Suprabha Beckjord finished the seemingly impossible on Tuesday -- for the third time.
Beckjord, 43, an ultra-distance runner who lives in Washington, finished her third consecutive Sri Chinmoy 3,100-mile race in New York City, completing the race in 51 days 14 hours 16 minutes 17 seconds.
Beckjord was one of four runners competing in the event, which takes place around a city block in Jamaica Queens. Each participant ran the half-mile loop from 6 a.m. to midnight daily, logging 50 to 60 miles each day.
"To me, what the race is all about is the blossoming of the human spirit, finding out what you are really capable of," Beckjord said in a statement. "People thought the four-minute mile was impossible. This is a different kind of stretch."
Edward Kelley, 41, of Huntington Beach, Calif., won the third annual race in 49 days. . . .
Marion Jones stretched her winning streak at 200 meters to 21 races by winning the event yesterday at the Weltlkasse meet in Zurich in 22.10 seconds.
Third-seeded Andre Agassi advanced to the round of 16 in the $2.45 million ATP Championship by beating Arnaud Di Pasquale of France, 6-4, 6-1. The U.S. contingent, which already included top-ranked Pete Sampras, also picked up three surprise wins when Michael Chang beat eighth-seeded Alex Corretja of Spain, 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2; Justin Gimelstob beat fellow American Todd Martin, the No. 9 seed, 6-4, 6-4; and Chris Woodruff beat 13th-seeded Thomas Enqvist of Sweden, 6-1, 7-5. Defending champion Patrick Rafter of Australia also advanced to the round of 16 with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory over 60th-ranked Czech Daniel Vacek.
Penguins Sign Three
The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed forwards Alexei Kovalev and Robert Lang and defenseman Ian Moran to new two-year contracts Tuesday, avoiding arbitration hearings with the three free agents. . . . New Jersey Devils forward Brian Rolston was awarded a two-year, $2.77 million contract after an arbitration hearing Tuesday. . . . The New York Rangers agreed to terms with forward Ken Gernander.
Leland Beckel of Columbia Country Club lost her first-round match at the U.S. Women's Amateur in Asheville, N.C., yesterday. Celeste Troche of Paraguay defeated Beckel, 1 up, in 20 holes.
Glasgow Downs Parma
Midfielder Claudio Reyna scored in the 75th minute to give the Glasgow Rangers a 2-0 victory over Italian power Parma in a UEFA Champions League qualifying match in Glasgow, Scotland. The Rangers will take their two-goal advantage to Parma on Aug. 25 for the second leg and attempt to qualify for the competition's group stage for the first time since 1996. . . .
The U.S. women's soccer team will play three nations in October as part of the U.S. Women's Cup '99. The Americans will play opponents to be determined during doubleheaders on Oct. 3 in Columbus, Ohio; Oct. 7 in Kansas City, Mo.; and Oct. 10 in Louisville.
Surgery for Moceanu
Olympic gymnastics champion Dominique Moceanu underwent surgery in Houston to treat a malformation on her right knee.
"It's the type of thing where you have kind of achy knee problems," Jack Jensen told KPRC-TV. "It doesn't go out on you, it's not a ligament thing."
The malformation wasn't caused by gymnastics, he said.
Jensen, who performed the operation, said Moceanu will begin rehabilitation as early as today but won't be at full strength for four months. Jensen said Moceanu has a good chance of rehabilitating the knee in time to qualify for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
The Arlington Senators continued their winning ways yesterday with an 11-2 victory over Chicago at the all-American Amateur Baseball Association National World Series. The Senators (47-12 overall) will meet the winner of last night's contest between host Johnstown and Altoona, Pa., in the winner's bracket championship game. . . .
Ben Privot pitched the Capitol City All-Stars out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the District of Columbia team to a 3-1 win against the Delaware All-Stars in a first-round game at the Eastern Regional Little League tournament in Bristol, Conn.
Privot went the distance, striking out 10 and scattering three hits. Ryan Kupperman and Nick Wiseman were part of a three-run rally in the top of the fifth as Capitol City came back from a one-run deficit. Capitol City plays the Pennsylvania All-Stars today at 3 p.m.