Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Deal Sets American Mark; Joyner-Kersee In 2 Finals

Lance Deal shattered the American record in the men's hammer throw by 2 feet Friday, hurling the hammer 270 feet 8 inches at the USA-Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.

The distance, the third-best performance in the world this year, surpassed the record of 268-8 by Jud Logan, set April 22, 1988, in University Park, Pa.

Deal, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder, registered the record on his second attempt, after he had a toss of 256-0 on his first try. After his record toss, Deal had throws of 269-6 and 263-4, plus two fouls.

In a spirited and highly competitive men's shot put, C.J. Hunter equaled his career best of 68 feet 3 3/4 inches in beating world-record holder Randy Barnes (68-1 1/2) for his first national outdoor title.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee qualified for both finals in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump. She won her hurdles semifinal heat in 13.10, her fastest time of the year, and had the best mark in the long jump qualifying, a wind-aided 22-6 1/4. LaVonna Floreal won the other hurdles semifinal in 13.06.

In the men's 110-meter hurdles, Mark Crear, the 1992 NCAA champion from Southern California, outleaned Robert Reading, the 1989 NCAA winner, for the victory in 13.36 seconds. Greg Foster, the three-time world champion and five-time national champion, failed to finish.

***** MOTOR SPORTS Allen Takes Miller Draft Pole

Loy Allen Jr. earned the pole for Sunday's Miller Genuine Draft 400 in Brooklyn, Mich., with a lap of 180.641 mph. Former St. Louisan Rusty Wallace qualified in the No. 5 position, at 179.574 mph.

***** BOXING Lewis, Bowe Agree To Bout

Managers for Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe announced that the two will meet for the WBC heavyweight title between the first week in November and the first week in December. …

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