Triple jump world champ Evora gives Portugal first field gold

BEIJING -- World champion Nelson Evora of Portugal won the triple jump gold medal at the Beijing Olympics on Thursday.

Evora, a surprise winner at the 2007 world championships, won Thursday's final in 17.67 meters (57 feet, 11¾ inches) in a wet Bird's Nest stadium, giving Portugal its first-ever gold medal in an Olympic field event. Portugal has three gold medals in Olympic track competition.

World indoor champion Phillips Idowu of Britain took the silver medal at 17.62 meters (57-9¾) and Leevan Sands set a Bahamas national record at 17.59 (57-8½) for the bronze.