May 20, 1990 |
If it were possible to erect a neon sign in the shotput area during the Jack in the Box Invitational meet at UCLA's Drake Stadium today, Randy Barnes would welcome the attention. "If I was ever ready to break the world record, it would be right now," said Barnes, the silver medalist in the 1988 Olympic Games. East Germany's Ulf Timmermann, the gold medalist at Seoul, is the world record-holder at 75 feet 8 inches.
October 20, 1989 |
Joe Ponder of Love Valley, N.C., lifted a 606-pound pumpkin 18 inches off the ground--with his teeth. Jugalchandra Kundu of Calcutta, India, wrote a poem consisting of 437 characters on a single grain of rice in Kalamazoo, Mich. Antonio Gomes dos Santos of Nazare, Portugal, stood motionless in a shopping center for 15 hours, 2 minutes and 55 seconds.
October 1, 1988 |
The women's 1,500-meter race, usually as strategic as it is athletic, developed into a kind of drag race Saturday, all horsepower no finesse, when Romania's Paula Ivan ran from the field, stayed from the field and destroyed the field. She finished in an Olympic record of 3 minutes 53.96 seconds, well ahead of Soviets Lailoute Baikauskaite (4:00.24) and Tatiana Samolenko (4:00.30). Mary Slaney of Eugene, Ore.
August 18, 1988 |
For more than two years, Carl Lewis has had difficulty overcoming Ben Johnson's rocket-fast starts in 100-meter races. Johnson's coup de grace came when he set a world record of 9.83 seconds in beating Lewis for the fifth straight time last August in the World Championships at Rome. And before the world's two fastest sprinters met Wednesday night in a Grand Prix track and field meet, Johnson said: "I don't think he can beat me again. I've proved it so many times already."
February 2, 1990 |
Eamonn Coghlan has run two races since coming out of retirement, but he says they were just warm-ups and his comeback on the indoor track circuit will really begin in the Wanamaker Mile tonight at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden. "I can't wait to get to the starting line for the Wanamaker Mile," Coghlan told the Associated Press. "I live in New York. I've won the race seven times, and there's the tradition of the event.
January 19, 1990 |
The last time that Laura Cattivera ran in the Sunkist Invitational track meet she was a sophomore phenomenon at Mira Costa High competing in the seeded girls mile. She placed second that night, her 15th birthday, with a time of five minutes, one second.
August 15, 1996 |
Svetlana Masterkova of Russia set a world record in the women's mile Wednesday in 4 minutes 12.56 seconds, at the Weltklasse Grand Prix track and field meet at Zurich, Switzerland. Masterkova, who won Olympic gold medals in the 800 and 1,500 meters in Atlanta, shattered the mark of 4:15.61 set in 1989 by Paula Ivan of Romania. Masterkova led all the way, beating runner-up Regina Jacobs of the United States by more than nine seconds.
January 16, 1990 |
Now that the Rams have lost, let's turn our attention to a winner--the Clippers. . . . Well, they should become one any day. The way I have it figured, they will reach the .500 mark on Monday night after victories over Charlotte, Seattle, and Minnesota in the Sports Arena and the Kings at Sacramento. Clipper victories. Something you can count on after a 5-3 trip. . . . In alphabetical order, here are the people most responsible for finally making Los Angeles a two-team NBA city.
September 23, 1988 |
After injuring her left knee Friday, Jackie Joyner-Kersee had unexpected difficulty through the first four events of the heptathlon at the Olympic Stadium. But then more is expected of Joyner-Kersee than almost anyone else in the Olympic track and field competition. Joyner-Kersee finished the day with 4,264 points, 103 points behind her world record pace. She had a 181-point lead over her closest rival, East Germany's Sabine John.