Lance Deal shattered the American record in the men's hammer throw by two feet on Friday, and then said he could throw still farther.
"My training mates say there is still more there because my finish was off," Deal said after hurling the hammer 270 feet, 8 inches in the USA-Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships.The distance, third-best in the world this year, surpassed the previous record of 268-8 by Jud Logan on April 22, 1988, at University Park, Pa. Logan, who is serving a four-year suspension for drug use, was at Tom Black Field to watch Deal's record performance and congratulated him on the accomplishment.
Deal had an inkling he would break the record prior to the competition, and again after his first throw.
"Last night, I was thinking about that line (on the field marking the American record) and I thought what a monster it is," the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Deal said. "Then I thought, yes it is, but so am I."
He said that when he didn't foul on his first attempt, a throw of 256-0, his confidence increased.
"I'm notorious for fouling on my first throw in big meets," Deal said.
The record came on his second attempt.
"As soon as it was out of my hands, I knew it was a record," the 32-year-old Deal said.
Meanwhile, Kim Batten, the 1991 national champion in the women's 400-meter hurdles and fourth in last year's world championships, raced to a 10-meter victory in 54.51 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.
"I knew I wanted to run that fast, but I couldn't tell the pace I was running," said Batten, who led all the way. "I knew I was out good, I ran smoothly, I was feeling good - and the time was just there."
In a spirited and highly competitive men's shot put, C.J. Hunter equalled his career best of 68 feet, 33/4 inches in beating world record-holder Randy Barnes for his first national outdoor title.
"This is the best year I've ever had," said Hunter, also this year's U.S. indoor champion.
Barnes finished second at 68-11/2, followed by three-time NCAA champion Brent Noon of Georgia at 67-31/4 and 1992 Olympic silver medalist Jim Doehring at 67-11/2.
Barnes, bothered by a right Achilles tendon injury the past six weeks, was uncertain he would be able to compete.
"I took some anti-inflammatories and warmed up good today, and I didn't feel any pain," Barnes said. "But I'm just a mess right now. So I was excited I was even able to get it out to 68 today."
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, attempting a difficult double in the women's 100-meter hurdles and long jump, qualified for both finals Saturday.
She won her hurdles semifinal heat in 13.10, her fastest time of the year, and had the best mark in the long jump qualifying, a wind-aided 22-61/4.
The men's 110-meter hurdles final appeared to signal a changing of the guard, as Mark Crear, the 1992 NCAA champion from Southern California, outleaned Robert Reading, the 1989 NCAA winner, also from Southern Cal, for the victory.
Crear led until the eighth hurdle, where he was overtaken by Reading. But Crear then outran Reading to the tape, winning by .01 seconds in 13.36.
Roger Kingdom, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and American record-holder, finished fifth at 13.57, and Greg Foster, the three-time world champion and five-time national champion, failed to finish.
The women's 10,000, postponed 24 hours because of a thunderstorm after the runners had completed 1,200 meters, was run Friday, and Olga Appell, with a last-lap surge, won in 32:23.76, beating Gwyn Coogan by a second.
Lynn Jennings, the Olympic bronze medalist, American record-holder and three-time defending champion, was a victim of the heat and humidity, and dropped out after 7,000 meters.
Maicel Malone, the national indoor champion in the women's 400, glided to victory in her semifinal heat in 50.24, a career best and second-fastest in the world this year.
Jearl Miles, the 1993 world champion, finished behind Malone at 50.73, while world silver medalist Natasha Kaiser-Brown took the other semifinal in 51.07.
Antonio Pettigrew, the 1991 world champion, won his semifinal heat in the men's 400 in 45.06, matching the best by an American this year.
Other men's winners included Derrick Adkins in the 400 hurdles at 48.41, Mark Croghan in the 3,000 steeplechase at 8:23.47, Tom Ansberry in the 10,000 at 29:01.84, and Mike Gravelle in the discus at 195-1.
The other women's winners were Annette Peters in the 3,000 at 9:01.49, Ceci St. Geme in the 5,000 at 15:57.71, Angie Bradburn in the high jump at 6-31/2, and Connie Price-Smith in the discus at 195-1.