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Athletics: World Championships - Three and easy Dean.

DEAN MACEY was lying third after three events in the decathlon last night.

The 23-year-old made a poor getaway in his 100m heat, but still came through to win - punching the air in delight as he crossed the finish line.

His time of 10.73seconds was just 0.04secs behind his best he set on his way to silver at the last world championships in Seville in 1999.

But Olympic champion Erki Nool of Estonia took the lead when he won the next heat in 10.60secs.

Macey retained third place after the long jump as the Czech Republic's Tomas Dvorak began to call the tune by snatching the overall lead with a career best jump.

The former Canvey Island lifeguard cleared 7.59m with his first jump to finish fourth in the event.

Macey stayed in the medal hunt by going close to a personal best in the shot. He launched it 15.41 metres, which was worth 815 points to boost his total to 2,696 points.

Dvorak led the pack, but Macey trailed second-placed Nool by just seven points.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2001
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