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Brussels Grand Prix Meet : Slaney Wins 1,500; Lewis Back on Right Track

August 31, 1985|United Press International

BRUSSELS — Mary Decker Slaney, ran the fastest women's 1,500 meters of the world this year Friday in the Ivo Van Damme Memorial Grand Prix track meet at Heysel Stadium before 45,000 fans.

Carl Lewis, four-time gold medalist in the 1984 Olympics, won the long jump and 100 meters.

It was Slaney's 13th straight victory this season. The 1,500 completed a middle-distance triple for Slaney over Romania's Maricica Puica and Britain's Zola Budd. She had also beaten both runners this year in the mile and 3,000 meters.

Slaney finished in 3 minutes 57.24 seconds, Puica was second in 3:57.73 and Budd was third in 3:59.96.

Lewis, 24, had the best long jump in the world this year at 28 feet 3 1/2 inches, and also won the 100 meters in 10.24 seconds, with Kirk Baptiste second in 10.30 and Darwin Cook third in 10.31.

"The hamstring stood up well, I got into my rhythm in the long jump and I am very happy with tonight" Lewis said.

Sydney Maree won the mile in 3:50.34. Joaquim Cruz, the Olympic 800-meter champion, missed the meet because of a hamstring injury.

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