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THE SEOUL GAMES / DAY 9 : Track Roundup : Conway Leaps to a Silver

September 25, 1988|From Times Wire Services

SEOUL — Little-known American high jumper Hollis Conway earned a silver medal Sunday, capping a full day of track and field action in the Summer Games.

Gennadiy Avdeyenko of the Soviet Union won the gold medal, jumping 7 feet 9 3/4 inches. Conway, a 21-year-old student at Southwest Louisiana, cleared 7-8 3/4. Rudolph Povarnitsin of the Soviet Union and Patrik Sjoberg of Sweden shared the bronze.

Roger Kingdom, hoping to repeat as gold medalist, showed he was in form by running to an Olympic record in the second round of the 110-meter hurdles.

Kingdom won his heat in 13.17 seconds and was the fastest qualifier. He bettered his own record of 13.20, set in the Olympic semifinals in 1984.

All the U.S. hurdlers looked good in advancing. Tonie Campbell ran a 13.47 and Arthur Blake had a 13.65.

In the women's 800-meter qualifying, Kim Gallagher of El Segundo became the second-fastest American woman ever while qualifying for the final in 1 minute 57.39 seconds. Mary Slaney's record is 1:56.90.

Delisa Walton-Floyd qualified in 1:58.82.

In the women's 400-meter semifinal, all three Americans qualified for Monday's final. Diane Dixon ran 49.84, making her the third-fastest American woman ever. Denean Howard became the fourth-fastest, running in the same heat, clocking a 49.87.

Valerie Brisco of Long Beach advanced with a 49.90.

In the second round of the men's 400 meters, Steve Lewis was the fastest qualifier in 44.41, Butch Reynolds was the second-fastest in 44.46, and Danny Everett was the fourth-fastest in 44.83.

Ellen Fiedler underlined the strength of the East German women's 400-meter hurdles team when she broke the Olympic record in first-round heats.

Fiedler clocked 54.58 seconds to break Moroccan Nawal el Moutawakel's mark of 54.61 set in 1984.

Americans Schowanda Williams and LaTanya Sheffield also advanced. Leslie Maxie was fifth in her heat and did not advance.

Sergei Litvinov was the leading qualifier in the hammer throw with a best mark of 266 feet 6 inches. Lance Deal, who placed a non-qualifying 17th, had the best throw among the Americans with 241-8.

In a final, Tapio Korjus of Finland, who was third going into his last javelin throw, came up with a 276-6 to win.

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