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Johnson picks up pace in 400

Michael Johnson easily advanced to today's semifinals of the 400 meters, using slightly more energy than during his leisurely run in the first round. Johnson relaxed while winning Saturday's second-round heat in 44.62 seconds, fastest of the day.

Johnson did not have his usual lead coming off the final turn, but gradually passed the other runners on the closing straightaway.

"I was running probably about 60 or 70 percent through the first 200," Johnson said. "And then coming home probably 85 or 90 percent.

"This whole thing is a plan. I plan to go through the rounds as easily as possible, so going into the final I'll have as much energy as I possibly can."

World-record holder Butch Reynolds and Alvin Harrison also advanced. The final is Monday night.

Johnson is seeking to become the first man to win the 200 and 400. The 200 will be run Wednesday and Thursday.

HEPTATHLON: After the 100 hurdles and high jump, Urszula Wlodarczyk of Poland was first with 2,107 points. Wlodarczyk was clocked at 13.48 in the hurdles. She cleared 6-1\ in the high jump. The top American was Sharon Hanson in seventh with 2,015 points. Kelly Blair was eighth with 2,011 points.

HEPTATHLON: Ghada Shouaa of Syria was first after four events _ the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 _ with 3,992 points. Urszula Wlodarczyk of Poland was second at 3,880. The top American was Sharon Hanson in eighth with 3,713 points. Kelly Blair was 18th with 3,625.

WOMEN'S 400: Maicel Malone of Gainesville won her heat in 51.16 to move into the semifinals. Americans Kim Graham and Jearl Miles also advanced.

HAMMER THROW: Lance Deal of the United States was first in his qualifying group with a throw of 257-9.

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