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Friday, 11 August, 2000, 21:46 GMT 22:46 UK
Greene back on song
Maurice Greene
Greene (left) goes under 10 seconds for the 30th time
World record holder Maurice Greene bounced back from injury with a win in the 100m at the Weltklasse Golden League track meet.

Greene, who pulled up with a hamstring strain during his 200m duel with Michael Johnson at the US trials, crossed the line in 9.94, ahead of Obadele Thompson of Barbados in 9.97 and Olympic rival Ato Boldon in 10.00 flat.

"As you see, I am okay and healthy," said Greene, who ran his 30th race under 10 seconds. "I felt a little sluggish after being off with injury but it's getting better."

Jonathan Edwards, meanwhile, got a pre-Olympic boost with victory in the triple jump by leaping 17.36m ahead of German Charles Friedek on 17.31m.

American sprint sensation Marion Jones edged out compatriot Inger Miller by just 0.01 secs in the women's 100m to maintain her unbeaten record this year.


But Jones, who clocked 10.95 secs, reckoned: "I was lucky to win. It was of course a little harder after the false start but I put it back together. Neither part was the best."

Merlene Ottey, racing in her first major international event since she was cleared of doping charges, finished third in 11.06.

I felt a little sluggish after being off with injury but it's getting better
  Maurice Greene

"I put a lot of pressure on myself," said the Jamaican, who tested positive for nandrolone in Lausanne last year and subsequently pulled out of the world championships in Seville.

"I knew I had to run well. The time is good and I feel good."

Earlier, Ottey slammed the world athletics' governing body, accusing them of not knowing their own rules.

She was upset that while she was cleared on the basis that there was not enough proof, high jump world record holder Javier Sotomayor had his ban reduced from two years to one for taking cocaine.


"I am very disappointed by the IAAF as they don't seem to know their own rules," she fumed.

"They don't even seem to know them themselves and are constantly changing them and then apparently don't realise they have."

I am very disappointed by the IAAF as they don't seem to know their own rules
  Merlene Ottey

Hicham El Guerrouj and Gabriela Szabo proved their Olympic preparations are going well by posting the fastest times of the season in the 1,500m and 3,000m respectively.

Sonia O'Sullivan was second in the 3000m with Britain's Paula Radcliffe fourth.

El Guerrouj, who had set out to break the 1,500m world record after failing to do so in the mile in London last Saturday, crossed in 3mins, 27.21, comfortably beating 21-year-old Noah Ngeny of Kenya, who had the previous best time this year of 3:29.99.

Ngeny finished in 3:28.12 while countryman Bernard Lagat was third in 3:28.51.


Former world champion Maria Mutola of Mozambique won the women's 800m for the eighth consecutive year, crossing in 1:56.90, the third-best time of the season.

European indoor titlist Stephanie Graf of Austria was second in 1:57.34 while reigning world champion Ludmila Formanova of the Czech Republic was third in 1:57.53.

Switzerland's Andre Bucher won the men's 800m in 1:43.72, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

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