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Sunday, 2 July, 2000, 18:56 GMT 19:56 UK
Brits claim sprint scalps
Jason Gardner
Jason Gardner (left) on his way to victory
Britain's Jason Gardner and Christian Malcolm sprinted to 100 and 200 metres success at the Great Britain v United States meeting in Glasgow, beating impressive American opposition.

Gardner was faced with a line up which included 100 metres world record holder Maurice Greene and fellow Britons Dwain Chambers and Darren Campbell.

Greene who recorded a time of 9.97 seconds in Rome last week, made an awful start from the blocks and it was the Bath athlete who took the reins 30 metres from the line to sprint victory in a time of 10.40 seconds.

"I wanted to come out and give it a special race and I have done that," said Gardener.


When you're a kid playing in the streets you are always looking to win and I think that helped

Christian Malcolm

Greene finished a disappointing fifth, while Campbell and Chambers recorded times of 10.52 and 10.54 seconds respectively, in what was a tight finish for the other positions.

Wales' Christian Malcolm was in scintillating form as he beat American Jon Drummond to win the 200 metres in 20.65 seconds.

Julian Golding and Curtis Perry had a dead heat for second place while Britain's Marlon Devonish came in fourth.

After the race Malcolm was expressed his delight with the performance.

"I didn't come out and expect to win in the wind," said Malcolm.

Jamie Baulch finished in third place
Jamie Baulch finished in third place
"My competitive edge helped me through. When you're a kid playing in the streets you are always looking to win and I think that helped."

There were victories for British veterans, Colin Jackson and Steve Backley.

Jackson faced a strong headwind in the 110 metres hurdles but he eased home in 13.65 seconds.

Hamstring problem

Backley won the javelin with a throw of 82.19 metres.

Jackson, who has had a hamstring problem, said: "I was very anxious about this meeting. I was worried about whether my leg would be okay.

"Starting now I hope to go the whole season up to Sydney without getting beaten."

Katharine Merry won her third successive 400 metres race, beating American Michelle Collins with a time of 50.99 seconds.

"I'm pleased people are now putting me in the same bracket as Cathy Freeman," said Merry.

"The 50 second barrier will be broken by me this season. I'm quite confident of that. My personal best (50.22 seconds) is bound to be broken very shortly."

Jason Gardener
Jason Gardener
Jamie Baulch and Iwan Thomas could only finish third and fourth over 400 metres, with Danny McCray of the USA winning in 45.59 seconds.

World indoor champion Baulch, who ran 46.08 seconds to his fellow Welshman's 46.19 seconds, said: "I couldn't have expected anything else as I'm still low-key at the moment.

"I was a little disappointed with the time but it's good to be the first Brit home."

Thomas was happy with his return to competition.

The 1998 European gold medallist said: "I wouldn't be running here if I didn't think I could get back to that standard.

"Now I'll go and get in some hard training and run in the AAAs and trial then it will be off to Sydney."

Despite further victories from John Mayock in the mile, Helen Pattinson in the 1,500 metres and Jo Jennings-Steele in the high jump, Britain lost the match by nine points.

The United States now lead the series 8-7.

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