Macrozonaris beats Montgomery in Mexican Grand Prix

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2003

MEXICO CITY Nicolas Macrozonaris of Canada edged world record-holder Tim Montgomery of the United States in the 100 meters at the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday night.

Macrozonaris ran the 100 in 10.03 seconds, the second-fastest time in the event this year, while Montgomery finished in 10.04. Fellow American Coby Miller was third with a time of 10.07.

It's really surprising I was able to beat Tim,'' said the 22-year-old Macrozonaris, who added that it was his first international Grand Prix event.

Later, Mexico's Ana Guevara set a world record in the seldom-raced women's 300, finishing in 35.30. Guevara topped a field that included Australia's Cathy Freeman, the 400 winner in the Sydney Olympics.

This is a dream. Long live Mexico,'' the normally soft-spoken Guevara yelled into the public address system.

The 28-year-old Montgomery set the record of 9.78 during the Grand Prix finals in France in September, and Saturday marked the first time he ran in an individual 100-meter event since setting the mark.

Montgomery, whose girlfriend, five-time Olympic medalist Marion Jones, is expecting the couple's first child in July, said before the race he thought Mexico City's high altitude more than 7,200 feet above sea level gave him a good shot at setting a new mark in the field at Olympic Stadium. It is the same place where American James Hines ran a world-record 9.95 in the 1968 Olympics.

Running in this stadium means a lot to me considering the results that runners had here during the Olympic Games in 1968 when 13 world records were broken,'' Montgomery said early Saturday.

Montgomery later said he was very nervous before the race and that his rhythm was thrown off by a false start.

In the women's 100, American Christie Gaines finished first with a time of 11.02 seconds. Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas finished in 11.13, and American Latasha Jenkins took third in 11.21 seconds.

This is what you train for,'' Gaines said. It's very exciting. This is a great crowd watching.''

Nouria Merah-Benida of Germany won the women's 1,500 in 4:26.59. Mexican Dulce Maria Rodriguez's 4:26.63 took second, and Jamaica's Mardrea Hyman won third in 4:29.33.

The men's 1,500 was a Kenyan sweep, with Noah Ngeny taking first place in 3:44.98. Enock Koech was second in 344.99, and Mike Too third finishing in 3:47.20.

Kenyan Shadrack Kosgei won the men's 3,000 in 8:04.21.



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