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Wednesday, 17 July, 2002, 03:43 GMT 04:43 UK
Edwards sets year best
Jonathan Edwards
Edwards made amends for Friday's defeat
British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards outjumped local hero Christian Olsson to record a world's best this year of 17.78 metres at the IAAF Grand Prix in Stockholm.

The world record holder edged out Sweden's Olsson by 39 centimetres as he made amends for Friday's Golden League defeat by America's Walter Davis in Rome.

Belarus jumper Aleksandr Glavatskiy was third with a leap of 17.09m.

"Tonight was great, the best I've jumped for a year," Edwards said.

"It was solid, good footwork, I could have had an 18-plus metres tonight if I had needed it."


They keep me on my toes, these young girls
Gail Devers

In the men's 100m, America's Tim Montgomery was awarded first place after finishing in the same time, of 10.08 seconds, as Kim Collins of St Kitts.

America's Bernard Williams was third in 10.14.

Neither Maurice Greene or Britain's Dwain Chambers - who beat the world and Olympic champion twice in a weekend recently - were at the Stockholm event.

In the javelin, European champion Steve Backley, back from injury, finished sixth behind Sergey Makarov.

The Russian threw 87.83m to beat Boris Henry (84.89m) as Backley could only manage 80.55m.

Meanwhile, America's Olympic silver medallist Alvin Harrison took the 400m in 44.57 seconds from team-mate Leonard Byrd.

Gail Devers
Devers won the women's 100m hurdles

Edmonton world champion Avard Moncur, of the Bahamas, finished third in 45.01.

Elsewhere, American veteran Gail Devers beat Jamaican Bridgette Foster to win the 100m hurdles in 12.42 seconds.

"I was happy with the race," Devers said.

"But it was not the best for me, I felt kind of up and down, I knew it was going to be a great competition.

"It was about getting out front and staying in front. They keep me on my toes, these young girls."

Meanwhile, in the women's pole vault, one of the non-Grand Prix events, Russia's Svetlana Feofanova set a European record of 4.78 metres.

She beat German Annika Becker's old record set 10 days ago by one centimetre.

Wilson Boit Kipketer
Kipketer won the 3000m steeplechase

In the women's 800m, newcomer Nicole Teter won in one minute 58.13secs, edging out Olympic champion Maria Mutola, of Mozambique by 0.10 seconds.

World indoor record holder Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia was third in 1:58.63.

The 3000m steeplechase was equally as close with former world record holder Wilson Boit Kipketer winning in a world leading time for the year of 8:00.56.

The men's 110m hurdles was won by Olympic champion Anier Garcia (13.13), who beat three-times world champion Allen Johnson (13.17).

In the women's 100m, Zhanna Pitusevic-Block, the fastest runner this year, scorched to another win in 10.91secs.

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"It was a good news story for British athletics"
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"It was nice to nail it in the second round"
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