The world record for the 4 x 200-meter relay, by the Santa Monica Track Club quartet of Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard and Carl Lewis, at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Competing in a nippy wind and natty black-and-gold unitards designed by Lewis, the team ran a 1:19.11 to knock .27 of a second off the three-year-old mark set by a slightly different Santa Monica foursome: Danny Everett, Burrell, Heard and Lewis.
By the U.S. under-23 soccer team, one of 16 berths in the Summer Olympics, with its fourth straight qualifying victory, a 3-0 rout of Mexico in Bethlehem, Pa. Striker Steve Snow scored from eight yards on a 30-yard cross from midfielder Claudio Rena in the 31st minute, and five minutes later midfielder Chris Henderson, the youngest member of the 1990 U.S. World Cup team, made a similar goal. Snow struck again from 20 yards in the 80th minute.
By President F.W. de Klerk, the multiracial African Unity Games, South Africa's first international track and field meet in 17 years, in Germiston. The games were attended by 250 athletes from 12 countries and conceived as a way to prepare South Africans—who had been barred from world competition from 1976 until most of their country's apartheid laws were repealed last year—for this summer's Olympics in Barcelona. "One of the first things in normalizing our international relationships is that we are——back in international sports," De Klerk told the crowd. "We must keep the politicians out of sports," added the prez, who presumably erased his footsteps while returning to his seat from the rostrum.
Right through the women's world hockey championship, in Tampere, Finland, Canada, which beat the U.S. 8-0 in the final. The all-tournament roster included U.S. forward Cammi Granato, 21, top scorer in the event (eight goals and two assists) and sister of the L.A. Kings wing Tony, and Canadian goalie Manon Rheaume, 19, who turned down an offer to pose nude in Playboy after she played in three games in the men's Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and was featured in our Jan. 6 SCORECARD.
Hats, temporarily, 43-year-old boxer George Foreman, to become an adviser to his 42-year-old comeback colleague, Larry Holmes, while the latter prepares for his June 19 heavyweight title challenge to Evander Holyfield, 29. Foreman, who lost a unanimous decision to Holyfield in April 1991, will give Holmes tips on how to go about beating the formidable youngster. "I want to talk with Larry," Foreman told Bob Arum, who promotes both quadragenarians. "I think I can help him win this fight." Foreman, who will provide his services gratis, hopes Holmes will beat Holyfield so that the old men can fight for the heavyweight title in November.
Lewis helped fashion a record.