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Niemann Wins for Fifth Time in Six Years

February 4, 1996

INZELL, Germany (AP) _ Gunda Niemann of Germany rebounded after a loss to American Becky Sundstroem on Sunday to win her fifth allround World Speedskating Championship in six years.

The 29-year-old Niemann didn’t let the snowy weather, nor her sixth place-showing in the 500-meter race disturb her. The 500 was won by Sundstroem in 41.31 seconds.

Niemann bounced back to win the 1,500-meter race in 2 minutes, 06.13 seconds, and the 3,000 in 4:22.59.

Then Niemann, two-time 1992 Olympics champion, hung on for second in the 5,000.

Niemann also won the allround title in 1991, 1992, 1993 and last year.

Prock Leads Austrians at World Luge Event

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) _ Austria ended the World Luge Championships Sunday just as they had started two days earlier, and Markus Prock raced to his second world championship gold medal in the men’s singles competition.

The Austrians began the competition on Friday by winning the team event, and Prock’s latest victory gave them their third gold of the championships.

Prock beat archrival, Georg Hackl of Germany, by five-hundredths of a second over two heats.

U.S. medal hopes were dashed early Sunday in the second run. Wendel Suckow of Marquette, Mich., the 1993 world champion, was a close fourth after the first heat. But he slumped in the second run, coming in seventh.

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Cocktail Jet Wins French Trot

VINCENNES, France (AP) _ Cocktail Jet, the even-money favorite driven by Jean-Etienne Dubois, won the prestigious Prix de France trotting race on Sunday.

Cocktail Jet, owned by Daniel Wildenstein, completed a unique double after winning the Prix d’Amerique a week earlier at the same track. Such a feat was last achieved in 1988 by another French horse, Ourasi.

Sunday’s win raised the 6-year-old’s career earnings to $1.9 million.

In the race, French horse Arnaqueur came in second. American horse Westgate Crown was third.

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Nowegian Takes Nordic Race

SEEFELD, Austria (AP) _ Norway’s Knut-Tore Apeland won for the sixth time in his career, taking a competition Sunday counting toward the Nordic Combined World Cup.

Placed fifth in the opening ski-jumping contest, Apeland won the 15-kilometer cross-country race. He finished 10.2 seconds of Frenchman Sylvain Guillaume. Third was American Todd Lodwick, who had been second in the jumping event. He finished an aggregate 11.5 seconds behind the winner.

In World Cup standings, Apeland now has 761 points. Kenji Ogiwara of Japan has 710 points. Jari Mantila of Finland has 606.

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Ethiopian Sets Indoor 3,000-Meter Record

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) _ Haile Gebreselassie of Ethiopia broke the 3,000-meter indoor track record Sunday by nearly 4 1/2 seconds.

Gebrselassie was timed in 7 minutes 30.72 seconds, beating the previous mark of 7:35.15 seconds by Kenya’s Moses Kiptanui in Ghent, Belgium last Feb. 12.

Eight days earlier, Gebreselassie set a 5,000-meter world record at an indoor meet at Sindelfingen, Germany.

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Pankratov Sets Another Indoor World Record

PARIS (AP) _ Russia’s Denis Pankratov set a short course world record of 51.94 seconds Sunday in the 100-meter butterfly event at a World Cup swimming meet.

The previous record of 52.07 was set in 1990 by Canada’s Marcel Grey.

On Saturday, he set a world record in the 200-meter butterfly.

Pankratov set two outdoor records last year and was a three-time gold medalist last summer in the European Championships.

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Russian Wins Shanghai Tennis

SHANGHAI, China (AP) _ Andrei Olhovskity of Russia defeated Mark Knowles of the Bahamas 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 Sunday to win the Shanghai Open.

Olhovskity, seeded No. 4 and ranked 130th, put the unseeded Knowles under pressure with his attacking style.

It was Olhovskity’s second singles victory. His first was in 1993 at Copenhagen.

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Olympic Champion Tarasov Takes Gold

RUHPOLDING, Germany (AP) _ Olympic champion Sergei Tarasov of Russia on Sunday took the gold at the biathlon World Championships by winning the 20-kilometer event Sunday.

Tarasov rounded the course in 52 minutes, 3.2 seconds to win by more than two minutes over countryman Vladimir Dratschev.

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