Golden Guy Blown Away

Gateshead's Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards failed to come to terms with the cold weather and rain in Helsinki last night and was easily beaten by former high jumper Christian Ohlsson, writes DAVE MARTIN.

Jonathan Edwards

Gateshead's Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards failed to come to terms with the cold weather and rain in Helsinki last night and was easily beaten by former high jumper Christian Ohlsson.

The 21-year-old Swede - winner of the European junior title two years ago - inflicted an unexpected IAAF Grand Prix defeat on the world record-holder when leaping 17.08m - nine centimetres further than his exalted rival.

Edwards, who set a world leading mark of 17.56m eight days ago in Milan, said: " I felt a cramp in my right side during my warm-up and it was very painful when I was competing. At 35 this is the sort of weather I do not need to be jumping in."

Larry Achike was third with a clearance of 16.97m, while Phillips Idowu jumped 16.41m.

Former world junior champion Christian Malcolm proved himself the hottest sprint property in Europe with a brilliant double victory in the Finnish capital.

Defying the cold conditions in Finland's 1952 Olympic Stadium, the 22-year-old propelled his thin Welsh frame to a convincing 200m victory in 20.40 seconds.

Although Marlon Devonish ran the same time last week in Poland, the British selectors are almost certain to give the European Cup 200m place to the highly-talented Malcolm.

This year's European Cup final takes place in Bremen on June 23-24.

Earlier in the evening on a soaking wet track, Malcolm scored a splendid 10.17sec victory over 100m as he warmed up for his speciality event in fine style.

The Eddie Murphy look-alike, his eyes firmly set on a World Championship medal in August, admitted he had deliberately started his season low-key.

"I'm well happy with that," he said. "I didn't expect to run so fast."

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