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Komen wins 1,500 meters

June 10, 1997

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) _ Daniel Komen of Kenya, the world record holder in the 3,000 meters, ran a personal best of 3 minutes, 31.29 seconds to win the 1,500 meters Tuesday at the IAAF Slovnaft track meet.

Komen’s countryman John Kosgei finished second in 3:34.09, ahead of Kenyan-born Dane Robert Kiplagat in 3:34.81.

``This time means that I’m able of breaking world records for both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters,″ Komen said after the race.

Viktor Kapustin of Russia beat world record holder Jonathan Edwards of Britain in the triple jump with a leap of 57 feet, one-quarter inch.

British Army Sgt. Kelly Holmes, a former army judo champion, clocked 1:58.65 in the women’s 800 meters, bettering the meet record by over a half second. Olga Buzhenko of Ukraine finished second in 1:59.93, ahead of Brazil’s Luciana Mendes in 2:00.33.

Olympic gold medalist and triple world champion Lars Riedel of Germany won the discus with a throw of 217 feet, 10 inches, easily beating rival Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania at 214-3, and Vasiliy Kaptyukh of Belarus at 208-2.

``I don’t focus on breaking the world record any more, my goal for this year is to become the world champion for the fourth time,″ Riedel said.

In other events, Britain’s Ashia Hansen took the women’s triple jump at 48-2 3-4, beating Olympic bronze medalist Sarka Kasparkova of the Czech Republic.

Steve Smith, the first Brit since 1908 to win an Olympic and a world championship medal in the high jump, failed to clear 7 feet, 5 3-4 inches and finished a disappointing fourth to Russian Sergei Klyugin.

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