Originally created 02/29/04

Devers wins 60, 60 hurdles



BOSTON - Gail Devers used her head to make track history Saturday.

She won the 60-meter hurdles and the 60-meter dash at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships, becoming the only American to win both events at this meet. In the sprint, 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.

Devers won in 7.12, officially the same time as Edwards.

While it was a momentous day for Devers, it was another disappointing one for Maurice Greene.

The former 100-meter world record holder qualified for the 60 finals earlier in the day in 6.61 seconds, but later pulled out of the final with a strained right hamstring.

As for Devers, she 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.

Terrence Trammell unsuccessfully tried the double in 2002.

Devers, a two-time Olympic champion in the 100, perhaps is eyeing the upcoming Athens Games as her chance to finally win gold in the 110 hurdles.

Greene, who has been hampered by various injuries over the past three years, took the cautious route in withdrawing from the final. With Greene out, Shawn Crawford won the 60 in 6.47, and John Capel was second in 6.52.

"It tightened up a little bit at the end of the race," Greene said. "I can go out there and run, but it doesn't make sense to chance it now and interrupt all my training and everything else. It's nothing big. It's nothing to be concerned about. I'll just go home, get back to work and get ready for the outdoor season."

Allen Johnson repeated as 60 hurdles champion. The 32-year-old Johnson won in 7.44, an easy victory over Duane Ross, who had the fastest times in qualifying. Ross finished in 7.59.

"I just wanted to make it to worlds and defend my title," Johnson said. "It was nothing major."