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Kenyan Marathoner Awakens From Coma

By Compiled From Wire Services

Three months ago, Lameck Aguta won the Boston Marathon. Now the star Kenyan runner is coming out of a coma following a weekend accident in which his car struck a pothole.

The Daily Nation newspaper said the 25-year-old was unconscious when he arrived at a hospital in Nakuru, Kenya, 90 miles northwest of Nairobi. He was later taken to Nairobi Hospital, which said he had regained consciousness.

The Nation quoted Aguta’s driver as saying he lost control of the vehicle after hitting a pothole near Nakuru on Saturday morning. Aguta and his brother were heading to a friend’s funeral in western Kenya.

Michael Johnson, happy for the invitation, will be going to the world championships after all.

He received a wild card - as did the other current world champions, including Dan O’Brien - from track and field’s ruling body for the showcase event next month in Greece.

Johnson, unable to qualify at the U.S. championships because of a leg injury, will defend only his 400-meter title.

Heavy winds kept world record-holder Javier Sotomayor from a strong performance, but the Cuban high jumper still managed to win in the Grand Prix meet on the field that bears his name in Salamanca, Spain.

Sotomayor jumped 7 feet, 8 inches to beat Spaniard Arturo Ortiz, who cleared 7-3.

Craig Masback, a former athlete who has stayed in track and field as an administrator and TV commentator, has been chosen executive director of USA Track & Field, replacing 60-year-old Ollan Cassell.

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