Christie first again

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Linford Christie maintained his excellent form in Australia yesterday by winning the 100 metres men's final in the Perth leg of the national grand prix series, writes Mike Rowbottom.

The 35-year-old finished well clear in a wind-assisted time of 10.00sec, the same as he had recorded by hand timing in winning at Adelaide two days before.

Colin Jackson proved he was in equally impressive form as he won the 110m hurdles in 13.14, after recording 13.39 in Adelaide.

Christie, who refused to be drawn on whether he would defend his Olympic title, said: "I'm still in pretty heavy training so to run 10sec at this time of the year in any conditions is pretty good." Asked if he felt pressure to compete in Atlanta, he said: "I'm not under any pressure. I don't get put under pressure. This time I'm going to do what I want to do."

He said he had been enjoying athletics more since announcing his plans to retire at the end of this season. "That's the reason I'm doing what I want to do, because I'm trying to make it fun," he said. "It was getting to the stage where I was getting fed up and it was becoming a chore."

Australia's Emma George twice broke her world pole vault record. The 21-year-old, who cleared 4.28m in Perth last month, bettered that with 4.30 and 4.41.

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