Brisbane: American sprint legend Michael Johnson bid farewell to the world of international athletics on Friday in style. Johnson received a standing ovation from the crowds as he led the United States 4 x 400 metres relay team to victory at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane. The 200 and 400 metres world record holder plans to continue attending athletics events and has promised to watch from the stands when his records are broken. "I just want to be remembered for coming out here and giving my all every time I stepped on the track," said Johnson, the winner of five Olympic and nine World Championship gold medals. Ethiopia's Assefa Mezgebu won the men's 10,000 metres after charging into the lead on the final bend and covering the last 200 in 25.8 seconds to clock 28 minutes 06.48 seconds and hold off two fast-finishing Kenyans. Olympic and world champion Derartu Tulu won the women's 10,000 metres event in 31 minutes 48.57 seconds. Zhanna Pintusevich-Block was victorious in the women's 4 x 100 metres relay, completing it in 42.95 seconds. Dwain Chambers, the Goodwill Games 100-metres champion, led Britain to a narrow win over the USA in 38.71 seconds in the men's 4 x 100 metres relay.
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