Rawlinson establishes world best

Chris Rawlinson bounced back from the disappointment of finishing fifth in Friday's IAAF Golden League meeting in Oslo, by clocking a world record in the 300 metres hurdles at yesterday's international meeting at his home track of Loughborough.

Chris Rawlinson bounced back from the disappointment of finishing fifth in Friday's IAAF Golden League meeting in Oslo, by clocking a world record in the 300 metres hurdles at yesterday's international meeting at his home track of Loughborough.

The 28-year-old Yorkshireman recovered from a bad start to cross the line in 34.59sec, shaving a hundredth of a second off the previous best.

The old record, set by the former Olympic 400m champion David Hemery who is now president of UK Athletics, had stood for nearly 28 years.

Rawlinson said: "To break a world record that was held by an Olympic champion is just awesome, especially on my home track.

"I had a terrible start and took the first hurdle on my non-dominant leg. Over the first 200 I was two or three-tenths down on what I should have been."

Rawlinson dedicated his success to the coach, Nick Dakin, who organised the meeting.

Elsewhere, two British competitors - Robert Weir and Damien Greaves - achieved Olympic qualifying standards. Weir threw the discus 63.65m, while Greaves won the 110m hurdles in 13.62sec.

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