SPLIT, YUGOSLAVIA, AUG. 31 -- Colin Jackson finished with a strong kick to win the 110-meter high hurdles in 13.18 seconds today and give Britain its eighth gold medal in the European track and field championships.
The British team tied the East Germans in golds; the previously disappointing Soviets won five golds today for a total of six going into Saturday's final day of competition.
Jackson rallied to beat teammate Tony Jarrett, who placed second in 13.21.
"I guess it's time I'm rated number one in the world," said Jackson, the European record holder who ran the year's fastest time of 13.08 in winning at the Commonwealth Games in February.
Last year he was ranked second to world record holder and two-time Olympic champion Roger Kingdom of the United States, who has had a subpar 1990.
Soviet Tatyana Ledovskaya won the women's 400 intermediate hurdles in 53.62, fastest time in the world this year. Teammate Yelena Romanova took the women's 10,000 meters, sweeping past Kath-rin Ullrich of East Germany in the stretch.
Ullrich appeared to have the gold clinched coming off the final bend, but Romanova rallied and won in 31:46.83. It was the first time Romanova had run the 10,000.
Igor Astapkovich of the Soviet Union won the hammer throw at 276 feet. Tibor Gacsek of Hungary spoiled the Soviet chances for a one-two finish, taking the silver on his final throw of 262-11. Igor Nikulin was third at 262-6.
Leonid Voloshin of the Soviet Union easily won the triple jump at 58-2 1/2. Khristo Markov of Bulgaria was second at 57-2 1/4 and Soviet Igor Lapshin finished third at 56-10 3/4.