Athletics: Even more promised by Jackson

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COLIN JACKSON returns to action at Gateshead tonight with a warning for his rivals in the 110 metres hurdles. 'You haven't seen the best of me yet,' said the man who won the world title last year in a world record of 12.91sec and added the world indoor record four months ago, writes Mike Rowbottom.

'There are still areas where I can improve. I believe I'm capable of running 12.85. I intend to keep on hammering all the opposition this season and successfully defend my European and Commonwealth titles.'

Tonight he faces the top three from the recent US Championships, Mark Crear, Allen Johnson and Robert Reading. But the world No 2, Tony Jarrett, is still missing with a toe injury and two more of Britain's injury worries say they are not ready.

Curtis Robb, out all season with a knee injury, has scrapped an 800m return and John Regis, who ran a leg of the sprint relay in the European Cup, has put a return in the 200m on hold after Achilles tendon trouble.

There is no Matthew Yates or Steve Cram in the Emsley Carr Mile and Britain's European Championship selectors are beginning to cast some anxious looks over the casualty list.

Linford Christie is promised a run for his money in the 100m against Frankie Fredericks, while in the 400m, Roger Black meets the man who beat him to the 1991 world title, Antonio Pettigrew.