BRUSSELS, AUG. 10 -- Leroy Burrell and Danny Harris easily won their events but when Kenyan William Tanui did likewise in the 800 meters, he disappointed everyone at today's Van Damme Memorial.
Tanui and everyone else missed records.
Kenyan Yobes Ondieki came closest to a record in the 5,000 meters, missing by .01 of a second the top performance of the year with a time of 13:05.60 minutes.
"I knew I was in good shape, but I did not know I could go that fast," said Ondieki.
Fellow Kenyan Jon Ngugi, the Olympic champion, finished second with 13:11.14.
In the 800, against a field that included five finalists from the Seoul Olympics, Tanui kicked away with 250 meters to go, leaving the pack far behind.
He won in 1:43.40 minutes, the second best time this year, behind Briton Peter Elliot's.
Not bad for a runner who had been originally scheduled as a pace setter in the 5,000.
Tanui, 26, started competitive running less than two years ago.
Another Kenyan upset winner was William Mutwol, who beat compatriot Julius Kariuki. The latter had hoped to set a world record here.
But in a see-saw last lap, Mutwol had the best kick and set a personal best of 8:12.75.
Almost by tradition, the Van Damme meeting was set up for record attempts rather than head-to-head races. And again, it failed to deliver.
Sources said both Kariuki and Moroccan Khalid Skah could set their own race here, eliminating beforehand anyone they considered too tough a challenge.
Even so, Skah, after outrunning a couple of pacers, finished alone in a disappointing 27:29.27 minutes, only the third-best time of the year.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Harris continued his impressive season by dipping for the seventh time under 48 seconds.
He led throughout to finish in 47.93. Zambia's Samuel Matete finished second, well back.
Burrell was equally impressive, outkicking everybody to win the 100 meters in 10.00 seconds.
It was his third race in four days, yet it affected him little.
"I stumbled on the fourth step, yet when I accelerated, no one was there," he said. "I said 'This is my day.' "
It was worth a track record. Burrell ran 9.96 seconds at high altitude in Italy's Sestriere Wednesday for the top this year. Calvin Smith finished second in 10.18.
Other Americans also did well: Hollis Conway won the high jump with a credible 2.39 meters, Andrew Valmon won the 400 meters in 44.35 seconds and Tim Bright pole vaulted into first place with 19 feet, 1/4 inch.
The 14th annual Memorial was run in balmy, clear weather before a crowd of 35,000.
In the women's long jump Marieta Ilcu of Romania surprised Heike Drechsler of East Germany, winning with 22-7 1/4, compared the latter's 22-5 3/4.