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Sunday, September 20, 1998
Jarrett breaks through for hurdles win
Jarrett, the perennial bridesmaid behind absent world record-holder Colin Jackson, edged Trindad's Steve Brown in the 110-meter hurdles final at the Commonwealth Games.
Brown thought he had won and Jarrett had no idea. Finally, Jarrett was declared the winner in 13.47 seconds, .01 second ahead of Brown.
"I'm just glad I've got a gold medal around my neck," Jarrett said. "After the finish I thought I had a chance but I told myself, 'Don't jump up and down just yet.' I did that once at the Olympic Games when I thought I had a bronze but I was only fourth."
Jarrett was referring to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, one of many near-misses at the top level.
He was second at the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games, had two seconds and a third in the past three World Championships, and a second and a third in the European Championships. He also fell in the quarterfinals of the 1996 Olympics.
Meanwhile, Kenya's Ester Wanjiru maintained her country's remarkable record on the track by winning the 10,000 meters.
Wanjiru overtook Australia's Kylie Risk with 300 meters to go and won in 33:40.13. Wanjiru added her gold to the Kenyan triumphs in the men's 800, 5,000, 10,000 meters and 3,000 steeplechase.
South Africa gained golds in the men's pole vault and women's high jump. Riaan Botha took the vault at 18 feet, 4 1/2 inches, and Hestrie Storbeck cleared 6-3 1/4 to win the high jump.
The men's long jump wound up in a tie for first place between Australians Peter Burge and Jai Taurima, who both cleared 26-11 3/4. Burge was awarded the gold because of a better second jump.
New Zealand's world champion discus thrower Beatrice Faumuina won the gold medal at 216-5.
Heather Turland, a 38-year-old mother of four who only started running in her early 30s, led an Australian 1-2 finish in the women's marathon in 2:41:24.