Olympic champion Heyns fourth at University Games; Quesada leads 1-2 Cuban triple jump finish
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) _ Olympic champion Penny Heyns flopped at the World University Games Wednesday, finishing fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke final.
In track and field, world champion Yoelvis Quesada led a 1-2 Cuban finish in the triple jump, while Russia colected three gold medals and a silver. The United States claimed gold and silver in the men’s 200 meters for the second straight games.
South Africa’s Heyns, who complained of flu symptoms, finished nearly two seconds off the 2 minutes, 30.24 seconds time of gold medalist Masami Tanaka of Japan.
``I don’t think this meet was good for me. I’ve been traveling a lot and I’m feeling run down,″ said Heyns, who also is entered in Friday’s 100 breaststroke, for which she holds the world record.
Tanaka’s win was one of two for Japan in the pool, where Tatsuya Kinugasa took the men’s 400 individual medley in 4:24.18. Michael Halika was second in 4:24.96 for Israel’s first medal of the games.
Ukraine also had two victories, by Igor Snitko in the 800 freestyle and Denis Silantev in the 200 butterfly.
Slovakia’s Martina Moravcova won her second gold medal in two days and set a games record, clocking 1:59.96 in the women’s 200 freestyle.
Kim Black of the United States was second in 2:01.48 as the U.S. team, which won seven swimming medals Tuesday, picked up three Wednesday, including gold in the 800 men’s freestyle relay.
China’s Zhu Jin Hong won the women’s 3-meter springboard title.
Quesada and Eliecer Urrutia continued Cuban dominance of the jumping events at major track and field competitions. The pair finished 1-3 earlier this month at the World Championships in Athens, Greece, where Cuba also won the men’s long jump and high jumps.
``We’ve lifted the level of Cuban sports on the world stage,″ said Quesada, who won with a leap of 56 feet, 11 1/4 inches.
Urrutia went 56-1 3/4, while Robert Howard of the United States took third at 56-0 1/2.
Russia got victories from Ekaterina Lechtcheva in the women’s 200, Natalia Sadova in the women’s discus and Andrei Kislykh in the 110 hurdles. Dudley Dorival finished third, the ninth consecutive games that an American has medaled in the hurdles.
Gentry Bradley won the men’s 200 in 20.48, with Anthony Wheeler second in 20.64. They duplicated the gold-silver sweep of Anthuan Maybank and Dave Dopek at the 1995 games in Fukuoka, Japan.
``We talked about it the minute we saw each other (in Sicily). We knew realistically we should go 1-2,″ Bradley said. ``It was almost impossible not to.″
Germany’s Mona Steigauf won the heptathlon with 6,546 points.
South Africa’s Hezekiel Sepeng, silver medalist at the 1996 Olympics, and Cuba’s Norberto Tellez, second at the World Championships, each won his 800-meter semifinal heat, setting up a showdown in Thursday’s final.
Elsewhere, the top seeds won the men’s and women’s singles tennis titles. South Korea’s Yoon Yong Il beat Pavel Kurdnac of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4, and Wang Shi-Ting of Taiwan took the women’s gold with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over France’s Maria Callen.