Sporting Digest: Athletics

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The Independent Online
JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE, the world heptathlon record holder, compiled the best score in the world this year - 6,770 points - in the US championships at Eugene, Oregon, yesterday. Dan O'Brien, who failed to win selection for Barcelona, won the decathlon with 8,331 points. Andre Cason, the 1988 world 100 metres junior champion, ran two of the fastest sprints in history, both wind-assisted, with 9.79sec twice at the same event.

US CHAMPIONSHIPS (Eugene, Oregon): Selected results: MEN: 100m first semi-final: 1 A Cason 9.79; 2 L Burrell 9.93; 3 C Smith 10.11. Second semi-final: 1 D Mitchell 9.96; 2 C Lewis 10.05; 3 M Marsh 10.06. Decathlon final: 1 D O'Brien 8,331pts. Hammer final: 1 L Deal 78.10m. WOMEN: 100m first semi-final: 1 M Finn 11.06; 2 G Torrence 11.09; 3 T Neighbors 11.19. Second semi-final: 1 G Devers 11.05; 2 H Hyche 11.14; 3 W Vereen 11.26. 10,000m: 1 L Jennings 31:57.23. Heptathlon final: 1 J Joyner-Kersee 6,770pts.

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