Athletics: Christie defeated again

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LINFORD CHRISTIE stumbled to defeat again at the hands of Olapade Adeniken at the international meeting in Koblenz, Germany, last night. It was the Nigerian's third victory over the Olympic 100 metres champion this summer, and his second in 10 days.

Adeniken, who finished sixth in the Olympic final when he was rumoured to be less than fully fit, was given the verdict after the clock had stopped at 10.18sec for both men. Ghana's Emmanuel Tuffour was third in 10.36.

For Christie it was back to the drawing board after dipping under 10 seconds in beating a top class field in Berlin on Friday. The eagerly awaited race with Carl Lewis, the world record holder, now seems unlikely to happen this season.

There were two false starts last night, the second of which caused Christie to fall on to his left hand, an injury which may have contributed to his withdrawal from the 200m later in the evening, a race won by Robson da Silva of Brazil in 20.50.

Colin Jackson cannot stop winning. He recorded his sixth high hurdles win on the trot since his Olympic nightmare, but he had to rely on the photo-finish to separate him from fellow-Briton Tony Jarrett as both finished in 13.17.

There was more British success in the men's 800m, with Steve Heard winning in 1min 44.65sec, from Russia's Anatoly Makarevich. Another Briton, Matthew Yates, was third in 1:45.05.

Dieter Baumann, the Olympic 5,000m champion, was finally able to take a bow in front of his fellow- Germans after failing at the post- Games meetings in Berlin and Cologne. He won the 1500m in 3:33.91. There was further delirium when Mike Conley, the Olympic triple jump champion from America, was beaten into second place by another German, Georg Ackermann.

The Olympic steeplechase bronze medallist, William Mutwol, will pace his fellow Kenyan, Moses Kiptanui, in his attempt to break the 5,000m world record at the Brussels Grand Prix, the Ivo Van Damme Memorial, tomorrow night.

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