|Lewis-Francis edges Greene|
|http://www.sina.com.cn 2005/06/07 18:54 Shanghai Daily|
Mark Lewis-Francis edged world champion Maurice Greene over 100 meters on Sunday at the Norwich Union Grand Prix.
The Briton ran 10.43 seconds to win in breezy, overcast conditions. Greene finished in 10.44, with Briton Jason Gardener third in 10.50.
The meet featured athletes from Britain, Russia and the United States. Other American winners included John Capel in the 200, Dwight Phillips in the long jump, Erin Gilreath in the hammer and Allyson Felix in the 400 - all tuneups for the nationals June 23-26 in Carson, California.
British double-Olympic gold medalist Kelly Holmes comfortably won the 1,500 meters against a weak field. Holmes is expected to retire after this season.
Lewis-Francis was stripped on May 13 of the 60-meter silver medal he won at the European Indoor Championships in March after testing positive for marijuana, a drug he said he passively ingested.
"It's been a difficult couple of weeks but I'm a positive person and I stayed focused," he said. "This is the year that I put my mark down."
Lewis-Francis edged Greene in the final leg of the 4x100 meters relay at the Athens Olympics to lead Britain to a surprise gold medal.
Greene joked about Sunday's close finish.
"Man, I want to see that photo," he said. "I knew it was close. I thought I had him at the Olympics. I thought I had him today, too."
Greene brushed off the possibility of getting back his world record. Tim Montgomery could be stripped of the 9.78 world record he set in September 2002.
The US Anti-Doping Agency has accused Montgomery of doping violations. He has bypassed a USADA hearing, and has taken his case to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. A hearing is set begin on Monday in San Francisco. If found guilty, he faces a lifetime ban.
"I'll get it (the world record) back later this year anyway," Greene said. "It doesn't matter to me, only if I run faster than I ever have before. That's the only thing that counts."
A three-time world 100-meter champion, Greene won the 100 in the 2000 Olympics, but finished third in Athens.
Felix ran a personal-best in the 400 (51.12), her first race over the distance this season.
Gilreath upset Olympic champion Olga Kuzenkova in the hammer throw. The American won with a season best of 71.49 meters. Kuzenkova threw 69.64 meters.
Capel won the 200 in 21.04.
Olympic champion Dwight Phillips won the long jump in 8.26 meters for a stadium record. Other US winners were Michelle Perry in the 100 hurdles and Kenneth Ferguson in the 400 hurdles.
Russian Yaroslav Rybakov won the high jump (2.30 meters).
(The Associated Press)
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