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Sports in brief: Kenyan lowers countryman's marathon world record

Running

Young Kenyan sets Marathon record

BERLIN — Kenya's Patrick Makau left the legendary Haile Gebrselassie behind gasping and then broke his countryman's marathon world record Sunday in the Berlin Marathon.

Makau, 26, pulled away after 16 miles and finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds, breaking Gebrselassie's record of 2:03.59 set in 2008. Gebrselassie, who is 38 and suffers from asthma, struggled for air after 17 miles and quit shortly after Mile 21. "This is not the end of Haile, but this is the end of an era," said Jos Hermans, Gebrselassie's agent, who added that the runner had not been taking his medication recently.

"I was hoping to gain a lot of experience but not to win," said Makau, who halted Gebrselassie's run of four Berlin Marathon victories last year in the rain. "Today maybe a new generation is starting in marathon. My body was not good in the morning, but I had no problems in the race. I did everything well."

By the 21st mile, Makau was alone in front. "I knew then that I could win the race and break the record," he said.

basketball

Wife of dead player withheld info, city says

The city of Collierville, Tenn., said in response to a lawsuit that the ex-wife of the late former NBA player Lorenzen Wright withheld information from detectives about his criminal activity and men who sought him.

Sherra Robinson Wright filed a lawsuit this summer contending police failed to inquire into cellphone records or check to see if neighboring jurisdictions had information regarding his whereabouts.

The former Grizzlies center had been missing for 10 days before he was found shot to death July, 28, 2010, in nearby Memphis at age 34.

The city said that for the first time, on July 27, Sherra Wright told detectives that Lorenzen Wright had been involved in some "major criminal activity" in the past and probably had gotten back into it. A day later she finally told detectives about two men she said had come to her house looking for her ex-husband.

WNBA: Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 21 as Minnesota beat host Phoenix 103-86 to sweep the best-of-three West final and advance to the WNBA finals for the first time. The finals begin Oct. 2 in Minneapolis. … Iziane Castro Marques scored a season-high 30 as host Atlanta beat Indiana 94-77 to even their East final series. The deciding game is Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Gymnastics

'84 Olympic coach accused of abuse

Two women told the Orange County Register in California that they were sexually abused in the 1980s by the man who coached the 1984 Olympic gymnastics team to eight medals.

USA Gymnastics is aware of the allegations against Don Peters and is looking into them, president Steve Penny said. Should the federation find merit to the allegations, Peters, 62, could be banned for life.

Doe Yamashiro, a former U.S. national team member who trained at Peters' SCATS gym in Huntington Beach in the 1980s, told the Register that Peters fondled her, beginning in 1986 when she was 16, and had sex with her when she was 17. A second woman, who asked that her name not be used told the Register that Peters had sex with her in 1985 when she was 18. Linda McNamara, a former assistant director at SCATS, said Peters told her in the 1990s that he'd had sex with both, as well as a third gymnast.

Et cetera

Triathlon: Cameron Dye of Boulder, Colo., won his first Los Angeles Triathlon, passing three-time winner Greg Bennett to win in 1:46.34. Sweden's Lisa Norden won the women's race in course-record time (1:57.16).

Times wires

Sports in brief: Kenyan lowers countryman's marathon world record 09/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2011 12:15am]
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