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Aliu upsets Greene on day of world bests

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2003

LAUSANNE, Switzerland On a day when several athletes set world bests, Olympic and world champion Maurice Greene couldn't do any better than third in the 100 meters at the Athletissima meet on Tuesday.

Deji Aliu of Nigeria, who had already won two big races this season, was clocked in the 100 on a wet track in 10.04 seconds, beating two Americans, Bernard Williams, who was timed in 10.10, and Greene, who finished in 10.11.

''I feel in really good form. I was disappointed that the weather conditions made me stay above 10 seconds,'' Aliu said.

The meet had originally been touted as a grudge match between Greene and Tim Montgomery, the current world record-holder. But that was dashed when Montgomery returned to the United States to be with his girlfriend, Marion Jones, after the premature birth of their son, Tim Jr. Jones was a five-time champion at Athletissima.

Greene said he had been put off by the rain, which delayed the racing.

''I was ready to run 15 to 20 minutes before we started. We work on time, timing is everything, so when the time came I wasn't prepared,'' he said. ''I think I ran a pretty good race but my start was terrible. Overall I'm disappointed.''

The world's bests set Tuesday were: Yelena Zadorozhnaya of Russia in the women's 3,000 in 8:35.50; Maria Mutola of Mozambique in the women's 800 in 1:56.57; Allen Johnson of the United States in the men's 110 hurdles in 13.06; and Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic in the men's 400 hurdles in 47.80.

Other winners included: Coby Miller of the United States in the men's 200 in 20.04; Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in the men's 5,000 in 13:06.05; Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya in the 3,000 steeplechase in 8:06.37; Lorraine Fenton of Jamaica in the women's 400 in 49.71; Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas in the women's 100 in 11.12; and Gail Devers of the United States in the women's 100 hurdles in 12.57.



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