Helen Clitheroe wins Gold Medal for 3,000-meter run at the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2011

By on Mar 6, 2011 in Europe, Sports Comments

British runner Helen Clitheroe won the gold medal for the 3,000-meter run on Sunday, March 6 at the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2011 in Paris, France.

Helen Clitheroe wins Gold Medal
Photo Credit: Charles Platiau/Reuters

According to British news sites, Clitheroe, 37, from Preston, England won the 3,000-meter race has a time 8:56:66, only 0.03 seconds ahead of Olesya Syreva of Russia.

Helen Clitheroe was said to have taken the lead with three laps to go in that tactical race, where Lidia Chojecka of Poland won the third place.

“I just tried to keep concentrating and kept trying to push it on a bit but everyone was still there,” Clitheroe was quoted as saying.

“It was only when I crossed the line I thought ‘Oh my gosh I’ve won.” The 37-year old runner added, who threw her arms in the air after realizing that she won.

Apparently, team captain Helen Clitheroe’s victory has so far brought the fourth medal for Britain in the current 31st European Athletics Indoor Championships.

Interestingly, Clitheroe is 20 years older than Jodie Williams, who is only 17 years old but is one of the finest runners in Britain and now on her journey to the senior level on the said sports event.

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