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U.S. Sprinters Shine at Qatar Meet

May 14, 2004

DOHA, Qatar (AP) _ Sprinters LaTasha Colander-Richardson and Shaun Crawford led 1-2 U.S. finishes in their events Friday in the IAAF Super Grand Prix track meet.

Colander-Richardson won the women’s 200 meters in 22.50 seconds and Chryste Gaines was second in 23.28. Kelli White, the 100 and 200 champion in last year’s world championships, finished sixth.

Crawford led an American medal sweep in the men’s 100 with a wind-aided time of 9.86. The silver went to Justin Gatlin in 9.95 while the bronze went to Marcus Branson in 9.96.

``These days I try to focus on one race at a time,″ Crawford said. ``I am very happy with the time I registered today. I have been here for the last four days and that helped me to get acclimatized. I must admit I have never raced in sandstorms before and it was quite dusty and windy today.″

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic finished fourth in the javelin. Boris Henry of Germany won with a throw of 269 feet, 3 inches. American Breaux Greer was third at 259-3.

Saif Said Shaheen, a Kenyan who took Qatari citizenship in 2003, finished second in the men’s 3,000, his debut race in his new capital. He was beaten by Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya with the year’s best time of 7:33.37.

``I am greatly delighted to have beaten Shaheen, who is a great runner,″ Kipchoge said. ``I beat him in Qatar, his country.″

Last August, Shaheen won the men’s 3,000 steeplechase at the world championships. He became eligible to compete for Qatar in early 2003 after being offered citizenship by the tiny oil-rich Gulf state.

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