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March 16, 1994

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) _ Rebecca Brown of Australia trimmed more than half a second off the world record for the women’s 200-meter breaststroke Wednesday night.

Brown, a 16-year-old, was timed in 2 minutes, 24.76 seconds at the Australian national championships, trimming 0.59 seconds from the record set by American Anita Nall in 1992.

She is the first Australian women to set a world record since Tracey Wickham broke the 1,500-meter freestyle mark in Perth in 1979.

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BEIJING (AP) - Speedskater Ye Qiaobo, who took a bronze medal at this year’s Winter Olympics, said Wednesday that extensive knee surgery has ended her career.

Upon arriving in Beijing, Ye said, ″I’m very happy to be back because this is the final trip of my athletic career.″

After competing in the Winter Games at Lillehammer, Ye underwent a three- hour knee operation in Germany. The nationally televised evening news said Ye, who was shown in a wheelchair, would need a long period of bed rest and have at least one more operation.

Ye, 29, won her nation’s first ever medal in a winter Olympics in 1992, when she captured silver medals in the women’s 500-meter and 1,000-meter races.

This year, she won a bronze in the 1,000-meter.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Holy Bull, Brocco and Tabasco Cat were among 129 3- year-olds nominated to Keeneland’s $500,000 Blue Grass Stakes on April 16.

The Grade II race over 1 1/8 miles will be run three weeks before the Kentucky Derby.

Three of the last four Derby winners prepped in the Blue Grass. Strike the Gold won both races in 1991, while Unbridled in 1990 and Sea Hero in 1993 finished third and fourth prior to their victories in the Derby.

Holy Bull, owned and trained by Warren Croll, moved to the head of the 3- year-old class in the East with a 5 3/4 -length victory in Saturday’s Florida Derby.

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