Athletics: Regis back with a hat-trick

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John Regis returned from injury to set a Guardian British League 200 metres record at the Linford Christie Stadium in London. Regis won the B race in 20.69sec, 0.4sec faster than the A race winner Terry Williams, of Shaftesbury Barnet, indicating that he has recovered from his Achilles tendon problems. He also helped Belgrave to second place in the sprint relay after winning the 100m in 10.55sec. His hat-trick won him the athlete of the match award. Linford Christie watched from the sidelines but chose not to compete, though he still saw his side, Thames Valley Harriers, win the match and take a clear lead in the league. David Grindley, the British 400m record holder, has been ruled out for the summer. The 21-year-old has ligament damage in his left foot and will miss the European Championships and Commonwealth Games. In the absence of Roger Black, who spent nearly a year out with a viral complaint, Grindley had established himself as Britain's No 1 at 400m despite missing last summer's World Championships with a calf injury. Grindley will see a specialist about an inherent left-sided weakness. Vicente Modahl, his manager, said: 'If we pushed him now we could have destroyed him. He has had problems all year and the only cure is complete rest. It will give us the chance to get it sorted out once and for all.'