The Week in Review: Sport

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'SALLY, Sally, pride of our alley.' Sally Gunnell restores the image of the much-maligned Essex girl by taking the Olympic 400 metres hurdles crown, the first British woman to strike gold on the track for 28 years.

Kriss Akabusi launches a valiant bid to match Gunnell in the men's one-lap hurdles only to be outgunned by Kevin Young, of the United States, who achieves the event's equivalent of parting the Red Sea by erasing Ed Moses' nine-year-old world record, Akabusi contenting himself with the bronze and a British record.

Canada's Mark McKoy chooses a peculiar way to express his gratitude to Colin Jackson, leaving his Welsh landlord trailing some way behind en route to winning the 110 metres hurdles. Revenge, meanwhile, for Carl Lewis, who outleaps Mike Powell, his conqueror in last year's World Championships, by three centimetres to take his third successive long jump title and seventh Games gold all told.

With a rivetting Test saga all-square coming to the final episode at The Oval, Wasim Akram swings the odds towards Pakistan, a mesmeric spell of 5 for 8 reducing England from 182 for 3 to 207 all out.

Manchester United also stay true to form, signing yet another pounds 1m striker in Dion Dublin, whom Norwich once offloaded to Cambridge for precisely pounds 1m less. Fittingly, Dion the Wanderer makes his debut as a Red Devil tomorrow - in Dublin.

Rob Steen

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