Perrine Pelen, the French slalom star who plans to retire at the end of the season, capped her career by winning her specialty as the women completed competition in the world Alpine skiing championships in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy.
Pelen, second after the first run, took advantage of a fall by first-run leader Erika Hess of Switzerland to win in the total time of 1 minute 29.58 seconds. Christelle Guignard, Pelen's likely successor as the top slalom skier among the French women, rallied from ninth place after the first heat to win the silver while Italy's Paoletta Magoni, the Olympic slalom champion, improved five places to win the bronze . . .
East Germany's Andrea Schoene won the 500- and 3,000-meter events on the first day of the women's world speed-skating championships in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Teammates Gabie Schoenbrunn and Sabine Brehm were close behind in the overall standings after the first two races.
Five national records were broken in the 500 -- by Bonnie Blair of the United States, Therese Hoeiseth of Norway, Alie Boorsma of Holland, Geum Hyon Han of North Korea and Bibija Kerla of Yugoslavia. Blair tied for third in the event at 41.40 seconds. The winning time was 41 flat.