USA's Lagat wins 3,000
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American Bernard Lagat won his third 3,000-meter world indoor title, breaking free with 100 meters to go Sunday to beat Kenyan rivals Augustine Choge and Edwin Soi in Istanbul.
Mo Farah of England was the favorite, but he failed to get on the medal stand and finished fourth.
He beat Lagat in a stirring 5,000 finish at the world outdoor championships in August.
In the women's long jump, American Brittney Reese set a championship record of 23 feet, 8 3/4 inches on her final attempt to push teammate Janay Deloach to silver at 22-10 3/4. Shara Proctor took bronze with a British record of 22-7 1/4.
Christine Nesbitt of Canada won the 1,000 meters at the speed skating finals in Berlin to take her second overall title in two days and clinch the women's Grand World Cup.
Nesbitt, who won the 1,500 World Cup title Saturday, clinched the last 1,000 race of the season in 1:15.04, with Heather Richardson of the United States second, 0.73 seconds behind. Zhang Hong of China was third, 0.79 seconds behind Nesbitt, who leads the standings with 550 points, ahead of Richardson's 459.
Andre Myhrer of Sweden won the season's second-to-last men's World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, while Marcel Hirscher of Austria straddled a gate in the opening run and failed to score points for the overall championship. Myhrer held on to his lead after the first run and finished in an aggregate time of 1:40.99 to win his first title of the season and third overall. Myhrer beat second-place Cristian Deville of Italy by 0.49. Defending overall champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia finished 16th to extend his lead in the slalom standings over Hirscher to 50 points.
Aliy Zirkle is maintaining her lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska. Zirkle, 41, musher from Two Rivers and her team of 12 dogs were greeted by fans as they pulled into Unalakleet at 7:28 a.m. For being first to Alaska's western coast, she wins a gold cup and $2,500 in gold nuggets. Dallas Seavey of Willow was close behind her, getting to the Norton Sound community at 8:19 a.m. Aaron Burmeister of Nome was 11 minutes behind Seavey, and defending champion John Baker of Kotzebue pulled at 9:08 a.m. There are six more checkpoints in the nearly 1,000-mile race .
Bradley Wiggins beat Lieuwe Westra by two seconds in the decisive mountain time trial to win the Paris-Nice race for the first time. Wiggins was leading the Dutchman by six seconds coming in and maintained his advantage in the 6-mile uphill dash from Nice to Col d'Eze to become the first Briton to win the race since Tom Simpson in 1967. Wiggins beat Westra by eight seconds overall.
A Brazilian teenager earned a spot in the women's kayak slalom at the London Olympics. Ana Satila Vieira Vargas, 15, secured her place at the Games with a victory at an event in the southern city of Foz do Iguacu. Vargas, who will turn 16 Tuesday, beat Canadians Jessica Groenveld and Thea Froelich in her K1 race.
First Published March 12, 2012 12:00 am