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SPORTS
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.
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SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
January 31, 2003 | Helene Elliott
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.
NEWS
September 30, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
MAGAZINE
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.
SPORTS
July 24, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
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.
NEWS
October 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2007 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Parry O'Brien, whose fascination with the shotput and physics fueled a career in which he held the world record from 1953 to 1959 and won two gold medals and a silver medal in four Olympic games, has died. He was 75. O'Brien, who revolutionized the sport by devising a new throwing technique, died Saturday while participating in a masters' swim meet in Santa Clarita. His wife, Terry, with whom he lived in the Rancho Belago section of Moreno Valley, said he had suffered a heart attack.
SPORTS
August 18, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2002 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Pain was a constant in Kim Gallagher's life -- but so was success as a middle-distance runner. Gallagher, a two-time Olympic medalist whose third-place finish in the women's 800-meter run at the Seoul Games in 1988 is considered one of the sport's bravest performances, died Monday of a stroke at Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1995 and had suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and other debilitating ailments during her running career.
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