"I wish her the best," Greene said, "because I wouldn't try it.
"I was very tired after Seville [for the 1999 world championships] after my rounds of the 100, the 200 and the relays. It's going to take a phenomenal athlete to win five, and she's a phenomenal athlete. I think she can do it.
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Monday September 25, 2000 Home Edition Part A Part A Page 3 Metro Desk 1 inches; 34 words Type of Material: Correction
Olympic results--A photo caption appearing on A1 in some editions of Sunday's Times incorrectly stated the time it took for U.S. athlete Maurice Greene to complete a 100-meter dash. Greene covered the distance in 9.87 seconds to win a gold medal.
"I just hope her body holds up, so everybody can see her try to achieve her goal."
Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic won his third consecutive Olympic javelin championship, with a mark of 295 feet 10 inches, breaking his Olympic record by half an inch.
Along with his 1988 silver, Zelezny now has four medals in a single event, equaling the Summer Olympics record shared by Carl Lewis and Al Oerter of the United States and Viktor Saneyev of the Soviet Union. Lewis won four gold medals in the long jump (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996), Oerter won four golds in the discus throw (1956, 1960, 1964, 1968) and Saneyev won three golds in the triple jump (1968, 1972, 1976) along with a silver (1980).
"I'm not feeling like a hero," Zelezny said. "I'm feeling like normal, but with three Olympic gold medals. More important is when I get home if my child likes me, if I win or not win. This is more important to me."
Steve Backley of Great Britain won the silver medal with a throw of 294-9 1/2 and Sergey Makarov of Russia the bronze at 290-10 1/2. American Breaux Greer was 12th at 262-2 1/2.
American Michael Johnson and Australian Cathy Freeman easily advanced to the men's and women's 400-meter semifinals, Johnson winning his heat with a time of 45.31 seconds, Freeman leading all women qualifiers with a mark of 51.63.
Just a day at the office, Johnson said with a shrug.
"At the moment, it's the Cathy and Marion Show," Johnson quipped. "They're just slotting us in."
Two other Americans qualified for the men's semifinals, Alvin Harrison recording the best time of the day (44.25) and Antonio Pettigrew moving on with a time of 45.35, but no U.S. woman got out of the second round.
Monique Hennagan placed 19th (51.85) and La Tasha Colander-Richardson finished 21st (52.07).
Hazel Clark was the only American to reach the women's 800 final, placing sixth in the semifinals in 1:59.12.
Jearl Miles-Clark was 10th (1:59.44) and Joetta Clark was 16th (2:04.12).