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Lewis finally leaps; Reynolds out of 400

Facing the end of his glorious Olympic career, Carl Lewis used a dramatic leap on his last attempt Sunday night to qualify for the final in the long jump.

Lewis was in 15th place before his third and last qualifying leap, with only the top 12 advancing to tonight's final. But he jumped 27 feet, 2{ inches on his third attempt, the best in the qualifying rounds.

Lewis bounded out of the pit, his arms spread wide in celebration, and pumped his right arm in the air.

"I had to tell myself, "This is the last meet of your life. Do you want it to end like this?'

" he said.

Americans Mike Powell and Joe Greene, who in 1992 won silver and bronze, respectively, joined Lewis in the final.

Michael Johnson moseyed into the final of the 400 meters, but U.S. teammate Butch Reynolds pulled up in his semifinal heat with cramps in both hamstrings.

Reynolds, the world record-holder and a silver medalist in 1988, ran just 50 meters before grabbing the back of his right leg and tumbling. Reynolds, who has spent years trying to clear his name after a drug suspension, was considered Johnson's only real threat for the gold medal. He does plan to run in the 1,600-meter relay.

Maicel Malone and Jearl Miles, both of whom train at the University of Florida, failed to qualify for the women's 400 meters final. Malone finished sixth in her heat in 51.16, and Miles was fifth in hers at 50.21. The top four finishers qualify, and the fastest time was 49.19, run by Marie-Jose Perec of France in Miles' heat.

Florida State graduate Kim Batten won her 400-meter hurdles heat in 54.92 after banging her knee into a hurdle during warmups. "I was in a lot of pain," she said. "I couldn't pull out, no way. I think I ran great with a bad knee, but I was so worried about it, I forgot my glasses." It was her first race without her sunglasses since 1994.

Batten trailed Deon Hemmings of Jamaica and Central Ohio College and Gudrun Arnardottir of Iceland and the University of Georgia. U.S. teammates Tonja Buford-Bailey, 25, and Sandra Farmer-Patrick, 33, also advanced.

Gold-medal favorite Allen Johnson of the United States (13.27) and fellow Americans Mark Crear (13.14) and Eugene Swift (13.37) progressed to the 110 hurdle semifinals.

American Alvin Harrison joined Johnson in the 400 final. "It's kind of disappointing, because I thought we had a good chance of sweeping," Johnson said.

Johnson won his heat in 44.59 seconds, slowing in the final 50 meters and turning his head to watch his opponents. "I won't look around tomorrow," he said. "Tomorrow is not a strategic day, tomorrow is a competition day. I'll run the best race I can."

After the race, Johnson threw his gold shoes into the crowd.

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