Greene loses; Wariner, Felix win at Adidas Track Classic
CARSON, Calif. — Three weeks after running the fastest 100-meter time in the world this year, Maurice Greene could only watch as training partner Leonard Scott and three other runners put distance between him.
Scott overcame two false starts and a strong headwind to win in 10.03 seconds at the Adidas Track Classic on Sunday.
Greene’s starting blocks slipped and he wound up fourth in 10.32 — well off the winning time of 10.03 he ran April 30 in Martinique.
“It was a long day for me,” he said. “I didn’t get a good start, so I was out of the race from the beginning. You just have to live with it.”
Greene was smiling even though he had to reset his blocks after each false start. He led out of the blocks on the first false start and wanted that one to count.
“It would have been a very different race,” he said. “I was ready to run fast.”
It was a good day for Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner, who won the 400, and Olympic 200 silver medalist Allyson Felix, who won her specialty.
Terrence Trammell, the 110 hurdles winner, was second to Scott in 10.17. Jason Smoots was third in 10.32 and John Capel fifth in 10.34. Capel triggered the first false start, then Aaron Armstrong was disqualified on the second one.
The meet featured several Olympic medalists in a preview of the U.S. championships, to be held at Home Depot Stadium on June 23-26.
“I’ll bring my own set of blocks and I know they’ll stick,” Greene said.
Greene, a two-time champion in Carson, said his preparations are on track for the national meet, which serves as the qualifier for the world championships in August in Finland.