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Greene Withdraws From Goodwill Games

August 29, 2001

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) _ Maurice Greene, the Olympic champion and world record-holder in the 100 meters, withdrew from the Goodwill Games on Thursday because of a leg injury and said he would not run again this season.

Greene was injured while winning his third straight world title at Edmonton this month.

Despite hobbling over the finish line with cramps in both his hamstrings and quadriceps, Greene was timed in 9.82 seconds, the third-fastest time in history and the fastest in the world this year.

Greene said he reinjured his left quadriceps during a workout Monday.

``I felt a sharp pain in the quad,″ he said in a telephone call from Los Angeles.

``So I think it’s best for me not to compete. I’m not 100 percent. I don’t want to put on a mediocre show. I wanted to put on a phenomenal performance,″ he said. ``I don’t want to go there and not put on the best show I can.″

Although he will not compete, Greene said he would be in Brisbane on Saturday and participate in Goodwill Games festivities.

``I want to support the meet,″ he said. ``Just because I’m not competing doesn’t mean I can’t support it.″

Greene said the injury was worse than he first thought.

``I thought I would be able to come back in two or 2 1/2 weeks,″ he said. ``I was feeling good, but when I started to put pressure on the foot, I felt pain.

``So that’s it for the season.″

He described the injury as a minor strain.

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