ATHLETICS: GREENE MACHINE; Maurice Wins but Brits Grab Two Medals

By Haynes, Frank | Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), August 23, 1999 | Go to article overview

ATHLETICS: GREENE MACHINE; Maurice Wins but Brits Grab Two Medals


Haynes, Frank, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)


MAURICE GREENE last night blasted his way to the 100m gold at the World Championships in Seville with the second-fastest run of all time.

The American clocked 9.80 secs, just one hundredth of a second outside his own world record, to finish ahead of Canada's Bruny Surin in 9.84 and Britain's Dwain Chambers.

Chambers ran a personal best 9.97 to pick up his bronze and just minutes later Denice Lewis brought Britain's medal haul to two with a silver in the heptathlon.

But the night belonged to the jubilant Greene who, immediately after his race, rushed over to the stands and pointed at Ato Boldon - the man most likely to have challenged Greene in the 100m until injury forced him out the championships.

"This one is for you Ato. This is for you, man," yelled Greene to his friend and training partner.

Greene had forecast a fast time before the race - declaring the Seville track fast.

He duly delivered, but only after stumbling out of the blocks and trailing Surin for the first half of the race. But he moved into another gear in the final 50m and stormed home.

Green said: "I missed a step at the start but I didn't panic. I kept control and just took it easy. I knew I would come back at the end.

"Bruny Surin ran a great race and pushed me to the end. We put on a wonderful show. The main thing is to have fun out there and to please the fans and I believe I did that."

Chambers snatched Britain's first medal of the championships but admitted: "I can't remember a thing.

"The next thing was I dipped for the line and I knew right away I'd got bronze."

His time of 9.97s was his fastest ever - and his second time inside the magical 10 second barrier this season.

He added: "I just came here to make the final and I made bronze. Now I'm looking forward to going better. It could be gold but I'm taking it one step at a time."

Jason Gardener took seventh slot in 10.07.

Britain's other medal winner, Lewis, wasn't too happy to finish behind Eunice Barber.

She lost to the Frenchwoman in all but one of the seven events but it was the long jump in particular which sent the sparks flying. …

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