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March 18, 1987

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ The Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee unveiled on Wednesday an elaborate program for relaying the flame for the 1988 Summer Games from Olympus, Greece, to Seoul.

SLOOC President Park Seh-jik told reporters the Olympic torch will be lit at Olympus on Aug. 23 and carried on a three-day, 228-mile trip through such historic places as Patrai, Corinth and Athens.

He plans to airlift the flame from Athens via Bahrain and Bangkok to the southern Korean island of Cheju, he added.

From Cheju, Park said, the flame will be taken on a 2,439-mile run through 64 South Korean cities and counties before the opening of the Sept. 17-Oct. 2 Games.

The relay progam, accompanied by elaborate ceremonies, would involve as many as 25,000 carriers, 34 cars, nine boats and seven airplanes, he said.

Committee officials said that for the domestic tour of the flame, they were considering festivals by cultural representatives from 21 cities that have been host to past Olympic Games.


TURIN, Italy (AP) - Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union says that without Italian track officials, he would have missed out on a world indoor record in the pole vault Tuesday night.

Bubka broke his own record in the pole vault, clearing 19 feet, 7 inches during a track and field exhibition meet.

The night before, however, Bubka stayed out late to receive an award, the World Oscar of Sports, at a ceremony organized by an Italian television station and felt he was too tired to attend the competition the next day.

″I dedicate this record to the president of the Italian Track and Field Federation (Primo Nebiolo), because he insisted that I come to Turin,″ said Bubka after setting his new mark.

It was Bubka’s 15th world record. He has set nine previous indoor records and six outdoor records. The 24-year-old Soviet also holds the outdoor world record of 19-8 1/4 .

His previous world indoor mark, set in Osaka, Japan, on Jan. 15, was 19-6 1/2 .


LONDON (AP) - Ingrid Kristiansen, aiming to become the first woman to break the two-hour, 20-minute barrier, has entered this year’s London Marathon, officials said Wednesday.

Kristiansen, from Norway, holds the women’s marathon best of 2:21:06, set in London two years ago.

Chris Brasher, the race organizer, also said that a record 28,000 entries had been received for the May 10 event, a number that he said gave him ″the quakes.″

Even counting on a 15 percent dropout rate amonmg the entries, Brasher said, the starting list would still be about 24,000, some 5,000 more than last year’s record.

The London Marathon course runs from just east of Greenwich to Westminster Bridge at the foot of Big Ben.


HAMBURG, West Germany (AP) - Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, the top-ranked player in the world, was seeded No. 1 for the $375,000 German Open Grand Prix tennis tournament, organizers said Wednesday.

Miloslav Mecir, also of Czechoslovakia, is seeded second for the tourney April 25-May 3 on the clay courts of the Rothenbaum club. Mecir, who won the Hamburg title in 1985, beat Lendl in the final of the Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, Fla., earlier this month.

Boris Becker of West Germany, the two-time Wimbledon champion, has pulled out of this year’s German Open. He was beaten in the second round last year by American Mel Purcell.

Henri Leconte of France, the 1986 winner, is seeded third although his participation is doubtful because of a back injury.

There were no Americans among the seeds.

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