TRACK & FIELD
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Leroy Burrell broke the 60-meter indoor record—twice
When American sprinter Leroy Burrell first broke the indoor world record for 60 meters on Feb. 13 in Madrid, the result, he said, was "commotion and controversy and a lot of hollering." So, to calm things down, the accommodating Burrell broke the record again just half an hour later.
When Burrell first ran the 60 at the meet in Madrid, he was timed in 6.40 seconds, shattering the mark of 6.50 set by Lee McRae of the U.S. in 1987. But while Burrell celebrated, the crowd of 5,000 in the Indoor Sports Palace booed, knowing that his start had been too good to be legal. There were no electronic sensors, as there are at other meets, to detect false starts, so officials eventually reviewed a videotape and determined that Burrell had jumped the gun.
Burrell immediately requested a rerun not of the tape but of the race. "Let's run again, now," he said, and back they went to the blocks. Burrell was slower this time, but not by much. With a legal start, he won the second race in 6.48 to legitimately claim the record.
Burrell, ranked No. 1 in the world last year in the 100 meters, may have needed a boost to his pride. A week before the Madrid race, he placed second to Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green in the World's Fastest Athlete competition, a made-for-television affair featuring competitors from various sports running a variety of courses. "I had trouble with the bases," Burrell said of the baseball event.
Though buoyed by last week's hard-earned world record, Burrell insisted that he is looking beyond the indoor season to the World Championships in Tokyo in August and a shot at Carl Lewis's world record in the 100. If Burrell is careful, maybe he'll only have to do it once.
BASEBALL ON ICE
The Boys of Winter
In Lake Placid they skated out to the ball game
The doubleheader, scheduled for Feb. 9, was postponed because of nice weather. Fortunately, the upstate New York temperatures dropped into the mid-20s the next day, which was ideal for some old-fashioned games of baseball on ice between the Lake Placid Flaming Blades and the Cooperstown Leatherstockings.