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LeRoy Walker elected president of USOC

Published Oct. 12, 2005

LeRoy Walker was elected the 23rd president of the U.S. Olympic Committee at the final day of meetings in Miami Beach on Sunday. Walker, a 74-year-old Atlanta native, becomes the first black president in the group's 92-year history. His role as USOC treasurer went to Sandra Baldwin. Walker said he welcomed the constant reminder of his race. "I don't mind people saying that I was the first black president because I know that I went through all this and achieved it on merit," he said. "I hope this sends a message to all those people who have been disenfranchised to not lose faith and to stay the course." Walker succeeds William Hybl, who served 13 months after his predecessor, Robert Helmick, resigned after revelations of business dealings with Olympic clients. While Walker ran unopposed, the election of three vice presidents was not such a sure thing. After a secret ballot, Tampa's George Steinbrenner was re-elected. Steinbrenner's opposition came from a fourth candidate, Joe Henson, a former wrestling bronze medalist who has said that Steinbrenner didn't merit the vice presidency. Also elected vice presidents were Michael B. Lenard and Ralph Hale.

BOWLING: Sue Neidig averaged almost 225 pins over the first six games to take a one-pin lead over Tish Johnson in first-round qualifying for the $50,000 LPBT Hammer Eastern Open in Baltimore. In Tokyo, Parker Bohn III beat Tsuguo Tsukahara of Japan 258-235 to win the Japan Cup, his eighth PBA title. Bohn became the PBA's only three-time winner in 1992.

TRIATHLON: Mark Allen won his fourth straight Ironman Triathlon World Championship Saturday in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Allen set a record for consecutive victories and broke his own course record with a time of 8 hours, 9 minutes, 8 seconds, seven seconds better than his previous best, established in 1989. Paula Newby-Fraser won her fifth women's title, also in record time. Her time of 8:55:28 was more than five minutes better than her 1989 record 9:00:56.

BOXING: Ricardo Lopez of Mexico knocked out Taiwan's Rocky Lin in the second round and retained his World Boxing Council strawweight title in Tokyo.

ET CETERA: The University of Florida volleyball team defeated host Mississippi 15-0, 15-6, 16-14. In Arcadia, Calif., favorite River Special dominated the $200,000 Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, winning by six lengths over Imperial Ridge.

_ Compiled by Chris Kraft