Kiviat, 99, oldest U.S. Olympian, diesAbel Kiviat, a...

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August 26, 1991

Kiviat, 99, oldest U.S. Olympian, dies

Abel Kiviat, a former world record-holder who won a silver medal in 1,500 meters in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, died Saturday at age 99 in Lakehurst, N.J.

Kiviat was the oldest living American Olympian.

In 1912, he broke the record for 1,500 meters three times in 13 days, making the Olympic team with a time of 3:55.8, which remained the world record for six years and the American record for 16 years.

He is a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Israel.

Gymnastics

Kim Zmeskal, two-time defending national women's gymnastics champion, was the top qualifier in Indianapolis for the U.S. women's team that will compete in the World Gymnastics Championships next month.

Zmeskal, 15, of Houston, had the highest score of the two-day qualifying session, which ended Saturday, a 9.95 on the vault, and had 78.83 points. Selection for the world meet Sept. 6-15 in Indianapolis was based on the trials and on this year's national championships.

Golf

Mitch Voges, ignited by an eagle-3 on the 562-yard 11th hole, made Manny Zerman a runner-up for the second straight year with a 7 and 6 victory in the title match of the 1991 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in Ooltewah, Tenn.

Voges, 41, became the third-oldest U.S. Amateur winner. Jack Westlend won the U.S. Amateur in 1952 at age 47, and Harold Hilton took the title in 1911 at 42.

Auto racing

Davy Jones had the fastest average speed in history and easily beat Chip Robinson in the Nissan Grand Prix of Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Jones averaged 122.491 mph in a Jaguar XJR-16 to beat Robinson's Nissan NPT-91 by 19.945 seconds in the 300-kilometer race.

Semipro football

Martel Betters, Bill Phillips and Dave Collins combined to block Mike Ament's extra-point attempt with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to preserve a 21-20 victory for the Baltimore Bears (4-0) over the Arbutus Big Red (0-2) in a Mason-Dixon League game Saturday.

Rick Green (Maryland) rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bears. David Jackson scored on a 75-yard kickoff return to open the game and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Ron Meehan (Towson State).

College football

Robert Smith, who quit the Ohio State team Friday because he said players are mistreated by the coaching staff and academics receive short shrift, said yesterday that time would prove his comments were accurate.

Smith, who broke Archie Griffin's freshman rushing record last season, demanded the firing of head coach John Cooper and assistant coach Elliot Uzelac, former head coach at Navy. He said the coaches had stripped players of their dignity, had brought about injuries through overwork and were unconcerned about academics unless a player was in danger of losing eligibility.

Soccer

Qatar eliminated the United States from the Under-17 World Championship in Montecatini, Italy, winning the quarterfinal, 5-4, on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.

Boxing

Former world featherweight boxing champion Johnny Famechon, 46, was in a coma after being hit by a car while crossing a Sydney, Australia, street, hospital officials said.

Famechon won the Australian featherweight title in 1964 and the world title from Cuban-born Spaniard Jose Legra in London in 1969.

* Larry Holmes, 41, who sent 35-year-old Michael Greer (41-12-3) to the canvas at 1 minute, 18 seconds of the fourth round Saturday night in Honolulu, says he'll be ready to fight to regain his heavyweight championship after "two more fights -- one in September and one in October."

Holmes (51-3, 36 knockouts) said he wants to shed 8 pounds and get down to 230 for his Sept. 17 fight with Marshall Tillman in Florida.

Harness racing

Jack Moiseyev, who replaced Jim Marohn as the driver, guided Silky Stallone to victory in the stakes-record time of 1 minute, 53 3/5 seconds in the $523,190 Cane Pace on Saturday night at Yonkers (N.Y.) Raceway. The Cane Pace is the opening leg of the pacing Triple Crown. The next leg is the $350,000 Messenger Stakes on Sept. 7 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington.

Chairmanoftheboard set the mark of 1:55 1/5 in 1985, and that was matched by Barberry Spur in 1986 and Jake and Elwood last year.

Hockey

Goals by C.J. Young of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles and Bill Guerin of Boston College overcame a 2-0 deficit for the U.S. Olympic team, but Moscow Dynamo scored three third-period goals to win, 5-2, in the final of the Tampere Cup in Tampere, Finland.

The Quebec Nordiques' Scott Gordon, a former Baltimore Skipjack, was in goal for the United States.

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