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Jackie Joyner-Kersee ran in front of her St Louis home crowd for the first time in 14 years on Friday and delivered a decisive victory, half a second clear of the rest of the field, in the US Olympic Festival 100-metre hurdles. Her time of 12.69 seconds was the fourth best in the world this year, breaking the Festival record of 12.76 set in 1993 by Gail Devers. Bob Kersee, her husband and coach, suggested that she may be on the point of some record-breaking times: 'I believe Jackie at this time is faster than she's ever been in her life.'