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Johnson to clash with Montgomery

By John Salvado and Sharon Mathieson 07/05/2003 06:21:41 AM Comments (0)

Fresh from becoming the first Australian to break 10 seconds for the 100m, Patrick Johnson will never get a better chance to beat the world record holder.

Johnson stormed into the upper echelon of world sprinting with his run of 9.93 seconds in a low-key meet in Japan.

He will back up in Osaka on Saturday against a much stronger field likely to include world record holder Tim Montgomery, evergreen Namibian Frankie Fredericks and US stars Coby Miller and Bernard Williams.

Montgomery clocked 10.04 to finish second behind unheralded Canadian Nicolas Macrozonaris in Mexico City on Sunday, the day before Johnson became the first man to break 10 seconds in 2003.

"He (Montgomery) will be angry about losing so he'll be ready to spark up," Johnson's coach Esa Peltola said.

"There's nine men in that race and before the gun goes, you can't say that he can't win.

"That's what you are there for, to drive for the best possible performance.

"I can't guarantee that he (Johnson) wins or he's second or third, what I want him to do is to be competitive."

After the Osaka meet, Johnson can turn his sights towards Europe.

The 9.93 run earns him instant credibility with the major promoters and should gain him a start in the lucrative Golden League meets in the European summer.

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