Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

October 14, 2002

Marathons

Radcliffe's 2:17:18 in Chicago breaks women's world mark

Paula Radcliffe ran the fastest marathon ever by a woman yesterday in just her second effort at the distance.

The 28-year-old British runner's triumph in a chilly, windy Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 18 seconds was 88 seconds faster than the previous world best set by Catherine Ndereba of Kenya in the same race last year. Ndereba was a distant second yesterday.

After a career of near-misses in her biggest races on the track, including a fading fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the 2000 Olympics, Radcliffe trained this year for the first time for the marathon.

In remarkable condition after training in the Pyrenees mountains of southern France, she won the London Marathon in her debut at that distance April 14 in 2:18:56.

Khalid Khannouchi, born in Morocco but a U.S. citizen, won the men's race in 2:05:56 - his fourth title in Chicago. He missed the world record he set last April by 18 seconds.

OCEAN STATE: Viktoria Klimina of Russia set a course record in the Ocean State Marathon in Providence, R.I., finishing in 2:28:30.

Elly Rono of Kenya took the men's title for the second straight year, finishing in 2:14:48.

Pro Basketball

Knicks' McDyess out with fractured kneecap

The New York Knicks' Antonio McDyess has a fractured kneecap that will sideline him indefinitely.

The Knicks announced the news a day after McDyess went down clutching his left knee in an NBA preseason game. The injury was initially diagnosed as a hyperextension, but a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed the fracture.

In three preseason games, the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 17.7 points and 13.0 rebounds.

BULLS: Forward Marcus Fizer was charged with having a loaded gun in his car and driving with a suspended license.

Et Cetera

Mathieu tops Kuerten in Lyon Grand Prix

Paul-Henri Mathieu of France, beat Gustavo Kuerten, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, to win the ATP Lyon (France) Grand Prix.

In other tennis news, Roger Federer of Switzerland, beat Jiri Novak, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, to win the ATP CA Trophy in Vienna, Austria, and Kim Clijsters beat Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, to win the WTA Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany.

BOXING: Epifanio Mendoza stretched his undefeated streak to 16 by knocking out Tokunbo Olajide in the first round of a 10-round middleweight fight in New York.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Gilman All-Metro lacrosse defender Gentry Fitzpatrick has committed orally to the University of North Carolina.

The quiz

Engaging the clutch: Ten years ago today, the Braves beat the Pirates in Game 7 of the NLCS on a ninth-inning, two-out, two-run, pinch-hit single. Who hit it? (Answer in For The Record)

Quiz answer

Francisco Cabrera. From staff and wire reports

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