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Gardener shows his class
29 Jan 2006 19:21

Reigning world champion Jason Gardener quickly regained his title as the quickest 60-metre runner in the world this year at Sunday's Karlsruhe indoor meeting.

Gardener, who clinched victory for Great Britain at the Norwich Union international in Glasgow on Saturday, immediately flew to Germany for a second race in 24 hours.

The 'Bath Bullet' started his schedule by regaining the world's best time for this year when clocking 6.55 seconds in his heat - four-hundredths-of-a-second faster than he ran in Kelvin Hall.

But overnight Terrence Trammell - on home American soil - produced a time of 6.57secs to win the Reebok Boston Indoor Games title.

Then in the final Gardener claimed victory in a time of 6.58secs - virtually unchallenged at the venue where he equalled his UK record of 6.46secs two years ago, .

"I'm getting faster with every race but I have to admit I was a little tired after travelling here," said Gardener.

Gardener is adamant he has no intention of defending his world title in March but again insisted he is using some indoor competitions to sharpen himself up for the Commonwealth Games, which start a week after the World Championships in Moscow.

He added: "My training for Melbourne is taking a lot out of me and of course running in meetings of this quality, I am still undergoing the pressure of racing at this level."

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