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The Big Event // 100-METER FINALS

WHAT: The men's and women's 100-meter finals.

WHEN: Women's race at 8:45 p.m.; men's at 9.

THE WOMEN: So much has been made about the rivalry between Americans Gail Devers and Gwen Torrence that nearly everyone else has been reduced to an also-ran.

Even NBC has made it a two-woman race. On Tuesday night _ in the middle of the women's gymnastics team final _ the network felt compelled to air a preview of the 100 meters that focused only on Devers and Torrence.

But anything can happen in the 100 _ including an upset by Jamaican Merlene Ottey or the third American, D'Andre Hill.

Torrence, though, has to be considered the favorite. She has the top time in the world this year and has had only the 100 to concentrate on leading up to the Games (she did not qualify in the 200).

And Torrence, the Atlanta native, may want it more. She won the 200 in Barcelona but finished fourth in the 100, and has said the 100 is the only race that matters.

Devers, meanwhile, is chasing the double that eluded her in Barcelona. She won the 100 and was on her way to a victory in the 100 hurdles when she tripped over the final hurdle and finished fifth.

Ottey, in her fifth Olympics, is looking for her first gold. She won the bronze in 1984, but was fifth in Barcelona. Two 1992 medalists, Russia's Irina Privalova (bronze) and Jamaica's Juliet Cuthbert (silver), also are back.

THE MEN: Frankie Fredericks of Namibia might be the only one who can beat Michael Johnson at his own game.

Fredericks is going for the more traditional 100/200-meter sprint double, and will have to go through Johnson _ whom he beat in the 200 just before the Games _ to get it.

Fredericks barely missed the world record with a 9.86 earlier this month, and is considered the favorite. But American Dennis Mitchell, Britain's Linford Christie and Canada's Donovan Bailey have gold-medal aspirations, and Americans Mike Marsh and Jon Drummond also could finish among the top three.

Mitchell won the 100 at the trials in June and beat a star-studded field at the 1984 Goodwill Games. He finished fourth in Seoul in 1988 and won the bronze in Barcelona.

Christie, 36, is the defending Olympic champion. He announced last year he would not attempt to defend his title, but this month _ to no one's surprise _ he changed his mind.

Bailey and Canadian teammate Bruny Surin finished 1-2 at the World Championships last year in a relatively slow final. Bailey won in 9.97; Surin's time was 10.03.

_ SHARON GINN

Past winners

Men

1992: Linford Christie, Britain, 9.96.

1988: Carl Lewis, U.S., 9.92 (Olympic record).

1984: Carl Lewis, U.S., 9.99.

1980: Allan Wells, Britain, 10.25.

1976: Hasely Crawford, Trinidad & Tobago, 10.06.

1972: Valery Borsov, Soviet Union, 10.14.

1968: Jim Hines, U.S., 9.95.

1964: Robert Hayes, U.S., 10.0.

1960: Armin Hary, West Germany, 10.2.

1956: Robert Morrow, U.S., 10.5.

Women

1992: Gail Devers, U.S., 10.82.

1988: Florence Griffith-Joyner, U.S., 10.54 (Olympic record).

1984: Evelyn Ashford, U.S., 10.97.

1980: Lyudmila Kondratyeva, Soviet Union, 11.06.

1976: Annegret Richter, West Germany, 11.08.

1972: Renate Stecher, East Germany, 11.07.

1968: Wyomia Tyus, U.S., 11.0.

1964: Wyomia Tyus, U.S. 11.4.

1960: Wilma Rudolph, U.S., 11.0.

1956: Betty Cuthbert, Australia, 11.5.

World records

MEN: Leroy Burrell, U.S., 9.85 (1994).

WOMEN: Florence Griffith-Joyner, 10.49 (1988).

1996 top times

(Through July 7)

Men

FRANKIE FREDERICKS: Namibia, 9.86.

ATO BOLDON: Trinidad, 9.92.

DENNIS MITCHELL: U.S., 9.92.

DONOVAN BAILEY: Canada, 9.93.

MICHAEL MARSH: U.S., 9.95.

JON DRUMMOND: U.S., 9.98.

VINCENT HENDERSON: U.S. 10.00.

LEROY BURRELL: U.S., 10.01.

Women

GWEN TORRENCE: U.S., 10.82.

GAIL DEVERS: U.S., 10.91.

D'ANDRE HILL: U.S., 10.92.

MERLENE OTTEY: Jamaica, 10.92.

CHRYSTE GAINES: U.S., 10.96.

INGER MILLER: U.S., 10.96.

GALINA MALCHUGINA: Russia, 11.02.

CARLA GUIDRY: U.S., 11.06.

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