BRUSSELS, SEPT. 11 -- Hurdler Tonie Campbell, left off the U.S. team for last week's world track and field championships, won the overall men's title at the Mobil Grand Prix circuit final tonight, then lashed out at fellow competitors and track's top officials.
Many of today's stars, Campbell said, are only after the money, while the hierarchy of U.S. track and field, he said, needs to change the way it picks teams for major international meets.
"Money is tearing the sport apart," Campbell said. "People forget why they're running."
On a chilly, windy night in Brussels, no world records were set or even threatened. But a sellout crowd got to see most of the best in track and field compete in the windup to a six-month, 16-meet tour.
Campbell edged fellow American Greg Foster by .01 seconds in the 110 hurdles, winning in 13.35. The victory gave him both the tour's hurdles championship and the overall men's title, worth $35,000.
Ben Johnson of Canada, who set the men's 100-meter world record of 9.83 seconds in the world championships, and Carl Lewis of the United States continued their indirect duel in the sprints.
Each won his portion of a 200-meter doubleheader. Lewis took the Grand Prix race in 20.31 seconds. Johnson won a special 200 in 20.76.
Abdi Bile of Somalia, the world 1,500-meter champion and a senior at Virginia's George Mason University, won the 1,500 in 3:31.80.