Conley, Myricks, McKay Win Gold in World Indoor Track and Field

<i> Associated Press </i>

Michael Conley won the triple jump and placed third in the long jump, and U.S. teammates Larry Myricks and Antonio McKay also won gold medals Sunday at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The three-day meet at the Budapest Sports Hall ended with five world records, including one by Soviet walker Mikhail Shchennikov on Sunday, 16 meet records in 24 events and four American records. Two meet records also were equaled.

Sunday’s 11-event program also produced victories by Ireland’s Marcus O’Sullivan (3:36.64) in the men’s 1,500 meters, Said Aouita of Morocco (7:47.94) in the men’s 3,000 and Cuba’s Andres Simon (6.52) in the men’s 60-meter dash.

The United States finished with 11 medals, second to the Soviet Union’s 13. The two countries tied in gold medals with four each, two more than Cuba, West Germany, East Germany and The Netherlands.


Conley, 1984 Olympic silver medalist in the triple jump, won his specialty with a leap of 57 feet 11 inches, third-longest in history. He also was third in the long jump at 26-7 1/4.

Myricks, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist in the long jump, uncorked the best jump in the world this year--27-5 1/2--to win his second consecutive world title.

McKay earned his second gold medal in the world championships, winning the 400 meters in 45.59 seconds to break his American record.

Shchennikov’s world record of 18:27.10 in the 5,000-meter walk beat the record of 18:27.79 he set in the last world championships.


Sunday’s other winners were Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria in the women’s high jump at 6-7 1/2--best in the world this year; Christine Wachtel of East Germany in the women’s 800 in a meet record 1:59.24; Soviet Elizabeta Chernishova in the women’s 60-meter high hurdles in 7.82, matching the meet record, and West German Claudia Losch in the women’s shot put at 67-1 1/4.