Greene Wins 100-Meter Race in Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) _ Maurice Greene, a triple-gold winner in the World Championships last month, won the men’s 100 meters today at the 12th annual Super Track and Field Meet.
The world-record holder finished in 10.35 seconds, edging fellow American Curtis Johnson, who was second in 10.40 seconds with China’s Yin Hanzhao third in 10.56.
It was the only event Greene took part in the one-day meet at the end of the track season, geared more toward fun than competition.
``It’s tough because of the wind,″ Greene said of the race held as a typhoon was approaching Tokyo and elsewhere in central Japan. ``Without the wind, I believe I could have run a lot faster.″
The 1999 track season was just great, he said. ``I am happy I had a very good year.″
On his next goal, Greene said: ``My main focus is to win the Olympic gold. That comes first, not a record. Right now, I have a goal of 9.76 and the coach said I am capable of running faster but I take small steps at a time. The most important is to win the Olympic gold. That’s something I haven’t done and I want to do.″
He holds the world record with a time of 9.79 seconds.
``This is a dream come true,″ he said on his status as the world’s fastest runner. ``Now I can say I was a No. 1 once. Records are made to be broken and anything can happen in a 100-meter. I am thankful and try to be the best. I believe I am the best and as long as I keep believing in myself, I can improve myself.″
Greene said he’s going home from Tokyo to rest, looking back on the good season, and visiting his grandmother in Kansas, who turns 97 on Sept. 27th.
In the 100-meter hurdles, American Larry Wade edged world-record holder Colin Jackson with a time of 13.50 seconds. Jackson placed second in 13.55 seconds with Japan’s Satoru Mizuno third in 13.95.
``I feel great,″ Wade said. ``This is my first time in Japan. For me, to beat him makes me really feel good. I raced against him seven times and beat him four times.″
Kazuhiko Yamazaki of Japan won the 400-meter hurdles in 48.98 seconds, followed by Joey Woody who finished second in 49.16. His American compatriot Torrence Zellener was third in 49.21.
``I was running against a headwind in the first half. It was a bad condition,″ Yamazaki said. ``I want to win in Sydney next year.″
American Kelly Suttle jumped 4.20 meters to win the women’s pole vault. Japan’s Masumi Ono was second with 4.00 meters and her fellow citizen Takayo Kondo placed third also with 4.00 meters.
Bulgarian Petya Pendareva swept the 100- and 200-meter races. Pendareva took the 200 meters in 23.27, before winning the 100 meters in 11.36 seconds.