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Hattestad Breaks Own Javelin Record

July 28, 2000

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Hicham El Guerrouj’s bid to break his own world record came up well short. Trine Hattestad had no such problems, bettering her mark at a meet known for unprecedented performances.

Hattestad broke the women’s javelin world record Friday at the Bislett Games with a throw of 227 feet, 11 inches.

Competing before a near-sellout crowd of 18,000 fans, the Norwegian made her big throw in the sixth and last round of the competition to add more than 4 feet to her record.

Hattestad, twice a world champion, set the old mark of 223-10 at the Golden Gala meet in Rome on July 2.

``Fantastic!″ Hattestad said. ``Before my last throw I knew it was now or never. Today it was my chance to give Bislett a world record and I did.

``I knew it was possible today. I had three or four throws around (215 feet). The last one was perfect.″

Tanja Damaske of Germany finished second at 215-8 and Cuba’s Osleidis Menendez third at 213-5.

Hattestad’s was the 52nd world record set at Bislett Stadium since 1924, but the first since 1997. Only Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium, built for the 1912 Summer Games, has been the site of more world records.

El Guerrouj was hoping to capitalize on Bislett’s propensity for records, too, but was more than 3 minutes slow in his attempt to break his record in the mile.

The Moroccan was timed in 3 minutes, 46.24 seconds in Friday’s last event. He set the mile world record of 3:43.13 a year ago at Rome.

Two meet records were set.

Suzy Favor Hamilton broke the Bislett Games mark for the women’s 1,500 meters by winning in 3:57.40.

``I knew I was in very good shape,″ Favor Hamilton said, ``but under four minutes was better than I ever had thought was possible today.″

Devers, a full-time hurdler after missing an Olympic spot in the sprints in the recent U.S. Olympic trials, won the women’s 100-meter hurdles in a meet-record 12.56 seconds.

Glory Aloize of Nigeria was second in 12.69 with Michelle Freeman of Jamaica next in 12.84.

In other action, Ato Boldon clocked 10.0 seconds to win the men’s 100 meters and 50 minutes later returned to the track to complete the sprint double by winning the 200 in 20.26. The leading Americans sprinters, fatigued or injured after last week’s U.S. Olympic trials, did not compete.

``I ran only to win, not to get a good time,″ said Boldon, the 1997 world champion at 200 meters.

Others winners included world champion Cathy Freeman of Australia, who won the women’s 400 meters in 50.74, and Zhanna Pintusevich-Block of Ukraine, who took the women’s 100 in 10.93.

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