Home long jumper Ivana Vuleta produced another gold medal performance in Belgrade at the World Athletics Indoor Championships with a 2022 world-leading best distance of 7.06m ©Getty Images

Home long jumper Ivana Vuleta, who under her maiden name of Spanovic electrified a Belgrade crowd in 2017 when she cleared 7.24 metres to win the European Athletics Indoor gold, rose to the challenge again to retain her World Athletics Indoor Championships title in the Serbian capital with 7.06m.

Ukraine’s world silver medallist Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk, who had won an emotional silver earlier in the day in her second-best event of the triple jump, reached sixth place with her fourth-round jump of 6.73m and appeared to have gone well beyond that with her next effort, only to see it ruled a foul.

The frustration showed as her final big effort in the Stark Arena also lit up red.

In the end, she finished sixth in her top event and second in her back-up - a glorious day’s work in the difficult circumstances.

Vuleta, 31, had staked her claim with a second-round effort of 6.89m, but the field gradually crept closer to her before she produced her second, decisive and hugely popular flourish in the fifth round - comfortably the best distance seen this season.

Silver went to Ese Brume of Nigeria with a third-round effort of 6.85m, and Britain’s Lorraine Ugen, who took silver behind Spanovic in 2017 with a British record of 6.97m, earned bronze with 6.82m.

Norway’s 21-year-old Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, whose world indoor record of 3min 30.60sec was ratified two days ago, had to settle for silver after being outsprinted by Ethiopia’s 22-year-old defending champion Samuel Tefera - whose world record he broke.

Ingebrigtsen, who won 1500 and 3,000m gold at last year’s European Athletics Indoor Championships, was obliged to lead for much of the race and seemed unusually tense beforehand and also on the final lap as he looked round frequently to check how close Tefera was to him.

Such diffidence would not have gone unnoticed by the Ethiopian, who moved through over the final 20 metres to win in a Championship record of 3:32.77, with Ingebrigtsten ruefully accepting silver in 3:33.02.

"It’s a medal so it’s a start," Ingebrigtsen told BBC Sport.

"But of course I am a little bit disappointed because of course I want the best medal!

"I didn’t quite get the greatest feeling during the race.

"I usually feel a little bit tired at about 600 or 700 metres and then start to feel better and better.

"Unfortunately that didn’t happen today.

"I know that I am better than this but this is what I have."

Ethiopia's Samuel Tefera successfully defended his world indoor 1500m title in Belgrade after outsprinting Norway's Olympic champion and world indoor record holder Jakob Ingebrigtsen ©Getty Images
Ethiopia's Samuel Tefera successfully defended his world indoor 1500m title in Belgrade after outsprinting Norway's Olympic champion and world indoor record holder Jakob Ingebrigtsen ©Getty Images

After the morning’s track final - the men’s 3,000m - had seen Selemon Barega add Belgrade gold to his 2018 Birmingham silver from Ethiopian team-mate Lamecha Girma, there was more concluding drama in the men’s high jump.

South Korea’s Sanghyeok Woo, fourth in last year’s Olympic final, won a first global gold with a first-time clearance of 2.34m to thwart the title ambitions of Italy’s joint Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi, who took bronze behind Switzerland’s Loic Gasch after they had the best record of four men clearing at 2.31m.

Gold in the women’s 800m, which had been the target of Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson until she withdrew as a precaution with a quad tear, went to Ajee Wilson of the United States in 1:59.09.

The women’s 4x400m relay was won by Jamaica in 3:28.40, anchored by individual bronze medallist Stephenie Ann McPherson, and the men’s 4x400m relay went to a Belgian quartet with only one Borlee in it - Kevin, who brought the baton home in 3:06.52.

The 18th edition of these Championships saw Ethiopia finish top of the medals table with four golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

The United States was second with three golds, seven silvers and nine bronzes, in front of Belgium, which claimed two golds.