A case of 'that's life' for beaten Christie

ATHLETICS

Linford Christie was soundly beaten in his first outdoor race of the season last night at the IAAF meeting in St Denis, north of Paris.

Britain's Olympic and world 100 metres champion finished fifth in a 200 metres race won by the outdoor world champion, Frankie Fredericks, clocking 20.80sec to the Namibian's 20.41.

"Well, I lost, that's life," said Christie, who beat Fredericks by one hundredth of a second in Lievin four months ago in setting a world indoor 200m record of 20.25sec. "It's the first time I've run this season, there's no need to be disapppointed.

"They've run two races already. But that's not an excuse - they ran better than I did. I just need to race - and I'm going to run a lot of 200 metres this season; five or six before the World Championships in August."

Christie got the best start and led through the bend but faded on the straight as Fredericks passed him. Patrick Stevens, of Belgium, finished second with 20.57sec with Vyache Dologodin, of Ukraine, third in 20.70sec. Jeff Williams, of the United States, was fourth with 20.70sec.

Christie and Fredericks, who trained together in Australia over the winter, embraced at the finish. "I feel good," Fredericks said. "It was my first race on the European circuit. I have already run faster than last year and I am in good shape." He plans to defend his title at the World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August.

Christie added that he had just recovered from a bruised toe on his right foot that disrupted his training. "Last year at the start of the season in Rome I finished last in a race," he said. "It doesn't worry me. If it was the end of the season I'd be worried."

Catherina McKiernan, Ireland's three-times silver medallist at the World Cross-country Championships, was beaten over 5,000 metres by Portugal's Fernando Ribeiro, who recorded 14min 55.02sec, 4.02sec faster than McKiernan.

In the women's 400m hurdles, Deon Hemmings, of Jamaica, second fastest in the world this year, won in 55.14sec. Britain's Gowry Retchkan was last in a time of 57.78.

That kind of time will be interesting but hardly worrying for Sally Gunnell, who plans to run her first 400m hurdles in Rome next Thursday. Gunnell will warm up for that race over 400m flat in Turin tonight, where she is hoping for a time of around 52sec.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistant - Accounts Payable - St. Albans

£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...

Ashdown Group: Treasury Assistant - Accounts Assistant - London, Old Street

£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...

Recruitment Genius: Installation and Service / Security Engineer

£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...

Recruitment Genius: Service Charge Accounts Assistant

£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions