Montgomery returns to winning ways, by a blink of an eye

OSAKA: American world record holder Tim Montgomery stormed back to his winning ways with a scorching victory yesterday in the men's 100m at the IAAF Japan Grand Prix. 

The world silver medallist, a surprise runner-up in his first outdoor 100m race of the season at Mexico City last week, clocked 10.04 seconds for the fastest time yet this season. 

Patrick Johnson, the first Australian to break the 10-second barrier with a 9.93 earlier this week in Mito, was on Montgomery's heels with a 10.05. 

Local hope Shingo Suetsugu was third in 10.16, followed by world bronze medallist Bernard Williams of the United States with a time of 10.17. 

“It just shows that I need more work,” said Montgomery.  

“This was my second race since Sept 14, and I look forward to more races to get better.” 

Montgomery eclipsed Maurice Greene's world record with a 9.78 at the Grand Prix Final in Nagai Stadium in September, one of the venues for last year's World Cup soccer championship, is to host the world championships in 2007. 

When asked about his goal at the looming world championships in August in Paris, Montgomery simply said: “To win.” 

1997 world bronze medallist Tyree Washington timed 44.97 to win the 400m, beating fellow American Calvin Harrison by 0.35 and Clinton Hill of Australia by 0.42. 

Gregory Haughton of Jamaica, bronze medallist at the 1995 and 2001 worlds as well as the Sydney Olympics, could do no better than a 45.60 to take fourth place. 

Sydney Olympic champion Nick Hysong of the United States won the pole vault with a mark of 5.50m, while world champion Dmitri Markov of Australia failed three attempts at 5.40 meters. 

In the women's competition, Olympic and world silver medallist Olga Kuzenkova of Russia took the hammer throw with a toss of 71.33m, beating Australian rivals Brooke Krueger and Bronwyn Eagles. 

Australian national champion Bronwyn Thompson hit 6.65m to win the long jump, beating US indoor national champion Grace Upshow at 6.61m. – AFP 

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