ATHLETICS: MAURICE: IT'S GREENE FOR GO; Sprint Star Has Revenge on His Mind

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Byline: ROGER CLARKE

IF Mark Lewis-Francis has ambitions of beating sprinting superstar Maurice Greene in the Norwich Union Grand Prix at the NIA in Birmingham tomorrow, it would help if he was fit, ran at his best and found a bit extra just to make sure. Indeed there is so much baggage being carried into the 60 metres that they may need porters to deal with it!

Lewis-Francis was first over the line to take the 4x100 metres gold for Great Britain with Greene one hundredth of a second behind for the USA.

Anything less than gold is a bad result for Greene and he is quick to point out that he was not beaten by Lewis-Francis, no matter what supporters of the Birmingham runner might say. Greene said: 'I ran one of the best races of the year in the relay but we still lost.

'If I had taken two more steps then we would have had the gold. Great Britain beat the USA. He didn't beat me. He didn't beat Maurice Greene.

'He beat me by a hundredth ofsecond and he had six, eight metres start.'

It was not the best of Olympics for 30-year-old Greene, the world recorder holder for the indoor 60 metres with 6.39.

It still rankles that he lost the 100-metre title he lifted in Sydney when he only managed a bronze inAthens. You get the feeling he keepsthe medal to remind himself not to let it happen again.

He said:'It really hurts to look at it. I like gold. I like to win.'

Greene pulls no punches when it comes to why he lost in Athens. He said: 'It was my mistake. I lost because of things that I did. I am a winner so not accomplishing my goal in that match really hurts. …