Having won his first global title over 200m in Tokyo, great Michael Johnson reverts to the 400m to totally demolish a field involving then world record holder Harry Butch Reynolds in a new championships record of 43.66 secs. Olympic champion Quincy Watts falls shy of the podium places in fourth.
Maria Mutola opens her long account of global 800m titles in commanding style in a very eventful race, Britain’s Diane Modahl coming fourth
Colin Jackson is on the very top of his game and dazzles over the hurdles to his first global title in sensational manner, sneaking inside the world record in 12.91 secs in the process. Tony Jarrett follows through as runner-up to complete a superb British one-two in an English record of 13 secs dead over third-placed Jack Pierce (USA).
Sally Gunnell looks unstoppable and sweeps everything before her to edge the world title, tied in with a big world record in 52.74 secs, as she turns on a trademark late surge past USA’s Sandra Farmer-Patrick in a breathtaking final in the 400m hurdles. A slight step-back over the last hurdle saw her narrowly miss out on gold in Tokyo two years earlier but she makes no mistakes about her business from there on to come on top either in Barcelona or Stuttgart.
Gail Devers starts off a rare 100m flat/hurdles sprint double to nick the dash from Merlene Ottey (JAM), who again can’t get hold of gold, by hardly a fraction as they cross the line tied in a new championships record of 10.82 secs. Nevertheless, the Jamaican’s long mental demanding quest for top honours will meet eventually with a fortunate end as she is going to pip American Gwen Torrence by a narrowest margin of 0.02 secs to the 200m crown a few days later.
Minutes later, Linford Christie delivers his greatest act of sprinting as he storms through to a new European and second fastest time ever of 9.87 secs to convincingly beat Andre Cason, Dennis Mitchell and defending champion Carl Lewis to the global crown, wrapping up the grand slam in the process.
Xavier Sotomayor sails over 2.40m to stamp his authority in the high jump, Steve Smith snatching bronze with a knife-edge sole attempt left at 2.37m having failed twice at 2.34!
Golds (3): Linford Christie (100m), Colin Jackson (110mh), Sally Gunnell (400mh)
Silvers (3): Tony Jarrett (110mh), John Regis (200m), Great Britain Men’s 4x100m (Colin Jackson, Tony Jarrett, John Regis, Linford Christie)
Bronzes (4): Mick Hill (javelin), Jonathan Edwards (triple jump), Steve Smith (high jump), Great Britain Women’s 4x400m (Linda Keough-Staines, Phylis Smith, Tracey Goddard-Joseph, Sally Gunnell)
World Records (2): Colin Jackson (110mh), Sally Gunnell (400mh)
World Championships Results – Top 8
Additional 10000m results:
(Sandra Farmer-Patrick was competing for USA and not Jamaica as cited)