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Athletics: Bailey left trailing by disco king.

DISCO king Ian Mackie blitzed Olympic champion Donovan Bailey - and then sent a warning to Britain's top sprinters.

Scottish braveheart Mackie, 25, won the 100m in 10.24secs at the Aqua Pura International at Bedford as he left Bailey trailing into second place.

Injury plagued Mackie, who prepares for all of his races by listening to dance music on his personal stereo, has now set his sights on forcing his way into Britain's 100m line-up for Sydney.

Mackie, a 100m semi finalist in Atlanta four years ago, had planned to only race in the 200m this season but is ready to challenge 100m sprint kings Jason Gardener, Dwain Chambers and Darren Campbell.

His victory yesterday signalled the end of three years of injury misery with a memorable win over reigning Olympic champion Bailey.

Mackie, who clocked an Olympic qualifying time, said: "I will run both the 100m and 200m, see how they go and then make a decision before the Olympic trials in August.

"I might end up going for the 100m at the Olympics, but I'm certainly not getting too carried away but this was a great win for me and has helped my confidence."

Canadian Bailey, who won gold in Atlanta in a then world record of 9.84secs, claimed he was still jetlagged by his long flight from Toronto just 48 hours earlier.

Bailey, who ran 10.27secs as he continues his comeback from his own injury lay-off, added: "I felt really flat - like I was running a marathon."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Hill, Ian
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2000
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