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Monday, August 23, 1999 Published at 20:47 GMT 21:47 UK


Edwards books final place

Jonathan Edwards surpasses the qualifying mark in Seville

British gold medal hope Jonathan Edwards shrugged off doubts over his fitness by reaching the triple jump final at the World Championships in Seville.

Seville 99
The 1995 champion and world record holder booked his ticket for Wednesday's final with a second-round effort of 17.28 metres.

And Britain's other genuine world title contender, Colin Jackson, also had no problems as he eased through the 110m hurdles qualifying.

Edwards had posted a mark of 16.70m with his first jump in Monday's qualifying session after his legs fell away from him as he landed in the pit.

But the Briton, who tops the world rankings this year, had no problems next time on the runway as he easily surpassed the automatic qualifying standard of 17m.

The 33-year-old is looking to recapture the title he won in Gothenburg four years ago - the last time a British athlete won gold at a global Games.

"That first jump caught me by surprise," said Edwards, who missed the AAAs Championship to protect an ankle problem.

"The ankle is a bit sore but otherwise I am fine and it felt very good out there."

Boost for Jacko


[ image: Colin Jackson: Back to his very best in the 110m hurdles]
Colin Jackson: Back to his very best in the 110m hurdles
Jackson, the 1993 high hurdles world champion and silver medallist last time around, comfortably came through the opening two rounds in his bid to recapture his crown.

The Welshman won his first-round heat in 13.19secs and his second in 13.21.

He is at last showing the consistency that could thwart defending champion Allen Johnson of the United States.

And Jackson's hopes were boosted when another of his American rivals Mark Crear, who leads the world this year, was disqualified after two false starts.

Medal hopes ended


BBC Athletics Correspondent John Rawling: "It is the end of an outside chance of a medal"
But there was bad news for Britain's new 400m hurdles star Chris Rawlinson, who has been forced to withdraw from the season's showcase event.

Rawlinson - an outside chance for a medal in the one-lap hurdles after a promising season - had his World Championship dream ended by an ankle injury.


[ image: Chris Rawlinson in happier times after a world-class effort in Zurich]
Chris Rawlinson in happier times after a world-class effort in Zurich
The former Royal Marine is the third fastest Briton of all time after bursting onto the international scene when he ran 48.14seconds in Zurich earlier this month.

It was the third fastest time in the world this year.

Rawlinson twisted his ankle in training on Monday morning and immediately pulled out of the championships.

Baulch marches on

Britain's 400m hopefuls Jamie Baulch and Mark Richardson, did enough to reach Tuesday's semi-finals.

Baulch, the world indoor champion, led home the field in the opening quarter-final in 45.14secs.

And third place was enough for Mark Richardson, who qualified in 44.98secs.

But the man they will have to beat - America's reigning world and Olympic champion Michael Johnson - proved he is fit and raring to go for glory as he cantered through his race.



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