Valerie Brisco-Hooks, one of America's Olympic successes, was a smash hit indoors here Saturday night as she was outdoors in Los Angeles last summer, and her world-best performance showed practice doesn't necessarily make perfect.
Meanwhile, Carl Lewis scored another victory and wondered anew about "continued media mistreatment" before leaving the arena of the Dallas Times Herald Invitation Meet.
Brisco-Hooks, three-time Olympic gold medalist, established an indoor best in the women's 440-yard run, 52.99 seconds. Afterward, she said she really wasn't in good shape.
"I'm not in halfway shape yet, and I'm still learning how to run the boards," she said. It was only her third week of indoor competition following a week without practice.
"I was just too tired to practice. I just couldn't work out," Brisco-Hooks said.
Bettering the world indoor best of 53.29, by Lori McCauley in 1983, Brisco-Hooks ran away from Romania's Olympian Christinana Cojocaru, who was second in 54.32.
"I knew she was close by, but I wasn't going to let her catch me, no way," said Brisco-Hooks.
Lewis stayed to chat only a minute after winning the 60-yard dash, saying he was being mistreated by the press. He never got specific about his complaints.
Lewis ran a 6.10 time, well off his world best of 6.02 established at this meet in 1983.
"I felt I ran a good race and I feel I was well received by the crowd," said Lewis, who was booed for not taking all of his long jumps last week at the Millrose Games in New York. "I'm flabbergasted by the continued media mistreatment. I don't feel very much respect for the media.
"Whether people like it or not I am what I am and I will continue to keep on truckin'," he said.
Olympian Roger Kingdom clocked the third fastest time in the 60-yard indoor hurdles in 6.87 seconds.
The world record is 6.82 by Renaldo Nehemiah, which was set in Dallas in 1982. He also has run it in 6.84.
Kingdom was the Olympic gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles. Greg Foster, the Olympic silver medalist, was a no-show because of Superstars' competition in Florida.
"I had trouble the last three hurdles," said Kingdom. "But I thought it was a great time considering I'm using the indoor season for training."
Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan, owner of the indoor mile world record, ran his first indoor two-mile and won it in a meet-record 8:20.84.
"It was a good break to get away from the mile, plus I'm thinking of running the two-mile at the national championships," Coghlan said.
Carol Lewis, Carl's sister, who failed to win a medal in the Olympic Games, broke her own U.S. indoor best in the long jump with an effort of 22 feet 3 inches. She set the old record of 22-2 1/4 at this meet in 1984.
Carol Lewis said her brother was upset by an article, but added she didn't know who wrote it.
"It was very unfair," Carol Lewis said of the story. "Carl strained a groin muscle in the Millrose Games and that's why he didn't continue to compete. Nobody asked about that."
She said the media treatment of her brother "makes me want to laugh. It's amazing how people can write stories about Carl and not know anything about him."