Fredericks Beats Bailey, Ottey Upsets Devers
TOKYO (AP) _ In a season-ending showdown of the world’s fastest sprinters, Frankie Fredericks today outran Olympic champion Donovan Bailey of Canada as well as Americans Carl Lewis and Dennis Mitchell.
Fredericks, of Namibia, edged past the field in the second half of the Toto Super International race, gaining a bit of revenge for his second-place finish to Bailey at the Atlanta Olympics.
Fredericks’ time of 10.02 seconds, however, was not even close to Bailey’s world record Olympic time of 9.84. Mitchell was second in 10.08 on Monday with Bailey third in 10.14.
Lewis, who set a 100-meter world record here in 1991, finished a distant sixth in 10.37.
Jamaican veteran Marlene Ottey also gained a measure of revenge against American nemesis Gail Devers in the women’s 100, reversing their Olympic finish and winning in 10.94.
Devers was second in 11.14 and Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas third in 11.33.
In an earlier thriller, Wilson Kipketer, a Kenya native who runs for Denmark, turned in the fourth fastest 800-meter time ever, blazing over the two laps in 1 minute, 42.17 seconds.
Burundi’s Dieudonne Kwizera played rabbit for the first lap, burning himself out and quitting at the halfway mark. Kipketer then took the lead and led the rest of the way.
Japan’s Hirohisa Muramatsu was second in 1:47.13 and American Johnny Gray third in 1:47.66.
The victory comes after an unhappy time on the sidelines for Kipketer, who was not able to compete in Atlanta because of a dispute over his nationality. He had wanted to represent Denmark, but isn’t due to receive Danish citizenship until next year.
Having missed the Olympics, Kipketer said he is setting his sights on besting Sebastian Coe’s world record of 1:41.73, set in 1981.
With a personal best of 1:41.83, he could be in a good position to do so. But even he isn’t ready to make any promises just yet.
``I can’t say I can do it, but I think someone will be able to soon,″ Kipketer said.
With no Michael Johnson in the race, American Jeff Williams won an easy 200-meter contest, coasting across the finish in 20.44. Finishing 2-3 were Nigerian brothers Davidson Ezinva in 20.59 and Osmond Ezinva in 20.73.
``It’s been a long season,″ Williams said. ``I’m pretty satisfied with this way of ending it.″
Johnson’s absence also made life easy for Atlanta silver medalist Roger Black of Britain, who won the 400 meters in 45.33. American Derek Mills was second in 45.63 and Davis Kamoga of Uganda third in 45.98.
``I expected them to be closer at the 300 mark,″ Black said. ``Once I was in the lead, I knew that was it.″
Jan Zelezny won the javelin with a throw of 293 feet, more than 15 feet better than American second-place finisher Tom Pukstys’ 277-6.
In the women’s events, Marie-Jose Perec cruised to an easy victory in the 200 meters. The lanky Frenchwoman was timed in 22.59. Nigeria’s Chioma Ajunwa was second in 23.05 and American Inger Miller third in 23.14.
Cuba’s Ana Quirot overtook Svetlana Masterkova of Russia in the homestretch to win the 800 meters in 2:02.71. Masterkova, the Olympic champion at both 800 and 1,500 meters, had a 2:02.86. Theresia Kiesl of Austria was third in 2:04.86.