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Bubka’s Win Streak Ends in European Meet : Track and field: Soviet pole vaulter loses in major competition for the first time in seven years.

From Associated Press

The streak is over for Sergei Bubka.

After going seven years without losing in a major competition, the Soviet pole vaulter finished sixth Thursday at the European Track and Field Championships.

Bubka, the world record-holder at 19 feet 10 1/2 and 1988 Olympic, world and European champion, made only two of nine vaults as teammate Rodion Gataulin won the event at 19-2 1/4. Soviet Grigory Yegorov was second. Austria’s Hermann Fehringer third.

Bubka cleared only 18-8 1/4. He blamed the loss on a sore back.

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“I have to get used to losses after a string of bad results this year,” Bubka said. “Now I’m finally learning that the losses are a part of sports.”

“I had problems with injuries which hampered my usual training schedule, but I will be back. I won’t give up that easily.”

Peter Elliott of Britain, the favorite for the men’s 1,500 meters, fell during his semifinal in a crowded pack about 600 meters from the finish.

Team spokesman Tony Ward protested that Elliott was pushed. After the tape was viewed, officials ruled that Elliott’s fall was caused by East Germany’s Hauke Fuhlbruegge. Elliott made it to the final, while Fuhlbruegge was disqualified.

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East German Katrin Krabbe won the women’s 200 meters to become the first double gold medal winner at the championships, and Britain won two more men’s golds.

After four days of competition, East Germany led with eight gold medals. Britain was second with seven golds.

Krabbe won the 200 meters in 21.95 seconds two days after winning the 100 meters.

“It looks as if I’ll pick up three golds here, if things work out as they should,” she said, referring to the upcoming sprint relay. “My win in the 200 was tougher than the 100, but I was confident in both races.”

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Heike Drechsler of East Germany, a gold medalist in the long jump, was second and Galina Malchugina of the Soviet Union third.

In another upset, Paivi Alafranti of Finland won the women’s javelin with throw of 222 feet, beating a strong East German team led by world record-holder Petra Felke. Karen Forkel was second and Felke third.

John Regis won the men’s 200 meters in 20.11 seconds and Roger Black the 400 in 45.08 for the two British men’s golds.


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