Snowstorms wipe out races at Olympic ski site
A World Cup super-G was canceled yesterday as the entire schedule of Olympic warm-ups at Val D'Isere, France, site of the 1992 Winter Olympics Alpine skiing events, was wiped out because of snowstorms.
This winter's schedule of pre-Olympic races has not gone well for organizers. Poor visibility and snow had scratched downhills on Friday and Saturday.
Pre-Olympic competitions at La Plagne were postponed because of safety concerns on the new bobsled run. A ski jumping competition at Courchevel last month was canceled when the platform had to be modified. And the women's downhill course at Meribel had to be altered because it was considered too fast.
* Anita Wachter of Austria, trailing American Eva Twardokens by .24 of a second after the first run, turned in a blistering second run to win a women's giant slalom by .86 of a seconds in Zwiesel, Germany, and capture her first World Cup victory of the season.
Chris Patton of the United States beat Ken Dukes of Australia, 5 and 3, to win the Australian Matchplay Championship in Melbourne. Patton led from the start as Dukes took a bogey-5. Patton led 7-up after 21 holes, but Dukes fought back to trail by just three holes at the 29th.
Sophomore Gabby Linarducci set a Towson State record for floor exercise with 9.75 to lead the No. 15th-ranked Tigers (5-2) to a 187.25-182.00 women's gymnastics victory over the University of Massachusetts at the Towson Center. Senior Anne Sugden led another school-record-setting effort with 9.70 on the uneven bars, as the team totaled 48.00 for the discipline, surpassing the previous mark of 47.725, set last year.
Drexel University swept the team titles for the second straight year in the East Coast Conference swimming and diving championships, which concluded late Saturday at the University Maryland Baltimore County. Cathy Meehan of Drexel was named the outstanding women swimmer for the third consecutive year, finishing the three-day meet with six golds and a silver. Double-winner Jack Schwerzler of Rider was voted the outstanding male swimmer.
Megan Malchak of UMBC and Lori Schaeffer joined Meehan as the only swimmers to win three individual golds. Malchak, a freshman from Columbia (Hammond), won the 200-yard breaststroke, after placing first in the 100 breaststroke and 400 individual medley Friday.
Multiple event winners Rob Pendergist and Laurie Smith of Mount St. Mary's were named the outstanding performers of the Northeast Conference indoor track championships at Fairleigh Dickinson. The Mount men finished third in the team standings with 78 points, and the women placed second. FDU won both championships.
Pendergist, a sophomore, won the men's award for the second time. He won the long jump, 23 feet, 2 3/4 inches; shot put, 42-1 1/4 ; and high jump, 6-4; and was second in the 55-meter hurdles. Smith took the honor in the NEC's first women's meet, winning the long jump, 17-4 1/4 , and high jump, 5-3 3/4 , and placed second in the shot put and hurdles.
Third-seeded Catarina Lindqvist of Sweden beat Raffaella Reggi Italy, 6-3, 6-0, to win the Oslo Open. Reggi, seeded second, lost in both the singles and the doubles finals. Claudia Kohde-Kilsch and Silke Meier beat Reggi and Sabine Appelmans, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Australian Darren Cahill won his second singles title in seven years as a professional by defeating Brad Gilbert, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, in the championship match of the Volvo-San Francisco tournament.
Track and field
Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union broke his world indoor pole-vault record, clearing 19 feet, 11 1/2 inches at the Soviet winter track championships in Volgograd. Bubka had set the previous record of 19-10 1/4 on March 17, 1990.
Defensive Play, entered into the $500,000 Charles H. Strub Stakes for a $20,000 supplemental fee, provided a quick $275,000 return by winning the race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. The winner is owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Riyadh, a city that has come under attack during the war in the Persian Gulf.
Jose Santos kept his colt in contention all the way in the 1 1/4 -mile event for 4-year-olds, and Defensive Play pulled in front after a stretch-drive duel with the 4-5 favorite, In Excess, who finished third behind My Boy Adam.
Johann Olav Koss of Norway set three world records on the way to defending his world championship at Heerenveen, Netherlands. Koss, 22, raced to records in the 10,000 meters and overall points total yesterday after setting a world record in the 5,000 on Saturday.
Rudi Lochner drove Germany II to victory in the two-man World Championships at Altenberg, Germany, edging defending champion Gustav Weder of Switzerland by two hundredths of a second.
Elena Valbe continued her winning ways at the World Championships in Val Di Fiemme, Italy, when she captured the
10K freestyle gold by 33.5 seconds.