September 9, 1993 |
Chinese officials have gone on the offensive to counter speculation about the use of illegal, performance-enhancing drugs within their sports system, but one of their wonder women gave the track and field world cause to wonder anew Wednesday. Competing in China's National Games at Beijing, Wang Junxia ran the 10,000 meters in 29 minutes 31.78 seconds, becoming the first woman to break the 30-minute barrier and eclipsing by 41.
August 6, 1995 |
In track and field's 1993 World Championships at Stuttgart, Germany, a team of Chinese athletes known as "Ma's Army" left the other runners gasping at their out-of-nowhere performances that were as magnificent as they were mystifying. The former farm girls from northern China won every distance event from 1,500 through 10,000 meters, then shattered three world records in the National Games at Beijing the next month.
August 22, 1993 |
At the news conference after the shotput competition Saturday night in track and field's World Championships, a German reporter asked silver medalist Randy Barnes of the United States to explain his reasons for not shaking hands with new world champion Werner Guenthor of Switzerland. "I said congratulations and smiled at him, and he just stared at me," Barnes said. "So I think you've got it backward." Guenthor confirmed it. "That's true," he said. But he declined to elaborate.
May 8, 1996 |
The defections keep coming in Berkeley, where the latest, on Tuesday, was perhaps the most difficult for the Bears to take. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the Pacific 10 Conference player of the year and leading scorer as a freshman, said he will leave California and seek a career in the NBA, where he is expected to be a high draft choice. Abdur-Rahim joins Stephon Marbury of Georgia Tech as freshmen eligible for the June 26 draft.
August 23, 1993 |
Many found perches throughout the city from where they could watch the Chinese fireworks one night last week, jamming traffic for hours. But no one complained because the show was spectacular, hardly surprising considering the Chinese invented fireworks. Somewhat less appreciated was the success of the Chinese female runners in track and field's World Championships, which ended Sunday.
August 5, 1996 |
In the "Little Saigon" district of Orange County, there is a Vietnamese radio personality who has enjoyed playing a song called "Nhi's Epee." The tune was composed in honor of Nhi Lan Le, 32, who fled the real Saigon after its fall, attended a high school here in Georgia, and, a couple of years ago, took up the sport of fencing. Driving home from long days of practice as the Olympics drew near, Nhi broke down crying, imagining herself representing her adopted country.
January 14, 1994 |
Sacramento King rookie guard Bobby Hurley said Thursday that he hopes to play basketball again next season. Back at Arco Arena for the first time since his near-fatal car accident on Dec. 12, Hurley said doctors have told him the goal is achievable. "That's my goal," Hurley said at his first news conference since the crash. "I think it will take maybe two or three months before I'll be able to shoot a basketball. After that, maybe four months before I actually start playing."
March 15, 1994 |
The Minnesota Vikings, deeming Jim McMahon too expensive, Monday cut the quarterback they had hoped would put them in the Super Bowl. McMahon, who will turn 35 before next season, could still return to the Vikings, but on their terms. Now an unrestricted free agent, McMahon might rejoin former Chicago Bear defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, coach of the Phoenix Cardinals. McMahon would have made about $2.1 million this year had the Vikings retained him.
August 6, 1996 |
The Centennial Olympics, 100 things to remember: 1. Ali, y'all. 2. An Olympic bombshell. 3. Michael Johnson's golden slippers. 4. Touched by an angel: Martino giving her swimming bronze medal to a cancer victim. 5. A one-legged Strug. 6. Karolyi carryin' Kerri. 7. India-Pakistan field hockey. 8. Michelle Smith, triplin' for Dublin. 9. Belgian swimmer Fred Deburghgraeve. Easier done than said. 10. Floyd Mayweather, featherweight fighter: "I know I won. You know I won." 11. Ecuador, a gold medal.