After winning a 60-meter race yesterday in Cosford, England, American Leroy Burrell accused Briton Linford Christie of threatening to kill him.

But they shook hands at the awards ceremony.

Burrell holds the world record in the event. Countryman Mark Witherspoon came in second, and Christie, Europe's fastest sprinter, was third.

Burrell, who was timed in 6.56, said he turned to look at Christie during the race, which angered Christie. The meet promoter separated them after the race and led Christie away.

"He threatened me," Burrell said. "He said: 'If you do what you did again, I will hurt you. I will kill you.' "

Burrell said he responded: "Then kill me now." . . .

Marty Ludwikowski of the New York Athletic Club won the New York Road Runners Club four-mile race through snowy Central Park in 20 minutes 33 seconds. . . .

Margaret Hiroko-Smith, 41, of Vienna, won her fourth D.C. Road Runners Club Washington's Birthday Marathon in 3 hours 30 minutes 7 seconds. She beat last year's winner, Washington's Renee Butler, by three seconds.

John Ausherman, 35, of Chambersburg, Pa., won the men's division of the 30th annual race, run through the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and the NASA grounds in Greenbelt. He finished in 2:39:34. Steve Cottrell of Broomall, Pa., was second (2:39:50). . . .

Kristen Thorne, 15, a sophomore at Bullis, set a national indoor record of 8.23 seconds for intermediate girls (15-16) in the 60-meter hurdles at the Amateur Athletic Union Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Kansas.