Athletics: Jackson in full flow on home soil

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COLIN JACKSON completed another comeback victory to delight his army of home fans in Wrexham yesterday.

The world 110 metres hurdles champion made a successful return after a hamstring strain by defeating the best of the new crop of Americans in Gateshead on Friday night. Jackson faced inferior opposition at the British Gas Welsh Games but that did not stop him improving on his time of 13.51sec in Gateshead to win in 13.35sec.

'I've had two races now and felt no reaction to the injury,' said Jackson, who was forced to miss the AAA Championships and European Cup. 'Now it's just a question of building up the speed in the run-up to the

European Championships and Commonwealth Games.'

There was a Welsh national record for Iwan Thomas, of Newham, who took .14sec off the 400m time, clocking 46.34sec with the previous holder, Jamie Baulch, also under the record in second place.

Three games records were set, two of them coming in the high jumps where Randy Jenkins, of the US, increased the record by 6cm to 2.27m. Andrea Hughes, of Australia, took the women's mark up by 1cm to 1.89m.

The shot putter Paul Edwards, competing for the International Select side, broke his own record by 15cm with a throw of 19.02m.