s actually their victory too."

Sanghyeok Woo (South Korea), men’s high jump champion:

"I broke my PB [2.20m] so I feel very happy, of course. Being the only South Korean who is able to compete at such a level in the high jump is pressuring to be honest. I have been practising for eight years now and it was my own choice to be a sportsman."

Florentina Marincu (Romania), women’s long and triple jump champion:

"Now I want to go to the World Junior Championships next year and win two gold medals as well, but before then I will go to the European Junior Championships in Italy next week and I’ll do both events again."


British teenager Morgan Lake cleared 1.90m in the high jump element of the heptathlon, which would have been good enough for individual gold.

Matija Greguric (Croatia) men’s hammer throw – 5kg champion:

"I’m a World Champion. I’m really happy. In the beginning I was scared a little bit. My secret of success is to relax before starting to compete. The stadium is perfect, as is everything else."

Anatoliy Ryapolov (Russia) men’s long jump champion:

"I come from Armavir [500k south-west of Donetsk]! I am full of adrenalin! I am really proud and happy. I have been training since I was 10. I was trying different disciplines before realizing that I am better in long jump.

"My idol is Mike Powell. I expected to win but I hoped that my result would be better. I devote my victory to my parents, friends and girlfriend."

Morgan Lake (Great Britain), heptathlon DNF via Twitter, on day two:

"Worst day ever, sorry everyone. Next time…"

European U-23 Championships, Tampere, Finland (11-14 July)

Adam Gemili (Great Britain), men’s 100m champion:

"The crowd was great today, the stands are full up and they’ve given me lots of support, I could even hear my mum shout and I recognised her voice out of all the other people. A good crowd helps every athlete and here they’re really enjoying the event which helps to push you a little bit more."

Alessia Trost (Italy), women’s high jump champion, pictured below:

"I’m very happy because it was a race within myself. I was searching for something more than 1.88m and 1.92m. It came and I am very happy with it.

On clearing 1.98m for a personal best and joint-fifth on the world lists, Trost said: “It was a difficult competition. After 1.90m everything became easier. I really wanted it but didn’t think it was possible today. It felt good.”


Jodie Williams (Great Britain), 100m silver and 200m gold medallist:

"I’m so happy. I was disappointed after yesterday [in the 100m], not because I lost but because I didn’t really feel like I did my best.

"So in the 200m I just wanted to come out and absolutely smash it. My legs were knackered on the start line, but I just legged it on the bend and held on."

Sophie Hitchon (Great Britain), women’s hammer champion:

"I do it to myself all the time - to qualify at the Olympics, at the World Juniors to win, always leaving it to the last throw. I don’t know why I do it to myself, it’s so stressful."

British Championships and World Trials, Birmingham (12-14 July)

Michael Rimmer, British 800m champion:

“It was a tough last 50m, I was so scared. I could tell from the crowds that there was someone coming, but luckily I sneaked in on the line. Now I need to get some good training in before Moscow. Leading into this race I’ve been the most consistent that I’ve ever been.”

James Dasalou, who ran 9.91 in the 100m for joint-fifth on the world lists:

“I finally got that sub-10 clocking and I didn’t just dip under 10. I was so happy that I went 9.91, almost challenging the 9.80s. I knew if conditions were OK and if I executed my race, I would run a personal best. It makes it even more special for it to have come in front of the British public.”