ATHS: Greene hopes to return to winning form in LosAngeles meet Aths Golden
LOS ANGELES, California, May 30 AFP - American MauriceGreene is hoping to return to his winning form in the100 metres when he competes in his hometown of LosAngeles at the Home Depot Invitational athletics meet onSunday.
It is the third leg of the USA Track and Field’sGolden Spike Tour and will take place at the new $US150million ($A230.59 million) multi-purpose sports complexin the Los Angeles suburb of Carson.
The 2000 Olympic gold medallist and three-time outdoorworld champion Greene had a disappointing beginning tohis 100m season, finishing third in 10.33 seconds inPortland, Oregon two weeks ago.
Greene, who lost his world record to rival TimMontgomery last year, will be looking for hisfourth-straight world championship triumph in Paris thissummer.
After battling rain and cold in Oregon, Greene ishoping for better running conditions in Los Angeleswhere weather forecasters are predicting sunny skies.
The hottest sprinter in the world right now KimCollins, of St Kitts and Nevis, will not be in LosAngeles but Greene will have to contend with Americanteammates Jon Drummond and Bernard Williams.
In the women’s sprints, newcomer Allyson Felix will bewatched closely in her hometown.
The 17-year-old American earlier this month set thejunior women’s 200m world record of 22.11 seconds inMexico City.
Her winning time beat Marion Jones’ junior record andwas 0.01 seconds faster than the gold medal winning timeat the 1996 Olympics set by France’s Marie Jose Perec.
Felix will compete in the 100m against Kelli White,who owns the world’s fastest time in 2003 of 10.96seconds.
Chryste Gaines, Inger Miller, Angela Williams andTorri Edwards are also entered in the 100.
Mexico’s Ana Guevara is the favourite in the women’s400m after her easy victory in Eugene over AustralianCathy Freeman, the Olympic champion.
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Greene wins in a legal 9.94! Well! Well! Well! What will Michael Johnson have to say about this? It doesn’t appear that Mo’s washed up after all! You’ll know where everybody stands at the Trials- and not before!

Obviously being a great athlete does not guarantee one being a great thinker.

The same person predicted that Kenderis was a one hit wonder prior and would not win the 2001 World Championships.

Greene and his coach will obvioulsy choose the race meetings where he will be fresh and ready to run. Again, how can anyone write off a great athlete who has always peaked when it counts in WCs and the OG?

It doesn’t require great thinking- just a generosity of spirit that is sadly lacking in this case.