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Wednesday, August 25, 1999 Published at 22:04 GMT 23:04 UK

Colin Jackson: Britain's golden boy

Jackson: "I still had another championship in me"

Colin Jackson drew on all his experience to win Britain's first gold medal at the World Championship in Seville - six years after his last title.

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The 32-year-old, who won the 110m hurdles in 13.04 seconds, set his world record of 12.91 seconds in the 1993 Stuttgart World Championships final.

Jackson's Seville title challenge was aided by the elimination in the earlier competition of two of his chief rivals.

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

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"Lots of people wrote me off"
Jackson said after the race, the absence of Johnson, who was going for his third successive world championship, gave Jackson his best chance since 1993 to take the title.

The Welshman was born in Cardiff on 18 February 1967. When he was in his teens, he started training with his current coach Malcolm Arnold. The teenager was a promising decathlete before switching to high hurdles.

Jackson took his first silver medal when he was 18 years old, at the 1985 European Junior Championship.

Another silver followed a year later, at the Commonwealth Games. A hamstring injury forced him to miss the European Games, but he made up for it by going on to win the World Junior Championships in Athens, breaking the European junior record n 13.44 seconds.

First title

The next three years saw Jackson scoop a clutch of silver medals and one bronze.

In 1987, he took the bronze at the World Championships in Rome and the silver in the European Championships 60m.

A year later, he won a silver medal at the Seoul Olympics.

In 1989, Jackson was world indoor silver medallist and took his first European Cup title.

The early 1990s saw Jackson dominate the international rankings, before his fitness and form went into a slump.

Best display

In 1990, he won both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships. A knee operation at the end of the season was the first sign the athlete was to suffer from injury problems.

This manifested itself a year later, when he was forced to pull out of the World Championship semi-final because of an injury.

But Jackson more than made up for it the following year when he finished seventh in the Olympics in Barcelona, having clocked fastest time of four rounds with 13.10. He also won the World Cup title.

In 1994, he produced his best display of sprint hurdling when he ran 11 races under 13.10 seconds.

Injury problems

Injury plagued him the following year, and he was forced to miss the World Championships and undergo another knee operation.

He finished fourth in the Olympics in Atlanta 1996, but suffered from more knee trouble afterwards.

Two years later, Jackson was criticised for pulling out of the Welsh team for the Commonwealth Games to compete in the lucrative meeting in Tokyo. There he clocked 13.51 seconds to beat the World and Olympic champion Allen Johnson.

Olympic ambitions

Jackson shrugged off the criticism, saying: "I feel like I've had enough of the Commonwealth Games now. I've won one sliver and two golds. I guess it's time for someone else this time."

Earlier this year, he took his first gold medal after three silvers, by winning the World Indoor Championship 60m hurdles title.

After Wednesday's victory, the athlete said: "It's a long time since I have been able to carry the British and Welsh flags at the world championships. Lots of people had written me off as past it but I knew I still had another championship in me."

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.

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