June 9, 1997 in Sports

Bailey Meets His Match, Loses To Nigerian In Moscow

Compiled From Wire Services

Donovan Bailey lost a soggy 100-meter run to Nigeria’s Davidson Ezinwa on Sunday.

The Canadian sprinter and world record-holder, who won a showdown with Michael Johnson of the United States a week ago, finished at 10.28 seconds to Ezinwa’s 10.20.

The race, in the IAFF Znamesky Memorial Grand Prix meet, began moments after a torrential thunderstorm abated.

Igor Kovach of Slovakia took the 110-meter hurdles in a photo finish with Tony Jarrett of Great Britain. Both were clocked at 13:45.

In another tight finish, Kenya’s David Kiptoo won the men’s 800 meters in 1:44.57, just .002 seconds ahead of Hendrik Moganyetsi of South Africa. Vincent Malakwen of Kenya came in third at 1:44.75.

World champion Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic won the javelin with one of the season’s best results, a toss of 285 feet, 2 inches.

Two-time Olympic champion Svetlana Masterkova of Russia won the women’s 800 meters in 1:59.29.

The women’s 400 meters was a competition between two Nigerians and six Russians - who finished in that order. Bisa Afoladi of Nigeria won in 50.55 seconds, followed by countrywoman Falilat Ogunkoya at 50.79. The fastest Russian was Olga Kotlyarova at 51.40.

Ukrainian Tatyana Tereshchuk won the women’s 400-meter hurdles at 54.96.

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