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March 31, 2007 |
Ernest Van Leeuwen, 94, who for the last several years had been the oldest man in the field at the Los Angeles Marathon, died in his sleep Friday at his Encino home, said his wife, Nina. He had a stroke several weeks ago, causing him to miss this year's race, which would have been his 13th. Van Leeuwen, who took up distance running in his 50s after reading a magazine article about the health benefits of physical fitness, watched the March 4 race on television. In 2006 he was awarded the L.A.
August 14, 2000
Bill Knocke of Huntington Beach added a second gold medal Sunday at the USA Track and Field National Masters Championships in Eugene, Ore. Knocke, 60, won the men's 60-64 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 47.22 seconds. Knocke also won the 100 hurdles in his age group on Friday. Elaine Iba of Trabuco Canyon, who won the javelin on Saturday in the 30-39 age group, took first in the high jump with a mark of 4 feet 1 1/4 inches.
January 12, 1996
El Toro's Damian de Beaubien has committed to play football at San Diego State, his father, Gary, said Thursday. De Beaubien, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker, was a Times Orange County first-team selection and helped the Chargers win the Southern Section Division V championship. He set a school record with 147 tackles, 80 of which were solo, this season. * Laurie Lamb, a forward for the girls' soccer team at Edison High, has orally committed to attend UC Irvine, her mother, Sharon, said.
August 10, 2005 |
USA Track and Field officials are investigating a possible incident in which two veteran members of the U.S. men's track team allegedly hazed and intimidated three younger teammates last week. The incident allegedly involved veteran sprinters Maurice Greene and John Capel against younger sprinters Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon Jr., and 400-meter hurdler Kerron Clement, all here for the World Championships.
September 3, 2000
Craig Masback, CEO of USA Track and Field, likes to boast that Marion Jones "has the chance to be the first female international athlete to transcend sports . . . only three people have done that: Pele, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan" ("Just Do It," by Mike Penner, Aug. 6). Sorry, but that's one race where Jones won't be the first woman across the finish line. That distinction already belongs to the amazing Billie Jean King, who blazed trails in social change before Jones was even born.
January 31, 2003 |
An athlete who trained with controversial coach Charlie Francis said Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery should ignore criticism they've received for working with Francis, who admitted he supplied steroids to sprinter Ben Johnson before Johnson won the gold medal in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. "There are only a handful of coaches in the world who can coach someone at that level.
October 2, 2000 |
NBC's ratings for the Sydney Olympics dropped to a new low for a second consecutive night. Saturday's show, which included four track relay finals and live coverage of the men's basketball final on the East Coast, drew a 10.5 rating and 20 share. That is a tenth of a point lower than Friday's rating, dropping the cumulative Nielsen number to 14. These are the lowest-rated Summer Olympics since 1964, when only 14 hours of the Tokyo Games were televised.
July 24, 2012 |
LONDON - Members of the U.S. track team placed a premium on experience when they chose a pair of four-time Olympians as captains of the men's and women's delegations for the London Games. Angelo Taylor, who has won two gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles and a third gold in the 4x400 relay, and 35-year-old discus thrower Aretha Thurmond were honored by their teammates in voting made public via Twitter on Tuesday. A USA Track and Field spokeswoman confirmed the selections late Tuesday.
September 30, 2000 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee's former director of anti-doping programs, Dr. Wade Exum, offered at the beginning of this year to resign his post, claim he did so for "personal reasons" and not sue the USOC on condition that it pay him $5.5 million, sources told The Times on Friday. The USOC declined to accept that offer. Six months later, Exum resigned, charging as he left that he could no longer abide working at the USOC because it was "deliberately encouraging the doping of athletes."
August 18, 2013 |
Brenda Martinez of Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday became the first American woman to win a medal in the 800 at the world track and field championships, using a late kick to finish third at the Luzhniki Stadium track in Moscow on the final day of competition. According to USA Track and Field, the UC Riverside alumna was eighth at 200 meters and seventh at 400 meters but managed to find her way through traffic to make another of her late pushes toward the finish line. Martinez, who trains in Big Bear and is coached by Joe Vigil, finished in a personal-best 1 minute, 57.91 seconds, behind Eunice Sum of Kenya (1:57.38)