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May 12, 1991

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Jianhua Zhao and Jiuhong Tang gave China a sweep of the singles titles at the World Badminton Championships Sunday, beating their Indonesian opponents without losing a game.

China also won the women’s doubles final.

South Korea, which beat Indonesia in the Sudirman Cup team competition earlier in these championships, won the other two titles, the men’s doubles and the mixed, with Park Joo-Bong on the winning side in both finals against Danish teams.

Jianhua beat Allan Kusuma of Indonesia 18-13, 15-4 kin the men’s final before a sellout crowd of 6,000 at Brondby Hall. Jiuhong was more impressive in the women’s title match, beating Sarwendah Kusumawardhani 11-6, 11-1.

Park and Kim Moon-Soo, who provided the clinching point in the team event, downed Thomas Lund and John Holst-Christensen of Denmark 15-4, 15-6 in the men’s doubles final.

Park then teamed with Chung Myeong-Hee to beat Lund and fellow Dane Pernille Dupont 15-5, 15-17, 15-9 for the mixed doubles title. Park and Chung also won this division in the 1989 championships.

Qunhua Nong and Weizhen Guan defeated Swedes Maria Bengtsson and Christine Magnusson 15-7, 15-4 in the women’s doubles final.


TOKYO (AP) - Former major league infielder Johnny Ray’s RBI double during a three-run first inning helped the Yakult Swallows defeat the Taiyo Whales 3-2 in a Japanese League game Sunday.


JEREZ, Spain (AP) - Michael Doohan of Australia won the 500cc class race in the Spanish Motorcycling Grand Prix Sunday.

The victory, his first this season, moved Doohan to the top of the world standings, ahead of defending champion Wayne Rainey of the United States.

Doohan raced his Honda around the Jerez Speedway at an average speed of 86.3 mph in the 75.8-mile race. His total time was 52 minutes, 42.650 seconds.

The victory gave Doohna 71 points in the world standings, one point more than Rainey, after four races.

American John Kocinski was second in 52:52.570 and Rainey third in 52:56.113. Four-time world champion Eddie Lawson of the United States was sixth in 53:29.334.

The two other races in the Jerez circuit, before a crowd of 200,000, featured victories by German and Japanese riders.

Helmut Bradl, on a Honda, won the 250cc race, over 62.7 miles, in 44:22.222, an average speed of 48.8 mph. He broke the streak of three straight victories of Luca Cadalora of Italy, on a Honda, who finished second in 44:22.673.

Cadalora kept first place in the world standings with 77 points, followed by Carlos Cardus of Spain with 55 and Bradl with 54.

Noboru Ueda of Japan rode a Honda to victory in the 125cc race, over 57.4 miles, in 42:23.780, an average speed of 81.4 mph.

Italians Faustro Gresini and Loris Capirossi, both on Hondas, placed second and third in 42:24.767 and 42:38.979, respectively.

Noboru leads the world standings with 55 points, followed by Gresini with 51 and Capirossi with 50.


TOKYO (AP) - Eddie Irvine beat fellow Briton Johnny Herbert by seven seconds in the rain Sunday in winning the Nippon Shimpan Super Cup, fourth leg of the 11-race F-3000 auto competition.

It was Irvine’s first victory in the series this season.

Irvine, driving a Lola 90 Mugen, covered 62 laps over the 2.02-mile Mine circuit in 1 hour, 36 minutes, 48.120 seconds. His average speed was 77.794 mph.

Herbert, driving a Ralt Mugen, was second in 1:36:55.163.

Ross Cheever of the United States withdrew after 25 laps and countryman Jeff Kaosnoff withdrew before the end of the first lap.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Indonesians won the men’s and women’s sections of the Kuala Lumpur International Marathon Sunday.

Naek Sagala was the overall winner in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 32 seconds, while Maria Lawalata was the first woman’s finisher in 3:02:36.


VALDEZCARAY, Spain (AP) - Colombian Fabio Parra drove up a slippery, snow- lined mountain road to win the 14th leg of the Tour of Spain cycling race Sunday.

Melchor Mauri of Spain retained the overall lead in the 21-stage event by finishing sixth in the individual time trial, ahead of all but one of his major competitors.

Parra completed the 14.8-mile leg in 50 minutes, 59 seconds. Colombian Lucho Herrera finished second, 57 seconds back, and Soviet Ivan Ivanov was third, 1:08 back.

Mauri finished 1:35 behind Parra and ended the day 1:43 ahead of countryman and teammate Marino Lejarreta in the overall standings.

Officials considered cancelling or shortening the leg because of freezing temperature, poor visibility and sleet near the top of the Valdezcaray pass ski area. The last 4 1/2 miles were the toughest of all, with riders hampered by the wet sand spread to clear the roads of ice.

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