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October 28, 1988

TORONTO (AP) _ Ben Johnson says he has received a huge amount of mail since being stripped of the Olympic 100-meter gold medal last month after testing positive for anabolic steriods.

The sprinter said he gets big piles of fan mail daily and has received close to 3,000 letters, from as far away as China, Australia and West Germany.

Several hundred were delivered Thursday.

″I just want to say I’m very appreciative for my friends all over the world who stand behind me in this very difficult situation,″ Johnson said at his home in suburban Scarborough. ″I wish I could talk to everyone of them and tell them how I feel.″

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NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Defending champion Kenjiro Shinozuka of Japan held the lead Friday in the sixth and final leg of the 1,856-mile Himalayan Car Rally, news reports said.

Shinozuka powered his Mitsubishi Galant ahead of 51 others on the 195-mile stretch from Wildflower to Solan in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Belgium’s Flory Roothaert was second in a Nisan Silva, and Turane Tchine of Monaco was third in an Audi Quatro, the news agency said.

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TOJOCHO, Japan (AP) - Katsunari Takahashi of Japan shot a 6-under-par 66 Friday, extending his lead to six strokes halfway through the $1.2 million Lark Cup Golf Tournament.

Takahashi, a two-time Japan Matchplay winner, had a 36-hole total of 131, 13-under-par.

He had two eagles and two birdies on the back nine after playing the front side in par over the 7,156-yard, par-72 ABC Golf Club in the western prefecture of Hyogo.

Masashi ″Jumbo″ Ozaki, seeking his fourth victory in four weeks, jumped from 19th place to a tie for second at 137 after a bogey-free 67.

Ozaki was tied with Australians Brian Jones and Craig Parry, and his younger brother, Tateo ″Jet″ Ozaki.

Another stroke back at 138 were Masahiro Kuramoto, who is second in this year’s money rankings, Ikuo Shirahama and Taisei Inagaki, all of Japan, and American David Ishii.

The winner will receive $216,000.

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