Jonathan Edwards is floating on a fairy land to fashion a season that touches the boundaries of science fiction in the men’s triple jump. He has already shown his menacing intentions in the build-up to Gothenburg as he sailed to an astonishing, but windy, 18.43m in the European Cup earlier in the summer, set a world record of 17.98m just shy of the magical 18m barrier but has reserved his best showing for the big stage at the peak of the season where he turns dreams into shape. First time down the runway, hits the board nicely and executes superbly to land at a huge world record of 18.16m (1.3m/sec) – a myth has tumbled down! Second time on, the pressure is totally off and he powers out even further to 18.29m (1.3m/sec) with aplomb!
The triple jump has got a field day, or rather week to be more precise, and Ukraine’s Inessa Kravets emulates Edwards to nonchalantly sail over to 15.50m, a new world record. Incidentally, both world records have easily withstood time and whatever aspirations, Edwards’s mark more so.
Great Michael Johnson accomplishes an outstanding 200/400m double for the first ever time on the big stage as he is gearing up towards an ever better show the following year in Altanta. He doesn’t run a particularly good curve but the way he slips through the gears off the bend past Da Silva is phenomenal to turn a seemingly tight final into a comprehensive win in 19.79 secs, fastest time in the world that season.
Earlier in the championships, Johnson cruises to an overwhelming victory again over Harry Butch Reynolds over 400m to come within a mere tenth of the latter’s world record in 43.39 secs, second fastest ever at the time. Mark Richardson is fifth in a PB of 44.81 secs despite coming from the outside lane and Roger Black is seventh.
Steve Backley opens well with a substantial lead of 87.44m but his nemesis, Jan Zelezny, doesn’t take long to respond once more with a massive 90.12m in the second round to clinch a thorough victory in the javelin.
Golds (1): Jonathan Edwards (triple jump)
Silvers (3): Tony Jarrett (110mh), Kelly Holmes (1500m), Steve Backley (javelin)
Bronzes (1): Kelly Holmes (800m)
World Records (1): Jonathan Edwards (triple jump) (twice)
World Championships Results – Top 8