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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 August, 2003, 22:06 GMT 23:06 UK
Brilliant White will get better
Steve Cram
By Steve Cram
BBC Sport

Kelli White blew the rest of the field away in the 200m final. The race was all over at 80m.

Kelli White celebrates her win in the 200m
White was in devastating form in the final
You have to take your hat off to her. Not many athletes have managed to win both 100m and 200m titles at the same championships.

Marion Jones hasn't managed it, but she'll have been watching this race with interest. White will now be a real challenge to her when she comes back next season.

White is only going to get better as well. It would have been the icing on the cake if she had managed to go under 22 seconds, but she will not mind that too much.

Jana Pittman's 400m hurdles gold was all down to the fact that she ran her own race from start to finish.

We have watched her coming through over the past two seasons, and she consolidated her position as the woman to watch when she won the Commonwealth title in Manchester last summer.

Pittman will break the world record one day, I have no doubt about it

She is so strong, has excellent 400m flat pace and will break the world record one day, I have no doubt about it.

The woman who currently owns that record, Yuliya Pechonkina, had looked really good in qualifying.

But she ran a poor race from start to finish. She stuttered badly at the first hurdle and then went too hard.

Her stride pattern was all wrong and that burnt up too much energy, so when she came over the eighth hurdle she had nothing left to give.

And the sight of her faltering was like a shot of adrenaline to Pittman. She worked off that and came through in the final 10 metres to take what I'm sure will be the first of many world titles.

Darren Campbell qualified for the final of the 200m looking, unsurprisingly, like a tired man.

That was his seventh race of the championships and he had to work really hard to make it through from his semi.

He will not have a great draw for the final because of that, but there are reasons for optimism.

He ran a season's best on Thursday night and you know that he will improve on that in the final

And yes, Darvis Patton and John Capel both look very good, but as Pechonkina showed, you can have all the speed that you want but you still have to run a good race.

Darren will go out there and perform to his best. If any of the other contenders fail to do so, he will be there to strike.





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