Kelli White wins 100 metres in Brussels

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Kelli White won one of the most competitive 100 metre fields this season at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels.

Brussels:

Kelli White got the victory she needed. Maria Mutola got the money. White blazed through one of the most competitive 100 metre fields this season to regain some of her composure at the Van Damme Memorial, one harried week after she became the center of a doping controversy at the world championships in Paris. Mutola used her trademark finishing kick to blow away opposition in the home straight of the 800 metres, and earned a US$1 million bonus for winning at all six Golden League meets. "I was nervous of course, the race was a bit difficult and different," a relieved Mutola said after she became the first athlete to win the Golden League bonus outright. She easily beat Natalya Khrushchelyova of Russia, coasting over the finish line to the cheers of the 47,500 sellout crowd at the King Baudouin Stadium. Now, she will use part of the money to give young Mozambicans the chance to study and train abroad, much as she was able to do herself. Mutola already set up a foundation to achieve that goal. "The whole focus for me was to help my foundation," she said. While Mutola cashed in on money, White cashed in on pride. (AP)

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