13 JUN 1999 General News

Bruny Surin surprise winner in Nuremberg

Bruny Surin surprise winner in Nuremberg

June 13 1999 – Nuremberg, Germany, (Reuters) - Bruny Surin ran the fastest 100 metres of the year but world record holder Donovan Bailey made a disappointing comeback at the Live '99 IAAF Permit Meeting on Sunday.

Surin clocked 9.92 seconds to win the final while fellow Canadian Bailey, back in action after a long injury break, returned a modest 10.51 to finish third in his heat and did not make it to the final.

Surin, who beat Britain's Dwain Chambers and Ghanaian Erik Nkansah into second and third places, bettered the previous fastest time of 1999 -- a 9.94 clocked by Namibian Frankie Fredericks in Australia in March.

"I expected to run a good time but I didn't think it would be that good," said the veteran Surin, 31. "I thought I could go under 10 seconds but this is a good surprise."

Olympic champion Bailey, who set a world record 9.84 when he won gold in Atlanta in 1996, had been nursing an Achilles tendon injury and had not competed since September last year. He timed in 10.51 seconds and eliminated in a preliminary heat after finishing third.

``I ran terribly, I know,'' Bailey said. ``I'll need at least four or five races to really get in form.''

The Canadian was injured last year as he warmed up for a pickup basketball game with friends in Canada. After the ruptured Achilles' tendon retracted into his calf muscle, he underwent surgery in September.

``I just wanted to finish this race. I just wanted to test myself. I don't have any competition schedule yet.''

Briton Jonathan Edwards, with 17.43 metres for the triple jump, and German Michael Stolle, with 5.91 metres for the pole vault, also set 1999 bests at the Nuremberg meeting.

Two Germans set junior world records at the event to the delight the 17,000 in attendance. Yvonne Buschbaum set a new mark in the women's pole vault of 4.35 meters and Bianca Achilles tossed the hammer 66.75 meters.

Live '99 Nuremberg results
100m 1. Bruny Surin CAN 9.92 2. Dwain Chambers GBR 9.99 3. Erik Nkansah GHA 10.00
400m 1. Mark Richardson GBR 44.96 2. Derrick Brew USA 45.19 3. Alejandro Cardenas MEX 45.72
800m 1. Norberto Tellez (Cuba1: 45.20 2. Nico Motchebon (Germany) 1:45.52 3. Nils Schumann (Germany) 1:46.00
1500m 1. Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) 3:32.40 2. Laban Rotich (Kenya) 3:33.64 3. Yussef Baba (Morocco) 3:34.72
5000m 1. Salah Hissou (Morocco) 13:09.67 2. Richard Limo (Kenya) 13:15.24 3. Daniel Gachara (Kenya) 13:17.83
110m hurdles 1. Colin Jackson (Britain) 13.18 2. Falk Balzer (Germany) 13.38 3. Ralf Leberer (Germany) 13.63
3000m steeplechase 1. Guenther Weidlinger (Austria) 8:14.31 2. Luciano Di Pardo (Italy) 8:17.32 3. Gael Pencreach (France) 8:17.71
Triple jump 1. Jonathan Edwards (Britain) 17.43 metres 2. Yoelvis Quesada (Cuba) 17.04 3. Charles Friedek (Germany) 16.95
Pole vault 1. Michael Stolle (Germany) 5.91 metres 2. Andrei Tivontschik (Germany) 5.81 3. Mick Hysong (U.S.) 5.76
Javelin 1. Raymond Hecht (Germany) 87.69 metres 2. Boris Henry (Germany) 87.42 3. Mick Hill (Britain) 81.46

100m 1. Merlene Ottey (Jamaica) 11.05 seconds 2. Joan Ekah (Nigeria) 11.28 3. Philomena Mensah (Canada) 11.38
400m 1. Katharine Merry (Britain) 51.09 2. Anja Ruecker (Germany) 51.17 3. Natalia Nasarova (Russia) 51.75
800m 1. Hasna Benhassi (Morocco) 1:59.58 2. Lidia Chojecka (Poland) 1:59.57 3. Malin Ewerloef (Sweden) 2:00.51
1500m 1. Irina Mikitenko (Germany) 4:06.68 2. Gebre Georgios Gennet (Ethiopia) 4:08.05 3. Anna Jakubczak (Poland) 4:08.50
Long jump 1. Fiona May (Italy) 6.95 metres 2. Tatiana Kotova (Russia) 6.87 3. Erica Johansson (Sweden) 6.62
Pole vault 1. Nicole Humbert (Germany) 4.41 metres 2. Yvonne Buschbaum (Germany) 4.36 3. Christine Adams (Germany) 4.21
Hammer 1. Mihaela Melinte (Romania) 74.77 metres 2. Olga Kusenkova (Russia) 68.52 3. Ludmila Gubkina (Russia) 66.81