Athletics: Jackson stays on target: Welshman steps up pace

Click to follow
(First Edition)

COLIN JACKSON ran the fastest 110m hurdles time in the world this year at an international meeting in Madrid on Tuesday night to maintain his unbeaten record.

The Welshman clocked 12.99sec to beat his friend and rival, Mark McKoy, a Canadian now running as an Austrian, who ran 13.22. Another Briton, Tony Jarrett, was third in 13.23. Jackson now needs to win just two more races, in next weekend's World Cup in London and finally in Japan, to go through the season with a 100 per cent record.

Michael Johnson, the American 400m runner, also set a world best for the season of 43.90sec. He finished over a second clear of the second-placed Nigerian, Sunday Bada.

The toughest competition came in the long jump where Mike Powell, the world record holder, edged out his American compatriot, Ronald McGhee, by two centimetres with a leap of 8.22m.

John Regis did not have such a happy night. The British 200m record holder was beaten into second place by Frankie Fredericks, of Namibia, 20.26 to 20.35.

Burundi's middle-distance revelation, Venuste Niyongabo, gave another impressive display, winning the 1,000m race unchallenged in 2min 15.91sec.

In the high jump, Cuba's world record holder, Javier Sotomayor, was in a class of his own with 2.37m. And in the women's 100m, Irina Privalova, of Russia, held her form well to win in 11.02 from Lilian Allen of Cuba.