Jackson hits the heights down under

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Colin Jackson, the world 110 metres hurdles record holder, continued an impressive build-up to the Olympics by setting an Australian all-comers record in Brisbane. The Welshman clocked 13.22 to hold off the Australian, Kyle Vander-Kuyp, who finished in 13.35.

"I was nervous before the race but once I got away everything fell into place," Jackson said. "Training and competing down here in Australia during the European winter has been great, and now it's full steam ahead to the Olympics."

Kate Anderson ran the fastest 1500m by a woman on Australian soil to seal her place in the Australian team for the Atlanta Olympics later this year. Anderson clocked 4min 07.03sec to beat the national record set by Jenny Orr in 1972.

Brighton's Sonia McGeorge has pulled out of Britain's team for the World Cross-Country Championships in Cape Town on 23 March through injury. The reserve, Helen Titterington (Charnwood) replaces her and Andrea Whitcombe (Parkside) now travels as stand-by.