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Wednesday, August 25, 1999 Published at 22:13 GMT 23:13 UK


Devastated Edwards gets bronze

Edwards looked inconsolable as he was outjumped by 11cm to the gold

British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards left the World Championship arena fighting back tears after his gold medal hopes were dashed and he was beaten into third place.

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The gold medal went to Germany's Charles Friedek, who set the season's best performance with 17.59m, overtaking early leader Rotislav Dimitrov who had to settle for silver with 17.49m.


Jonathan Edwards: "I had a technically disastrous competition"
Edwards, the world record holder and favourite for gold, took bronze with 17.48m while defending champion Yoelbi Quesada of Cuba finished 10th.

Edrwads said: "I could not envisage any way I was not going to win.

"But technically I was disastrous. I do not know what went wrong. I'm lost for words."


[ image: Edwards: Mystery foot injury]
Edwards: Mystery foot injury
Four years ago in Gothenburg the Gateshead Harrier was Britain's solitary gold medallist.

But he failed to rediscover the form which saw him set the current world record and he could not hide his disappointment as he was forced to settle for third.

While fellow Briton Colin Jackson was able to see off the challenge of younger rivals to take the men's 110m hurdles, Edwards could not find the spring which propelled him to the top.

Edwards, his hair now flecked with grey, made a terrific start, hitting 17.48 with his first jump.

Technical hitch

But his technique deserted him as the challengers overtook him.

His last jump was short of the 17 metre mark and he was forced to concede to Dimitrov, whose best jump was just one centimetre beyond Edwards', and Friedek, whose gold medal jump was eleven centimetres clear.

Hopes had been high for Edwards.

He had the world's best leap of the year (17.52m) but began the championships badly - jumping 30 centimetres short of the 17m automatic qualifying standard and blaming a long-standing foot injury.

The only consolation for the 33-year-old was that the world record he set in 1995, 18.29m, still stands.

Golding gets through

Britain's Julian Golding claimed a place in the 200m final but Marlon Devonish went out in the semi-finals.

Commonwealth champion Golding was third in the first heat (20.28 secs) which was won by world-record holder Maurice Greene in 20.10.

Nigeria's Francis Obikwelu clocked 19.84, the fastest time in the world this year, to win the other semi-final.

Devonish ran a personal best of 20.25 but only finished fifth.

Former world champion Frankie Fredericks moved into the final but will wait until Thursday morning before deciding whether to run or not on Friday night.

Fredericks pulled out of the 100m competition earlier in the week with a pinched nerve in his back.





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