Ato Boldon won the men's 100-meter showdown last night at the Athletissima track and field meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, beating world record holder and training partner Maurice Greene.
Marion Jones, the world champion in the women's 100, won in 10.80 seconds, the fastest time of the year, and Michael Johnson showed he has recovered from a quadriceps injury, winning the 400 in 43.92, also the year's best time.
Boldon, of Trinidad & Tobago, surged down the quick Pontaise track in 9.86, tying the season's second-best time and his personal best.
"The last thing my mother said was, 'Don't run 9.86 again,' " Boldon, who has run the 100 in 9.86 four times, said laughing. "Maybe they were expecting a record, but it is nothing to be ashamed of when you hit your personal best for the second time in three weeks."
Boldon also ran 9.86 in Athens last month, but finished second to Greene, who shattered the world record in 9.79. This time, Boldon finished .07 seconds ahead of Greene.
"If it were anybody else I'd probably be upset," Greene said. "But I'm not unhappy. I ran the best race that I could today. He just ran better than me."
Johnson, who skipped a 200 showdown against Greene at the U.S. championships last week because of the injury, became the first 400 runner under 44 seconds this season. It was Johnson's 72nd win in 74 finals in the 400.
"I wasn't too concerned with my time," Johnson said. "I was more intent on finding my form and the right feeling on the track after five weeks off. My injury was painful, but now I feel good."
The driver of the limousine that crashed two years ago, severely injuring two members of the Detroit Red Wings organization, was arrested on a drunken-driving charge.
Richard Gnida was arrested just months after his license was reinstated following a three-year revocation, which was in effect at the time of the accident.
He was stopped along Michigan Avenue in Birmingham, Mich., after he allegedly ran a stop sign about 2 a.m., Wayne County Sheriff Robert Ficano said.
Gnida, 29, was arraigned in 18th District Court on a charge of third-offense operating under the influence of liquor. The misdemeanor carries a possible year in jail and $1,000 fine.
Quarterback Jeff Hostetler, who played last season with the Washington Redskins, said he probably will retire from football because of a serious injury suffered by his son in an all-terrain vehicle accident, ESPN reported.
Tyler Hostetler, 8, and a 9-year-old friend rolled the ATV on private property two weeks ago in Monongalia County. The younger Hostetler was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W. Va., with a spinal cord injury. He has been transferred to a Morgantown rehabilitation center wearing a head brace, the Dominion Post of Morgantown reported.
Charismatic on Mend
Charismatic continues to improve from surgery for leg fractures he suffered in the Belmont Stakes that could have proved fatal.
"In terms of severity, and on a scale of 1 to 10, it was a nine," said Celeste Kunz, whose quick reaction help saved the life of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
"The fracture [a condylar fracture of the left front cannon bone with an additional fracture to the sesamoid] was dangerously displaced," the doctor said at a news conference at Belmont Park. "If it had broken through the skin, the prognosis would have been lowered significantly. I fitted the leg with a compression boot suitable to the horse's weight and size in order to immobilize it."
Charismatic, owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by Wayne Lukas, was retired and will go to stud.
Yow Moves Up
Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow has been elected first vice president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the penultimate step before assuming the organization's presidency in July 2000.
Briton Glyn Charles and Australian John Dean were declared dead by a coroner, six months after they were swept away by mountainous seas in the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race. The bodies of the two men were never found, unlike four other Australians who died in the race.
Former world sculling champion Jamie Koven of Green Village, N.J., scored another dominant victory in defense of his Diamond Sculls title at the Henley Regatta.
Racing in the colors of Riverside Boat Club of Boston, Koven easily beat Oxford University sculler Matthew Crocker to advance to today's semifinals.
The other American in the Diamond Sculls, Koven's training partner Aquil Abdullah, racing for Potomac Club of Washington, lost after damaging his boat.
One of the Special Olympians who disappeared from the Games in North Carolina reportedly appeared at Union Station in Washington, according to the Associated Press.
Two Dominican basketball players and two Moroccan soccer players slipped away from their delegations. Jamal Agdani, 23, one of the missing Moroccans, reportedly turned up at Union Station, apparently safe and healthy.
CAPTION: Ato Boldon of Trinidad & Tobago leaves no doubt as to where he finished: first, ahead of world record holder Maurice Greene, right, by .07 seconds.