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Surin Upsets 100 Field In Paris

June 28, 1996

PARIS (AP) _ Bruny Surin beat the Olympic and world champions in winning the 100-meter dash at the Gaz de France Grand Prix meet today.

Surin won in 10.03 seconds, edging Canadian teammate and world champion Donovan Bailey, second in 10.04.

Third was Olympic champion Linford Christie in 10.05, followed by American Jon Drummond.

Surin, a two-time world indoor 60-meter champion and world silver medalist behind Bailey outdoors, was the clear leader at 80 meters. Then the field started closing in but he held first by a narrow margin.

Surin was second in the Canadian Olympic trials last Friday behind Bailey. He was slow to start this season because of a sore hamstring. Bailey’s time at Montreal last week was 9.98, with Surin at 10.04.

Christie, the Briton who won the gold medal at Barcelona in 1992, said he will make his decision on whether to compete at the Olympics in Atlanta on Monday.

Frankie Fredericks of Namibia, who ran the year’s fastest time of 9.87 earlier this week, decided late Thursday to run the 200 in an attempt to post a fast time after Michael Johnson’s world record of 19.66 at the U.S. Olympic trials.

The 200 was scheduled to be the final race of the night.

Also, Noureddine Morceli was in the 1,500, trying to break his world record of 3:27.37. Last year, on this same track, he set the 2,000-meter world record.

With Gwen Torrence and Merlene Ottey skipping the women’s 100, Mary Onyali of Nigeria was the winner in 11.06.

Tonya Buford beat American teammate and world record-holder Kim Batten in the 400 hurdles with 53.54, the best time of the season.

Another year’s best was set in the men’s 400 hurdles, as Derrick Adkins won in 47.70, bettering the 47.98 that Bryan Bronson ran in beating him at the U.S. Olympic trials. Bronson was third at 48.37 today.

In the women’s 800, Yelena Afanasieva of Russia led six runners under two minutes with a 1:58.36 victory over French champion Patricia Djate, the runner-up at 1:58.66.

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