Mark Cockerell used a spectacular long routine to win the men's figure-skating championship at the National Sports Festival today, Greg Louganis added a diving gold medal to his collection and Tyrell Biggs advanced to the super heavyweight boxing final.
Rain washed out most of the outdoor events as the annual gathering of America's top young amateur athletes ended its first weekend. A flash-flood watch was issued by the National Weather Service for the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains, with up to four inches of rain forecast.
Floyd Favors, the world amateur bantamweight boxing champion, earned a close decision over Robert Shannon today and then said he would deal with Jesse Benavides, the defending national Golden Gloves titleholder, Tuesday night.
Favors, of Capitol Heights, Md., was a heavy favorite over Shannon, of Edmonds, Wash., but Favors wound up with a stiff neck and a twisted ankle that slowed him against the quick Shannon.
Favors was awarded a 3-2 decision.
"Just because I'm world champion doesn't mean I can win every fight I have," said Favors. "I knew he would be a tough fight."
The Favors-Benavides bout will be one of the highlights of the final night of boxing at the festival. The evening's results will determine the 12 U.S. representatives from the sport to the Pan American Games in August.
Biggs made short work of Kimmuel Odum, from Gary, Ind. He bloodied Odum's nose early in the second round, and the referee stopped the bout at 58 seconds as Biggs repeatedly landed with jabs to the head.
Cockerell, from Burbank, Calif., was tied for third place after Saturday's short program, but easily won today's free-skate portion at the Broadmoor World Arena. He did a series of triple jumps and received mostly 5.8s from the judges. He passed, however, on a chance to make skating history when he removed a quadruple jump from his routine.
In the women's competition, hometown favorite Kelly Webster skated solidly but unspectacularly to edge 15-year-old Kathryn Adams for the gold medal.
Louganis, the world champion in 10-meter platform diving, had little trouble winning the event at the festival for the second year in a row and gaining a spot on the U.S. Pan American Games team. Thursday night, Louganis won the 3-meter springboard event, in which he's also world champ.
The Mission Viejo, Calif., star was only third after Friday's preliminaries on the 10-meter tower at the Air Force Academy Natatorium, but easily beat Bruce Kimball and Matt Scoggin with the help of three perfect "10s" on his second of eight dives in the finals. Louganis' total was 680.91, with Kimball, from Ann Arbor, Mich., second at 618.90 and Ron Meyer, of Fayetteville, Ark., third at 603.12. Scoggin was fourth.
"I felt much better today after 24 hours of rest," Louganis said.