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August 01, 1991

Weather dampens track-record tries

Rain, wind and cold ruined the hopes of American sprinters and long jumpers to set world records yesterday at Europe's highest track meet, in Sestriere, Italy.

nTC Carl Lewis, who had hoped to beat Bob Beamon's long-standing record of 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches at this Alpine resort nearly 6,600 feet above sea level, pulled out of the long jump, blaming back pains.

Despite the adverse conditions, American Mike Powell jumped 28-7 3/4 . He said Beamon's record could have been beaten if Lewis had participated, boosting the competition.

Winds blowing against runners in the final straight slowed down the sprinters and prevented Leroy Burrell, Michael Johnson and Merlene Ottey from clocking outstanding times.

Burrell, who had set a world record of 9.90 seconds in New York last month, won the 100 meters in 10.30 seconds, ahead of fellow American Dennis Mitchell in 10.40.

Johnson dominated the 200 meters in 20.50 seconds, ahead of Danny Everett and Mike Marsh.

Ottey extended her winning streak this year in the women's 100 and 200 meters, edging rising Soviet star Irina Sergeieva in both races.

Veteran hurdles specialist Renaldo Nehemiah took the 110 meters race in 13.37 seconds, edging young fellow American Tony Dees and Canadian Mark McCoy.

* Thori Staples, who will be a senior at Joppatowne High School, has earned an invitation to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., after winning the AAU heptathlon for 17-18 girls at Tallahassee, Fla., Monday.

Her score of 4,503 points was a personal best, as was her 34-foot, 10-inch throw in the shot put and her 92-foot toss in the javelin. Staples runs for Baltimore's Ed Waters Club and will train in Colorado later this month.


June high school graduates Terri Rich (Dulaney), Julia Malinowski (John Carroll) and Kim Myers (Glen Burnie) have been invited to participate in tryouts for the U.S. National Youth (under 19) Soccer Team today through Aug. 8 in Colorado Springs.

The three, who have also received Division I scholarships, earned the opportunity to advance by making the Region I Olympic Development Team in recent tryouts.

* The United States will play in the 1993 South American soccechampionship as preparation for the 1994 World Cup. Previously, the tournament was open only to the 10 South American nations.


The people who guide heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's career are beginning to consider contingency plans in case Mike Tyson is unable to fight in November.

A special grand jury is preparing to investigate allegations that Tyson raped an 18-year-old woman in an Indianapolis hotel on July 19.

* Karl Milligan Jr. of Stevensville this week was appointed head of referees for the World Boxing Council/North American Boxing Federation. Milligan, a pro referee for three years, will supervise referees for NABF bouts.

* Victory Promotions Inc. won a $386,542 judgment yesterday against Top Rank Inc. in connection with Sugar Ray Leonard's fight with Roberto Duran Dec. 7, 1989.

Mike Trainer, president of Victory Promotions and Leonard's attorney, said the award rendered by a three-member Commercial Arbitration Tribunal of the American Arbitration Association, represents the unpaid balance of Leonard's $15 million purse.


The Baltimore Bays wheelchair softball team will compete in the 15th Annual National Wheelchair Softball Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 16-18. The tournament features 15 to 20 teams from states such as Minnesota, Texas and Illinois. The Bays, who play in the Mason-Dixon League against teams from Maryland and Pennsylvania, are 11-1.

Auto racing

A 1993 candy apple-red Cadillac Allante convertible will be the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 1992, the sixth time a Cadillac-produced car has led the pack, but the first time since 1973.

* A small plane crashed into the side of a hill in rural Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, killing one man tentatively identified as a former race car driver Al Loquasto Jr. and his 53-year-old passenger. Loquasto was a five-time national hill-climb champion the early and mid-1960s and drove Indy-style cars from 1969 through 1983.

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