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Two finish tied in Boston 10K

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 10, 2000

Libbie Hickman and Catherine Ndereba sprinted to the finish of Sunday's 24th annual Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, both finishing in 32 minutes 43 seconds. Though clocking the same time, the winner was clear.

"Catherine definitely beat me on that one," said Hickman, who beat Ndereba by three seconds in the Boston race in 1998.

More than 6,000 women finished Sunday's race, which for the seventh consecutive year served as the U.S. championship for women at the 6.2-mile distance. Ndereba and Hickman came away winners, with Hickman earning her third straight U.S. title.

The first five women finished within four seconds of one another, with Gladys Asiba (32:44) and Jane Ngotho (32:46) followed by Elva Dryer (32:47).

MORE RUNNING: Dave Dunham, 36, won the Chancellor Challenge 100K in his first ultramarathon. Dunham's time in the 62.13-mile Boston event was 6 hours, 46 minutes, 39 seconds, more than seven minutes in front of Farid Ganiev (6:53:48). Shaun Meiklejohn (7:00.01) was third. Edit Berces won the women's race in 7:50:50. ... Sergei Fedotov broke out of a 10-man pack on the 26th mile to win the Twin Cities Marathon.

GOLF: Lee Westwood dethroned Colin Montgomerie at the World Match-Play Championship in Virginia Water, England, with a 20-foot birdie putt on the second hole of sudden death. It was his sixth win on the European PGA Tour this season, a feat only Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Montgomerie have accomplished.

COLLEGES: Former Michigan basketball player Kevin Gaines pleaded guilty to reduced charges of having an unlawful blood alcohol level, while Michigan players Avery Queen and Bernard Robinson Jr., both 19, pleaded guilty to being minors possessing alcohol. The three face fines and court costs. Police arrested them Sept. 4 when they were wrestling outside their car on a busy street in Taylor. Coach Brian Ellerbe dismissed Gaines at the time, saying it was the result of numerous violations of team rules. ... Adriana Campos finished fifth overall and the Jacksonville women's team finished fifth at the Walt Disney World Cross-Country Classic V. Campos led the Dolphins in the 5K race in 18:09. April Nudo-Patterson ran it in 18:39 for 18th. ... New Mexico suspended basketball player Marlon Parmer until Sunday because of a complaint filed against him by a female student. Parmer's attorney said he denies the allegations and that the 17-year-old accuser is not pursuing charges.

CYCLING: Road racing champion Alvaro Gonzalez de Galdeano tested positive for nandrolone Aug. 20 during a one-day race in Llodio, Spain, and his team blames food bars imported from the United States. If the result of a second analysis is positive, Gonzalez de Galdeano could face up to a year suspension.

HORSES: Fusaichi Pegasus will miss the $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday because of a foot injury. ... Lady Dora came from far off the pace for a half-length victory in the $87,075 Pebbles Handicap at Belmont Park.

OLYMPICS: Australian Kevan Gosper withdrew as a candidate to succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch as IOC president. The 66-year-old IOC vice president said he felt "totally fulfilled" as an athlete in the 1956 Games and organizer of the Sydney Games. ... Edie Payne, who ran in the 1928 Amsterdam Games and was Australia's oldest living Olympian, died weeks after taking part in ceremonies for the Sydney Games. She was 94.

RUGBY: New Zealand flanker Josh Kronfeld retired from international conpetition and will sign with a British club. Kronfeld, 29, who played 54 tests, withdrew from next month's tour of Japan, France and Italy. ... Queensland center Daniel Herbert was named vice captain for Australia's November tour of Europe.

TENNIS: U.S. Open champion Marat Safin lost to unseeded Nicolas Escude 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 in the first round of the $800,000 CA Trophy tournament in Vienna. Max Mirnyi defeated Arnaud Di Pasquale, and Richard Krajicek beat seventh-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero. ... Jelena Dokic beat Emmanuelle Gagliardi to set up a second-round match with Martina Hingis at the Swisscom Challenge. Tatiana Panova downed Gala Leon Garcia, and Anne-Gaelle Sidot defeated Andrea Glass. ... Vince Spadea beat 10th-seeded Andrew Ilie in the $800,000 Japan Open. Jonas Bjorkman, seeded 13th, beat Jeff Tarango, and 12th-seeded Sjeng Schalken downed Paradorn Srichaphan.

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