MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Ines Eppers of the United States finished second among 95,927 runners Sunday in a 3-mile race through downtown Madrid that authorities said broke the world record for number of participants.
Eppers completed the course down the six-lane Paseo de la Castellana in 16 minutes, one minute behind winner Tomas Pulido of Spain. Exact times were not available.
About 1,000 soldiers and officers from the Brunete Armored Division, stationed outside Madrid, sped through the city in military athletics gear.
Barcelona held the previous record for participants with 92,874 runners in June 1993.
BOLTON, England (AP) - Norwegian defender Tore Pedersen will miss this summer’s World Cup after tearing knee ligaments in Oldham’s Football Association Cup victory over Bolton on Saturday.
Pedersen was injured in a tackle during Oldham’s 1-0 victory that puts Joe Royle’s team in the semifinal.
″He will require major knee surgery,″ Royle said. ″All the ligaments have gone and he’s out of the World Cup.″
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, ejected Saturday for deliberately handling the ball outside his penalty area, plans to appeal the one-match ban that wouild keep him out of the March 27 League Cup final against Aston Villa.
″I went for the ball with my feet, not my hand,″ the Danish goalkeeper said. ″ It was a ridiculous decision to send me off.″
Schmeichel raced several yards out of his area to challenge Charlton’s Kim Grant shortly before halftime. He dived at Grant’s feet and the ball struck his hand. Referee Robbie Hart didn’t hesitate.
″The referee will be embarrassed with his performance when he sees the incident again on video,″ Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said. ″Peter came flying out with his feet and the ball hit his hand. If a player missed a cup final over something like this it would be a tragedy.″
CASTIGLION FIBOCCI, Italy (AP) - Stefano Zanini of Italy broke from the pack Sunday in the final sprint to win the fifth leg of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling tour.
Giorgio Furlan of Italy maintained the overall lead with three stages remaining.
Zanini crossed the finish line ahead of a pack of cyclists that included Furlan and Stefano Colage of Italy. He won the 113-mile leg in 4 hours, 47 minutes, 15 seconds at an average speed of 23.8 mph.
In Sunday’s leg, the cyclists started in Bolgheri and finished in Castiglion Fibocchi.
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Stephen Brimacombe edged Dean Capobianco by one- hundredth of a second Sunday in the 200 meters at the Australian track and field championships.
Brimacombe, who finished in 20.84 seconds in a strong headwind, qualified for the Australian Commonwealth Games team by defeating Capobianco (20.85) and Damien Marsh (20.94).
Marsh had surprisingly defeated world 400-meter champion Michael Johnson of the United States in Saturday’s 100 meters.
Cathy Freeman won the women’s 200 meters in 22.75, ahead of Melinda Gainsford, who was timed in 22.91.
Freeman and Gainsford finished behind American Gwen Torrence in Saturday’s 100 meters, which Torrence won in 11.46 seconds.
American Scott Huffman won the pole vault based on fewer misses after he and Australian James Miller both cleared (17 feet, 10 1/2 inches).
Tim Forsyth of Australia won the men’s high jump in 7-7 3/4 .
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) - Eriko Asai of Japan outran Ramilia Burangulova of Russia over the last 1 3/4 miles Sunday and won the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon by 42 seconds.
Asai, 34, finished in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 30 seconds.
Burangulova, who placed third in last year’s Nagoya Marathon, followed in 2:31:12 and Anna Rybicka of Poland was third in 2:31:43.
Manuela Machado of Portugal, runner-up at the 1993 world championship and a favorite in Sunday’s race, finished seventh in 2:35:30.