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Monday, 28 August, 2000, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Richardson suffers defeat
Mark Richardson
Richardson takes second, with Thomas trailing in last
Mark Richardson had to settle for second in the 400m at Gateshead as he bids to put his drugs nightmare behind him.

The British runner, who faces an arbitration hearing before getting the all-clear to run at the Olympics, was beaten by American Angelo Taylor, a specialist 400m hurdler.

Richardson clocked a time of 45.16 secs, getting caught near the line by Taylor (45:01), with Iwan Thomas (46.52) finishing way back in last at the Norwich Union Classic meeting on Monday.

Sickness kept Jamie Baulch out of the race where he would have lined up against Thomas - the fellow Welshman he kept out of the Olympic team.

I want to show people I'm talented naturally
  Mark Richardson

After the race, Richardson said he was encouraged by the run.

"My innocence is my driving force. I want to show people I'm talented naturally," he said.

Donna Fraser took the 300m in her fastest time of the season, 35.71 secs, beating British colleague Katharine Merry, who recorded a personal best of 36 secs.

Earlier, Great British Olympic medal hope Kelly Holmes also ran her season's best as she finished third in the 800m.

She knocked two seconds off her previous best as she ran a time of two minutes and two seconds.

Holmes finished behind Moroccan Hasna Benhassi (1:59.86) and Brigita Langerholc from Slovenia.

Britain's other Sydney 800m runner, Diane Modahl, finished a disappointing eighth.

Holmes has three weeks left before her Olympics start and she was hoping to run a good time to show she will be able to compete with the world's best.

US hurdler Dominique Arnold was the men's 110m hurdles winner, with Colin Jackson finishing third in a tight finish.

Holmes is coming into form at the right time
Holmes is coming into form at the right time

Arnold recorded a time of 13.22 secs, with Germany's Falk Balzer second and Jackson third on 13.29 secs.

Maurice Greene's 4x100m relay team beat Great Britain in a warm-up to the Olympics.

The American team ran 37.95 secs - their season best - with Great Britain recording 38.35 secs.

European record holder Sonia O'Sullivan took the 3,000m in eight minutes and 33 seconds, well clear of American Libbie Hickman, with Britain's Paula Radcliffe and Jo Pavey in third and fourth.

Australia's Cathy Freeman came from the back of the field to cruise home in the 200m.

She ran a season's best 22.57 secs to beat the United States' Inger Miller.

In the 1500m, Ali Saidi Sief put in a great performance as he set a new stadium record of 3:30.82.

The Algerian finished almost six seconds in front of Kenya's Paul Bitok (3:36.17) and James Nolan of Ireland (3:36.30).

The stadium record also fell over 800m to the in-form Swiss star Andre Bucher, who covered the two laps in 1:44.62 - just 0.04 seconds ahead of Denmark's world record holder Wilson Kipketer in a sprint finish.

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