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Jacobs Sets 1,000-Meter Record

July 4, 1999

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) _ Regina Jacobs set an American record for the 1,000-meter run Saturday night in the Distance Festival meet.

Jacobs, who set a national record in the 5,000 in last year’s meet, set the 1,000 record in 2 minutes, 31.80 seconds, 1.13 seconds faster than Suzy Hamilton’s record set four years ago in Eugene, Ore.

Svetlana Masterkova of Russia set the world record of 2:28.98 in 1996.

``You’re lucky that you got the opportunity to see an American record be broken on American soil,″ Jacobs said to a child seeking an autograph after the race.

Jacobs, 35, ran the 5,000 last year in 14:52.49.

``It’s just one of those nights that every athlete hopes to have and you don’t know if you’re going to get it or not,″ she said.

Jacobs won a Volvo for last year’s record and got another one Saturday night.

The distance festival at Whittier Field at Bowdoin College, sponsored by New Balance, features elite races in middle-distance events for men, women and high school runners.

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