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August 8, 1991 | By Andy Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer correspondent Michael Bradley contributed to this article
Joseph Verdeur, 65, a swimmer who dominated in the breaststroke during the 1940s and crowned his success with a gold medal at the Olympics in London in 1948, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Bryn Mawr. Bob Kiphuth, the coach of the Olympic team, called Mr. Verdeur the greatest swimmer of the time. He was about 6-foot-1 and weighed 225, and had the powerful build of a football player, with thick legs, arms and shoulders and a massive chest. That physical ability was coupled with a stern but quiet determination.
SPORTS
February 19, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Michael Johnson and Donovan Bailey traded verbal jabs to promote their June 1 showdown at 150 meters at Toronto's SkyDome. Bailey, the Olympic 100-meter gold medalist with a world-record time of 9.84 seconds, insisted yesterday that the title of "World's Fastest Human" should be determined solely on the fastest man at 100 meters, as it has traditionally. The low-key Johnson, the Olympic gold medalist at 200 meters with a world record 19.32 and at 400 meters with an Olympic record 43.49, noted that last week he had guaranteed victory and said to Bailey he "will be sorry to disappoint you" about being the winner of the $1 million winner-take-all first prize.
SPORTS
August 3, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON - The U.S. team had scored 100 points by the middle of the third quarter. It was that kind of night for the Americans. They broke a few records, shattered others. They hardly missed. Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, making 10 of 12 three-pointers, and the Americans rewrote the Olympic record book with a scintillating shooting performance and 156-73 win over Nigeria Thursday night, an epic blowout that seemed to send a message to the rest of the men's tournament field.
SPORTS
July 30, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, For The Inquirer
LONDON - As Brendan Hansen strained to see the TV monitor on the opposite side of the room, he kept smiling. "It's going to be close," he said, keeping company with reporters as his chances at swimming one last individual Olympic race played out on the screen. "Either way, no regrets, man. I had a blast. " Finally, the second semifinal of the 100-meter breaststroke finished Saturday and Hansen saw that his sixth-place finish in the first semifinal would be fast enough. He qualified for the eighth and final spot in Sunday's final.
SPORTS
August 3, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - The last group in England with this many records was The Beatles. Carmelo Anthony and the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team rewrote the record books Thursday in a 156-73 romp over Nigeria, an epic blowout that answered the Americans' detractors after two opening routs that provoked criticism of their slow starts and outside shooting. They led by 26 in the first quarter; had an Olympic-record 78 points in the first half; and Anthony scored 37 points, including a 10-of-12 three-point shooting night, to break the U.S. single-game scoring record in less than three quarters.
SPORTS
August 6, 2012
HOW FAST can Usain Bolt run? Eventually, there has to be a barrier that cannot be lowered. Perhaps, he's already set it. Bolt did what only one other sprinter in history had down on Sunday when he repeated as 100-meter champion in an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds. The sensation from Jamaica did not equal his world-record time of 9.58 seconds, set in 2009, but joining American sprinter Carl Lewis, who won the 100 at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, was enough on this day. Realistically, Bolt's back-to-back is more impressive.
SPORTS
July 30, 1996 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Allen Johnson knocked his shins against all the hurdles, which must have hurt. Mark Crear ran over the hurdles swinging a broken arm. The doctor had wanted to put a cast on that arm, but Crear said no, the Olympics were coming up. Johnson, 25, from Washington, D.C., who ran last night wearing dark sunglasses and seemed to need shin pads, set an Olympic record in winning the men's 110-meter hurdles, then collapsed into a pot of flowers. It was emotion, Johnson said, and not the exhaustion of running over hurdles in 12.95 seconds that caused him to crumple in a heap.
SPORTS
August 26, 2004 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER COLUMNIST
The worst thing about an Olympic losing streak is that it lasts at least eight years. That must have been what Allen Johnson was thinking as he lay flat on his stomach, watching the rest of the men's 110-meter hurdle field get smaller. As the reigning world champion, he finished fourth in the event in Sydney. Yesterday, he didn't finish his preliminary heat at all. Johnson caught his foot on the ninth hurdle, stumbled, and pitched forward through the 10th like a croquet ball going through a wicket.
SPORTS
July 30, 1996 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The shoes were gold, the necklace was gold, the moon glowed golden over his shoulder. This could be nothing but a golden moment for Michael Johnson and, for a moment, 83,000 spectators held their breath. Greatness was expected, yet the realization of it was even more incredible. Leaving any challengers for lost in the curve, running alone, with his head high, his chest out and his shoes glowing, Johnson started his unprecedented Olympic quest with a powerful win in the Olympic men's 400-meter race last night.
NEWS
June 28, 1992 | By Robert F. O'Neill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Leroy Burrell, a world-class runner from Lansdowne, is one of the United States' hopes for a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Should he win the 100-meter dash, he will have a strong argument for being considered Delaware County's greatest runner. That distinction, in the opinion of many, still belongs to James Edwin Meredith of Media, a middle-distance runner who rewrote the record books in winning two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Sports buff Richard Pagano of Woodlyn is among those who believe that "Ted" Meredith, as he was known, was not only the greatest runner in county history, but one of the best in the history of track and field.
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August 6, 2012
HOW FAST can Usain Bolt run? Eventually, there has to be a barrier that cannot be lowered. Perhaps, he's already set it. Bolt did what only one other sprinter in history had down on Sunday when he repeated as 100-meter champion in an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds. The sensation from Jamaica did not equal his world-record time of 9.58 seconds, set in 2009, but joining American sprinter Carl Lewis, who won the 100 at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, was enough on this day. Realistically, Bolt's back-to-back is more impressive.
SPORTS
August 3, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - The last group in England with this many records was The Beatles. Carmelo Anthony and the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team rewrote the record books Thursday in a 156-73 romp over Nigeria, an epic blowout that answered the Americans' detractors after two opening routs that provoked criticism of their slow starts and outside shooting. They led by 26 in the first quarter; had an Olympic-record 78 points in the first half; and Anthony scored 37 points, including a 10-of-12 three-point shooting night, to break the U.S. single-game scoring record in less than three quarters.
SPORTS
August 3, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON - The U.S. team had scored 100 points by the middle of the third quarter. It was that kind of night for the Americans. They broke a few records, shattered others. They hardly missed. Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, making 10 of 12 three-pointers, and the Americans rewrote the Olympic record book with a scintillating shooting performance and 156-73 win over Nigeria Thursday night, an epic blowout that seemed to send a message to the rest of the men's tournament field.
SPORTS
July 30, 2012 | By Vicki Michaelis, For The Inquirer
LONDON - As Brendan Hansen strained to see the TV monitor on the opposite side of the room, he kept smiling. "It's going to be close," he said, keeping company with reporters as his chances at swimming one last individual Olympic race played out on the screen. "Either way, no regrets, man. I had a blast. " Finally, the second semifinal of the 100-meter breaststroke finished Saturday and Hansen saw that his sixth-place finish in the first semifinal would be fast enough. He qualified for the eighth and final spot in Sunday's final.
NEWS
August 10, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
BEIJING - Michael Phelps, starting his golden quest with determination more befitting its conclusion, shattered his own world record last night in winning his first of eight Olympic races, the 400-meter individual medley. With Presidents Bush, 41 and 43, looking on from Section 114 of the National Aquatics Center, Phelps kept quickening his record-setting pace, finishing with a time of 4 minutes, 3.84 seconds. That was 1.41 seconds quicker than the world mark he set in June at the U.S. Olympic trials.
SPORTS
August 26, 2004 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER COLUMNIST
The worst thing about an Olympic losing streak is that it lasts at least eight years. That must have been what Allen Johnson was thinking as he lay flat on his stomach, watching the rest of the men's 110-meter hurdle field get smaller. As the reigning world champion, he finished fourth in the event in Sydney. Yesterday, he didn't finish his preliminary heat at all. Johnson caught his foot on the ninth hurdle, stumbled, and pitched forward through the 10th like a croquet ball going through a wicket.
SPORTS
February 18, 1998 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The last Olympic speedskating record of Johann Olav Koss, the Norwegian star of the 1994 Games, fell yesterday afternoon in the M-Wave arena as Gianni Romme of the Netherlands set a world record in the 10,000-meter distance. Romme, who earlier broke Koss' world and Olympic records in the 5,000-meter race, took more than 15 seconds off the 10,000-meter mark, finishing in a time of 13 minutes, 15.33 seconds. Koss, working here as a television commentator, held three Olympic records when the Games began but has seen all of them bettered, more a testament to the introduction of the faster clap skates than to his successors on the ice. "I congratulate these excellent skaters," Koss said graciously.
SPORTS
July 31, 1997 | by Edward Moran, Daily News Sports Writer
If the Olympics are about making and breaking records, General Motors has set a standard for sports sponsorship deals that should stand a long time. According to an agreement with the United States Olympic Committee and NBC announced yesterday, GM will exchange up to an estimated $1 billion in cars and cash for the exclusive right to call itself the official U.S. automobile company of the Olympic Games through the year 2008, making it the largest and longest deal of its kind. "This is certainly a record that is going to take some time to break," said John Krimsky Jr., USOC deputy secretary general and managing director for business affairs.
SPORTS
February 19, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Michael Johnson and Donovan Bailey traded verbal jabs to promote their June 1 showdown at 150 meters at Toronto's SkyDome. Bailey, the Olympic 100-meter gold medalist with a world-record time of 9.84 seconds, insisted yesterday that the title of "World's Fastest Human" should be determined solely on the fastest man at 100 meters, as it has traditionally. The low-key Johnson, the Olympic gold medalist at 200 meters with a world record 19.32 and at 400 meters with an Olympic record 43.49, noted that last week he had guaranteed victory and said to Bailey he "will be sorry to disappoint you" about being the winner of the $1 million winner-take-all first prize.
SPORTS
July 30, 1996 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The shoes were gold, the necklace was gold, the moon glowed golden over his shoulder. This could be nothing but a golden moment for Michael Johnson and, for a moment, 83,000 spectators held their breath. Greatness was expected, yet the realization of it was even more incredible. Leaving any challengers for lost in the curve, running alone, with his head high, his chest out and his shoes glowing, Johnson started his unprecedented Olympic quest with a powerful win in the Olympic men's 400-meter race last night.
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