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May 26, 1994 | JOHN ORTEGA
Kristin Dunn of Cal State Northridge threw a personal best of 174 feet 9 inches to win the women's javelin in a track and field meet at Long Beach State on Wednesday. The throw qualified Dunn for the NCAA championships at Boise State on June 1-4. Dunn, a left-handed junior, has been hampered by a knee injury all season, but she uncorked a throw of 169-11 in the first round to smash her previous best (164-0) and followed her 174-9. The NCAA qualifying standard is 169-9.
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July 13, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Johnnye Valien was waiting her turn in the long jump event at a West L.A. College track meet last week when she realized nobody was using the nearby high jump pit. This is an athlete who cannot help herself. She sees a challenge and she's compelled to attack it, as if she has no idea she is about to turn 88. On her way over to the high jump area, the South Los Angeles resident passed the pole vault pit. And that stopped her cold, her eyes lit by competitive desire. I know what you're thinking: Is a vault, by someone in her 80s, physically possible?
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July 5, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jan Zelezny of Czechoslovakia regained the world javelin record with a throw of 310 feet 10 inches at the Bislett Games Grand Prix track and field meet Saturday at Oslo. Zelezny, who set a world record of 294-2 at Oslo two years ago, broke the record in the sixth and last round. Zelezny, competing for only the third time this year because of a back injury, bettered the previous record of 300-1, set by Steve Backley of Britain on Jan. 25 at Auckland, New Zealand.
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June 25, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Reporting from Des Moines, Iowa – Allyson Felix long ago proved she can run like the wind, even if it takes her awhile to get underway. In winning three world titles and two Olympic silver medals at 200 meters, Felix has used the strength needed for the longer sprints to overcome her notoriously slow starts. Friday, that strength was a key to Felix's first U.S. title in the 100, allowing her to fight through a headwind of 5.6 mph at Drake Stadium. "I haven't trained for the 100 this year," said Felix, who will spend the rest of the season running 200s and 400s.
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July 8, 1986 | Associated Press
American Tom Petranoff set a world-best mark at a Mobil Grand Prix track and field meet at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium Monday night. Petranoff, the former world record-holder, tossed the new-style javelin 280 feet 1 inch for the best mark in the world. The new type of javelin has a forward center of gravity and is designed to stick in the ground when it hits. "My next goal will be 90 meters (295 feet)," Petranoff said after his record throw.
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June 17, 1995 | JOHN ORTEGA
Kristin Dunn of Cal State Northridge concluded her college career with a controversial 10th-place finish in the women's javelin in the USA Track & Field championships Friday in Sacramento. Dunn's best official throw of 160 feet 2 inches came in the second round, but Northridge assistant Candy Roberts said that a third-round toss of "at least 180 feet" was incorrectly ruled flat. A throw is considered flat--and therefore invalid--if the tip of the javelin fails to crest parallel.
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June 19, 1992 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like most college students, Oregon javelin thrower Ashley Selman has divided the rent with a variety of roommates: high jumpers and heptathletes, golf team members and football players . . . but few who fully understood her event. Now, Selman has found somebody who gets the point--javelin thrower Paula Berry. When Selman, who transferred to Oregon after three years at USC, won the NCAA javelin title in 1990, it was Oregon's Berry who finished second.
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July 13, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Johnnye Valien was waiting her turn in the long jump event at a West L.A. College track meet last week when she realized nobody was using the nearby high jump pit. This is an athlete who cannot help herself. She sees a challenge and she's compelled to attack it, as if she has no idea she is about to turn 88. On her way over to the high jump area, the South Los Angeles resident passed the pole vault pit. And that stopped her cold, her eyes lit by competitive desire. I know what you're thinking: Is a vault, by someone in her 80s, physically possible?
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January 26, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Steve Backley of England broke his world record of 293 feet in the javelin with a toss of 300 feet at Auckland, New Zealand.
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October 15, 2007 | Helene Elliott
Kate Schmidt, twice an Olympic javelin bronze medalist and a former world-record holder, made an earnest case in The Times' Opinion section Sunday for allowing athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs that are now banned. She began by saying it is unfair to demonize Marion Jones, who last week admitted to having used steroids, for having done something everyone does.
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June 22, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
When Breaux Greer opens his mouth, anything is likely to come out. Greer is profane, politically incorrect, given to risque double-entendres and inclined to embellish his stories. "I have to tone it down," Greer says repeatedly, but you can tell from the impish grin below his streaked, spiked hairdo that he doesn't mean it. So the only thing about Greer anyone can take without a grain of salt -- OK, a salt mine -- is how far he can throw a javelin.
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May 21, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Meseret Defar, a slight and wide-eyed 23-year-old from Ethiopia who vomited two minutes before the start of her two-mile race Sunday at the Adidas Track Classic at the Home Depot Center, went out and set a world record. Orange juice, hash browns, bread and cheese had been the breakfast that made her sick. But instead of dropping out, as she feared she might, Defar finished as the crowd of 6,208 roared at her time of 9 minutes 10.47 seconds.
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November 6, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner and his wife, Kris, have listed their French Country-style manor in a gated Calabasas community. Asking price: $2.7 million. Jenner won the gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and soon found his way onto the front of the Wheaties box. Now a motivational speaker and author, he lives in the 4,600-square-foot house with his wife and some of their 10 children.
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November 26, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
In a town of exclusive clubs, John Whittemore is in a league of his own. It's not just that he turned 105 last weekend. More Americans are attaining such dizzying ages each year, but Whittemore is the only one who just set a national record for the javelin throw. One morning last month, the long-retired teacher hobbled in his walker out to the starting line at a UC Santa Barbara track. With all the cartilage in one knee virtually gone, he took an agonizing 45 minutes to go about 100 yards.
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August 28, 2004 | Helene Elliott;Steve Springer;Lisa Dillman
Here, in capsule form, are the events that will be highlighted today in Athens: Track and Field Finals are scheduled in the women's high jump, men's javelin throw, women's 1,500 meters, men's 800, men's 5,000, and three relays. First among the relays is the men's 400, followed by the women's 1,600 and the men's 1,600. Breaux Greer of Athens, Ga., who's competing despite a torn ligament in his left knee, has a chance to win the javelin throw. That could be the only individual medal for a U.S.
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July 6, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jan Zelezny's world-record javelin throw of 310 feet 10 inches should make him the overwhelming favorite for the Olympic gold medal. In Barcelona, though, Zelezny will have to throw with a different model javelin than he used Saturday in the record-breaking toss at Oslo.
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May 1, 2004 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
Inga Stasiulionyte can be pardoned for thinking that track and field isn't her sole purpose in life. The champion javelin thrower for USC has immersed herself in much more than the appeal of collegiate competition. The 22-year-old senior is a former competitive ballroom dancer with a love for beach volleyball. She also has an eye for computer design and has put her artistic side to work, creating her own website and helping with the school's track media guide.
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August 5, 2000 | DAN ARRITT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In most sports it's so simple. The top individual finishers in the Olympic trials make the U.S. team. Not so in the javelin. American throwers have performed so poorly in recent years that the winner of last month's trials might not get a chance to compete in Sydney. And even if he goes, the second-place finisher, a five-time U.S. champion and American record holder, might be left behind. Then there's third-place finisher Todd Riech, 29, of Huntington Beach.
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