Marion Jones Wins Two Track Events
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BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Marion Jones defeated rival Zhanna Pintusevich-Block twice at the Van Damme Memorial track meet on Friday.
Jones won the 100 meters in 10.88 seconds, finishing 0.02 ahead of Pintusevich-Block, the world champion. In the 200, they were even halfway through the race, but Jones pulled away at the end, finishing 0.13 ahead of Pintusevich-Block in 22.11.
``It was a great day out there,″ Jones said.
Gail Devers avenged her only Golden League loss in the 100 hurdles, finishing in 12.49 and beating world champion Anjanette Kirkland by 0.13 seconds. Fellow American Tim Montgomery won the 100 in 9.91 while Maurice Greene turned in another disappointing performance.
Greene lost for the third time in two weeks, placing sixth in 10.11.
``For me, next year is much more important,″ Greene said.
Jones stayed on course to win all her events at the Golden League meets. She was not the only one.
Ana Guevara won the 400, winning in 49.69. Hicham El Guerrouj won the 1,500 in 3:39.95, four seconds off his world record. And Felix Sanchez won the 400 hurdles, edging Stephane Diagana to finish in 47.99.
If El Guerrouj, Sanchez, Guevara and Jones win at the final Golden League meet in Berlin next week, they will share 110 pounds of gold awarded to athletes who win their events at all of the competitions.
Sammy Kipketer of Kenya set the year’s best time in the 10,000, clocking 26:49.38 seconds, still 27 seconds off Haile Gebrselassie’s world record.