Tue, Jan 11, 2005 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Ski Jump

Ahonen sets hill record

Finland's Janne Ahonen soared to a hill record in Willingen, Germany on Sunday and won a World Cup ski jumping event for the 11th time in 13 tries this season. Ahonen was sixth after his first leap of 135m, but then landed a second jump of 152m in front of 25,000 spectators. The Finn was awarded 279.1 points, while Austrian Martin Hoellwarth earned 274.8 off jumps of 137m and 146.5m. Ahonen's second jump broke the hill record set by Poland's Adam Malysz by a half-meter, but television replays seemed to show he actually jumped further. With the wind conditions optimal for the first time in two days at Willingen, Ahonen appeared to land well past the 150m mark on the slope. His jump was first ruled 155.5m, then reduced although many observers felt he clearly jumped further.

■ Speedskating

Two world records set

Shani Davis of Chicago broke two world records in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday at the North American long track qualifying meet for the World All-Around Championships. Davis won the men's 1,500m in 1 minute, 43.33 seconds, .62 seconds faster than Olympic gold medal winner Derek Parra, who set the mark at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. Davis also set the mark for overall points with 149.359. Fellow American Chad Hedrick had 150.478 at the worlds last year in Norway.

■ Cycling

Bates wins more gold

Katherine Bates of Australia won her third gold medal in three days when she won the women's scratch race at the track cycling World Cup in Manchester, England on Sunday. Olympian Bates won the points race on Friday and the individual pursuit on Saturday. Following Bates were second-placed Rebecca Quinn of the US, and third-placed Virginie Moinard of France. Britain's team sprint trio bounced back from its Olympic disappointment. Chris Hoy, Jason Queally and Craig Maclean won in 44.493 seconds.

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