MARATHON—In the Rotterdam Marathon, BELAINE DENSIMO of Ethiopia ran the distance in the fastest time ever, 2:06:50. That was 22 seconds faster than the world-best run by Carlos Lopes of Portugal on the same course three years ago. In the Boston Marathon, IBRAHIM HUSSEIN of Kenya won in 2:08:43, and ROSA MOTA of Portugal finished first among the women in 2:24:30 (page 98). In the London Marathon, HENRYK JORGENSEN of Denmark came out on top in 2:10:20, and INGRID KRISTIANSEN of Norway was the women's champion, breaking the tape in 2:25:41.
MOTOR SPORTS—AL UNSER JR., driving a March-Chevrolet, beat Bobby Rahal, in a Lola-Judd, by one lap and 33.482 seconds to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach, in Long Beach, Calif. Unser averaged 83.655 mph for 95 laps on the 1.67-mile road circuit and earned $91,160.
SWIMMING—YANG WENYI of China set a women's 50-meter freestyle world record with a clocking of 24.98 in Guangzhou, China. She surpassed the 1986 mark of Romania's Tamara Costache by .3 of a second.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE beat Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-2 to win the Japan Open and $122,250 in Tokyo. It was McEnroe's first tournament victory in more than 18 months.
Martina Navratilova routed runner-up Gabriela Sabatini 6-0, 6-2 to win $60,000 and a women's tour event in Amelia Island, Fla.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the International Amateur Athletic Federation, that Great Britain's athletes will be suspended from all international track and field meets, including the Seoul Olympics, unless the British Amateur Athletic Board suspends runner Zola Budd for at least one year. Budd, a native of South Africa who is now a British citizen, is accused of having taken part in a race last June in South Africa, which is off limits to IAAF members because of its apartheid policy.
HIRED: As basketball coach, at UCLA, JIM HARRICK, 49, who had a 167-97 record in nine seasons at Pepperdine; at Rutgers, former New Jersey Nets assistant BOB WENZEL, 38.
As manager of the Baltimore Orioles, FRANK ROBINSON, 52, who replaced Cal Ripken Sr. (page 94).