Two Russian women set world records within a half-hour span yesterday -- one in the pole vault, the other in the steeplechase -- and a third compatriot had the second longest triple jump in history.
In that short period during the Tsiklitiria Super Grand Prix meet in Iraklion, Greece, the Russians showed they will be formidable opponents at the Athens Olympics for a U.S. team immersed in controversy.
Svetlana Feofanova broke the world record in the pole vault, becoming the first woman to clear 16 feet and bettering the mark set a week earlier by another Russian. Feofanova's left knee rubbed the bar as she went up and made it wobble, but it stayed on. Feofanova celebrated with a back flip in the landing area.
Feofanova's record, on her second attempt at that height, broke the mark of 15-113/4 set on June 27 by Yelena Isinbayeva in Gateshead, England.
A few minutes earlier, Russia's Gulnara Samitova shattered her own record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by nearly seven seconds.
Running a half lap ahead of the field for the second half of the race, Samitova finished in 9 minutes 1.59 seconds and raised her arms in triumph. Her previous mark, set last August, was 9:08.33.
Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia solidified her status as the overwhelming favorite for Olympic gold in the women's triple jump with a leap of 50-4, the second-longest jump in history. . . .
Martin Lel led a 1-2-3 Kenyan sweep of the 10-kilometer Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. Another Kenyan, Susan Chepkemei, captured the women's division.
* SAILING: Cindy Bishop won the Princess Royal Cup, and New Hampshire's St. Paul's School captured the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-On-Thames, England.
Bishop, who races for Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge, Mass., easily outpaced South Africa's Rika Geyser.
* SOCCER: Cameroon regained the lead in its World Cup qualifying group, beating visiting Ivory Coast, 2-0. Samuel Eto'o, the African player of the year, scored in the 80th minute in Yaounde and Guy Fetchine got a goal one minute later for Cameroon (2-0-1), which leads Group Three with seven points, one ahead of Ivory Coast (2-1).
At Contonou, Hassan Ahmed scored in the 65th and 80th minutes and Hosni Osama in the 74th as visiting Egypt tied Benin, 3-3.
In Group One, Arnel Mamona scored in the 21st minute at Brazzaville to give the Congo Republic a 1-0 win over visiting Mali; Togo and host Liberia played to a 0-0 tie in Monrovia. . . .
Alberto Delgado scored his first MLS goal in Denver, leading the Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution. . . .
Carlos Ruiz scored his second goal of the game in the 55th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 victory over visiting San Jose.
* HORSE RACING: La Reine's Terms, the 2002 Maryland Million Turf winner who made a successful return to the races at age 9 last month after 11/2 years away from the track, finished last in a field of five in the $75,000 Independence Day Handicap at Mountaineer Park in Chester, W. Va.
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