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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Flying Ukrainian' Vaults to New World Mark

SESTRIERE, Italy -- Sergei Bubka took advantage of wind gusts which foiled other athletes to raise the world pole vault record another centimeter for his 35th world mark and a $130,000 Ferrari.


The "Flying Ukrainian" cleared 6.14 meters Sunday to break his own record set in Tokyo in 1992 and said afterwards he enjoyed "perfect record conditions."


A day earlier, at a track meet in Belgium, Kenyan Moses Kiptanui set a new world record for two miles with a time of 8 minutes, 9.01 seconds.


Bubka has made a fortune in bonuses in his 11-year career by hiking his own record by the centimeter. His latest mark earned him a Ferrari, which was available to anyone at the meet who could break a record in the 2,035-meter altitude of this Alpine resort. The prize has gone unclaimed for the last five years.


A four-time world champion and an 1988 Olympic gold medalist, Bubka said he was recovering his form of 1991 -- his best year ever.


"If I can reach the same form of 1991, I could climb as high as 6.20 and even 6.30 meters," Bubka said. "I improved my technique, capitalizing on errors of the last two years."


Bubka's record was not the only outstanding result of the meet.


World champion Mike Powell made a leap of 8.95 meters in the men's long jump to beat fellow American Carl Lewis by 23 centimeters in their first confrontation since 1992.


Powell's measure equaled the world record he set at the championships in Tokyo in 1991. But it was wind-aided and ineligible for the record books.


Wind was within tolerable limits when American, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, jumped 7.49 meters in the women's event -- 3 centimeters short of the world mark of Russian Galina Chistyakova. Germany's Heike Drechsler placed second with a leap of 7.39 meters.


Hechtel, Belgium. Kiptanui, holder of the world 3,000-meter and 3,000-meter steeplechase records, unleashed a scorching solo run Saturday to better the previous two-mile mark of 8:12.17 by Moroccan Khalid Skah, set at the same track on July 31 last year.


"It was fairly easy. I can definitely do better -- 8.05."


Goodwill Games. In Friday's final track and field competitions, Americans won five more gold medals, sweeping all four relays.


?The team of Natasha Kaiser-Brown, Maicel Malone, Jearl Miles and Michele Collins took the women's 1,600-meter relay in 3:22.27, the year's leading time.


?Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Sam Jefferson and Carl Lewis won the men's 400 relay in 38.30.


?Cheryl Taplin, Dannette Young, Collins and Gwen Torrence won the women's 400 relay in 42.98, the best in the world for 1994. It was the third gold medal for Torrence, who earlier won the 100 and 200 meters.


?Derek Mills, Andrew Valmon, Jason Rouser and Michael Johnson took the men's 1,600 relay in 2:59.42, the year's fastest and a Games record.


Moscow Invitational. In Moscow, Dennis Mitchell, winner of the games' 100-meter event, triumphed over the same distance Sunday with a time of 10.13 seconds.


Mitchell headlined the competition and got the biggest response from the crowd of some 2,000 people at the Lokomotiv sports complex on the northwestern edge of the city.


The Vladimir Kuts invitational is named after the Russian who set the 10,000-meter record in 1956, is held on July 31 each year to commemorate the date Kuts broke the record. Also making the journey from St. Petersburg was Gwen Torrance, who won the women's 100-meter race in 11.15 seconds.


Among 90 or so competitors, other winners included Abde Bile of Somalia, posting a time of 1 minute, 42.27 seconds in the 800 meters and Gregory Haughton of Jamaica in the 400 meter with a time of 45.35. (AP, MT)