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Saturday, August 7, 1999 Published at 21:58 GMT 22:58 UK


Greene sets British GP alight

Maurice Greene: Ready for Seville

The American sprinter Maurice Greene set the fastest 100m time on British soil as athletes stood by Linford Christie at the British Grand Prix.

Greene flew to victory in 9.97 seconds at Crystal Palace.

Britain's Dwain Chambers, the world junior record holder, finished third in 10.04 - the same fastest time set by Christie three years ago.

A capacity 16,500 crammed into the Palace to see the last major British athletics meetings before the World Championships in Seville.

Drugs defence

Britain's 400m runner Katharine Merry was also on display. She was narrowly beaten by reigning world champion Cathy Freeman of Australia.

But Merry - trained by Linford Christie - still recorded a personal best time of 50.58.

The 24-year-old was staunch in support of Christie, who is fighting to clear his name after testing positive for metabolites of the steroid nandrolone at a meet in Dusseldorf last February.

"I would bet my life and house that he has not, just as I would for Doug Walker and Gary Cadogan," she said.

Mixed success

Both Walker and Cadogan have faced allegations of using performance enhancing drugs.

Julian Golding won the 200m with a time of 20.23.

Jonathan Edwards leapt to victory with a 17.06m winner triple jump. Steve Smith also won in the disappointing high jump event with a jump of 2.28m.

Paula Radcliffe took two seconds off her British 5000m record, before attempting to win gold in the 10,000 in Seville.

Among the other English hopefuls, 400m runner Mark Richardson was second, Colin Jackson third in 110m hurdles and Steve Backley was also third in the javelin.

Kelly Holmes slumped to fifth in the 1,500m.

Distance runners Hicham El Guerrouj, Haile Gebrselassie and Zahra Ouaziz failed in their attempts to set new mile, two mile and 5,000m records.

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