The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on August 14, 1983 · Page 73
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C8 THE PANTAGRAPH, SUNDAY, AUG. 14, 1983 Foster g hurdles HELSINKI, Finland (AP) Greg Foster hit the last three barriers arid almost fell, but regained his balance for a narrow gold-medal victory in the 110-meter hurdles in the' World Track and Field Championships last night "I don't know how I kept going," the American said after one of the most dramatic finishes in the week-long championships. With a winning time of 13.42 seconds, Foster barely held off second-place finisher Arto Bryggare of Finland, who was timed at 13.46. Willie Gault, who said he will decide shortly whether, to continue his track career or sign with the National Football League's Chicago Bears, won the bronze with a clocking of 13.48. Britain's Daley Thompson re-established his claim as the "World's Greatest Athlete" by winning the decathlon with 8,666 points. Yesterday's other gold medalists included East Germany's Bettine Jahn in the women's 100-meter high hurdles; Gennady Adveenko of the Soviet Union in the high Jump, and Finland's Tiina Lillak in the women's Javelin. Meanwhile, American Steve Scott won his semifinal in the 1,500 meters in 3:36.43 and advanced to today's final. But two U.S. hopefuls, Sydney Maree and Tom Byers, failed to qualify. Maree's time was 3:38.65 and Byers was timed in 3:43.97 After establishing what appeared to be a commanding lead midway through the race, Foster's technique broke down as he headed for the finish line. rabs victory He hit each of the last three hurdles, and after slamming No. 9, he almost fell, but regained his stride to edge Bryggare, the crowd favorite. "I've never hit a hurdle quite like that before," Foster said after posting his 24th straight victory. His gold medal was the sixth won by U.S. athletes since the championships began last Sunday. Gault, meanwhile, said he will decide within the next two days whether to continue with track or sign with the Bears. 'This could be my last race, of course, and it could not," he said. "I haven't agreed on anything yet." In the decathlon, Thompson, the 1980 Olympic champion, led through all 10 events, warding off a strong challenge by West German world record-holder Juergen Hingsen, who finished with 8,561. Siegfried Wentz, also of West Germany, was third with 8,478 points. Thompson, 25, took the decathlon lead in the first event, the 100-meter dash Friday, and never trailed. In the sprint, Thompson was timed in 10.60, the best performance among the decathletes. He also had the best performance in the long jump, 25 feet, lOVi inches, and in the pole vault, I6-8V4. Jahn led a 1-2 East German finish, racing to the fastest clocking in history in the 100-meter high hurdles. Her time of 12.35 was .01 of a second faster than the world mark of 12.36 set by Grazyna Rabsztyn of Poland in 1980, but will not be accepted because it was wind-aided. The wind was 2.4 meters per second, over the allowable 2.0. CENTRAL ILLINOIS EDITION Blues name Caron to post ST. LOUIS (AP) Harry Ornest, new owner of the St. Louis Blues, yesterday announced hiring of Ronald Caron as vice president and director of player personnel for the National Hockey League club. Ornest said Caron, 47, who was dismissed four months ago by the Montreal Canadiens in a shakeup of that club's front office, had the ability to turn the st. Louis franchise around. "He's a winner and he knows how to build a winning team," Ornest said. "He's been here for five days and I feel I have to explain the delay in announcing his appointment," Ornest added. "We agreed on a three-year contract, we agreed on a salary, but we couldn't agree on his working hours. 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"I will make the decision tonight, tomorrow or Monday," said Gault, who has expressed considerable interest in competing for the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Earlier, Bears General Manager Jim Finks said Gault "has agreed to terms and will be in training camp next week, but he has not signed." But Gault, the Bears' first-round draft choice, said no decision has been made. "I haven't agreed if I haven't signed, right? I haven't agreed on anything yet," Gault said when asked to comment Finks' statement. "I talked to my agent last night and he said the Bears were willing to take care of me for the rest of my life," Gault said. "That's nice, but money isn't everything. I have to think about my personal happiness and satisfaction." One published report said Gault had agreed to a contract that would pay him an estimated $1.3 million over four years, including a $500,000 signing bonus. 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