26 JAN 1999 General News

Buoyant Greene predicts new record

Flamboyant American sprint star Maurice Greene predicted in a telephone conference on Monday 25 January that the 60m world indoor record of 6.39 he set in Madrid in April last year will be history by the end of this year’s indoor season.

"My plan for the indoor season is that I would like to break the world record again. I believe that it can be done" Greene said. "I really believe that that I can lower the mark to the low 6.30s, maybe even 6.29.

"You might think that I am just talking, but I am really impressing myself in practice. I am excited and I want to see what happens". Greene will start his indoor season with a meeting at the University of Kansas on 29 January and will follow this with the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden on 5 February. Greene clocked a new meeting record of 6.46 in the Millrose Games last year. In this year’s edition, he will face a strong field, led by his training partner Jon Drummond and Canada’s Bruny Surin. "I believe the Millrose record will fal again this year, because Jon Drummond is not playing. I need to watch out for him because he has learned a lot of new things and is perfecting them. That will push us both to lower the record," said Greene.

On his oft-quoted challenge to the world 100m outdoor record of 9.84 set by Canada’s Donovan Bailey in the 1996 Olympics, Greene went on to say: "I can't run and hope the world record will just come. That is the mistake I made last year. I have to go after it. I do believe that I can break it."