Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trials Taken Very Seriously

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trials Taken Very Seriously

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ATLANTA -- The object is to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team,

not to win.

Tell that to Gwen Torrence or Gail Devers, American rivals for

the mythical title of World's Fastest Woman.

Or Jeff Williams, a journeyman sprinter who is seeking to

upstage the likes of Dennis Mitchell, Jon Drummond, Mike Marsh

and Carl Lewis.

Torrence and Devers each won second-round races, and Williams

upset defending Olympic 200-meter champion Marsh to win a men's

100-meter quarterfinal, as preliminaries in the sprint

highlighted the first day of competition at the U.S. Olympic

Trials yesterday.

The 100 meter finals are tonight.

"I wanted to get through the first day healthy, and I was able

to do that," said Devers, the defending Olympic gold medalist in

the 100.

Devers, the object of vague accusations of drug abuse by

Torrence at the 1992 Olympics, would like nothing better than to

best her rival from Atlanta. …

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