Lewis-Francis edges Greene


GLASGOW: Briton Mark Lewis-Francis edged world champion Maurice Greene over 100m on Sunday at the Norwich Union Grand Prix. 

Lewis-Francis ran 10.43 seconds to win in breezy, overcast conditions. Greene finished in 10.44, with Briton Jason Gardener third in 10.50. 

The meet featured athletes from Britain, Russia and the United States. Other American winners included John Capel in the 200m, Dwight Phillips in the long jump, Erin Gilreath in the hammer and Allyson Felix in the 400m.  

British double-Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes comfortably won the 1,500m against a weak field. Holmes is expected to retire after this season. 

Holmes outstripped Russia's Yelena Zadorozhnaya in the final sprint to give Britain a rare victory. 

“I was nervous about this as it was the first race of the season but the home crowd lift you,” Holmes told BBC Sport. “It's quite sad because I know I am never going to race here again.”  

On May 13, Lewis-Francis was stripped of the 60m silver medal he won at the European Indoor Championships in March after testing positive for marijuana, a drug he said he passively ingested. 

“It's been a difficult couple of weeks but I'm a positive person and I stayed focused,” he said. “This is the year that I put my mark down.” 

Lewis-Francis edged Greene in the final leg of the 4x100m relay at the Athens Olympics to lead Britain to a surprise gold medal. 

Greene joked about Sunday's close finish. 

“Man, I want to see that photo,” he said. “I knew it was close. I thought I had him at the Olympics. I thought I had him today, too.” 

Greene brushed off the possibility of getting back his world record. Tim Montgomery could be stripped of the 9.78 world record he set in September 2002. 

The US Anti-Doping Agency has accused Montgomery of doping violations. He has bypassed a USADA hearing, and has taken his case to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. A hearing began yesterday in San Francisco. If found guilty, he faces a lifetime ban. 

“I'll get it (the world record) back later this year anyway,” Greene said. “It doesn't matter to me, only if I run faster than I ever have before. That's the only thing that counts.” 

A three-time world 100m champion, Greene won the 100 in the 2000 Olympics, but finished third in Athens. – AP/Reuters 

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