Kenny Harrison figured to get a scolding from his girlfriend. Of course, they could always patch things up by comparing gold medals.
A few minutes after his girlfriend, Gail Devers, won the women's 100-meter dash, Harrison was celebrating a gold medal in the triple jump.
Harrison clinched the win on his fourth jump of the six-round competition, when he came through with a leap of 59 feet, 4\ inches for an Olympic and American record.
Only Britain's Jonathan Edwards has jumped farther _ but not on this night. He jumped 58-8 and had to settle for the silver, with Cuba's Yoelbi Quesada picking up the bronze at 57-2}. American Mike Conley finished fourth.
On Harrison's winning jump, he sped down the runway with earrings dangling from both lobes and gold chains flapping around his neck.
When he landed in the sand pit and realized what he had done, he jumped up and waved his arms to the crowd of more than 81,000, which waved Americans flags and chanted "U-S-A."
Now if he can just work things out with Devers.
"I told him, "Don't get on the runway when we're ready to run. You'll mess up my concentration,'
" Devers said, smiling. "But, of course, he did."
Turning serious, Devers was ecstatic that Harrison rebounded from a series of injuries to win a gold medal in his first Olympics.
"It was great to see him go out there and do so well," Devers said. "He deserves the gold."
There was no way to find out how Harrison felt about winning gold on the same night as Devers. He declined to be interviewed after his victory, leaving the podium to Edwards and Quesada. He did, however, return to the pit to scoop up a bag of sand.
wins gold in javelin
Heli Rantanen of Finland won the gold medal in the women's javelin with a throw of 222 feet, 11 inches.
Louise McPaul of Australia finished second with 215-0. The bronze went to Trine Hattestad of Norway with a throw of 213-2.