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Friday, September 1, 2000
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Boswell wins men's high jump

BERLIN (AP-CP) -- Mark Boswell of Brampton, Ont., leaped 2.32 metres to win the men's high jump competition Friday at the last major track and field competition before the Sydney Olympics.

Kwaku Boateng of Montreal was sixth with a jump of 2.25

In the men's 100 metres, Donovan Bailey of Oakville, Ont., finished sixth in 10.20 seconds. Bruny Surin of Montreal chose not to compete in order to rest a tender hamstring for the Games.

Maurice Greene of the United States clocked the fastest 100 metres of the year, blazing to victory in 9.86 seconds.

American Marion Jones also clocked a sizzling time in the women's 100, finishing in 10.78, matching the world season-best she also ran in London on Aug. 5.

Both times were meet records.

Greene also clinched a share of the 50-kilogram jackpot of gold, to be awarded to the athletes who win their event at least five times in the seven-event Golden League.

The only condition is that they also show up at the season finale in Doha, Qatar, on Oct. 5.

American hurdler Gail Devers, who is already assured of getting a piece of the golden jackpot, skipped the Berlin meet.

Trine Hattestad of Norway, Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco and Tatyana Kotova of Russia also joined the hunt for the jackpot by winning their events.

With three weeks to go before the Sydney Games, the two gold-medal favourites appear in great shape.

Greene's previous best this year was 9.88, a week ago in Brussels.

American Jon Drummond was second in 9.96, while Tim Montgomery completed the U.S. sweep, clocking 10.01. Greene holds the world record of 9.79.

His previous meet record was 9.94.

"A great run," Greene said.

U.S. runners also took the next two places -- with Bernard Williams fourth in 10.05 and Brian Lewis fifth in 10.13. Francis Obikwelu of Nigeria was seventh in 10.20, edging Ato Boldon of Trinidad, Greene's training partner, who was last in 10.23.

For about 40 metres, Jones was slightly trailing Savatheda Fynes of Bahamas. But then came her tremendous acceleration and she easily pulled away for a victory.

"I feel real great after this race," said Jones, who will seek a record five gold medals in Sydney.

"The Berlin weather and the cool evenings are usually not to my taste, but I've never run so fast here," she said. "I go home on Saturday and then I am really looking forward to Sydney."

Fynes was second in 11.03 and Jamaica's Tanya Lawrence was third in 11.07.

Michael Johnson won the 400 metres in a relatively slow 45 seconds.

Johnson beat British runner Mark Richardson, who kept up with the American until about 80 metres before the finish line and clocked 45.46. Antonio Pettigrew of the United States was third in 45.61.

Earlier, IAAF president Lamine Diack said an arbitration panel will make a ruling on Richardson's doping case before the Olympics. Richardson was cleared by the British track federation despite a positive test for nandrolone.

"We will have no pending cases during the Olympics," Diack said. The second case to be ruled on involves Germany's 1992 Olympic champion in the men's 5,000, Dieter Baumann.
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Boswell in pictures
Disappointment
Finals jump
Doing a backflip
With Kwaku Boateng
Celebrating a jump
A Sydney jump
High in Sydney
Up and over