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September 28, 1985

CHIBA, Japan (AP) _ Tu Ai-yu of Taiwan tied the course record with a 66 for an 8-under-par 136 total and led Japanese runner-up Tatsuko Osako by four strokes after Saturday’s second round in the $227,000 Kosai-do Asahi Golf Cup tournament.

Tu, who won last week’s Japan Pro Open, carded seven birdies and one bogey in a drizzle over the 6,140-yard, par-72 layout at the Chiba Kosai-do Country Club course, located east of Tokyo.

Osako, who has won three tournaments this season, shot a bogey-free 67 for a two-round total of 140 and jumped into second place.

Veteran Hisako Higuchi carded six birdies and two bogeys en route to a 68-141 and third place.

Taiwan’s Cheng Mei-chi and Japan’s Shihomi Suzuki, who shared the first- round lead with Tu, dropped to the fifth spot after firing 73s for 143.

A field of 56 players advanced into the final round scheduled for Sunday to compete for the $22,800 top prize.


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Competition in lightweight and half-lightweight divisions started Saturday as the 14th World Judo Championships meet entered its third day here.

The four-day contest in eight categories featured 191 competitors from 39 nations, including the Soviet Union, which sent athletes to an official sports event held in South Korea for the first time since 1945.

South Korea has no diplomatic relations with any of the Soviet bloc nations.

Japan won two gold medals, and Austria and South Korea one each during the first two days of competition at Chamsil Gymnasium.


INVERELL, Australia (AP) - England’s Paul Curran flashed across the line first Saturday to the victorious sounds of ″Rule Britannia″ in the 25th annual State Bank Grafton-to-Inverell Cycling Classic.

Curran completed the 228-kilometer course in 6 hours and 49 seconds, smashing the previous record by nearly 23 minutes.

Switzerland’s Michel Ansermet took second place and Sweden’s Lars Wahlquist was third.

More than 200 cyclists in three grades from eight countries left Grafton early Saturday morning. Curran broke away at the foot of the Gibraltar Range with 180 kilometers of the race still remaining.

He was joined by teammates Dave Mann, two Swiss riders, Thomas Wegmuller and Ansermet, and Sweden’s Wahlquist at the top of the range.

With 30 kilometers to go, Mann dropped back as the four riders stepped up the pace on the run into Inverell.

Curran said after his win it had been a particularly tough race.

″I felt heavy at the start,″ he said. ″I had a late breakfast and it was still in my legs.

″I didn’t have a set race plan. I decided to go away at the bottom of the range to try and ride myself in. I had bad patches until we got to Glen Innes, where I started to come good.

″This was one of the toughest and longest races I have been in, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, no doubt because I won.″ ---

SINGAPORE (AP) - Phil Kenyon became the first Englishman to win the Singapore Open Squash Championship when he upset Pakistan’s Maqsood Ahmed Saturday.

Asians have dominated the championship since its founding 15 years ago.

Although Maqsood took the first game 9-3 in 12 minutes, Kenyon came back in the next three games and won 9-5, 9-0, 9-5.

Kenyon collected the title and first prize money of $3,700.

Janulf Suderberg of Sweden defeated Chris Robertson of England 9-8, 9-5, 6-9, 9-2 to take third place.

In the woman’s final, Lucy Souther of England defeated Singapore national champion Lim Seok Hui 9-2, 9-4, 9-1.

Third place among women went to Singapore’s Chia Chew Lan, who defeated England’s Sandra Wrench, 9-6, 1-9, 9-7, 9-1.

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