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Final of the men's 60 metres

Men's 60 Metres Final

The runners went into the blocks five times for naught - three false starts called on a total of six competitors, plus two more stand-ups.

Finally, on the sixth go around, the race received a legal start with seven runners, as Nigeria's Deji Aliu, the Maebashi fifth placer, had fallen afoul of the two false-start rule.

The seven all came away virtually together, and only at the halfway point did Tim Harden of the US show a noticeable advantage. His teammate, Tim Montgomery, did everything possible to pull even, but the race belonged to Harden in his seasonal best of 6.44. It represented a one-medal advance for the Maebashi silver winner.

Montgomery's 6.46 for second was a personal best, as was the 6.51 for 18-year-old Mark Lewis-Francis of Britain, the fastest time ever recorded indoors for a junior.

Behind the medal winners, a pair of widely separated mini-races were unfolding.

Freddy Mayola of Cuba and Australia's Matt Shirvington both clocked 6.55, with the Cuban getting the edge on the photo. And Tim Goebel's 6.59 clipped Yeoryios Theodoridis's 6.60 for sixth.