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Saturday, August 22, 1998 Published at 19:07 GMT 20:07 UK

Jackson's golden hat-trick

Flying the flag - Colin Jackson parades his victory in Budapest

Britain's Colin Jackson won his third 110m European hurdle title in a row on Saturday evening - and equalled the championship record time he set in the semi-finals less than two hours before.

Crowning glory - Colin Jackson gets gold
Jackson broke first and maintained near-perfect form over the barriers, just brushing one of them.

He was never under pressure and though his rivals closed slightly at the end, Jackson was a metre clear as he won in 13.02s.

Colin Jackson reflects on his performance
Germany's promising young hurdler, Fark Balzer, overcame his second slow start of the evening to finish fast and take silver in a personal best of 13.12s.

Robin Korving of the Netherlands snatched bronze in 13.20s.

Britain's Tony Jarrett hit the first hurdle and though he made some ground, was never really in the hunt and eventually finished sixth in 13.32s.

Grateful for the rest

Afterwards, 31-year-old Jackson said he was glad he had taken two weeks off to prepare for the championships:

"I missed Monaco and Zurich because I realise this is probably my last Europeans and I didn't want to go out a defeated champion.

"I was a little disappointed not to go under 13 seconds but knocking the eighth hurdle cost me in both the semi-final and final.

"All the golds [the UK have] been winning actually made me feel there was more pressure on me but I pulled myself together. After all, I am the older statesman of the team!"

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