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Bruny Surin did everything he could to run in Saturday's 100-metre Olympic semifinal but it wasn't enough.

The Montreal sprinter burst out of the starter's blocks then stopped running after only 10 metres because of a sore hamstring. He walked the rest of the way to the finish line and wound up with a 50.94 clocking and a seat for the men's final set for later this evening.

"It is frustrating but it's over," Surin, 33, said after what was his final Olympic appearance. "I did everything I could. I had therapy, acupuncture, massage. I froze it. I felt pain at 70 metres (in Friday's second preliminary heat) but today I felt it right away. I'm going to stick around and watch the final."

Surin said he didn't pop his hamstring, but he felt it "pull up a little". In Friday's second heat, former Olympic 100-metres champion Donovan Bailey pulled up halfway through his race because of weakness and dehydration. Bailey, 32, picked up a flu bug earlier in the week and was unable to prepare himself to reach the final.

Surin's problems began at the Canadian track and field championships last month in Vitoria, B.C. He won the men's 100, but felt a twinge in his hamstring that was later diagnosed as a strain. Surin was angry at the time of his injury because meet organizers had moved up the start time for the men's 100 to accomodate television instead of allowing runners more time to stretch and get ready.

In the opening round of sprints here, Surin barely qualified after posting a 10.40 and complaining of pain. In the second round, he came in at 10.20 but wasn't sure if his leg would hold up if he ran harder.

"I ran 30, 40, 50 metres without pain the other day. But right from the blocks I felt it," he said Saturday. "I was injured, there was nothing I could do. I'm going to get healthy and run again next year."

The question now is whether Surin will be able to run on the Canadian 4x-100 relay team that won the gold medal four years ago in Atlanta. Surin said it would take "a miracle" for him to run the relay. Bailey said he would rest and train this week to see if he could help the team.

At this moment, the line-up for the relay team would be Pierre Brown, Brad McCuaig, Nicolas Macrozonaris and Glen Roy Gilbert.

Marion Jones won the women's 100-metre gold medal with atime of 10.75 seconds, she said it was the first gold medal in her quest to win in five in Sydney. She's also competing in the 200, the long jump, and on two relay teams.

American sprinter Maurice Greene won the men's 100 in a time of 9.87 seconds, Ato Boldon, from Trinidad and Tobago was second at 9.99, the bronze went to Obadele Thompson of the Barbados.

Although Bailey didn't run in the 100 metre finals Saturday, he gets to hold onto the Olympic record he set in Atlanta, when he ran 9.84.

 

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