Originally created 07/12/98

Overtime: Koven fails to qualify for rowing finals

World champion Jamie Koven of the United States was eliminated in the semifinals of the single sculls at the rowing world cup on Saturday in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Koven finished behind Xeno Mueller of Switzerland and Ali Ibrahim Ali of Egypt.

Koven, who got off to a poor start, was last at 500 meters. He put on a strong drive over the final 1,000 meters, but finished third.

Joining Mueller and Ali in finals will be the top two finishers in the other two single scull races -- Rob Waddell of New Zealand, Fredrik Bekken of Norway, defending champion Iztok Cop of Slovenia and Vaclav Chalupa of the Czech Republic.

Australia qualified 11 boats for today's finals. Defending champion Germany put 10 into the finals.

PRO FOOTBALL: Washington Redskins running back Terry Allen is spending the weekend in the Walton County jail in Monroe, Ga.

He is serving a 10-day sentence after pleading guilty to DUI and attempting to elude police last July when he was arrested outside Monroe.

Police said they clocked Allen's Ferrari doing 133 mph in a 55 mph zone. They maintain he was legally drunk when he crashed the car into a signpost and a tree.

Allen walked away from the crash and was treated for minor injuries.

He pleaded guilty Thursday as part of a plea bargain and has been in jail since. He could be out as early as Tuesday, but will be on probation for a year. Allen was fined $2,000 and will have to do 40 hours of community service.

SWIMMING: It was an ideal day for a cool dip, and it suited Shelly Taylor-Smith best of all as she outswam 21 competitors from around the world to win Saturday's 17th annual Manhattan Island Swim Marathon in New York.

The victory was nothing new for Taylor-Smith, a 36-year-old Australian who is ranked No. 1 among women swimmers in the world and won this 28.5-mile race four times previously between 1985 and 1989.

She finished Saturday in 7 hours, 18 minutes, 7 seconds, well off her own 1995 record of 5:45.25 for a swim around Manhattan, but 1 1/2 minutes ahead of Jay Benner, a 33-year-old swimming coach from Tacoma, Wash., whose second-place time was 7:19.40.

The round-Manhattan swim has been a regular event since 1982 when 12 people entered. Organizers said it is a longer "sister" event to distance swims in the English Channel and the Catalina Channel, both 21 miles.


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