August 23, 1986 |
Matt Biondi, the world's fastest swimmer, managed only third place in the first-ever 50-meter freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships Friday, but fellow American Tom Jager took the gold. West German Michael Gross failed in a bid to lower his world record while retaining his 200-meter butterfly title. But East German Kristin Otto added the 200-meter individual medley gold to the 100-meter freestyle title she won earlier in the meet.
March 2, 1992 |
The quandary for Jenny Thompson and Nelson Diebel was that, though they electrified the Indiana University Natatorium crowd Sunday morning with respective world and American records, they still had not earned berths on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. To their credit, Thompson and Diebel withstood the pressures of a six-hour wait between preliminaries and finals and repeated their winning efforts on the opening day of the Olympic trials.
September 23, 1988 |
Matt Biondi did it again today. The world's best male swimmer was a rare bright spot on his country's worst day at the Olympic pool. The United States won just one of 15 possible medals in five events today. The U.S. track team also added to the medal count today when Randy Barnes of Charleston, W.Va., picked up a silver in shot putting. East German Ulf Timmermann won the gold with an Olympic record toss of 73 feet, 8 3/4 inches while Barnes took the silver at 73-5 1/2.
December 11, 1994 |
Tom Powers writes in the St. Paul Pioneer Press about the NFL Competition Committee's being asked to study the possibility of a penalty box for defenders who deliver late or flagrant hits to the quarterback. "How about the men's room on the main concourse?" he suggests. "What a deterrent that would be. All the dads taking their young sons to the potty could point to the man in the cage next to the soap dispenser and say: " 'See what happens when you don't play by the rules?'
December 6, 1994 |
On the strength of its 82-81 victory over Kentucky, UCLA moved to No. 2 in the Associated Press men's basketball poll on Monday behind North Carolina, which became the third team to hold the top spot this season. The Tar Heels (4-0) received 54 first-place votes and 1,633 points from the 66 members of the national media panel. UCLA (2-0), which was ranked No. 1 early last season, had five first-place votes and 1,501 points. . . . Tennessee remained No. 1 in the women's poll. USC is 24th. . . .
August 24, 1986 |
Matt Biondi won his seventh medal as the fifth World Swimming championships ended Saturday. Biondi, who collected the most men's medals-- three gold, one silver and three bronze--anchored the United States to victory in the final event of the 11-day meet, the men's 400-meter medley relay. The Americans won in 3:41.25 as Pablo Morales was timed in 52.31 seconds on the butterfly leg and Biondi was clocked in 47.78 on the freestyle leg. West Germany was second in 3:42.
September 30, 2000 |
Birgit Fischer became kayaking's all-time leading Olympic medal-winner with nine today and tied the German record for most career golds with six, and Knut Holmann became Norway's greatest summer Olympian. Fischer won the women's four for the second consecutive time and third in four Olympics to tie swimmer Kristin Otto and Reiner Klimke of equestrian for most golds by a German. She can break the tie Sunday in the women's two.
October 3, 1988
ARCHERY MEN INDIVIDUAL: Gold--Jay Barrs (Mesa, Ariz.). Silver--Park Sung Soo (South Korea). Bronze--Vladimir Echeev (Soviet Union). TEAM: Gold--South Korea (Chun In Soo, Lee Han Sup, Park Sung Soo). Silver--United States (Jay Barrs, Mesa, Ariz.; Richard McKinney, Gilbert, Ariz.; Darrell Pace, Hamilton, Ohio). Bronze--Britain (Steven Hallard, Richard Priestman, Leroy Watson) WOMEN INDIVIDUAL: Gold--Kim Soo Nyung (South Korea), Silver--Wang Hee Kyung (South Korea).
July 15, 1989 |
Two East Germans who were prominent in international sports before they defected to the West have provided accounts of life as athletes on the other side of the wall. For those who have suspected East Germany of creating Wunderkinder through manipulation, intimidation and chemicals, the resulting picture was as grotesque as they could possibly have imagined.