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Legat wins sixth Wanamaker

Bernard Lagat used his signature finishing kick to win his sixth Wanamaker Mile at the 101st Millrose Games on Friday. The reigning 1,500 and 5,000m world champion pulled into the lead with a lap and a half to go as the Madison Square Garden crowd roared. He easily held off Australian Craig Mottram, who gave him a tough race last year to finish in three minutes, 57.51 seconds. Lagat immediately confirmed he'll return to chase another record. The Kenyan-born American moved a victory away from matching the record seven wins -- the last in 1987 -- by Irishman Eamonn Coghlan, dubbed the "Chairman of the Boards" for his dominance on the old wooden Millrose track.


Kravchuk, Li win aerials

Stanislav Kravchuk of the Ukraine won his first World Cup aerials, and world champion Li Nina of China topped the women's field on Friday in Park City, Utah. Kravchuk led after the qualifying round, so he was the last jumper in the finals at Deer Valley. He tried not to pay attention as most of the other jumpers slipped on their landings. And then he was the first. A tailwind pushed Kravchuk's triple-twisting triple flip out a little far off of the kicker, but he nailed the landing. Once he straightened his knees after the impact, Kravchuk pumped his fist, knowing he had won it.


Fisichella boosts morale

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella boosted the morale of his Force India team on Friday by posting the fourth-best time in testing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya. "I think we made a lot of progress," the 35-year-old Roman said in a team statement after completing 100 laps in the team's Ferrari-powered interim car without any major mechanical problems on a cold day at the Spanish track. "I felt more comfortable in the car too -- we are definitely going in the right direction and the times were pretty good. I'm very happy as we are showing the potential we have now," the former Renault driver said.


Thai wins olympic spot

Thailand's 2004 Olympic champion Manus Boonjumnong was among 19 boxers to win a spot at the Beijing Games via this week's Asian Olympic qualifying tournament. Uzbekistan was the most successful nation at the tournament, winning four places, while South Korea, Thailand and China all claimed three Olympic places. A further 19 places will be at stake in another regional qualifying tournament in Kazakhstan next month. In all divisions except heavyweight, both finalists in this tournament received an Olympic berth, giving extra emphasis to winning semifinals.


Blind golfer hits hole-in-one

A hole-in-one is rare on the golf course, but what are the odds of a blind golfer sinking one? Leo Fiyalko couldn't see it, but his golf buddies did -- a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at the Cove Cay Country Club. Fiyalko is 92 and has macular degeneration. He's been golfing for 60 years, but his 100m shot with a five iron on Jan. 10 was his first hole-in-one. "I was just trying to put the ball on the green," Fiyalko said. Fiyalko tees off every Thursday with a group of golfers ranging in age from 70 to 90-plus. He used to have a seven handicap, but now he needs help lining up his shots and finding his golf balls because he only has peripheral vision in his right eye.

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