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Miller also upset at Johnson about newspaper comments
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- If you thought Maurice Greene was upset with Michael Johnson, listen to what sprinter Inger Miller has to say.
Johnson wrote in his column in USA Today that he didn't think Miller would make the Olympic team in the 100 meters.
After Miller made the team by finishing second to Marion Jones in the U.S. Track and Field Trials on Saturday, she blasted Johnson.
"I just think that Michael has a lot to say and maybe he should untwist those beads in his hair," Miller said. "They are wound too tight.
"Why do I say that? He did mention that I would not make the team and that I wasn't focused and everything else, and I proved him wrong."
Greene, who won the 100 meters Saturday, was upset with Johnson calling him immature.
Told of Miller's comments, Greene smiled.
"She said enough, what more can I say," Greene said. "Maybe he'll get some sense if he do it, I don't know."
HANDLING SPRINTERS SENSIBLY: The Hudson Smith International track club swept the 100 meters. Maurice Greene, Jon Drummond and Curtis Johnson all are members.
"HSI sweep baby," Greene said, high-fiving his teammates on the podium at the post-race news conference.
Headed by attorney Emanuel Hudson and coach John Smith, HSI is known as "Handling Sprinters Sensibly" in track circles.
Also on the team is Olympic contender Ato Boldon, who runs for Trinidad and Tobago.
Boldon is at the U.S. trials and said it will be great training with the entire U.S. 100 contingent.
"I have my competition next to me. That's a good thing," Boldon said. "I get to watch the U.S. representatives every single day, who's doing well, who's not doing well, who I can watch and learn something about their race. I see it as an advantage."
TERRIFIC TEEN: Monique Henderson will be a girl among women when she lines up in Sunday's women's 400-meter final.
The 17-year-old from San Diego, who recently completed her junior year of high school, set a U.S. junior and high school record in June at the California Interscholastic Federation championships.
She recently was on the cover of Track and Field News.
On Saturday, Henderson placed fourth in the second heat of the semifinals in 51.24 seconds. The time was good enough to earn her a spot in Sunday's final, although she was the slowest of the eight finalists.
"I'm happy with today because the goal was to make the final," she said. "I just worried about running my race."
At the California high school championships this year, Henderson clocked a personal best of 50.74, the fourth-fastest 400 by an American this year at the time.
She will need a similar effort to have any chance at a spot in the Sydney Games.
"I don't remember a lot of how I felt during the race (Saturday)," Henderson said. "I do know that I didn't relax as much as I should have in the last 100 and I'll have to work on that."
STRENGTH THROUGH TRAGEDY: After an awful year in which her brother committed suicide and she underwent major surgery, Suzy Favor Hamilton has emerged to perform at a level she had never reached before.
The two events, she said, transformed her attitude toward the sport.
"My brother's death just really changed my life in that I realized how short life can be, especially for my brother, who died at age 37. It's too young. I realized I may not be here tomorrow. I have to do things now. I can't wait."
Hamilton's brother, Dan, was manic-depressive and had stopped taking his medication shortly before his death.
"The feeling I had after he died, I'm never going to let that feeling leave me. Even though I was so hurt and upset, it makes me feel like I'm ready to conquer the world. I'm ready to do great things and show the world that I can do it."
To remember him, his sister has resumed using her maiden name in competition.
Her Achilles' tendon injury and subsequent surgery also proved to be a motivation.
"The injury woke me up and realize I might not have a second chance," she said. "That was the scariest thing that's ever happened to me, because I knew I had so much in me to give that I hadn't even step into yet.
"There were so many people waiting for this to happen. They knew it was there, and I was finally able to bring it out and show everybody what I knew I had."
NOT BEST FRIENDS: When Hamilton and Regina Jacobs meet in the 1,500-meter final Sunday, it will not be a matchup of close friends.
The two rarely speak, so their joint appearance at a news conference Saturday was surprisingly good-natured. Afterward, Hamilton said she really didn't know Jacobs at all.
"She's just a competitor I don't know," Hamilton said. "Our personalities don't click. I think we're very extreme."
Jacobs, who is running her best at age 37, said that the rivalry between the two is good for the sport.
"I think we're very different," Jacobs said. "The common thing we share is we both want to win and we're in the same race, so naturally that would breed a huge rivalry."