SEATTLE, JULY 23 -- For the last five years, Leroy Burrell has learned quite a bit about the 100-meter dash from Carl Lewis, his mentor and friend.
Tonight, Burrell learned something new from Lewis. He learned how to beat him.
For the first time in his career, Burrell, 23, defeated Lewis, 29, the world-record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist. He won the gold medal in the 100 meters, the premier event of the Goodwill Games, in 10.05 seconds.
Lewis, who was a half-step behind Burrell throughout the race, won the silver medal in 10.08 seconds. Mark Witherspoon made it a U.S. sweep by winning the bronze medal in 10.17 seconds.
In two other important events at the University of Washington's Husky Stadium tonight, Olympic heptathlon gold medalist and world-record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee won the heptathlon with 6,783 points, but was 508 points off her world record. Two-time Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder Roger Kingdom won the 110-meter high hurdles in the relatively slow time of 13.47 seconds.
Lewis, who has spent a large part of the summer promoting his autobiography and not running, said he nonetheless was ready for this race and praised Burrell, whom he recruited and coached at the University of Houston.
"He ran better in the middle of the race and that was the difference," Lewis said. "I felt I started well but didn't feel sharp toward the middle or the end of the race. He was sharper, but I'm still at it and I'll be back. This gives America a one-two punch for a long time."
Burrell, who ran the fastest time in the world in the 100 in 1989 and had this year's best time, said he was happy to have run well in a race with so much pressure and hype. This was the most anticipated 100 meters since the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, when Lewis faced Ben Johnson.
"We were on a collision course," said Burrell, whose nameplate said "Larry Burrell" at a pre-race news conference. "I'm excited I was able to go against Carl and with all the pressure run my own race."
Prior to tonight's 100 meters, Burrell and Lewis had met five times in the 100 meters -- Lewis had won all five -- and had skillfully avoided one another this year.
Outside the 100 meters, they are fast friends. They met when Lewis helped recruit Burrell to Houston in 1985 and they now train together with the Santa Monica Track Club. They grew up in the same area; Lewis is from Willingboro, N.J., and Burrell is from Philadelphia.
"To me, Carl was like an idol," Burrell said. "When I met him, it was like I met the epitome of track."
Things have changed with time. Now, Lewis said, "We're the two best sprinters in the world." Burrell has had the better times the last two track seasons. He ran 9.94 seconds at the national championship last year in Houston, while Lewis boycotted in a feud with The Athletics Congress, track and field's governing body in the United States. Recently, Burrell ran 9.96 in Europe.
Lewis ran 10.05 at the national championships last month, and, of course, holds the world record at 9.92 seconds.
Burrell is much stockier than Lewis. He is 5 foot 10 and 170 pounds; Lewis is 6-2, 175. Because of their builds, Burrell is the better starter, Lewis the better strider.
"We've never raced each other when we've been at our best," Lewis said before the race. "We have different styles."
In their five previous races, the closest was in Monaco in 1989, when Lewis ran 10.30 and Burrell was 2/100ths of a second behind.
Whenever the 100 meters is mentioned, Johnson's name is not far behind. The Canadian sprinter who won the gold medal in Seoul but then had it taken from him for testing positive for steroids can return to the sport after his suspension ends Sept. 24, pending the approval of Canadian authorities.
There has been a lot of talk about a match race between Lewis and Johnson, but it doesn't appear likely to happen this year.
Kingdom beat fellow American Anthony Dees by 1/100th of a second in a photo finish that looked like a dead heat to win the gold medal. Dees, one of several great U.S. high hurdlers constantly chasing Kingdom, ran a victory lap as Kingdom dropped back and simply raised his index finger toward the crowd.
Kingdom, who had not "run a step" in 10 days due to a strained hamstring, got off to a very slow start (four false starts slowed everyone down) but caught Dees when Dees's foot knocked over the ninth hurdle.
"It's a slow time, but at this time of the year, I can't even worry about times," Kingdom said. "All I care about are wins and losses. I care about victories. You guys know I can run the times."
Kingdom is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, which is quite a feat in itself. What he was chasing for years, he finally got in 1989: Renaldo Nehemiah's stupendous, eight-year-old world record of 12.93 seconds, which Kingdom broke by 1/100th of a second at 12.92.
But this is an event in which one is never safe. In an event dominated by the United States (with the exception of Great Britain's Colin Jackson), Kingdom rules the world, but a handful of men can beat him almost any day. One of those men now is Dees, who beat Kingdom in Europe not long after Kingdom won his fourth national title.
In other events, 1988 U.S. Olympian PattiSue Plumer held off four other runners at the tape to win the 3,000 meters in 8:51.59, 29 seconds slower than the world record.
Soviet Natalya Grigoryeva won the 100-meter hurdles in 12.70, half a second off the world record; Lynda Tolbert of Washington's Ballou High and Arizona State finished seventh in 13.14. In the men's 1,500, Joe Falcon of the United States won in 3:39.97.
Joyner-Kersee started the second day of the heptathlon too far off the pace to break her world record of 7,291 points, set at the 1988 Olympics. She won three of the four events on the first day Sunday, but poor performances in the shot put and 200 meters put her behind her own standard. She had 3,968 points going into the final three events, 240 more than Soviet Larisa Nikitina.
She increased her lead by 227 points to 467 points after the long jump, in which she jumped 22 feet 8 inches to Nikitina's 20-4 1/2. In the javelin, the next to last event, Joyner-Kersee had a distance of 156 feet 3 inches. She ran the 800 meters, the final event, in 2:17.41.