Goodwill Games Capsules
The Associated Press
Jul. 23, 1998
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Jackie Joyner-Kersee ran a gutsy 800 meters to win the two-day, seven-event heptathlon with 6,502 points, the highest score in the world this year. Joyner-Kersee was leading DeDee Nathan by 46 points going into the 800, one of Joyner-Kersee's least favorite events, but she lost by less than two seconds for a 23-point final margin. Joyner-Kersee's victory overshadowed a world record of 2 minutes, 54.20 seconds by the United States men's 1,600-meter relay team, anchored by Michael Johnson.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ American gymnasts won three more gold medals, giving them five in the competition, by far the best peformance by the United States in Goodwill Games history. Vanessa Atler of Canyon Country, Calif., won her second gold medal in two days, capturing the floor exercise. Long Island native Chris Lamorte and Kristin Maloney of Pen Argyl, Pa., finished first in the rings and balance beam.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Russia won the water polo gold medal with an 11-5 victory over Spain, jumping to a 7-1 lead late in the first half and holding on. Italy edged the United States 8-7 in the bronze medal game.
NEW YORK (AP) _ With the sand burning at 110 degrees, beach volleyball kicked off in Central Park with a big American victory. Karch Kiraly and Adam Johnson, the No. 1 U.S. team, beat Canada's John Child and Mark Heese 15-8 with a 7-1 stretch run. Argentina's Esteban Martinez and Martin Conde defeated Switzerland's Paul and Martin Laciga 15-6.