TAKASUMURA, Japan (AP) _ Marc Garcia of France won the slalom event Sunday after a second-place finish in the giant slalom Saturday to clinch the CTV Cup race, the sixth of 10 duel slalom ski races on Japan’s professional circut.
Garcia beat Tatsuya Harada of Japan in the final as the skiers raced side by side on separate courses, then changed sides and raced again on the 370- meter (1,221-foot), 45-flag course of the Washigaoka Ski Ground in central Japan. With the win, Garcia pocketed $13,600.
Japan’s Shinya Chiba finished second overall, followed by Ewald Zirbisegger of Austria, who won Saturday’s giant slalom. Harada finished fourth.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Japan’s Takayasu Komatsu won the 3rd Taipei Marathon Sunday, beating an international field of about 19,500 runners in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 56 seconds.
It was Komatsu’s first victory in five years of international competition. Komatsu, 26, took the lead at the halfway point and was never threatened in the 26-mile, 385-yard race run through Taipei streets.
Taiwan’s Hsu Chi-sheng finished second in 2:17:15, just edging Italy’s Marcello Curioni who finished in 2:17:18.
Lim Eun Joo, who represented South Korea at last year’s Seoul Olympics, won the women’s crown in 2:44:47, beating the old record of 2:49:25 set by Kathy Matson of the United States in 1988.
Hong Kong’s Winnie Ng, winner of the event in 1986, was second in 2:45:10, and Sweden’s Elisabeth Johannesson was third in 2:48:38.
Organizers said about 16,500 men and 3,000 women from 27 countries entered Sunday’s race which was run under cloudy skies in 68-degree temperatures.
CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Arturo Barrios of Mexico Sunday won the the 24th Chiba international cross country race, beating Seoul Olympic 10,000-meter gold medalist Brahim Boutaib of Morocco.
Barrios, who finished fifth in the Seoul Olympic 10,000-meter race, ran shoulder to shoulder with Boutaib until spurting for the lead and the victory late in the 12,000-meter race. His time was 34 minutes, 28 seconds, while Boutaib was clocked at 34:50. The meet was held at the Showanomori Park.
Mark Nenow of the United States finished in third at 35:04, followed by Steve Binns of Britain, who was timed at 35:07.
Defending champion Andrew Lloyd of Australia finished fifth in 35:08.
In the women’s 6,000-meter cross country race, defending champion Carolyn Schuwalow of Australia, Lloyd’s wife, won in 19:33 after leading most of the way.
Kumi Araki of Japan finished second in 19:40, followed by compatriot Akemi Matsuno in 19:41.
OHME, Japan (AP) - Katsumi Ikeda of Waseda University won the men’s 30- kilometer race in the 23rd Ohme-Hochi Marathon Sunday, ahead of other 11,080 entries.
Ikeda was clocked in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 4 seconds.
Second-place finisher was Hitoshi Saotome in 1:33:13, followed by Nobuhiro Izumi in 1:33:25.
More than 62,000 people lined the streets to view the race. Officials said it took about six minutes before all starters had crossed the starting line.
Misako Fujii won the women’s 30-kilometer race for the second-straight year in 1:53:55.
The oldest participant was 88-year-old Kozo Shinjo, who competed in the men’s 10-kilometer race for the sixth time.
Over 2,700 runners also competed in junior and senior class races.
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Thailand beat Bangladesh 1-0 Sunday in a qualifying game in the Asian zone of the World Cup soccer tournament that will be played next year in Italy.
Forward Piyapong Piew-on scored the only goal in the second half. The Thai team will play Iran on Thursday and takes on China next Tuesday.
The Asian zone is divided into six groups with a total of 25 teams. In the first stage, teams in each group play each other twice. From this emerges top six teams.
Between March and April, those six teams play each other twice and the top two will qualify for the World Cup.
Group Five includes Thailand, Bangladesh, Iran and China.