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Last Updated: Monday, 2 July 2007, 20:42 GMT 21:42 UK
Devonish edged out in Athens 100m
Marlon Devonish
Devonish clocked 10.09 seconds in Athens
Britain's Marlon Devonish clocked a lifetime best 10.09sec as he claimed second place in the 100m at the Athens Grand Prix on Monday.

Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas won the race in a national record of 9.95sec with Francis Obikwelu (10.11) in third.

Craig Pickering, who entered the race with five straight wins under his belt, could only muster 10.24 in seventh.

The European junior champion was narrowly behind Mark Lewis-Francis (10.23), while Jason Gardener was last.

Devonish, stepping down from his favoured 200m distance, ran 10.08 in last month's Oslo meeting, but was disqualified on a Golden League technicality, having also run in the 'B' race earlier.

The Olympic 4x100m relay gold medalist's fine run outshone that of his British rivals - notably Craig Pickering.

Maurice Greene in 1999 (9.79) and Asafa Powell (9.77) in 2005 both set world records in Athens and Atkins was delighted with his record.

"I had some trouble with my start, but in the end I was strong," he said. "I am happy for the national record."

In the javelin, Goldie Sayers, who broke the British record in May and won the European Cup First League match nine days ago in Finland, was a disappointing eighth, while Germaine Mason was last in the high jump with a best effort of 2.15m.

  • World 100m record holder Asafa Powell has pulled out of Friday's Paris Golden League meeting because of a groin injury.

    Powell, who sustained the injury at the Jamaican championships late last month, will also miss the Rome meeting on 13 July but should be fit for the world championships from 25 August in Osaka, Japan.

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