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.
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
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
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.
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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