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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. 4x100 Team Zooms to Year's Best

COMBINED REPORTS


LINZ, Austria -- American athletes lived up to expectations at the international athletics meeting in Linz and broke two of the year's best times.


Dennis Mitchell and the U.S. 4x100-meter team beat the Santa Monica Track Club, with nine-time Olympic champion Carl Lewis, by clocking the year's fastest time of 37.96.


The year's best was previously held by Lewis and his teammates in 38.31, posted only two days ago in Stockholm.


Lewis said afterward, "No, I'm not disappointed with the defeat,'' adding he had "no regrets'' about his decision to retire from athletics this year.


He said he will move on to something totally different from athletics, "entertainment'' was an option he was looking into, he said.


He will not accept a wild card and compete at the world championships in Greece, he said.


Olympic and world champion Allen Johnson confirmed his good form before next month's world championships in Athens, with the year's best of 13.12 in the 110-meter hurdles.


Slovakia's Igor Kovac had earlier bettered the year's time with 13.30 in Stockholm.


"I'm pretty happy with my performance today, but there is still a lot I can improve on before Athens. In Athens, I feel my chance is just as good as anyone else's," said Johnson.


Johnson will participate at the Stuttgart meeting Saturday before preparing for the championships.


Mitchell's relay victory was to remain his best result of the day. In the 100 meters, the American posted 10.07 and bowed to compatriot Vincent Henderson, who clocked 10.06.


Henderson will not be competing in Athens as he was injured during the U.S. trials and so did not qualify. "I had a poor start but after 40 meters I found my rhythm and was able to catch up with Mitchell," he said.


Three-time Olympic and world champion Gail Devers had little trouble claiming the women's 100-meter in 11.06 ahead of Nigeria's Christy Opara-Thompson and Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas.


Cuban long jumper Ivan Pedroso continued his form before the championships, beating American Robert Howard with a jump of 8.56 meters.


In the men's javelin, Germany's Boris Henry became only the fifth man ever to exceed the 90 meters mark when he achieved 90.44 to win ahead of Russia's Sergey Makarov (88.54). Theresia Kiesl, an 800-meter Olympic bronze medalist, delighted crowds by posting the year's best in the mile race, at 4:25.05.


In the all-German discus-throwing battle between Olympic gold medalist Lars Riedel and reigning world record holder Juergen Schult, the former prevailed, hurling a meet record distance of 67.60 to Shultz's 63.40 meters.


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