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Christie-Donovan Showdown Dashed

August 19, 1996

GATESHEAD, England (AP) _ Just like the defense of his Olympic 100-meter title, Linford Christie’s last scheduled appearance in British colors ended prematurely with a knee injury Monday.

Christie finished second to compatriot John Regis in the 200 meters at the BUPA Challenge track meet, twisting his knee in the process. That prevented Christie from competing against Olympic champion Donovan Bailey at 100 meters.

Bailey warmed up in a Newcastle United soccer shirt with ``9.84″ _ his Olympic and world record time _ splashed on the back. The Canadian won the 100 comfortably in 10.17 seconds, with Britain’s Ian Mackie second in 10.25.

The meet was billed as Christie’s finale for Britain. However, Christie, whose schedule and plans can change from week to week, says he will now run in next year’s European Cup.

``I told Malcolm Arnold (the British team coach) today that I will do the European Cup next season because it is in Munich and as a favor to my doctor there,″ Christie said. ``But that will be it. There will be no other international meetings.″

The second big matchup of the night _ between Britain’s world triple jump record holder Jonathan Edwards and Olympic champion Kenny Harrison of the United States _ also failed to fulfill its potential. Harrison struggled with a foot injury.

Edwards, whose only defeat in his last 27 competitions was when Harrison denied him gold in Atlanta, won with a jump of 57-foot-0 1/4. Francis Agyepong was second at 54-6, Harrison third at 54-5 1/2.

``It was very nice to win in front of my home crowd,″ Edwards said. ``It’s a pity Kenny had a foot injury, otherwise we could have really seen some fireworks here tonight.″

In the 110-meter hurdles, Olympic champion Allen Johnson of the United States won in 13.26. British rivals Tony Jarrett (13.33) and Colin Jackson (13.44), the world record holder, were next.

Olympic high jump champion Charles Austin of the United States won his event with a jump of 7-6 1/2.

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