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SPORTS
Tuesday, August 7, 1984

Page 16

The Michigan Daily

Seufert takes bronze in diving
Good night for Blue as
Diemer qualifies, too

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From wire reports
LOS ANGELES - Former Michigan
diver Chris Seufert captured the bronze
medal and Canada's Sylvie Bernier
took the gold in the women's three-
meter springboard diving last night.
Seufert's teammate Kelly McCormick
settled for the silver.
Bernier, 20, compiled 530.70 points in
the 10 dives while McCormick, the
daughter of two-time Olympic cham-
pion Pat McCormick, won the silver
medal with a total of 527.46.
SEUFERT finished with a total of
517.62.
The only other Canadian ever to win a
diving medal was Irene MacDonald,
who won a bronze medal in the 1956
Olympics.
Ironically, Pat McCormick was the
gold medal winner at those Olympics.
In another event involving a former
Michigan athlete, Brian Diemer
qualified for the finals of the 300-meter
steeplechase. Diemer graduated last
December.
Lewis qualifies in 200
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carl Lewis,
hoping to become the first runner in 28
years to win both men's sprints at the
Olympic Games, easily won his first
two heats of the men's 200 yesterday.
Lewis, who won the 100-meter gold
medal Saturday night, opened his bid
for the 200 championship with a

leisurely clocking of 21.02 seconds in his
first-round heat, then came back and
took his second-round heat in 20.48.
BOTH TIMES were well off Lewis'
American record of 19.75 and the world
mark of 19.72 held by Pietro Mennea of
Itsly.
But there was no need for Lewis to
run any faster in either heat. He was in
command early in both races, then
slowed considerably down the stretch
when he realized he would win handily.
"Basically, all you have to do in this
round was qualify," said the 23-year-old
Lewis, from Willingboro, N.J. "I felt
really smooth on the turn, so I just
relaxed down the stretch. I didn't push
any.
THE LAST SPRINTER to win the 100
and 200 in the Olympic Games was
Bobby Morrow of the United States in
1956.
Today was Lewis' busiest day of the
Games in his quest to equal Jese
Owens' total of four gold medals in the
1936 Games. Tonight, Lewis was to
chase the long jump gold medal, which
he was heavily favored to win.
"This 200 in the morning isn't going to
take that much out of me, so I'm glad to
compete because that's what I like to
do," said Lewis.
Later in the week, Lewis will run the
anchor leg on the United States' 400-
meter relay team, also heavily favored
for the gold.

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Associated Press
Carl Lewis of the United States qualifies for the 200-meter run last night.
Later Lewis made his bid to topple Bob Beamon's 16-year-old record in the
long jump.

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Brazilian cruises to victory
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Joaquim Cruz of seconds. Cheeseborough captured the silver
T Brazil cruised to the gold medal with an in 49.05 and Kathryn Cook of Britain the
Olympic record in the men's 800-meter race bronze.
yesterday at the Summer Olympics, shortly Cruz, 21, has been called the "Steve Ovett of
after Valerie Brisco-Hooks became the first Brazil." As a boy, Cruz worked as a street-
market vendor and shoeshine boy in Brasilia.

Cruz, who won the NCAA 800-and 1,500-
meter championships for the Universiyt of
Oregon, won with ease over an impressive
field that included silver medalist Sebastian
Coe of Britain, bronze medalist Earl Jones of
the United States and 1980 Olympic 800 cham-
pion Steve Ovett of Britain.
Track coverage continues on page 15.
CRUZ' TIME was 1 minute, 43 seconds, an
Olympic mark and the second-fastest 800 of
all time.
Brisco-Hooks set an Olympic record and
won the gold medal in the women's 400
meters, holding off teammate Chandra
Cheeseborough at the the finish line.
Romanian runners took first and third in
the women's 800-meters, with Doina Melinte
grabbing the gold. American Kim Gallagher
took the silver, while Romanian Fita Lovin
won the bronze.
MEANWHILE, Carl Lewis glided through
two heats of the men's 200-meter to move ever
closer to his goal of four gold medals.
Brisco-Hooks, who was 40 pounds over-
weight two years ago, was clocked in 48.84

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CRUZ, THE NCAA champion from the
University of Oregon swept into the lead
around the final curve to win the men's 800-
meter gold in a Games' record 1:43.00.
Britain's Coe, the 1980 Olympic 1,500-meter
champion, made a late bid to catch the
powerful Cruz, but his bid fell short and he
finished second in 1:43.64.
Cruz' time was the third-fastest in history,
behind clockings of 1:41.73 and 1:42.33 run by
Coe.
BRITAIN'S Steve Ovett, the 1980 Olympic
champion, finished a badly beaten last this
time in 1:52.28, more than nine seconds
behind Cruz.
After the race, Coe said to Ovett: "We are
getting a little bit to old to play fire like that,"
meaning Cruz.
"The guy was a little bit stronger, a little bit
faster and a little bit smoother over the
crucial part of the race. The guy's a supreme
champion."
Ovett, apparently dehydrated, was carried
from the stadium on a stretcher.

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Associated Press
Valerie Brisco-Hooks falls to her knees after winning the
women's 400-meter race for the United States last night.

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