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Surin Front-Runner In Gaz de France Grand Prix

June 29, 1996

PARIS (AP) _ You know you’ve had a pretty good day in track and field when you beat both the Olympic and world champions in the same race, not to mention the world record-holder.

Bruny Surin had such a day in winning the 100 meters at the Gaz de France Grand Prix on Friday.

``I was very happy with my race,″ Surin said after edging Canadian teammate and world champion Donovan Bailey. ``The competition was high and I was happy it was 1-2 for Canada.″

Surin was timed in 10.03 seconds, while Bailey was second in 10.04. Olympic gold medalist Linford Christie of Britain was just behind at third in 10.05.

``There was a lot of pressure and it was a tough race,″ Surin said. ``I feel good since it’s only my second race back after my injury.″

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

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

Bailey rebounded from a mediocre showing at Helsinki last Tuesday.

``I wanted to run a relaxed race and I felt like I did,″ Bailey said.

American Jon Drummond finished fourth in 10.08, followed by Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago in 10.09. Leroy Burrell, the world record-holder at 9.85, was sixth in 10.13.

Frankie Fredericks of Namibia, who has the year’s fastest 100 time of 9.87, decided 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. He ran 19.95 in winning easily into a wind.

Noureddine Morceli fell short of his world record in the 1,500, but still won in 3:29.50. It was Morceli’s sixth-fastest time, but only one other person in history has done better, Said Aouita with 3:29.46.

Sergei Bubka won the pole vault at 19 feet, 8 1/4 inches, with Igor Trandekov of Russia second at 19-6 1/4 and South African Okkert Brits third at 19-2.

American Lawrence Johnson was eighth at 18-4.

Salah Hissou went under 13 minutes in the 5,000 meters, winning in 12:55.93, leading a 1-2-3 Moroccan sweep. Khalid Boulami was runner-up at 13:02.30, just ahead of Smail Sghir, 13:02.94.

In the men’s 400 hurdles, Derrick Adkins won in a year’s-best 47.70, bettering the 47.98 that Bryan Bronson ran in beating him at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Bronson was third in 48.37 Friday.

American Mark Crear won the 110 hurdles in 13.09.

Marie-Jose Perec, making a rare racing appearance in her native France while training in the United States, won the women’s 400 in 49.46, the fastest in the world this season. Mary Onyali of Nigeria took the women’s 100 in 11.06.

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

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, who was timed in 1:58.66.

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