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Sotomayor’s weak jump good enough to win

July 14, 1997

SALAMANCA, Spain (AP) _ Heavy winds kept world record-holder Javier Sotomayor from a strong performance but the Cuban high jumper still managed to win Monday in the Grand Prix meet on the field that bears his name.

Sotomayor, who said he was almost fully recovered from a year in which he was bothered by various injuries, jumped 7 feet, 8 inches to beat Spaniard Arturo Ortiz, who cleared 7-3.

Sotomayor set the world mark of 8-0 1/2 on July 27, 1993, on the same field he jumped Monday.

Britain’s Linford Christie had an easy victory in the 100 meters against a mainly Spanish field, with a time of 10.12 seconds.

In other events, Venuste Niyongabo of Burundi took the 1,500 in 3:34.70, while Eric Walder of the United States won the long jump at 27-1 3/4, Angela Atede of Nigeria won the women’s 100 in 11.33 seconds and Olga Cepero of Cuba took the women’s triple jump at 46-5 1/2.

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