Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2001

Summer Biathlon returns to Anchorage

The Summer Biathlon National Series will return to Kincaid Park in Anchorage after a several-year absence. Summer biathlon is the warm-weather version of biathlon, in which cross-country skiing is replaced by running.

The first summer biathlon event in Anchorage will be at 7:15 p.m. on July 26, while the second will be at 7:15 p.m. on August 23. The events are open to all competitors who compete a free safety and familiarization clinic prior to the race. The clinics will be held at the race venue on race day at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the races in Anchorage, contact race director Ron Klein at 333-4161, 351-4184 or

Johnnie on the spot at Alaska Raceway Park

Charlie Johnnie of Soldotna took the top spot in the Top Sportsman class in drag racing at Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer Saturday.

Johnnie dialed in at 10.73 seconds and had a break-out time of 10.73 and a speed of 123.05 mph.

Norman withdraws, citing death of friend

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England Two-time champion Greg Norman pulled out of the British Open on Wednesday due to the death of a close friend in the United States.

Im extremely disappointed to miss the British Open for the second consecutive year, Norman said in a statement. But Ive always maintained theres nothing more important than family and friends.

Norman declined to identify the friend and asked for privacy during this difficult time.

The 46-year-old Australian missed last years British Open because of hip surgery. He skipped this years U.S. Open because he needed to qualify for the tournament but ran into a scheduling conflict.

Norman was at the Royal Lytham course early Wednesday and was to play a practice round with New Zealands Michael Campbell before withdrawing.

Japanese Toshimitsu Izawa also pulled out on Wednesday because of illness.

Norman, who lives in the United States, joins a list of Americans who have pulled out that includes Paul Azinger, Hal Sutton, Lee Janzen, Kirk Triplett and Notah Begay.

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