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Allen Johnson Faces Strong Field

July 31, 1998

SHEFFIELD, England (AP) _ World and Olympic 110-meter hurdles champion Allen Johnson will face world record-holder Colin Jackson and Goodwill Games winner Mark Crear at the British Grand Prix Sunday.

The field also includes the world’s fastest hurdler this year, Reggie Torian. Torian clocked 13.03 seconds in winning the U.S. championship last month, with Crear second at 13.06.

Jackson, whose world record of 12.91 is 5 years old, also has been running well this season although he finished fourth behind the three Americans at the Goodwill Games last week.

Johnson, who has run 13.10, has been beaten three times by Crear this season, the last time on Wednesday at Paris, where Crear won in 13.11 and Torian was second at 13.24. Johnson placed third at 13.27.

Another highlight of Sunday’s meet will be an attempt on the women’s mile record by double Olympic champion Svetlana Masterkova of Russia, who won the 800- and 1,500-meter titles at Atlanta.

Javelin world champion Marius Corbett of South Africa faces Goodwill Games winner Sergei Makarov of Russia and former world record-holder Steve Backley of Britain, who threw 294 feet, 10 inches, two weeks ago.

Jonathan Edwards, triple jump world record-holder who flopped at both the Olympics and world championships, is back in form and has leaped over 59 feet this season

World champion Cathy Freeman of Australia withdrew from the women’s 400 because of a foot injury.

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