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February 10, 1996

SRI RACHA, Thailand (AP) _ American Todd Barranger fired a 7-under-par 65 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after the third round of the Thailand Open with a 203 total.

Barranger broke out of a first-place tie with South Korean Sin Yong-Jin, who shot a 68 and fell to second.

American Rob Moss also had a 68 and was third at 207.

Defending champion Todd Hamilton, another American, shot a 69 to tie for fourth place at 209.


Witty Skates to Victory at 1,000 meters

INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) _ Christine Witty of West Allis, Wis., won the women’s 1,000 meter race at a World Cup speedskating meet on Saturday.

Witty was timed in 1 minute 23.19 seconds, edging Germany’s Sabine Volker, who did 1:23.28.

Japan’s Junichi Inoue won the men’s 1,000. His time was 1:15:58, compared to the 1:15.86 clocked by his nearest rival, Norway’s Adne Sondral.

Svetlana Schurova of Russia scored her seventh victory over 500 meters to remain the best woman over the distance this season.

Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan, last season’s all-round winner, took the men’s 500. He covered the distance in 37.16 seconds.


Two Title Fights Called Off After Bomb Blast

LONDON (AP) _ Two British title fights scheduled Saturday were called off following Friday night’s bomb blast only a short distance from London Arena in east London.

The card featured the cruiserweight title fight between Terry Dunstan and veteran former WBC light-heavyweight champion Dennis Andries, plus the welterweight championship contest involving champion Chris Saunders and Kevin Lueshing. The fights were rescheduled for Tuesday at York Hall, also in east London, on Tuesday.

The bomb went off in the Canary Wharf area Friday evening. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility Saturday.


Germany Wins Women’s Relay, France Second

RUHPOLDING, Germany (AP) _ Germany relied on perfect shooting to clinch the gold medal in the women’s 4 x 7.5-kilometer relay event at the biathlon World Championships Saturday.

The French team was generally faster on the slope but had to settle for the silver medal because of poorer shooting. Ukraine took the bronze medal.

German rookie Katrin Apel, racing the third leg against Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Claret, the 15K champion, was given a 32.4-second lead. Claret made up ground on the track, but she missed twice shooting from the standing position and had to do two penalty loops.

Petra Behle cruised home in the anchor leg as Germany beat France by two minutes, 45 seconds.

The aggregate winning time for Germany was one hour, 33 minutes, 59.8 seconds, while France clocked 1:36.44.8, with three penalty loops.


Finnish Teen-Ager Leads World Ski Flying Championships

BAD MITTERNDORF, Austria (AP) _ Janne Ahonen, an 18-year-old Finn, took the lead in the ski flying world championships Saturday after soaring 191 meters for the day’s longest jump.

Austrian Andreas Goldberger was in second place, 4.8 points behind Ahonen’s total of 357, after the two opening heats in the two-day event.

World Cup leader Ari-Pekka Nikkola of Finland was third at 344.7 going into Sunday’s two final jumps.

Olympic champion Jens Weissflog faltered after setting a hill record of 201 meters in training. The 31-year-old German was out of gold medal contention in fifth place, behind Slovenia’s Urban Franc, after jumps of 177 meters and 176 meters Saturday.


Niyongabo Wins 3,000 Meters in French Meet

PARIS (AP) - Venuste Niyongabo of Burundi easily won the men’s 3,000-meter race on the opening day of the French International indoor track meet Saturday.

Niyongabo was timed in 7 minutes, 39.33 seconds to finish nearly a half-lap ahead of the field.

The major portion of the meet is on Sunday with world record-holders Sergei Bubka in the pole vault and Javier Sotomayor in the high jump. Ivan Pedroso, Sotomayor’s Cuban teammate and world champion in the long jump, is also entered.

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