SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In the end, Michael Johnson and Maurice Greene talked a lot better than they ran. The great race was a fiasco for the ages.
Neither won. Neither even crossed the finish line. First Johnson, then Greene pulled up with leg injuries.
Now it's on to Sydney for the U.S. track and field team with a 200-meter squad minus two of the world's fastest men.
"The whole world wanted to see a great show," Greene said. "It's a sad situation that me and Michael didn't finish the race."
Before the not-so-grand finale Sunday, it was a spectacular final day for the U.S. Olympic trials before a sun-baked standing-room-only crowd of 24,072.
--Marion Jones wrapped up her triumphant Sacramento stay by winning the 200 in 21.94 seconds, fastest in the world this year. She also won the trials 100 and long jump, and heads to Sydney on track in her goal to win five gold medals.
--Stacy Dragila, who grew up on a ranch just a 30-minute drive from the stadium, broke her world record in the pole vault by clearing 15 feet, 2 1/4 inches.
--The Clark family finished 1-2-3 in the women's 800 when the eldest of the clan, 37-year-old Joetta Clark-Diggs, somehow lunged into third place at the finish to earn the event's final Olympic berth by one-hundredth of a second.
--Gail Devers, in search of the 100 hurdle gold medal that always has eluded her, broke her American record with a 12.33 clocking.
Johnson's problems with a cramping right leg Saturday led to speculation that he might pull out, but he competed in the semifinals. Running beside Greene, Johnson finished second to John Capel. Greene was third.
In the final, Johnson pulled up on the turn, falling to the track in pain, this time in his left leg.
"It's one of the most painful cramps I've ever had," he said. "I don't believe the injury is terrible. We'll evaluate it in the next few days. Hopefully this isn't too serious so I can get back and go to Europe."
Greene raced on, but not for long. On the straightaway, the 100-meter runner suddenly began hopping, then limped to a halt with a strained left hamstring.
"I felt a strain ...," Greene said. "I stopped before I tore something.
"I don't think it had anything to do with the heat or with the rivalry. I was just trying to do something my body wasn't ready to do."
It was the latest of a history of unfinished races for Johnson, who still will get to defend his 400 championship in Sydney, but won't duplicate the unprecedented 200-400 double he achieved in Atlanta.
Last year, Johnson was supposed to run against Greene in the 200 in the U.S. pro championships, but pulled out because of the death of his grandmother. Less than a month later, Johnson was supposed to face Greene at the USA championships, but pulled out because of a quadriceps injury.
Then there was the 150-meter match race with Donovan Bailey in 1997, when Johnson pulled up with a hamstring injury.
He felt the pressure not to withdraw this time.
"I couldn't stop," Johnson told reporters. "You guys would have killed me. I've been getting lots of cramps in different places, and the heat might have been a factor. But this is what we do, we push our bodies."
So in the end, the two who had sniped at each other all week both limped off the track.
"I don't regret anything I said," Greene said. "The whole world wanted to see a great show. It put a lot of attention on the sport. I hope it created fans for track and field. If they want a match race after the Olympics, I'm all for it."
John Capel won the 200 in 19.85 seconds. Floyd Heard, 34, was second in 19.88, breaking his 13-year-old personal best. Coby Miller was third in 19.96.
Temperatures neared 100 degrees Sunday, and it was much hotter than that on the track.
The heat added to the fatigue that Jones felt in completing an exhausting week.
"I think the best word I can use to describe it is 'I'm glad all over' and that's more than one word. But now I can go home and relax," she said.
Now, with the demise of Johnson and Greene in the 200, Jones will be the focus of even more attention in Sydney as she aims for gold in the 100, 200, long jump and both relays.
"Without a doubt, I've always said it's not going to be easy in Sydney. I'd be the first to tell you it's going to be quite difficult," she said. "But the fact that I can come here and get through all three of these and all sorts of different things is motivating for me. I'm glad I've gotten through it."
Jones got a strong challenge from defending world champion Inger Miller, who finished second in 22.09.
Dragila, who grew up in nearby Auburn, cleared 15-5 in warmups, then managed 15-2 1/4 in the competition. She took three shots at 15-5 before calling it a day.
"I was nervous because I was here at home. When I got to the field and did my warmups, I made 15-5, that's pretty danged awesome," she said. "To stay composed through the competition was all I wanted to do. And I did it and came up on top with the world record."
For drama, nothing could match the Clark sweep. Hazel Clark, the youngest at 22, won in 1:58.97. Joetta Miles-Clark, her sister-in-law, was second at 1:59.49.
But throughout the race, Joetta Clark-Diggs, a three-time Olympian and Hazel's sister, lagged badly through most of the race.
She put on a charge and managed to move into fourth down the stretch, but in the final few meters, it looked as if there was no way she could catch Meredith Rainey-Valmon for third. At the very end, she lunged forward as if she was pushed for behind and leaned across the line just ahead of Rainey-Valmon.
"I wasn't sure if I had got her," Clark-Diggs said. "Then I saw it on the scoreboard and knew we did it. Now I look forward to making history with my family."
Devers is the two-time defending Olympic champion in the 100, but failed to qualify in that event in the trials. The 100 hurdles always been her best event, though. Now she will shoot for her first Olympic gold in that event.
"I'm very pleased with the time," she said. "Thirty-three years old and running 12.33."
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