Greene Suffers Shock Defeat while Freeman Wins 400m

Published June 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Gregory Saddler of the United States was the surprise winner in the men's 100m dash Wednesday in the Grand Prix Tsiklitiria 2000 international competition at the Athens Olympic Stadium. 

The relatively unknown Saddler led all the way taking the event in 10.08sec beating out Trinidad-Tobago's Ato Boldon who clocked 10.11 and set himself as one of the favorites to capture the gold medal in the Sydney Olympics in September. 

Favorite Maurice Greene of the United States, who had set the world record in the race in last year's competition at Athens at 9.79, finished a disappointing fourth in 10.16. Teammate Tim Montgomery was third with a 10.15 clocking. 

In was the second defeat for Greene to emerging talent Saddler, who had also beaten him at the Nuremberg Grand Prix on Sunday. 

"It was a great race. I am happy that I beat Greene and Bolton and I am looking forward to Sydney where I will give my best," Saddler said after the race. 

Greene, who was wildly cheered by the 15,000 spectators at the meet before the start of the race thanks to his performance last year, said he was sorry about his performance but promised to do well next year. 

"I thought I was ready to run. I lost. I tried. It happens," he told the Associated Press. "I didn't run very well, I'm tired," added the 'Kansas Comet', who recently missed training with a bout of food poisoning. 

Russia's Tayana Lebedeva was first in the women's triple jump with a distance of 14.78m with Bulgaria's Eva Prandzheva coming in a close second at 14.76. 

Svetlana Feofanova of Russia captured the women's pole vault with a leap of 4.50m, edging out Daniela Bartova of the Czech Republic who had the same height but with more misses  

Australia's world champion Cathy Freeman swept away a world class field winning the 400m in 50.04, 0.37 ahead of American Michelle Collins. 

Kenya swept the top seven positions in the 3000m run with Daniel Komen first in 7:31.96 followed by Benjamin Maiyo with a clocking of 7:32.36.  

Brazil's Eronilde de Araujo was first in the men's 400m hurdles in 48.25sec followed by Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic in 48.33 - (Several Sources) 

 

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