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Friday, August 27, 1999 Published at 22:02 GMT 23:02 UK


Greene flies to historic double

Maurice Greene: " I have put a lot of stress on my body"

Maurice Greene has become the first man to win gold in both the 100m and 200m in the same World Championships.

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It is also the first time a sprinter has completed the double at a major meet since Carl Lewis in the 1984 Olympics.

Greene exploded from the blocks to set a season's best 19.80 secs. Claudinei Da Silva of Brazil took the silver in 20 secs dead, while Nigeria's Francis Obikwelu claimed bronze in 20.11 secs.

"I went out to win it for Ato," said an emotional Greene, referring to previous champion Ato Boldon, who missed the worlds through injury.

Golding annoyed

"Now I've accomplished my goals, I can just sit back and have fun in this [400m] relay and get another gold."


BBC Athletics Correspondent John Rawling: "Greene has proved he is an excellent sprinter"
Britain's Julian Golding was disappointed to finish last in 20.48 seconds, having drawn the inside lane - notoriously the most difficult to run.

"It was frustrating being in the inside lane with the second one empty," he said. Namibia's Frank Fredericks pulled out just before the final with a hamstring injury.

"I am feeling annoyed with myself because I should have done better. But these championships are all about experience for the future."

Greene celebrated his historic win with a lap of honour, during which he distributed T-shirts to the crowd with the words The Phenomenon written on them. His other nickname is the Kansas Cannonball.

Italian triumph

In day's other major men's final, Italy's Fabrizio Mori took the 400m hurdles gold medal after a successful appeal against his disqualification in the semifinals.

He beat defending champion Stephane Diagana of France into silver, while Switzerland's Marcel Schelbert took bronze.

Mori set a season's best with his time of 47.72 secs, having come from behind to snatch the lead after Diagana tripped at the last hurdle.

Backley borderline

Meanwhile, Britain's Steve Backley had a tense wait in the javelin to see if he qualified for the final.

His best throw of 81.68metres was below the 83.50m automatic qualification mark, but he went through in 11th position.

"The knee is bothering me a bit," he said.

"It was as good as I could do. I thought I was in a very strong pool, but I will be looking to throw one or two big ones in the final."

Olympic champion Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic was the only thrower to beat the automatic mark with a throw of 84.31m. His performance is all the more remarkable given his battle with a serious shoulder injury.

Mick Hill failed to qualify for the final, but he did become the first Briton to compete at six World Championships.



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