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US Sprinter Gatlin Wins Men's 100 Meters at Moscow Challenge Meet - 2003-09-21


American sprinter Justin Gatlin has won the men's 100 meters and pocketed $500,000 at the Moscow Challenge athletics meet in Russia.

Gatlin outran Britain's Dwain Chambers, world record holder Tim Montgomery, and Olympic champion Maurice Greene of the United States to take home the $500,000 prize. The 21-year-old Gatlin finished in 10.05 seconds.

The huge cash prize was a lucrative consolation for Gatlin, who failed to make the U.S. team for the recent world championships in Paris.

Meanwhile in the women's 100 meters, Chryste Gaines of the United States beat double world sprint champion Kelli White to take the race, and its $75,000 prize.

Olympic and world champion Maria Mutola of Mozambique continued her undefeated run by taking the women's 800 meters race in 1:58.82 minutes. For her efforts, Mutola won $75,000 to add to the $1 million she earned for being the Golden League champion.

Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj won the men's 1,500 meters by edging Kenya's Paul Korir by 0.04 seconds. Guerrouj finished in three minutes, 36.44 seconds.

World champion Christian Olsson won the men's triple jump event wit ha hop, skip, and jump of 17.34 meters. The lucrative meet was staged in cold weather at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Moscow is bidding to host the 2012 Olympics, but the meet was not called an official attempt to highlight Moscow's bid.

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