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Saturday, September 23, 2000
PROFILE: Bruny Surin
Bruny Surin fails to advance to final of Olympic 100 metres

 SYDNEY (CP) -- Canadian Bruny Surin, halted by a sore hamstring, pulled up in his semifinal of the Olympic 100 metres Saturday.

 Surin, a silver medallist at the 1999 world championships, applied the brakes almost immediately after coming out of the starting blocks.

 He walked the rest of the way, posting a time of 50.94 seconds.

 "I felt it right away. The pain was too bad," Surin said. "From the start there was nothing I could do today. I tried everything. I went for it. I didn't want to have any regrets."

 It appears the Games are over for Surin, who said he received injections Friday and Saturday.

 "It would take a miracle for me to run the relay because that hurts so much," Surin said.

 It's been a wild ride for Surin. He almost didn't make it out of his first-round heat and then was a 50-50 starter in the semifinal after reinjuring the hamstring he hurt last month at the Canadian trials in the second round.

 American Maurice Greene won the heat in 10.06. Dwain Chambers of Britain won the first 100 semi in 10.14 seconds.

 It was a 1-2-3 for training partners in Greene's heat. American Jon Drummond was second in 10.10 and Trinidad's Ato Boldon, the silver medallist in 1996, third in 10.13.

 "We felt like it was just the three of us out there," Boldon said.

 Surin joins reigning Olympic champion Donovan Bailey on the sidelines. Bailey, hobbled by a respiratory virus, did not make it out of the second round Friday.

 "There's nothing you can," Surin said, "when you don't have the health.

 "Of course I wanted to do something special. It didn't happen. Life goes on."

 American Marion Jones, meanwhile, looked unstoppable in her semifinal.

 Jones, sleeveless on a chilly evening, strolled into the final of the women's 100 -- posting the fastest time of the semifinals despite slowing significantly at the end.

 Jones won her semifinal heat Saturday in 11.01 seconds. A day earlier, while wearing a full bodysuit and long sleeves, she ran 10.83 in the second round.

 "Running in the cold, it's very simple. I'm confident I can do what's needed to get done," she said. "I felt good at the end of the race and saved a bit."

 Joining Jones in the final was Merlene Ottey of Jamaica, who won the other semifinal in 11.22 seconds. Ottey, 40, who has won two silver and five bronze Olympic medals, recently returned after serving a one-year drug ban.
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Bruny's long walk home
Relay squad appears doomed
Surin vows to race again
Surin in pictures
On the sidelines
Pulling up
Sydney finish line
Sydney heat #2
Relay win
Press conference
Olympic heat
Against a car
Racing in Victoria