Sports Digest


January 26, 2004


Blankers-Koen, 4-time gold winner in 1948, dies at 85

Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won a record four gold medals in track and field for the Netherlands at the 1948 Olympics, died yesterday in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She was 85.

The International Association of Athletics Federations, which in 1999 honored her as the best female athlete of the 20th century, announced her death on its Web site.

She won four of the nine women's track and field events at the London Olympics. At the time, she was 30 and the mother of two children. She won the gold in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, the 80-meter hurdles and the 400-meter relay.

The only others to win four gold medals in track and field in a single Olympics were Jesse Owens in 1936 in Berlin and Carl Lewis in 1984 in Los Angeles.

SWEDEN: Lennart Strand, who won a silver medal for Sweden in the 1,500-meter race at the 1948 Olympics, died at 82 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Strand finished second to countryman Henry Eriksson at the London Games in a final run during a downpour. A year later, he was ranked No. 1 in the world in the 1,500 by Track & Field News for the second time in three years.

Et Cetera

Brazil gets eliminated in Olympic soccer qualifying

Brazil was eliminated from competing in the 2004 Olympic soccer tournament with a 1-0 loss to Paraguay in South American qualifying in Vina Del Mar, Chile.

Brazil has won the World Cup a record five times, including the most recent one in 2002.

BOBSLED: Germany's Andre Lange guided his four-man bobsled team to victory in St. Moritz, Switzerland, giving him the European championship and extending his lead in the overall World Cup standings.

Lange had a combined time of 2 minutes, 10.46 seconds -- 0.20 ahead of Todd Hays of the United States. Ivo Rueegg was third at 2:10.71 for Switzerland's first top-three finish of the World Cup season.

Lange has 135 points in the standings, 30 more than Alexander Zoubkov of Russia.

SUPERCROSS: A motorcycle rider was killed during a qualifying race in San Diego, flying over the handlebars and crashing while his parents watched from the stands at Qualcomm Stadium.

Jason Ciarletta, 19, died Saturday night at the AMA Supercross. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. There will be an autopsy today.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Tickets for tomorrow's 7 p.m. Mount St. Joseph at Cardinals Gibbons boys basketball game can be purchased beginning today at the main academic building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students and children. Call 410-644-1770.

The quiz

Ice age: The Rangers' Mark Messier, 43, last week was added to the NHL's Eastern Conference All-Star team. Name the two players who were All-Stars at an older age. Hint: One was 51 in 1980, and the other was 44 in 1969. (Answer in For The Record)

Quiz answer

Gordie Howe was 51 when he represented the Hartford Whalers in 1980. Doug Harvey was 44 when he represented the Blues in 1969.

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