Great Czech decathlete wins world championships for first time

Roman Sebrle has won gold in the decathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka. The world title had been the only medal lacking in the Olympic champion's collection. Sebrle's victory came in the tightest decathlon in the history of the world championships, with the 32-year-old Czech finishing only 32 points clear of his nearest rival.

It has been a rather successful world championships for the Czech Republic: as well as Roman Sebrle's medal, Barbora Spotakova won gold in the javelin on Friday, while Katerina Badurova took silver in the pole vault earlier in the week.

Author: Ian Willoughby