Race just practice for the hurdles

Updated: August 21, 2004, 8:05 PM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- Gail Devers crouches down in the starting blocks, takes off when the starting gun fires and crosses the finish line just like everyone else who runs the 100, but the 100 isn't Gail Devers' race. Not the way it's Marion Jones' race or will be Lauryn Williams' race someday.

That's one of the reasons why Devers wasn't upset after failing to advance to the women's 100-meter finals at Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Devers, who is running in her fifth Olympics, hasn't trained continuously ...

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