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March 15, 1986

Undated (AP) _ CHIBA, Japan (AP) - Siegfried Menhert, ranked second in the world in the light welterweight division, led four East German boxers who advanced Saturday into the finals of the Japan Cup amateur boxing tournament.

Menhert beat Japan’s Keiichi Fujioka when the referee stopped the bout at 35 seconds of the second round in their semifinal match before 1,500 spectators at Chiba Park Gymnasium.

East German Torsten Koch advanced into Sunday’s finals by beating Eric Tormos of France by a 3-0 decision in a lightweight semifinal.

Welterweight Torsten Schmitz stopped Hiroshi Nagashima of Japan at 2:06 of the second round, and light middleweight Enrico Richter outpointed Blagdi Sokolv of Bulgaria 3-0 in other semifinals.

Including winners of semifinal bouts on Friday, East Germany has six finalists in the nine weight classes. The other finalists include four South Koreans, three French boxers, three Japanese, one Australian and one Bulgarian.


OSLO, Norway (AP) - Gunde Svan and Torgny Mogren, Sweden’s World Cup winner and runner-up this season, placed first and second Saturday in the men’s 50- kilometer race at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival. Their times were 2 hours, 21. minutes, 59 seconds, and 2:22:47.

Audun Endestad of Fairbanks, Alaska, was 29th in 2:29:38.

Svan won the season’s World Cup for men with 145 points followed by Mogren with 101.

Hallstein Boegseth of Norway won the 15-kilometer race in the skating style by almost a full minute to take the season’s final Nordic combination World Cup event and King Olav’s Cup.

Hermann Weinbuch of West Germany, already the overall Nordic combination World Cup winner before the event here, placed second. Klaus Sulzenbacher of Austria was third.

Hubert Schwarz of West Germany, who won Friday’s jumping event, placed fourth overall. Boegseth and Weinbuch were 1:02 behind Schwarz after the jumping.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Officials postponed for one week the completion of the 17th annual Motorcraft Gatornationals drag races after rain washed out today’s qualifying session of the $824,700 event.

The race was postponed because six inches of rain in a 24-hour period made the pits and parking lots at Gainesville Raceway unaccessible, officials said.

″Even with good weather, we couldn’t dry everything out in time to complete the schedule,″ said Steve Gibbs, competition director of the National Hot Rod Association. ″We simply had no other choice but to postpone.″

The race is scheduled to resume Friday with time trials.


SAN REMO, Italy (AP) - Sean Kelly of Ireland, pedaling furiously in the homestretch, sprinted to victory in the 182.6-mile bicycling race Saturday from Milan’s main square to the Ligurian seaside city of San Remo.

Kelly, a favorite in the event, sped across the finish line in 6 hours, 57 minutes, 19 seconds, beating runner-up Greg Lemond of the United States. Third place went to Italy’s Mario Beccia.

The race’s 232 participants took off from the square in front of the Duomo, Milan’s main cathedral, under a gray morning sky. But the sun was shining above the blue waters when the pack leaders were in the stretch.

Giuseppe Saronni of Italy was in fourth place, leading the rest of the bunch of cyclists, 24 seconds behind the winning time.

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