MADRID -- Irina Privalova of Russia Thursday confirmed her standing as the world's fastest sprinter this year taking 0.04 seconds off the world 60-meter indoor record.
Privalova, 24, set the new mark at 6.92 seconds leaving the U.S. Olympic 100-meter champion Gail Devers trailing in second place with 7. 05 seconds.
'I came to Madrid to go for the record,' Privalova said. 'It was a good track and good conditions.'
Privalova, who came third behind Devers in the 100-meter final at the Barcelona Olympics, said she felt she could break that record as well this year.
'It is possible. It would need to be in just the right conditions,' she said.
The previous 60-meter indoor record of 6.96 seconds was set by Merlene Ottey of Jamaica at the 1992 Madrid meet.
The same meeting also saw Andre Cason of the U.S. set a men's 60- meter indoor record of 6.41. But despite a line up that was meant to include Ben Johnson, Leroy Burrell, Bruny Surin and Cason himself, the record held.
Johnson did not race after pulling a hamstring running in Belgium Wednesday and Burrell failed to make the final. Canadian Surin, fourth in the 100 meters at Barcelona, beat Cason to the tape in a time of 6.52 seconds.