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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Germany Hurdles to Cup Wins

MADRID -- High hurdler Florian Schwarthoff inspired Germany to a third successive men's European Cup with an upset victory over Britain's world record holder Colin Jackson.


The tall German was pulling ahead of Jackson by the third barrier Tuesday, and steadily increased the margin as the Welshman ran into all sorts of problems from the eighth hurdle on.


Jackson, beaten by compatriot Tony Jarrett in Bratislava last Wednesday, clipped the eighth and lost all balance and rhythm. He ploughed through the ninth barrier, ran through the 10th and in the end was lucky to take second place ahead of Russian Eugeny Pechenkin.


Schwarthoff, who finished second to Jackson in the European championships two years ago, was delighted and immediately threw down a challenge to both Jackson and the top Americans seven weeks before the start of the Atlanta Olympics track program.


"If I'm in this shape in Atlanta, I'm going to be very difficult to beat," he said.


Jackson, who clocked 13.63 to Schwarthoff's 13.20, was outwardly unworried. "I've been having problems with the eighth hurdle," he said. "I'm not getting there at a high enough speed. I'm still working on my speed, but my shape's fine for this time of year."


Germany also won the women's competition, with former European champion Grit Breuer, winner of the 400 meters Saturday, anchoring their 4x400 meters relay team to victory.


Britain rallied strongly to finish second in the men's event, largely due to the efforts of their team captain Linford Christie and their world champion triple jumper Jonathan Edwards.


Christie won the 200 meters, although he had to work hard in the first 100 and overall did not look as impressive as he had in winning Saturday's 100.


He still clocked 20.25 seconds, which he said was his fastest ever at this time of the season. "Even in training, I'm going very well," he said.


The 36-year-old Briton, who still will not say whether he will defend his 100 title in Atlanta, completed his fourth Cup sprint double.


Since winning the European indoor title here 10 years ago, Christie has not been defeated in a European Cup or championship 100 meters.


Edwards had problems with an unpredictable wind but won the competition easily enough with his single valid jump of 17.79 meters, helped by a following breeze of 3.3 meters a second.


"I didn't feel great," he said. "Something's going wrong between the run-up and the jump. But I haven't sat down and analyzed it."


Another athlete to catch the eye was France's Olympic, world and European 400 meters champion Marie Jose Perec, who looked particularly sharp in the women's 200 meters.


Perec, who won the 400 at last month's Atlanta grand prix on the Olympic track, clocked 22.34 seconds with Melanie Paschke, the German 100 champion, a well beaten second in 22.55.


?In Eugene, Oregon, Ato Boldon of Trinidad exploded to the year's fastest 100 meters, clocking 9.92 seconds at the U.S. collegiate championships and then proclaimed he would break the world record this season.


"If I can stay healthy, I certainly think so," said the 22-year-old UCLA student Saturday after a tremendous burst of speed at mid-race put him two meters ahead of the field.


Boldon said only he, world champion Donovan Bailey of Canada and eight-times Olympic champion Carl Lewis should be considered for the 100-meter gold.


Only five men have ever run faster.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)