New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Jones sets record, cashes inBy Stephen Wade AP Sports Writer
LONDON (AP) — Marion Jones continues her haul around Europe.
The 24-year-old American, who hopes to w in an unprecedented five gold medals in the Svdne\ Olympics, picked up $10,000 Saturda> from the organizers of the British Grand Prix for clockng 10.78 seconds, the fastest time at IOO meters this season.
Earlier in the week, a w ind-aided 10.68 was worth a diamond valued at $10,000 at a meet in Stockholm.
”1 think five is possible if I stay healthy and happ\ — you guys look out." Jones said. "I still have a few things to iron out... but it feels good. It's important not to be tired when Sydney comes around. I would be fresh and ready to do."
Jones, who didn't long jump here — her weakest event — said she will jump twice before Sydney. Then. after a meet Aug. 11 in Zurich. Switzerland she'll return home for a 10-da> rest before running in Brussels and Berlin in her last Olympic tuneups.
Defending Olympic champion Allen Johnson continued his comeback after a year of injury, taking the I IO high hurdles in a slow 13.35. Johnson has beaten all his major rivals in the last six weeks except Britain's Colin Jackson, the defending world champion. He missed Saturday’s meet vv ith a recurring hamstring injury.
“I just wanted to be technically sound and I feel like I did that." Johnson said. "The time wasn't as good as I'd like but I won and itsRecord setter■ WHAT: U.S. track and field star Marion Jones set record in IOO meters (10.78) earning her a $10,000 bonus.■ WHERE: British Grand Prix, London.
cool with me. I feel like I'm ready for the Olympics t ight now.”
In addition to Jones, three others also got $10,000 bonuses for the best world performances of the season.
Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, the world's best middle-distance runner, clocked in 3 minutes, 45.% seconds in the mile — the eighth-fastest ever. It was the fifth-fastest mile of his life, but well off his world record of 3:43.13.
In the women’s 5,000, Aye lech Worku of Ethiopia picked up the bonus by running the top time in the world this season. The previous best was by American Regina Jacobs.
In a high-jump best of the season, Vyacheslav Voronin of Russia cleared 7 feet, IO 1/2 inches.
Canada’s Bruny Surin won the IOO meters in 10.16. But the fastest time of the day in that event went to 17-year-old Briton Mark Lewis-Francis, who clocked a personal best of 10.10 in the so-called “B" race.
In an upset, Violeta Szekely beat fellow Romanian Gabriela Szabo 4:05.01 to 4:05.72
in the 1,500, a slight glitch as Szabo prepares to double in the 1,500 and 5,000 in Sydney. She is the defending Olympic silver medalist at 1,500 and two-time defending world champion at 5,000.
American Sandra Glover won the 400-meter hurdles, taking the lead early and clocking 53.92, well off her world-best this season of 53.33. Olympic champion Deon Hemmings of Jamaica was third in 54.69.
American Angelo Taylor, who also has the top time in the world this year at 47.62, took the 400 hurdles in 48.66.
In the men’s 400, Greg Haughton of Jamaica won in 44.91, nipping Mexico’s world bronze medalist Alejandro Cardenas in 44.92. Briton Mark Richardson, running his first race since British officials lifted his doping ban last month, was third in an Olympic-qualifying 45.11, his first race since September.
The women’s long jump went to Ukraine’s Inessa Kravets with a leap of 22-8 1/2. Iva Prandzheva of Bulgaria and Dawn Burrell of the United States were at 22-5 3/4.
Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia won the 5,000 in 13:06.23, well off his world record of 12:39.36.
American Nick Hysong won the pole vault in at 19-0 1/2, with second-place Tim Lobinger of Germany clearing the same height.
In the major meet disappointment, Australia’s Cathy Freeman — the two-time defending world champion and 1996 Olympic silver medalist — withdrew from the 400 with what she called a “slight hamstring problem.”
Wells wins 17th, Jays dump Rangers
TORONTO (.AP) — David Wells doesn't want to think about winning the Cy Young Award. He just wants to keep the Toronto Blue Jays in contention.
Wells became the first 17-game w inner in the major leagues this season and Tony Batista hit his AL-leading 33rd home run Saturday as the Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 8-5.
“Winning the Cy Young Award
one w ith a squad of all-stars when he was still in college — was more specific about what the team needs to do in the months ahead.
“We’re going to have to do better on the road,” he said. “We’ve got to be able to win on the road: we’ve got to be consistent on offense. That’s an area where we have not been as good as we have been previously.”
The Cow boys, who are officially the home team at the Dome, were I-7 on the road this past season.
Unlike the Cowboys, whose eight games abroad make them the most international in the NFL, the Falcons will make their debut outside America.
That might be to Atlanta’s advantage. The Cowboys have >omething of an out-of-country jinx going, with a 0-6-1 record in their games abroad so far.
And though this is a first for the falcons, coach Dan Reeves is no stranger to foreign audiences. He coached Denver in Tokyo in 1990, London in 1987 and Berlin in 1992 and took the Giants to Berlin in 1994.
“Football is such a big part of our country and it’s something to see people in other parts of the world get excited about our team and our sport,” he said.
Just how excited the Japanese w ill get remains to be seen, however.
Though the early American Bowls here played to sell-out or near sell out crowds, attendance dropped from a peak of more than
51.000 in 1992 to just more than
40.000 in 1996 and 42,000 in 1998.
NFL officials said the game was not a sell-out as of late Saturday, but they did not have exact figures.
Those fans who had bought tickets didn’t get them cheaply. rickets ranged from 50,000 yen (about $500) for VIP seats to
5.000 yen (about $50) for the cheapest spots in the stands.
means nothing to me at this point," Wells said. “I don't want to give it any thought."
Die Blue Jays closed w ithin 4 I 2 games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.
“Every win is crucial now,” Wells said. “Hopefully, we'll get some help from some other teams."
Wells (17-4) allow ed just one run before Rusty Greer’s three-run double with two outs in the sev
He allowed eight hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one, improving to 2-2 in five starts since the All-Star break. Wells needs one more win to match his career high, set with the Yankees in 1998.
“He mixed it up a lot, and that's w hy he's one of the best pitchers in the game," the Rangers' Royce Clavton said.
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