January 16, 2000 |
It has been nearly 2,000 years since Paul, the greatest early Christian missionary, journeyed to Cyprus, Ephesus and Corinth, exhorting, chastising, fund-raising, healing. Countless other missionaries have followed in his footsteps, and today, experts say, more than a third of the human race calls itself Christian, largely because of their work. Missionaries have changed the world, but the world has changed them, too. Today they fly in jets, send e-mail, and have amazing means to spread their Gospel.
April 27, 1992 |
For Carl Lewis, Leroy Burrell and other members of the world-renowned Santa Monica Track Club, it is not enough to merely arrive first. They also have to arrive in style. "We're kind of like peacocks," said Burrell, the Lansdowne native and former world recordholder in the 100 meters. "We like to spread our feathers and strut our stuff. " As is their custom, the Santa Monica guys made a bold fashion statement Saturday, the final day of the 98th Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
November 15, 1993 |
The world didn't end here yesterday. But for the many sad-eyed parents who came from the far corners of the former Soviet Union to find their children, it remained very confusing. To Olexander Podolyak, a carpenter from Sumi, and his wife, Natalia, who waited for hours in sub-freezing temperatures hoping to see their daughter Oxana, the world has been a bewildering place for a year. It was a year ago that Oxana, 18, a loner with few friends, came to believe in a cult called the Great White Brotherhood.
August 14, 1987 |
Never let it be said that Jackie Joyner-Kersee or Andrew Maynard are lacking in self-confidence. If there is a difference between the two American athletes competing at the 10th Pan American Games, it is that Joyner-Kersee, a multievent track and field star, is recognized as the best in the world at what she does. Maynard, a light-heavyweight boxer, still is trying to make his reputation on the international level. "I want a gold medal and I want to show America what kind of fighter I am," Maynard said after he twice knocked down Argentina's Oscar Gonzalez in a bout stopped at 2:52 of the first round.
February 1, 2003 |
The U.S. indoor track season, which once included 14 meets in a dozen cities across America, opens tonight in the same facility where it will close, one month hence. Tonight, the Boston Indoor Games will be contested at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Next month, it will be the U.S. Indoor Championships. Then and now, spectator interest is likely to focus on Maurice Greene, the world-record holder at 60 meters (6.39 seconds) who is better known for winning the 100-meter gold medal in two Olympic Games and five world championships.
February 28, 1999 |
Debbie Marshall and Michelle Dimuro Ave, who ran for Villanova a decade ago, became teammates again yesterday at the 111th U.S. indoor track and field championships. In the giant echo chamber otherwise known as the Georgia Dome, both ex-Wildcats powered through the stretch to runner-up finishes - Marshall in the 1,500 meters, Dimuro Ave 30 minutes later in the 800 - and clinched a place on the U.S. team that will compete in the world indoor championships at Maebashi, Japan, starting Friday.
July 8, 1992 |
As Elana Meyer swung into view, the final yards of another victorious 10K race awaiting her, the crowd at the Old Edwardian Society reacted with golf- course politeness. The public-address announcer would have none of it. She was running a race, he reminded the audience, not sinking a putt. "You're watching a world-championship athlete and you're acting like you're fast asleep," the announcer lectured. "She is one of the greatest athletes this country has ever produced. Come on, clap your hands.
February 2, 1995 |
Track and field fans the world over have long complained that the sport's star performers duck head-to-head competition, defusing rivalries that might produce thrills, records and fond memories. For a few hours tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden, however, the 88th Millrose Games should quiet that complaint. The venerable indoor meet will be contested by 11 Olympic champions, 10 world-record holders, 18 world champions and at least eight athletes currently ranked No. 1 in the world in their specialties.
March 3, 2000 |
The 112th running of the U.S. indoor track and field championships starts today in the Georgia Dome, and Jon Drummond means to make the event the most enriching of his career. Drummond, the world-class sprinter from Philadelphia, has an unprecedented shot at a big pay this weekend in the 60-meter dash. That's because these indoor nationals, in contrast to those in the past, are offering a $50,000 bonus for a world-record performance in the 60 meters, mile and pole vault for both men and women.
August 17, 2008 |
Usain Bolt was too busy dancing in celebration to worry about world records. Maybe that's why the Jamaican sprinter keeps setting world records. Bolt's mind-melting performance in the 100 meters here last night had everyone in the Bird's Nest shaking their heads: the fans with wonder, his competitors with awe, and purists with something like disappointment. The last was because Bolt checked to see he had an insurmountable lead and, with about 20 meters left, downshifted and coasted to the gold medal.