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Wednesday, August 25, 1999 Published at 19:15 GMT 20:15 UK


Jackson hurdles to gold

Colin Jackson celebrates becoming the first Briton to reclaim a world title

Colin Jackson became Britain's first gold medallist at the World Championships in Seville, with victory in the 110m hurdles.

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The Welshman regained the title he first won in 1993.

Jackson got off to a superb start and was the first in the field to rise at the opening hurdle.


The BBC's John Rawling describes the men's 110m hurdles final
The 32-year-old world record holder was being caught by his closest rivals towards the end - but he produced a last-gasp dive for the line to take gold in a time of 13.04 seconds.

Cuba's Anier Garcia was not far behind in second in 13.07secs, with American contender Duane Ross taking bronze in 13.12.

The finish was so close that Jackson was not immediately sure he had won and suffered some anxious moments before the result was confirmed on the stadium scoreboard.

Olympic hopes


Colin Jackson speaks to the BBC: "I knew things were in my favour"
Jackson said: "This is one of my best victories. It's probably my last World Championships and I'm just so happy to be world champion again.

"My main objective was to get out very quickly and very hard.


[ image: Desperate finish: Jackson dives for the line]
Desperate finish: Jackson dives for the line
"I was battling with Garcia and I'm thinking to myself, 'I'll just keep my head, keep cool - I'm sure I'm faster than him on the run in.' "

Jackson, who started his dip for the finishing line early, added: "When you're desperate, you do desperate things."

The Olympic crown is the only major title to have eluded Jackson - and he immediately set his sights on a victorious swansong in Sydney next year.

Jackson, whose fitness and form entered a slump after he dominated the international rankings in the early-1990s, was back at his very best in an exciting final.


Gold medal winner Colin Jackson: "No one's going to give it to you - you'll have to go and get it"
His title challenge had been aided by the elimination earlier in the competition of two of his chief rivals for gold.

Defending champion Allen Johnson suffered an injury before the semi-finals and fellow American and world No.1 this year Mark Crear was disqualified after two false starts in the heats.

The victory comes as a massive boost to the British team, who had gone four years waiting for another title since Jonathan Edwards struck triple-jump gold at Gothenburg.





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