Fredericks Beats Bailey, Ottey Upsets Devers
TOKYO (AP) _ Secure with his Olympic gold medal and world record, Canada’s Donovan Bailey wasn’t all that upset at finishing third in Monday’s season-ending track and field meet.
``I’m just glad I was able to be here to participate,″ Bailey said after losing a showdown with Namibia’s Frankie Fredericks and Dennis Mitchell at the Toto Super International meet.
Fredericks, who finished second to Bailey’s gold-medal, world-record run in the Olympics, was timed in 10.02 seconds. ``It’s such a good feeling to win against the world record holder,″ he said.
Mitchell, the U.S. runner who was fourth in Atlanta, was second in 10.08 and Bailey third in 10.14, well off his record of 9.84.
``I’m very happy that the season is over,″ Bailey said. ``It’s just good to be able not to train any more, not to do anything.″
Carl Lewis, who set a world record of 9.86 here in 1991, finished a distant sixth in 10.37 and said he was bothered by an injured left hamstring. He went home with a special award _ some Japanese dolls from the sponsors _ just the same.
But while age may be catching up with the 34-year-old Lewis, Jamaican Merlene Ottey, 36, gained a bit 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.
``It’s the mind that tells you when to give up,″ Ottey said.
In the day’s best race, Wilson Kipketer, a Kenyan who runs for Denmark, turned in the fourth fastest 800-meter time ever, covering the two laps in 1:42.17.
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 was third in 1:47.66.
Kipketer 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 intent on beating Sebastian Coe’s world record of 1:41.73, set in 1981.
``I can’t say I can do it, but I think someone will be able to soon,″ said Kipketer, who has a personal best of 1:41.83.
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.
Zelezny, who tried out as a pitcher with the Atlanta Braves after the Olympics, said that for the coming season, at least, he plans to stick with the javelin. After that, he said, he may try out with the Braves again.
With no Michael Johnson in the race, American Jeff Williams won an easy 200-meter contest, coasting home in 20.44. Finishing 2-3 were Nigerian brothers Davidson Ezinwa in 20.59 and Osmond Ezinwa 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 was 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.″
In the women’s events, Marie-Jose Perec of France cruised in the 200 meters, winning in 22.59. Nigeria’s Chioma Ajunwa was second in 23.05 and American Inger Miller was 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, was at 2:02.86. Theresia Kiesl of Austria was third in 2:04.86.