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Serbian delights home crowd with 7.24m long jump at European Indoors.
Ivana Spanovic had claimed to not be feeling any pressure despite being the poster girl of the European Athletics Indoor Championships, and so it proved in one of the most complete long jump performances in modern history.
The 26-year-old Serbian had been the overwhelming favourite to win and delivered a trio of enormous jumps well over seven metres.
Her winning leap of 7.24metres was the longest by any athlete indoors since the 1980s globally and the third furthest of all time indoors.
"It was really important for me to perform well today," she said. "I enjoyed every minute of competing in front of this home crowd. The people were amazing and I am really glad that I could give them this gold medal."
Spanovic had promised gold prior to the #event and laid down the gauntlet to her global rivals in the aftermath, saying, "I am here and I'm here to stay".
Every effort by Spanovic was cheered to the rafters by a passionate home crowd at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, where she was entirely in a league of her own.
The closest challenger, Britain’s Lorraine Ugen, was some 30 centimetres behind with her best effort of 6.94m in a dramatic closing championships night.
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