posted on Feb, 29 2004 @ 10:25 AM
Gail Devers always snaps her head forward at the finish line of her races.That helped her make track history Saturday.
Devers won the 60-meter hurdles and 60 flat at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships, becoming the only American to win both events at this
While it was a momentous day for Devers, it was another disappointing one for Maurice Greene, who pulled out of the 60 final with a straight right
hamstring. In the 60, Devers fought Torri Edwards down to the wire. But Devers snapped her head forward at the line, beating Edwards in a photo finish
by three one-thousandths of a second.
Though both officially finished in 7.12, Devers timed 7.116 to 7.119 for Edwards.
Devers showed plenty with her 37-year-old legs. She won the 60 hurdles in 7.81 seconds, easily beating runner-up Joanna Hayes by 0.10 seconds. The
only other person to win the 60 and 60 hurdles at the U.S. Indoors was Chi Cheng of Taipei in 1970, when foreigners were allowed to compete in the
meet. Now she plans on doing both at the world championships next week in Budapest, Hungary.Devers also won the 60 and 60 meters earlier this month at
a meet in Fayetteville, Ark., despite being sick. That is when she knew doubling at the U.S. Indoors would be an option. Though the two-time Olympic
champion in the 100 is in top form, she would not commit to running in the Olympic trials in July.
Greene, the former 100-meter world record holder, qualified for the 60 finals earlier in the day in 6.61. But he took the cautious route in
withdrawing from the final, since injuries have plagued him the last three years. With Greene out, Shawn Crawford won the 60 in 6.47, and John Capel
was second in 6.52.