Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shock in Sprint as Golding Triumphs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shock in Sprint as Golding Triumphs

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Byline: By Ian Gordon

Julian Golding ended three years of torture to win the 200 metres shoot-out in Birmingham last night and book his place in Britain's World Championship team.

The 1998 Commonwealth Games champion upset his four sprint rivals to power to victory in the Norwich Union Trials in a season's best of 20.37seconds.

Welshman Christian Malcolm will also join Golding when the team is announced tomorrow after finishing second in 20.39secs in a final which was the highlight of a lacklustre weekend with so many top athletes missing.

The 28-year-old Golding, who has been dogged by injury and illness in recent seasons, almost quit the sport last year but will now have the chance to bid for world glory in France.

"The last three years have been tortuous," said the Blackheath runner who was close to tears after proving the stronger in the final metres to snatch victory.

"To come back after so many problems shows no challenge is too great. Last year I almost walked away from the sport but my family persuaded me to carry on so whatever happens in Paris will be a bonus.

"But if I can run fast there who knows what will happen.

"My coach John Regis has had a lot of faith in me and that has made me have a lot of faith.

"He told me not to come here just to qualify but to win."

The so-called battle of the super six had been reduced to a famous five thriller after Dwain Chambers pulled out following his efforts to win the 100m where main rival Mark Lewis-Francis surprisingly only finished third behind Darren Campbell.

Olympic 200m silver medallist Campbell snatched third spot in 20.49 to just edge out world indoor champion Marlon Devonish by 0.01secs though whether he gets the chance to double up in Paris will depend on the selectors.

Harvard University graduate Chris Lambert, Britain's fastest man this summer, slumped to fifth spot in 20.81 and was the only one of the top five not to set a season's best time. …

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