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.
Jackson got off to a superb start and was the first in the field to rise at the opening hurdle.
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.
"My main objective was to get out very quickly and very hard.
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.
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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