Harrison Wins 400 Meters at DN Galan
%mlink(STRY:; PHOTO:; AUDIO:%)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ American Alvin Harrison set a stadium record in winning the men’s 400 meters, and Nicole Teter won the women’s 800 at the DN Galan meet Tuesday.
Harrison, the silver medalist in the 400 at the 2000 Olympics, won in 44.57 seconds. American Leonard Byrd was second in 44.82.
Harrison eclipsed the Olympic Stadium record of 44.64, set three years ago by American Jerome Young, and earned a 1-carat diamond for the record finish.
``It was a great race,″ Harrison said. ``There was great competition. We did everything that we accomplished, that we set out to do today.″
Teter used a strong finishing kick to move past former Olympic and world champion Maria Mutola of Mozambique, clocking a 1:58.13.
Mutola, a former two-time winner in Stockholm, finished ten-hundredths of a second behind Teter.
``If feels incredible to win here,″ Teter said. ``Running against the two fastest women and pull an upset is very exciting for me.
``I was prepared for a fast race and a fast finish, but it ended up being a slow race with a fast finish which is perfect for me.″
Olympic Stadium, site of the 1912 Summer Olympics, has produced 83 world records.
The International Association of Athletics Federations was formed in Stockholm on July 17, 1912, and IAAF vice president and IOC member Arne Ljungqvist of Sweden, who competed several times in high jump at Olympic Stadium, represented world track’s governing body during pre-meet festivities.