Butch Reynolds, competing two days after smashing the world record at 400 meters, won a rare 300-meter race Friday, and Carl Lewis was dropped from a 4 x 100-meter relay, casting doubt on whether he will run in that event at the Olympics.
Reynolds who clocked 43.29 seconds in Zurich Wednesday, said he was too drained to compete in the 400 Friday and so switched to the 300.Lewis, who won the 100 meters in 10.04, was upset when he and Santa Monica Track Club teammate Joe DeLoach were dropped from the U.S. relay squad that was to compete in the Olympic warm-up meet over a hassle with Olympic assistant coach Russ Rogers, who said they had done enough on the European tour to earn their places.
Lewis ran the year's fastest 100 meters time of 9.93 seconds when he beat world champion and world record-holder Ben Johnson on Wednesday, while DeLoach ran the fifth fastest 100 meters this year (10.03) and won the Van Damme 200 meters in 20.03.
"Athletes have had trouble with Russ Rogers before," Lewis said. "He acts like a junior high school teacher. Stan Huntsman, the head coach, is an excellent guy."