Mon, Aug. 11: Starkey wins bronze in track championships

   ATHENS, Greece (AP)  Starkey was strong, but Sergei was sensational.

   Former Illini Dean Starkey became the first American to win a medal at a major pole vault competition since the 1984 Olympics when he took bronze Sunday at the World Track and Field Championships, but an injured Sergei Bubka capped the meet with an electrifying performance, clearing 19 feet, 8 1/4 inches and winning his sixth consecutive gold medal.

   Starkey''s performance follows in the Illinois tradition of two-time Olympic gold medalist Bob Richards and the late Don Laz, who finished second to Richards at the 1952 Olympics.

   Starkey, 30, won two NCAA indoor titles at Illinois, where he graduated in 1989, and qualified second on the U.S. team this year.

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