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It's a grand slam for Jonathan

28 July 2002

Jonathan Edwards completes the set by winning gold in the Commonwealth triple jump.

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards celebrates winning the triple jump

Edwards' jump of 17.86m set a new Commonwealth Games record and is the longest jump recorded this year.

The dramatic final saw Edwards fight off challenges from English team-mate Phillips Idowu and Leevan Sands of the Bahamas, who in the earlier stages, had both broken the Games record.

On responding to a jump of 17.68m by Idowu he said: “I was pretty stunned. I was all over the place technically; even my 17.86 was an ugly jump. It was a sheer competitive response."

“I was very relieved to get it out. The competition was stop-start-a few medal ceremonies…affecting concentration."

“There was an 18 metre plus jump in me. I just didn’t have the technical capability. I was very nervous. Everyone was saying that I would win. That’s tough. Second place is losing.”

Edwards, who missed the 1998 Commonwealth Games, only managed 16.26m with his first jump and his second was fouled. But on his third jump he knew he had to beat Idowu's jump of 17.68 and that is just what he did.

Edwards was overwhelmed by the crowd of 38,000: “It was just like a party. Amazing. There were 112,000 in Sydney for the Olympics and I don’t think they made any more noise than this.”

This win makes Edwards the third British athlete - along with Daley Thompson and Sally Gunnell - to hold titles in all four major championships, not to mention a world record at the same time.

In the end Idowu had to make do with silver and Sands of the Bahamas with bronze.

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