Tim Montgomery with his world record time100m World Record falls to Montgomery - 9.78!

14 September 2002 - Paris - American Tim Montgomery dramatically stole the show in Paris with a 9.78 100m World Record, that unexpectedly deprived Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj of the Overall men's Grand Prix title at the 18th IAAF Grand Prix Final.

The Men's 100m Photo FinishMen’s 100m World Record - Live From Paris! 
Tim Montgomery (USA): “You know, World Records always happen when you expect them the least. The weather was quite cool today like when I ran 9.84 in Oslo. I didn’t know I would be able to break the World Record during the warm up. This is the end of a great season for me, I knew I was in great shape and today everything was just perfect. More>>>

What if the IAAF Rankings had been the qualifying criteria for the IAAF Grand Prix Final?
14 September 2002 - Paris - It is now common knowledge that as of next year, the IAAF Grand Prix Final will become the IAAF World Athletics Final and its system of qualification will radically change. To qualify for the IAAF World Athletics Final, athletes will have to be ranked among the top 8 - or 10 in middle distance events - in the IAAF World Rankings. What effect will the Rankings have on the methods of qualification for the IAAF World Athletics Final? More>>>

Felix Sanchez in MonacoThe stars have their say in Paris


13 September 2002 – Paris – At the IAAF Press Conference at the Hotel de Ville, the three main contenders for the Overall men’s and women’s Grand Prix titles, Hicham El Guerrouj and Felix Sanchez, and Marion Jones, were joined on the platform by Maurice Greene, and the latest French women’s sprint sensation Muriel Hurtis, to gave their thoughts about Saturday’s 18th IAAF Grand Prix Final.

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The IAAF Grand Prix Final takes a bow
18th IAAF Grand Prix Final Paris 2002 - Local Organising Committee site