John Ahumble, a Special Olympian from Ghana, staggered across the finish line after completing the 1,500-meter run and fell to the ground, exhausted. A group of North Carolina National Guardsmen and medical volunteers helped him into a wheelchair and carted him off the track.
Ahumble is one of more than a dozen athletes who were overcome by the sweltering heat at the Special Olympics World Games track venue yesterday. But on-site medical officials said the conditions were safe for the athletes, despite temperatures approaching the 90s.
"It's hot, it's miserable but it's not unhealthy," said Phil Gallagher, a USA Track and Field official working as a volunteer at the Paul Derr Track on the North Carolina State University campus. "If we had one episode that was outside of ordinary heat exhaustion, we would've shut down immediately."
After athletes finished an event, Guardsmen and volunteers would rush in, douse them with cups of water and soak them with spray bottles. Only one athlete, a Ugandan runner, required more advanced medical attention.
As temperatures reached 89 degrees in Raleigh, N.C., by noon, some officials were more concerned about the conditions of the volunteers than those of the athletes. Heat was believed to have contributed to the death of volunteer Neale Orrok, 62, who collapsed last Saturday at the opening ceremonies.
Tommy's American 5K
Alisa Harvey, still smarting after her seventh-place finish last weekend in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships, pulled away in the final 800 meters to win the inaugural Tommy's American 5K in the District in 17 minutes 6 seconds.
In the men's race, Philippe Rolly, 26, won in a time of 15:12. Rolly, a native of France, has been dominant on the roads since moving to the area one year ago. . . .
Regina Jacobs set a U.S. record for the 1,000-meter run at the Distance Festival meet in Brunswick, Maine. She ran in 2:31.80, 1.13 seconds faster than Suzy Hamilton's record set four years ago.
Jones Out of Hospital
Renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones was resting comfortably, four days after being hospitalized for an undisclosed condition. Jones, 93, entered Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday and his condition is not critical. A hospital spokesman would not disclose the reason for his hospitalization, citing confidentiality guidelines.
CBS Sportsline reported that Jones suffered a stroke and is paralyzed on his left side.
No License for Jockey
The Louisiana State Racing Commission has refused to renew the license of jockey Billy Patin, who was ruled to be in possession of an electrical shocking device while winning the Arkansas Derby on Valhol in April.
U.S. Rusty in Win
Kevin Freeman, a member of Connecticut's NCAA championship squad, scored 18 points as the United States struggled before beating South Korea, 96-77, in the opening game for both teams at the World University Games in Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands.
"Every team will try to play its best against us, every game we have a target on our chests," U.S. Coach Oliver Purnell said.
Selanne in Crash
Anaheim Mighty Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, the NHL's top goal scorer last season, escaped injury after crashing into a car driven by the president of Finland's ice hockey federation, who was hospitalized. Selanne collided with a car driven by Kalervo Kummola, who also is a member of parliament. The accident happened Friday while Selanne was practicing for a road rally. Kummola was expected to recover from undisclosed injuries.
CAPTION: Medical personnel attend to Special Olympian John Ahumble, one of more than a dozen athletes overcome by scorching heat at track venue yesterday.