THE SIDELINES : British Hurdlers Lead Charge at Europe Track Championships
Olympic silver medalist Colin Jackson led a one-two British finish in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the European Track and Field Championships today.
Jackson trailed teammate Tony Jarrett early in the race but powered into the lead at the last hurdle and won with a time of 13.18 seconds, the third-fastest in the world this season and a meet record.
Jarrett took the silver at 13.21, and Dietmar Koszewski of West Germany finished third.
Tatyana Ledovskaya of the Soviet Union won the gold medal in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with the fastest time in the world this year, 53.62 seconds.
Anita Protti of Switzerland took the silver in 54.36, followed by Monica Westen of Sweden.
In a rare victory by a West German over East German athletes, Sabine Braun beat two of her future teammates in a united nation to win the gold medal in the heptathlon. Braun collected 6,688 points. Heike Tischler took the silver with 6,572, and Peggy Beer settled for the bronze with 6,531.
West Germany took its second gold of the day and brought its total to three when Heike Henkel won the women’s high jump by clearing 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches.
Biljana Petrovic of Yugoslavia was second and Yelena Yelesina of the Soviet Union third.
Igor Astapkovich of the Soviet Union won the gold medal in the hammer throw with an effort of 289 feet, 2 inches.
Tibor Cecsek of Hungary was second at 262-11, followed by another Soviet, Igor Nikulin.