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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 13, 1991
NEW YORK -- Suppose they gave a track meet and didn't bring a wind gauge. Imagine asking elite performers to compete in the shadow of a bridge that funnels commuters to Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. Now, picture settling national championships in a crumbling, 55-year-old stadium where the balloons outnumber the spectators.What was supposed to be a triumphant return of the national track championships to New York after a 25-year absence turned into an opening-day bomb yesterday. In a near-deserted Downing Stadium on Randalls Island, the best U.S. decathletes and heptathletes were subjected to substandard conditions in the USA/Mobil Championships.
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By Sports Digest | November 14, 2010
Laurel park Favorite Catch a Thief surges late to win Twixt Stakes Charles Dimino 's Catch a Thief lost the lead but reasserted herself in the deep stretch and won Saturday's Twixt Stakes at Laurel Park for 3-year-old fillies. The overwhelming 3-10 favorite beat five others in the one-turn test for Maryland-breds, including runner-up Baltimore Belle. Harry Vega kept the daughter of Flatter on or close to the lead before rallying to win by 31/4 lengths. Brave as a Lion, Squabble, Malibu Moon Dance and Miss Speak followed.
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By Sports Digest | November 14, 2010
Laurel park Favorite Catch a Thief surges late to win Twixt Stakes Charles Dimino 's Catch a Thief lost the lead but reasserted herself in the deep stretch and won Saturday's Twixt Stakes at Laurel Park for 3-year-old fillies. The overwhelming 3-10 favorite beat five others in the one-turn test for Maryland-breds, including runner-up Baltimore Belle. Harry Vega kept the daughter of Flatter on or close to the lead before rallying to win by 31/4 lengths. Brave as a Lion, Squabble, Malibu Moon Dance and Miss Speak followed.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | July 17, 2000
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jackie Joyner-Kersee has been compared with Jesse Owens before. Yesterday, she made like Lutz Long, Owens' companion in one of the seminal moments in the Olympic saga. Voted the greatest female athlete in the history of the Olympics, Joyner-Kersee added to her legacy in a most poignant way at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. She didn't make her fifth team, but instead assisted heir apparent Marion Jones through a hairy moment in the finals of the long jump.
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By Ken Rosenthal | January 8, 1992
WASHINGTON -- They are linked forever by their gold medals and the Joyner name. The difference is, Florence Griffith Joyner represents track and field past, while Jackie Joyner-Kersee continues to define track and field present.Flo Jo, 31, was one of a kind -- those one-legged outfits, those nails! -- but she retired after winning three gold medals in the 1988 Olympics. JJK, 29, intends to compete in Barcelona this summer and Atlanta in 1996, winning the heptathlon and long jump over and over again.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 16, 1991
NEW YORK -- Suzy Favor Hamilton is 5 feet 3 and weighs 103 pounds, but you wouldn't want to meet her running around a curve on a track.Yesterday, in the heat of the women's 1,500-meter final at the USA/Mobil Championships, Hamilton darted inside with 200 meters remaining and elbowed her way past PattiSue Plumer to win in 4 minutes, 6.13 seconds."
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | June 16, 1995
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Jackie Joyner-Kersee is either limping, wheezing or getting massaged.She keeps an asthma inhaler tucked away in her tights, and a massage table near her training sites -- showing the signs of fatigue, injuries and age."It is challenging coping with the problems," said Joyner-Kersee, 33. "That's what I find interesting and exciting. To excel, that's why I keep doing it."Even on one leg in rainy weather and gusting winds that topped 20 mph, Joyner-Kersee is still one of the world's greatest athletes.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,Staff Writer | August 3, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- Jackie Joyner-Kersee had just completed her victory lap when Bruce Jenner put his arm around her neck and said, "May I say heartiest congratulations to the greatest ever."Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion, didn't just mean the greatest heptathlete ever. He called Joyner-Kersee the "greatest multi-event athlete in history, man or woman."That's lofty praise, but Joyner-Kersee has now won a silver medal and two golds in the only three Olympic heptathlons ever contested -- and a tight hamstring is frequently cited as the reason for her narrow five-point defeat in 1984.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | July 17, 2000
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jackie Joyner-Kersee has been compared with Jesse Owens before. Yesterday, she made like Lutz Long, Owens' companion in one of the seminal moments in the Olympic saga. Voted the greatest female athlete in the history of the Olympics, Joyner-Kersee added to her legacy in a most poignant way at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. She didn't make her fifth team, but instead assisted heir apparent Marion Jones through a hairy moment in the finals of the long jump.
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By Phil Jackman | August 4, 1992
At long last, controversy and the United States is not involved. What will NBC think of next as it plows forward with coverage of these XXVth Games?Actually, it's an old African trick, runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Morocco running distance events as teams until it's time for the strongest to stride out for the top spot. Only trouble with Moroccan Hammou Boutayeb's effort to aid countryman Khalid Skah in his battle with Richard Chelimo of Kenya in the 10,000 meters yesterday was he had already been lapped when he decided to get involved.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | June 16, 1995
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Jackie Joyner-Kersee is either limping, wheezing or getting massaged.She keeps an asthma inhaler tucked away in her tights, and a massage table near her training sites -- showing the signs of fatigue, injuries and age."It is challenging coping with the problems," said Joyner-Kersee, 33. "That's what I find interesting and exciting. To excel, that's why I keep doing it."Even on one leg in rainy weather and gusting winds that topped 20 mph, Joyner-Kersee is still one of the world's greatest athletes.
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By Phil Jackman | August 4, 1992
At long last, controversy and the United States is not involved. What will NBC think of next as it plows forward with coverage of these XXVth Games?Actually, it's an old African trick, runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Morocco running distance events as teams until it's time for the strongest to stride out for the top spot. Only trouble with Moroccan Hammou Boutayeb's effort to aid countryman Khalid Skah in his battle with Richard Chelimo of Kenya in the 10,000 meters yesterday was he had already been lapped when he decided to get involved.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,Staff Writer | August 3, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- Jackie Joyner-Kersee had just completed her victory lap when Bruce Jenner put his arm around her neck and said, "May I say heartiest congratulations to the greatest ever."Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion, didn't just mean the greatest heptathlete ever. He called Joyner-Kersee the "greatest multi-event athlete in history, man or woman."That's lofty praise, but Joyner-Kersee has now won a silver medal and two golds in the only three Olympic heptathlons ever contested -- and a tight hamstring is frequently cited as the reason for her narrow five-point defeat in 1984.
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By Ken Rosenthal | January 8, 1992
WASHINGTON -- They are linked forever by their gold medals and the Joyner name. The difference is, Florence Griffith Joyner represents track and field past, while Jackie Joyner-Kersee continues to define track and field present.Flo Jo, 31, was one of a kind -- those one-legged outfits, those nails! -- but she retired after winning three gold medals in the 1988 Olympics. JJK, 29, intends to compete in Barcelona this summer and Atlanta in 1996, winning the heptathlon and long jump over and over again.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 16, 1991
NEW YORK -- Suzy Favor Hamilton is 5 feet 3 and weighs 103 pounds, but you wouldn't want to meet her running around a curve on a track.Yesterday, in the heat of the women's 1,500-meter final at the USA/Mobil Championships, Hamilton darted inside with 200 meters remaining and elbowed her way past PattiSue Plumer to win in 4 minutes, 6.13 seconds."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 13, 1991
NEW YORK -- Suppose they gave a track meet and didn't bring a wind gauge. Imagine asking elite performers to compete in the shadow of a bridge that funnels commuters to Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. Now, picture settling national championships in a crumbling, 55-year-old stadium where the balloons outnumber the spectators.What was supposed to be a triumphant return of the national track championships to New York after a 25-year absence turned into an opening-day bomb yesterday. In a near-deserted Downing Stadium on Randalls Island, the best U.S. decathletes and heptathletes were subjected to substandard conditions in the USA/Mobil Championships.
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August 8, 1992
YesterdayTrack: Sergei Bubka made a shocking exit when he failed to make even one successful pole vault. And Jackie Joyner-Kersee couldn't keep up with Germany's Heike Drechsler in the long jump, settling for a bronze. And Derartu Tulu won the 10,000 meters -- the first track gold by a black African woman.Tennis: Jennifer Capriati beat Steffi Graf to capture the Olympic gold and pronounced the whole experience "cool." And Germans Boris Becker and Michael Stich, both struggling this year in singles, won the doubles title.
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