Johnson Sets Mark in 110M Hurdles
Jul. 03, 2000
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) _ Reigning Olympic champion Allen Johnson of the United States set a season's best time in the 110-meter hurdles Monday, clocking 13.10 seconds at the IAAF Grand Prix II track meet.
Running in balmy weather, Johnson easily beat Stanislav Olijars of Latvia, who was second in 13.39, and Yoel Hernandez of Cuba, third in 13.40.
``I'm happy with what I ran and I have definitely fulfilled my expectations,'' said Johnson, who also won last Friday in the Golden League meet in Rome.
``This makes me feel very good considering the past few years with injuries,'' the two-time world champion said, adding that his hopes of defending his Olympic title this year in Sydney are growing.
The meet's other main draw, two-time Olympic champion Gail Devers, was not so lucky, despite coming off a season-best in the 100 hurdles in Rome. She finished second Monday in both the 100 and the 100 hurdles.
``I made some mistakes and just didn't have the pace,'' she said, adding she was still confident heading into the U.S. Olympic trials.
Also continuing good form from last week was Eric Thomas of the United States, who won the 400 in 48.60.
A winner in Rome in the same event, Thomas left behind Samuel Matete of Zambia, a world champion in 1991, who was second in 48.87 and was followed by Dai Tamesue of Japan in 49.26.
Svetlana Pospelova of Russia set a meet record in the women's 400, clocking 50.66. Compatriot Svetlana Goncharenko was second in 50.98, while Andrea Anderson of United States was third in 51.40.