ZAGREB, YUGOSLAVIA, JULY 17 -- Wallace Spearmon won the men's 200 meters and Gwen Torrence achieved a double by taking the women's 200 today as members of the U.S. team claimed four of the seven track and field gold medals at the World University Games.
The victories by Spearmon and Torrence completed an American sweep of the gold medals in the men's and women's sprints.
Other Americans winning golds today were Charlie Simpkins in the triple jump (56-3 3/4) and Randy Heisler in the discus (204-8). Simpkins overcame the flu in helping the U.S. team end what had been Soviet domination of the field events.
Romanian Paula Ivan also won her second gold medal when she took the women's 3,000 (8:53.61). China's Li Su Ji won the women's 5-kilometer walk (21:51.50) and West German Siggi Wentz took the decathlon (8,348 points).
Spearmon, of the University of Arkansas, held off favored countryman Floyd Heard to win the 200 in 20.42 seconds. Heard finished second in 20.44 and Edgardo Guilbe of Puerto Rico took third in 20.92.
Torrence had to work hard in the straight to overhaul Nigeria's Nkemdilim Onyali and add the 200-meter title to the 100-meter championship she won two days ago. The winning 200 time was 22.44.
In men's basketball, Mitch Richmond of Kansas State scored 19 points and Georgetown's Perry McDonald had 18 to lead the United States to an 88-70 victory over Cuba in the semifinals.
Drazen Petrovic scored 25 points to lead Yugoslavia to a 100-69 rout of Spain in the other semifinal. The United States will play Yugoslavia for the gold medal Saturday.