Saturday, August 21, 1999 Published at 21:48 GMT 22:48 UK
Sprinters cruise as CJ stars
Oh yes! CJ Hunter wins gold and wants everyone to know
The world's top sprinters, and Britain's trio of challengers, cruised into the semi-finals of the 100m as day one of men's competition in Seville was dominated by a giant American.
She is chasing four gold medals in Seville, but her husband just wanted one - in the shot put.
He got it by producing a life best of 21.79m with his final throw, and bellowed his delight at his achievement.
The shot putter uses CJ because he does not like the name Cottrell.
The initials have stuck, perhaps because few are brave enough to call the big man a name he does not like.
Proud Mrs Hunter
Afterwards a tearful Jones joined him in the Olympic Stadium to tell her partner she was proud of him.
The 30-year-old was just relieved to finally beat German Sven Oliver Buder with his last shot.
"I had never trained seven days a week before and I saw all that sacrifice going to waste," he said.
"I didn't really know what to do after my final throw but all I know is that this medal means everything to me."
The pair are through to semi-finals after shattering personal bests.
Gardener posted 10.04 seconds while Chambers was a four-hundredths slower.
They are joined in the semi-finals by last summer's European champion Darren Campbell, who clocked his fastest time of the season, 10.12.
But Gardener and Chambers showed in their quarter finals they have peaked perfectly for these championships.
Gardener beat Brian Lewis, this year's US champion following the suspension of Dennis Mitchell, while Chambers beat another American, Tim Harden.
British record holder Steve Smith faces a race against time to be fit for Monday's high jump final after pulling out of tonight's competition with a foot injury.
The pre-event favourite pulled up attempting to clear the automatic qualifying height of 2.29metres.
But his clean sheet after two attempts gave him the last final place on countback, and if fit he will be able to compete on Monday.
European under-23 gold medallist Ben Challenger never reached the standard which won him that title in Gothenburg, clearing only 2.23m and being eliminated.
John Mayock sneaked into the 1500metres semi-final by the skin of his teeth after coming sixth in 3:37.29 in his heat.
Morocco's world mile record-breaker Hicham El Guerrouj was totally untroubled in 3:35.63.
Walking back to happiness
The first final of the championships was won by Russian Ily Markov, who took the 20km walk in a time of 1:23.34.
Ecuador's Jefferson Perez and Daniel Garcia of Mexico took silver and bronze.
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