Archive for Sunday, July 16, 2000

Miller miffed at Johnson

July 16, 2000


— If you thought Maurice Greene was upset with Michael Johnson, listen to what sprinter Inger Miller has to say.

Johnson wrote in his column in USA Today that he didn't think Miller would make the Olympic team in the 100 meters.

After Miller made the team by finishing second to Marion Jones in the U.S. Track and Field Trials on Saturday, she blasted Johnson.

"I just think that Michael has a lot to say and maybe he should untwist those beads in his hair," Miller said. "They are wound too tight.

"Why do I say that? He did mention that I would not make the team and that I wasn't focused and everything else, and I proved him wrong."

Greene, who won the 100 meters Saturday, was upset with Johnson calling him immature.

Told of Miller's comments, Greene smiled.

"She said enough, what more can I say," Greene said. "Maybe he'll get some sense if he do it, I don't know."

HANDLING SPRINTERS SENSIBLY: The Hudson Smith International track club swept the 100 meters. Maurice Greene, Jon Drummond and Curtis Johnson all are members.

"HSI sweep baby," Greene said, high-fiving his teammates on the podium at the post-race news conference.

Headed by attorney Emanuel Hudson and coach John Smith, HSI is known as "Handling Sprinters Sensibly" in track circles.

Also on the team is Olympic contender Ato Boodle, who runs for Trinidad and Tobago.

Boodle is at the U.S. trials and said it will be great training with the entire U.S. 100 contingent.

"I have my competition next to me. That's a good thing," Boodle said. "I get to watch the U.S. representatives every single day, who's doing well, who's not doing well, who I can watch and learn something about their race. I see it as an advantage."

TERRIFIC TEEN: Monique Henderson will be a girl among women when she lines up in Sunday's women's 400-meter final.

The 17-year-old from San Diego, who recently completed her junior year of high school, set a U.S. junior and high school record in June at the California Interscholastic Federation championships.

She recently was on the cover of Track and Field News.

On Saturday, Henderson placed fourth in the second heat of the semifinals in 51.24 seconds. The time was good enough to earn her a spot in today's final, although she was the slowest of the eight finalists.

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