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Linford Christie completed his retirement season as Europe's top 100 metres runner for the 11th consecutive year. Three other British athletes led the 1996 rankings: Roger Black (400m), Jonathan Edwards (triple jump) and Denise Lewis (heptathlon). Seventeen others were in the top five with Mark Richardson, Jamie Baulch, Iwan Thomas and Du'aine Ladejo following Black for a clean sweep in the one-lap event.

Michael Johnson said yesterday that he will race Donovan Bailey for the "world's fastest human" title over 150 metres on 31 May in Toronto. Johnson won gold medals at the Atlanta Olympics in both the 200 and 400 metres. He shattered the world record in the 200 metres with a title of 19.32 seconds, eclipsing his own record of 19.66 set during the US Olympic Trials. Bailey won the 100 metres in a world-record time of 9.84 seconds at the Games.