Originally created 11/09/99

Overtime: World's oldest Olympian dies at nearly 101



Leon Stukelj, a gymnast who won six medals at the Olympics and was the world's oldest living Olympic champion, died Monday, four days short of his 101st birthday.

Stukelj called an ambulance from his home in Ljubljana, Slovenia, complaining of heart pains Sunday. When doctors arrived, his heart began failing and electric shocks failed to revive him. He died in the hospital.

Stukelj won gold medals in the horizontal bar and all-around competition at the 1924 Paris Games. He won another gold in the rings four years later in Amsterdam. He also won two bronze medals at Amsterdam, in the all-around and team exercises, and a silver in the rings at Berlin in 1936.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION:

Robert Redfern, state coordinator for the "Take One -- Make One" program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, will present a program at Pinetucky Gun Club on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m.

His program, "Adult Mentoring of Youth in Outdoor Education," covers a project designed to develop youths and young adults (12-27) through adult mentoring in conservation, hunting, fishing and shooting sports activities.

Augusta area sportsmen and their families are invited to attend. The club is located on the Camp Josey Road eight miles south of Augusta off U.S. Highway 1. There is no charge to attend.

More information is available from the club at 592-4230.

BASKETBALL:

The Lithuanian National Team will test the USC Aiken Pacers tonight at 7 at The Courthouse on the USC Aiken campus.

It's the first exhibition game against outside competition for the Pacers, who will play host to the Columbia Sharkheads on Thursday. The Pacers open their regular season on the road at Coker College on Nov. 19.

Aiken Tech's Knights, unbeaten after two road games, open their home season today against Spartanburg Methodist College at 7:30 p.m. The Knights hit the road for three straight games before returning home against Middle Georgia College on Nov. 23.

GOLF:

The Augusta Area Junior Golf Association won the Georgia Junior Cup Team Championship on Sunday at Bull Creek in Columbus, Ga., ending the 5-year reign of the Atlanta Junior Golf Association.

Team members are Daniel Eskew, Benji Thompson, Ryan Tyndall, Brent Dye, Casey Thompson, Carter Newman, Darby Sligh and Mary Kate Fisher. They competed against teams from Atlanta, Columbus and Savannah.

Augusta coach Michael Carlisle said his team scored 46.5 points to Atlanta's 41,, 39.5 by Columbus and 17 by Savannah.

OUTBOARD RACING:

The Formula One Professional Racing Outboard Performance Tour has signed an agreement with ESPN2 to feature all PROP telecasts prior to "RPM2Night" for the 2000 season.

"The new time slots will make it possible for powerboat racing fans to know when the Formula One events will be televised, with our show the lead-in for "RPM2Night," said Bart Garbrecht, executive vice president of the PROP Tour.

TENNIS:

USC Aiken's Lady Pacers have been ranked in the top 25 Intercollegiate Tennis Association/NCAA Division II National Fall Rankings for the second straight year.

Coach Dendell Lawrence's team is ranked No. 23, also for the second year in a row, and is rated 12th of 13 teams in the Division II South Region ahead of Francis Marion University.

BYU-Hawaii is ranked No. 1 nationally and Lynn University tops the South Region.

HOCKEY:

Arkansas RiverBlades center Jarret Whidden is the C&T Hockey Products Player of the Week. Jan Lasak of Hampton Roads is the Vortex Hockey Goalie of the Week.