SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Talk about crummy jobs: Olympic hammer fetcher. But a small, driverless blue car scooted around the Olympic Stadium infield with style and charm.

Judges loaded a hammer into the little car after every throw for the return trip to athletes. A man with a remote-control unit kept it on course, and off the track.

It was part of a surreal setting on the second day of track events Saturday in the handsome new stadium, where the Olympic flame, symbol of the games, burns brightly at one end like a beacon.

By their nature, track meets are like three ring circuses with multiple events going on at the same time. So, while the hammer throwers went through their qualifying inside what looks like a huge batting cage, the hurdlers were dashing madly around the track. And while the hepthathletes were getting started, at the other end of the field, almost in private, the women high jumpers began their competition.

Every so often, a roar would go up from the crowd at one end or the other, only rarely for the same event because it's impossible to know what's going on at one end for a spectator seated at the other one.

Perhaps the biggest cheer Saturday morning went to Marvin Watts of Jamaica.

Running in the first round of the men's 800 meters, Watts found himself in the same heat as world record holder Wilson Kipketer of Denmark. Halfway through the race, Watts got caught in traffic and tumbled to the track.

``I was aware of the Jamaican falling because I was right behind him,'' Kipketer said. ``I was spiked.''

Undaunted by the mishap, Watts scrambled to his feet and resumed the chase, well behind of course, but running nevertheless because that is the way it's done. The crowd loved his spunky resolve and rewarded him loudly.

Kipketer won the heat in 1:45.57, well off his world record of 1:41.11, but good enough to qualify for the next round. Watts came in at 1:59.97, good enough to take home his own Olympic memory.