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AGENCIES

■ ATHLETICS

Hurdling record broken

Susanna Kallur broke an 18-year-old world record in the women's 60m indoor hurdles on Sunday, clocking 7.68 seconds to lower the mark by 0.01 seconds at the Karlsruhe international athletics meet. The 26-year old Swede broke the record set on Feb. 4, 1990, by Russia's Ludmila Narozhilenko -- who later changed her name to Ludmila Engquist. Kallur, the European outdoors champion just missed the mark with a 7.72 effort a week ago in Stuttgart. "The record is unbelievable, I'm speechless," Kallur said. "I don't know how I will celebrate. I don't know how much money I will earn for the record either."

■ CYCLING

Gilbert wins in Mallorca

Belgium's Philippe Gilbert held off a threatening pack of sprinters with a late attack to claim victory in the first stage of the Tour of Mallorca on Sunday. Gilbert, of the Francaise des Jeux team, finished a few meters ahead of the bunch after distancing his pursuers around 1km from the finish line of the 100km stage, which finished in Palma, Mallorca. Australian Graeme Brown, of Rabobank, finished second ahead of Germany's Robert Forster. Belgian Gert Steegmans, of Quick Step, finished fourth. "I pulled away at a little over one kilometer to go and saw straight away that I had a chance," said Gilbert, a one-day race specialist whose speciality is launching attacks just before the finish line.

■ RUGBY

Tindall injures liver, lungs

England center Mike Tindall was left with a 2.5cm tear in his liver, a punctured lung and serious internal bleeding after his side's opening Six Nations match against Wales on Feb. 2 in London. The 29-year-old was carried off struggling to breathe at Twickenham and admits the injury was far more serious than he first imagined. "I didn't realize it at the time but I had a big tear in my liver," he told the Mail on Sunday. "It was more than an inch wide and an inch deep and my condition was compounded by air released between the lungs and ribs from the hole in my lung," he said. Tindall was injured in a tackle by Wales player Mark Jones, falling awkwardly on to the boot of the Welsh winger.

■ SKIING

Fischbacher, Suter share win

Andrea Fischbacher and Fabienne Suter shared a victory in Sestriere, Italy, on Sunday in a super-G that was shaped by varying wind and several crashes. It was the first World Cup victory for both racers. The Austrian and Swiss skiers had the same time of 1 minute, 21.06 seconds on the Kandahar Banchetta course. Germany's Maria Riesch finished third, 0.24 behind, to maintain her lead in the super-G standings. A light headwind picked up just as the favorites came down. Lindsey Vonn, Saturday's downhill winner, finished 16th and dropped down into a tie for the overall World Cup lead with Nicole Hosp, who placed 14th.

■ SUMO

Mongolian beats compatriot

Grand champion Asashoryu of Mongolia beat compatriot Tokitenku on Sunday to win a one-day sumo tournament in Tokyo, Japan. Asashoryu overpowered Miyabiyama in the semi-finals before facing Tokitenku in the final at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Asashoryu lost to compatriot Hakuho on the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament last month in his return to sumo after serving a two-tournament suspension for playing in a charity soccer tournament in Mongolia. Asashoryu became the first wrestler to win the event three times in a row.

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