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February 22, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
Normally a 500-yard dash doesn't get top billing in an indoor track and field meet. It's an odd distance and it's not contested outdoors. However, when a record endures as long as the 500 record has, it gains some stature. Lee Evans established the 500-yard record twice in 1971 at 54.4 seconds. It's only fitting that Evans has the oldest indoor record on the books because he also has the oldest outdoor record--his 43.86 in the 400 meters at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
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February 5, 1988 | Steve Beatty
Jim Temples says the weather was just better than a hurricane on that Saturday in February 1968. But 18 runners showed up and ran in the first San Dieguito Half Marathon. They probably regretted every minute of it. "It was like running with someone throwing sand in your face," Temples said. "It was like having a storm blow right into your right ear for the first part of the race. We all had terrible earaches by five miles." A few of those runners should be back Sunday at 8 a.m.
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July 2, 1986 | Associated Press
Triple Olympic champion Valerie Brisco-Hooks opened her Grand Prix track and field campaign Tuesday by winning both the 200 and 400 meters at the DN Galan meet. Six other Americans prevailed at the Olympic Stadium, including half-miler Johnny Gray, who edged world record-holder Sebastian Coe of England to win the 800 meters in 1 minute 43.85 seconds. It was the fastest time of the year. Coe, a two-time Olympic champion in the 1,500 meters, was second in 1:44.
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September 8, 1985 | Associated Press
Mary Decker Slaney ran the second fastest women's 3,000 meters in history for her sixth American record of the year, leading the United States to a clean sweep of honors Saturday in the IAAF Mobil Grand Prix. The 27-year-old runner led from start to finish and won in 8 minutes 25.83 seconds, clearly beating rivals Maricica Puica of Romania and Zola Budd of Britain. "I think I could have broken the world record," Slaney said after the race. "But I just wanted to run a good time.
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July 17, 1989 | ARA NAJARIAN, Times Staff Writer and
Doug Padilla and Samson Obwocha knew it would be a two-man race heading into the final turn of the Fiesta 5,000-meter run Sunday at San Clemente. When Padilla took the turn wide, about half a mile from the finish, and pulled back into the middle close to Obwocha, they nearly bumped. Words were exchanged. But it was a turn for the better for Padilla, who held on to win by half a step in 14 minutes 22 seconds. "No, we didn't really bump," Obwocha said.
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August 19, 1989 | Associated Press
Arturo Barrios of Mexico, setting an early blistering pace, smashed the world 10,000-meter record with a time of 27 minutes 8.23 seconds in a Grand Prix track and field meet Friday. Barrios cut more than five seconds off the previous mark of 27:13.81, set by Fernando Mamede of Portugal on July 2, 1984, at Stockholm. "I knew earlier in the season that I could run a world record," the elated Barrios said after the race. "First of all, I have to thank my Polish coach, Tadeusz Koppka, and the two U.
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February 10, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
New frustrations arose for Mary Decker Slaney Saturday night in the U.S. Olympic Invitational track meet at East Rutherford, N.J., when a leg cramp forced her to withdraw from the women's 1,500-meter run while she was on a record pace. Earlier, Carl Lewis completed an unusual double by winning the 55-meter dash and then singing the national anthem, and Eamonn Coghlan capped the evening by overtaking Sydney Maree to win the mile in 3 minutes 52.37 seconds, the best indoor time of the year.
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August 21, 1988 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
Saturday's Pre-Olympic track and field meet at UC Irvine produced little in the way of earth-shattering performances. There were no American records or world bests, but that had little to do with the satisfaction index of the participating athletes and coaches. "This is just what our athletes needed," said Stan Huntsman, U.S. Olympic coach. "Getting into some low-key races, having an opportunity to compete at a (less intense) level . . . it was really good for us."
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February 11, 1990
Many of the greatest names in track and field will take to the Great Western Forum boards Friday night for the 31st annual Los Angeles Times/Eagle Indoor Games. They will represent 17 nations, from the vast reaches of the U.S.S.R. to tiny Trinidad/Tobago. And, they'll compete in 39 action--packed events that begin at 6:30 p.m. Danny Everett, America's newest world record--holder, will battle at 500 meters against Ian Morris (Trinidad) and America's David Patrick, U.S.
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February 22, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
Normally a 500-yard dash doesn't get top billing in an indoor track and field meet. It's an odd distance and it's not contested outdoors. However, when a record endures as long as the 500 record has, it gains some stature. Lee Evans established the 500-yard record twice in 1971 at 54.4 seconds. It's only fitting that Evans has the oldest indoor record on the books because he also has the oldest outdoor record--his 43.86 in the 400 meters at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
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