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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Gail Devers failed in her bid for a sprint-hurdle double at the indoor world championships, which ended with Russia winning twice as many gold medals as the United States.

Devers captured the 60-meter sprint Friday but was runner-up Sunday in the 60-meter hurdles.

The American had been unbeaten all winter in the hurdles. She dominated the heats and the semifinal earlier in the day but could not win the gold, finishing 0.03 seconds behind Canada's Perdita Felicien.

Felicien was timed in a championship record of 7.75 seconds. Linda Ferga-Khodadin of France won the bronze in 7.82.

Another American, Christian Cantwell, beat countryman Reese Hoffa to win the shot put gold. Cantwell had a throw of 70 feet, 6 1/4 inches, with Hoffa at 69-1 1/2.

The U.S. men's 1,600 relay team was disqualified after botching the last handover from Joe Mendel to Godfrey Herring. The Americans were neck-to-neck with Jamaica but lost the baton. Herring recovered it to finish third, but the team was later disqualified. Jamaica won the gold, ahead of Russia and Ireland.

Russia won five of the 15 finals on the last day of the three-day competition to finish with eight golds. The United States had four golds in a total of 10, second to Russia's 19.

A double was accomplished for the first time at the indoor worlds when Russia's Tatyana Lebedeva added the long jump title to her triple jump gold medal.

Lebedeva, who equaled and then twice broke the world record in the triple jump Saturday, captured the long jump with a leap of 22-10 3/4. Russian teammate and defending champion Tatyana Kotova won the silver at 22-9 while world heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft of Sweden took the bronze at 22-8 1/2. Kluft was taken off the track on a stretcher with an injured left thigh.

Olympic champion Maria Mutola of Mozambique became the first athlete to win six indoor titles when she captured the 800. Mutola took the lead with 60 meters to go and finished in 1 minute, 58.50 seconds. Jolando Ceplak of Slovenia was 0.22 seconds behind.

Russian women set a world record in the 1,600-meter relay in 3 minutes, 23.88 seconds, beating their old mark of 3:24.25. Russian anchor Natalya Nazarova also won the gold in the 400.

Christian Olsson of Sweden equaled the world triple jump record of 58-6 in winning the final, matching the 1997 mark of Cuba's Aliecer Urrutia.

Other winners were Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic in the heptathlon; Yelena Slesarenko of Russia in the high jump; Paul Korir of Kenya in the 1,500; Meseret Defar of Ethiopia in the women's 3,000; Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa in the men's 800; Igor Pavlov of Russia in the pole vault; Dominic Demeritte of the Bahamas in the men's 200; and Anastasiya Kapachinskaya of Russia in the women's 200.

Sebrle rallied past Bryan Clay of the United States. The 2001 champion totaled 6,438 points, 38 shy of Dan O'Brien's world record and the second highest heptathlon score. Sebrle is the decathlon world record holder. Clay finished with 6,365 points and Lev Lobodin of Russia had 6,203 for the bronze.

Mulaudzi won the 800 in 1:45.71, beating Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi and Osmar Barbosa Dos Santos of Brazil.

Demeritte captured the 200 in 20.66 seconds, giving the Bahamas its first men's gold medal at the indoor championships. This was the last time the event was held at indoor worlds.