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By JAMAL THALJI, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000

Pasco runner sets Paralympic mark

Pasco County's Danny Andrews set a world record in the 800-meter race early this morning at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, winning the gold with a time of 2:08.79. The 19-year-old Holiday resident competed in the T-44 class for leg amputees in front of more than 50,000 at Olympic Stadium. He took the lead early and broke away from the pack in the last 100 meters to better the record of 2:13.57.

"I had my times set up with all my coaches," Andrews said. "I ran exactly the race I planned on running."

Andrews broke his left leg playing soccer four years ago, and surgeons had to amputate it below his knee to save his life. He lettered in soccer and track at Gulf High School in New Port Richey, and will attend the University of Miami in the spring.

OLYMPICS: Bela Karolyi is willing to spend the next four years working with the U.S. women's gymnastics team if a program is established to return the squad to Olympic prominence. ... Stymied in efforts to streamline the U.S. Olympic Committee, Norm Blake resigned as the agency's first CEO, nine months after he was hired.

COLLEGES: In Williamsburg, Va., the South Florida men's golf team finished 13th among 24 teams in an NCAA East Region Preview Tournament. USF's Brett Hitchcock finished in a 14th-place tie with 2-over-par 146, four shots behind medalist Brendon DeJonge of Virginia Tech. ... Senior forward Greg Krauss got his second hat trick of the season, leading South Florida to a 4-2 soccer victory against DePaul in Chicago. USF trailed 2-0 in the first half before Krauss' three goals and another by Jason Cudjoe. Joe Valencia, Paul Scrivens and Dave Ambush had assists for the Bulls. ... Siri Nordby scored twice to lead South Florida over visiting Jacksonville 2-1 in soccer. Christina Gaudion and Julie Lechner had assists for the Bulls. St. Petersburg native Erin Bitterli scored for Jacksonville. ... Florida State freshman defender Kristin Boyce was named to Soccer America's team of the week. ... Paced by 15 kills from Piper Morgan and another 12 from Lindsey Whalen, Central Florida beat Jacksonville 3-0 in volleyball.

CYCLING: France's Arnaud Tournant won the kilometer time trial on the opening day of the world track championship in Manchester, England.

GOLF: Tamie Durdin, Pamela Kerrigan, Angela Stanford, Nan Kyong Ha, Kris Lindstrom, Suzy Green and Beth Bader gained exempt status to the 2001 LPGA Tour at the LPGA's qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach.

SAILING: Dennis Conner and America's Cup defender Dean Barker were eliminated from the Colorcraft Gold Cup in Bermuda. Ed Baird of St. Petersburg advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over Dalton Bergan.

SOCCER: Italy's Lazio recovered from a halftime deficit to overwhelm Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 behind Claudio Lopez's three goals and qualify for the Champions League round of 16. ... Daniel Hernandez, an midfielder who helped stabilize New York/New Jersey's defense in the MLS, signed a four-year contract.

TENNIS: Top-ranked Martina Hingis breezed into the quarterfinals of the $2.05-million Kremlin Cup in Moscow by beating Kveta Hrdlickova 6-0, 6-1. Next for Hingis is Sydney Olympic silver medalist Elena Dementieva. ... Thomas Enqvist outlasted American Jan-Michael Gambill in the opening round of the $1-million Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel. ... Top-seeded Anne-Gaelle Sidot advanced to the quarterfinals of the Eurotel Slovak Indoor event in Bratislava with a win over Cristina Valero Torrens.

OBITUARIES: Robert Benson, 24, a featherweight from Saugus, Mass., who fought under the ring name Bobby Tomasello, died at New England Medical Center. Benson fought Steve Dotse to a 10-round draw Friday in Boston. He collapsed in his dressing room. ... Divena Freeman, 49, a boxing publicist who dealt with Hispanic fighters, died Sunday from injuries in a car accident in Linwood, N.J. ... Vern Wolfe, who guided Southern California to seven men's NCAA track championships during his 22 years as coach, died in Fallbrook, Calif. He was 78. ... Steve Schoenfeld, 45, a longtime national football writer, was killed Tuesday night by a hit-and-run driver in Tempe, Ariz.

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