Athletics: Edwards pushed to the limit

World champion Jonathan Edwards had to pull out all the stops to avoid a triple jump defeat in Malmo last night.

Only 24 hours after winning on his own patch at an international meeting in Gateshead, Edwards jumped 17.33metres to clinch victory ahead of young Swedish pretender Christian Ohlsson, who overtook the world record holder by clearing 17.19m going into the final round.

That left 35-year-old Edwards under intense pressure, but with his very last jump the Olympic gold medallist from Sydney put everything into a speedy run-up and hit the take off board to soar to another success.

Edwards said: "I'm feeling very tired. Having jumped only the day before I didn't exactly get here feeling ready for another major competition. But I'm glad I came.

"It was a very close competition and to come back the way I did obviously delighted me. It shows I'm still hungry for competition.

"I know I'm going through a very successful period but I'm not actually counting the number of victories I have achieved. I'm just enjoying myself. Christian again showed what great potential he has and made it really difficult for me," said Edwards, who was leading with a best jump of the night of 17.12 metres until his rival turned up the pressure in the final round.

Edwards' next competition will be in Lahti, Finland next Sunday followed by an outing in Roveroto, Italy on August 29.

He will then head off to Australia to compete in the Goodwill Games before ending his season in Yokohama, Japan in mid-September.

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