It is two decades since Sally Gunnell glided over 10 hurdles in Stuttgart to be crowned world champion with a then world record.
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The London 2012 heptathlon champion, whose last hurdles race was at the Olympic Stadium last summer, clocked 13.08 seconds.
The Olympic heptathlon winner returned to action earlier this week
Gold medal winners from 'Super Saturday' will all be in action
The Festival has lost none of its intensity since expanding to a fourth day in 2005, but those who counselled that "less is more" may yet feel they had a point when they contemplate today's card. Elevated to the Thursday centrepiece, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle has hitherto borrowed lustre first from Inglis Drever, who won three times in four years, and then from Big Buck's, whose record-breaking spree of 18 wins has incorporated the last four runnings.
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The Championships are taking place in Gothenburg
At the time, it seemed tempting to doubt the form. After all, the runners had splashed over a course that might sooner have staged a regatta than a Grade One bumper. As things have turned out, however, the last two horses still afloat in the straight at Punchestown in April have amply confirmed their calibre since switching to hurdles. This weekend, both seek a place towards the top of different novice divisions either side of the Irish Sea. Champagne Fever, the winner, steps up to two and a half miles at Naas on Sunday; while Melodic Rendezvous contests a Grade One over two miles at Sandown on Saturday.
There are action replays and action replays and yesterday's at Navan will be watched more in one Irish household than another. Twelve months ago in the Grade One novices' hurdle, the Willie Mullins-trained Boston Bob turned over the odds-on Mount Benbulben, saddled by Gordon Elliott. In yesterday's edition of the two-and-a-half-miler, only the names of the horses changed, with Pont Alexandre the winner and Don Cossack, at 8-15, the loser.
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Anticipation of this meeting is largely rooted in hindsight. Year after year it proves a major crossroads, especially in the career of a young horse, on the road back to the Festival.
It must be one of the most enduring images of the Olympic spirit at the London 2012 Games: Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang determinedly hopped over the finish line today, far behind his opponents after he fell injured at the first hurdle.
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Two days on from Super Saturday and the Great British golden hat-trick, the Midas touch has disappeared – temporarily, at least – from the host nation's runners, jumpers and throwers. On Sunday evening, try as she did, Christine Ohuruogu could not quite close the gap on Sanya Richards-Ross to cling on to her 400m crown. At least the local girl finished with a silver medal lining, though.