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Saturday, 1 July, 2000, 09:21 GMT 10:21 UK
Solberg-Hattestad breaks javelin record
Double world champion Trine Solberg-Hattestad set a new javelin world record in Rome
Norway's two-time world champion Trine Solberg-Hattestad broke the javelin world record at the IAAF Golden League meeting in Rome, posting a mark of 68.22 metres.

The 34-year-old, who was world champion in 1993 and 1997, broke the old mark of 67.09m set by Greece's Mirela Tzelili in Seville in August last year.

The sport's governing body, the IAAF, introduced a new system for the javelin in April last year, wiping out the old records.

World 100m record holder Maurice Greene bounced back from two defeats to complete a sprint double.

The American, who had vowed to redeem himself in Rome with a 9.8 seconds run in the 100 metres, held off a strong challenge from Nigerian Francis Obikwelu and Ato Boldon of Trinidad to finish in 9.97, just three-hundredths of a second ahead of his two rivals.

Maurice Greene surged to a sprint double

He then won the 200 comfortably in 20.02 seconds, giving a boost to his hopes of taking on Michael Johnson in the Olympics as he bids for triple gold.

Greene had suffered his second defeat of the outdoor season in Athens two days before when he trailed home fourth in 10.16 in the 100 metres, having been beaten into second place at a meeting in Helsinki on June 15.

Double world champion Marion Jones made her Golden League 2000 debut without her "Swift Suit" but still won the women's 100 metres comfortably in 10.91, ahead of France's Christine Arron (10.99) and American Chryste Gaines (11.01).

Marion Jones had mixed fortunes on her Golden League debut

The American aims to wear the suit, an aerodynamic outfit with a hood, full-length legs and long sleeves, in the sprints and relays at the Sydney Olympics.

But Jones's hopes of a Rome double were dashed when she was beaten into third place in the long jump, won with a leap of 6.89 metres by Russian Tatyana Kotova. Jones had a best jump of 6.71.

Rotherham's Chris Rawlinson made a losing return to Italy, after running his world-leading 400m hurdles mark of 48.22sec in Milan at the beginning of the month.

Although the Yorkshireman ran a creditable time of 48.52sec his time was bettered by last year's Pan-American Games silver medallist Eric Thomas (47.94sec) and American Angelo Taylor (48.03sec).

Rawlinson, who genuinely believes he is an Olympic gold medal candidate and was done no favours when placed on the waiting list for the previous Golden League meeting in Paris, stayed with the leaders until tiring before the 10th and final hurdle.

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