Edwards gets his gold and revenge

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Jonathan Edwards, who had to settle for silver at the Atlanta Games, secured some gold last night when he won the triple jump at the Berlin Grand Prix tonight to take a share of a bullion jackpot on offer.

Edwards produced a superb fifth-round jump of 17.69 metres to defeat the man who beat him at the Olympics, Kenny Harrison, who jumped 17.16. He said he would invest the winnings for his young family.

Frankie Fredericks, the Olympic silver medallist, produced a major surprise, defeating the double Olympic champion Michael Johnson in the 200m to claim his golden bonus. The Namibian, who finished second behind Johnson when the American set a world record of 19.32sec at the Atlanta Games, prevailed in an intense battle down the home straight to win in 19.97sec.

Johnson had to settle for second place in 20.02sec with Ato Boldon, the Trinidadian who won the Olympic bronze medal, finishing in third place in 20.37.

There 20 one-kilo gold bars to be shared between athletes who win specific events at all the four meetings in Oslo, Zurich, Brussels and Berlin, the most lucrative series in the sport.

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