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2 RECORDS BROKEN IN BRUSSELS

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Morocco's Salah Hissou broke the world 10,000 meters record, Russia's Svetlana Masterkova set a women's 1,000 mark, and 110-meters hurdles champion Allen Johnson came within one hundredth of a second of another record Friday at the Van Damme Memorial track meet.

Hissou clocked 26 minutes, 38.08 seconds to shave 5.45 seconds off the 10,000 record set by Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie in June 1995.The Moroccan raced away from the field in the last 1,500 meters and finished well ahead of Kenya's Paul Tergat, 12.33 seconds behind.

Masterkova, the Olympic 800 and 1,500 meters gold medalist who also set the 1,500 world mark in Zurich nine days ago, clocked 2:28.98 in the seldom run 1,000 meters. Maria Mutola of Mozambique, who owned the previous mark of 2:29.34, was second, 32 hundredths off her old mark.

Johnson ran 12.92 seconds in unfavorable rainy conditions at King Baudouin Stadium, powering past record-holder Colin Jackson of Britain, who ran 13.24. Cuba's Emilio Valle was third in 13.33.

Johnson tied his own Olympic trials time and the U.S. record he shares with Roger Kingdom.

"I don't think it's possible to break the world record this season," Johnson said. "But I'm still at 80 to 85 percent and there's still a lot of little things I have to get right."

Another Olympic winner, women's 100-meter champ Gail Devers, ran the second quickest time of the year, 10.84, to beat rivals Gwen Torrence and Merlene Ottey of Jamaica.

Dennis Mitchell upset Olympic champion and world record holder Donovan Bailey, winning the 100 meters in 10.03. Bailey finished second in 10.09, and Carl Lewis placed third in 10.10 despite a sore leg.

Mitchell, fourth in the Olympic 100 in Atlanta, is convinced his best is still to come.

"I'm 30, one of the oldest guys around, yet I'm still an amateur when it comes to the knowledge I need in order to run a good 100," said the U.S. trials winner. "I'm still learning. I still have my best race some time in the future."

Michael Johnson cruised to a 400-meter triumph in a modest 44.29, which still left the field trailing by five yards. Derek Mills was almost a half second behind in 44.78, and Anthuan Maybank clocked 44.92 for third.

"I knew I wasn't running an extremely fast time so I eased up at the end," the world and Olympic champion said. "There's really nothing else for me to prove this season and nothing else to be done."

He said he was interested, however, in racing against 100-meter star Bailey over a mutually satisfactory distance, 150 meters.

"I'd like to do it this year and so would Donovan. It's just a case of a promoter getting the race on," said Johnson, who plans to run a 200 at Berlin next Friday.

In other races, Frankie Fredericks of Namibia edged Trinidad's Ato Boldon to win the 200 meters in 19.92, and 400 hurdles titlist Derrick Adkins beat Zambia's Samuel Matete in 47.93.

Bob Kennedy broke the U.S. record by taking third in the 3,000 meters behind Kenya's Daniel Komen and Morocco's Khalid Boulami. Komen's 7:25.87 was the third-fastest ever, and Kennedy finished in 7:31.69. That beat the 7:33.37 set by Sydney Maree in London 16 years ago.