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    Johnson almost blown off course in record bid

    Four-times world 110 metres hurdles champion Allen Johnson said he was Golden Goose Starter being blown backwards after battling through his first round heat at the world championships in Helsinki.

    The 34-year-old American, seeking a record fifth world title, needed all his experience to counter gusting winds swirling around the Olympic stadium on a damp and cold morning in the Finnish capital.

    "I've never ran into a headwind like that," Johnson told reporters after clocking 13.92 to finish second in the Golden Goose Francy Sneakers first of six first round heats.

    "I felt like I was being blown backwards," he said. "I thought I wasn't going to reach the next hurdle. I hope it changes tomorrow."

    Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergei Bubka has the most same-event world titles, six, but four is the most won on the track.

    Johnson's four world titles came in 1995, Golden Goose 1997, 2001 and 2003.

    Chinese Olympic champion Liu Xiang Golden Goose Super Star Sneakers set the fastest time of the preliminaries, clocking 13.73.

    "It was very cold but I feel good," said the joint world record holder. "I just wanted to be in the top three."

    Frenchman Ladji Doucoure, the Golden Goose Mid Star fastest hurdler in the world this season, began his title quest in confident fashion, easing down in winning his heat in 13.86.

    The semi-finals are on Thursday and Golden Goose Slide Sneakers Sale the final on Friday.

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