The greatest, most enthralling battle ever waged in the long jump pit and there will probably never be another of this kind. Carl Lewis leads most of the way carving out the most sensational series ever seen, averaging 8.81m (!!) on the way, but still Mike Powell digs deep into his resources to come up with an astonishing world-record of 8.95m (0.3m/sec) late in the fifth round to snatch gold out of his hands. What a competition!

Carl Lewis storms through from well behind to snatch gold at the death from global record holder Leroy Burrell in the 100m, setting a new world record of 9.86 secs in the 100m. Burrell, for his part, equals his own, former now, record in 9.88 secs but has to settle for only silver and Linford Christie can’t get his hands on a medal despite smashing the European record in 9.92 secs for fourth! A year later, a time of 9.96 secs was enough for a convincing Olympic title in Barcelona…

Liz McColgan turns in a gutsy showing of front-running to destroy the field and win the women’s 10000m by a mile, her greatest moment.

Aces high… Charles Austin stuns Xavier Sotomayor in a breathtaking battle way high up in the skies of the high jump

Great Britain reserve a thrilling curtain drawer to the championships as they turn a major upset on a powerful USA team in the 4x400m. Britain’s gamble to employ Roger Black on the lead-off and Kriss Akabusi on the anchor instead pays off as the latter’s strength overhauls individual 400m champion Antonio Pettigrew to gold. A most memorable and remarkable performance off a team containing just two 400m speciallists!


British medalists

Golds (2): Liz McColgan (10000m), Great Britain Men’s 4x400m (Roger Black, Derek Redmond, John Regis, Kriss Akabusi)

Silvers (2): Roger Black (400m), Sally Gunnell (400mh)

Bronzes (3): Tony Jarrett (110mh), Kriss Akabusi (400mh), Great Britain Men’s 4x100m (Tony Jarrett, John Regis, Darren Braithwaite, Linford Christie)


World Championships 1991 Results –  Top 8