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World Cycling Championships : East German and American Set 200-Meter Records

August 28, 1986|Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two racers, an East German and an American, overcame cool temperatures and gusty winds Wednesday to set world records on the first day of competition in the 1986 World Cycling Championships.

East Germany's Michael Huebner broke a world mark in the amateur 200 meters with a time of 10.118 seconds, and American Connie Paraskevin regained the world record in the women's event by turning in an 11.245-second clocking.

More than 800 cyclists from 61 countries are in Colorado Springs for the first modern-day World Cycling Championships held in the United States. The 1912 championships were held at Newark, N.J.

Paraskevin held the world record in the 200 meters until earlier this month when Isabelle Gautheron of France eclipsed her mark of 11.393 with an 11.38 time.

Huebner, 27, of Karl Marx Stadt, and Paraskevin, 25, of Detroit, set the time-trial records on the U.S. Olympic Training Center velodrome during qualifying for the amateur and women's match sprints.

Both records will have to be ratified by the governing body of Union Cycliste Internationale, which will take at least a month.

Lutz Hesslich of East Germany, who set the previous men's world record of 10.19 at Colorado Springs in 1985, had the second-best time Wednesday, 10.191. He was followed by fellow East German Ralf-Gudo Kuschy in 10.327.

American Mark Gorski, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the match sprint, had a qualifying time of 10.39, the fifth-best. Olympic silver medalist Nelson Vails of the United States was timed in 10.74, which was 14th best. The top 24 among the 49 riders advanced.

Of the 13 women entered, 10 moved to the next round. Isabelle Nicoloso of France, the current women's match sprint champion, had the second-best time, 11.565. Erika Salumiaee of the Soviet Union was third in 11.574.

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