BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Abdel Kader Chekhemani of France lunged across the line to edge out Bill Burke of the United States and win the men's 1,500-meter run Sunday on the final day of the World University Games.
Chekhemani had kept up with the early pace, but then dropped back on the third lap, when Ireland's Mark Carroll sprinted away to the lead. Carroll relinquished the lead to Burke coming into the straight for the final time and Burke appeared headed to victory.
Chekhemani, however, was steadily making up ground and was on even terms with Burke about 50 meters from the finish. On his last stride, Chekhemani lunged for the finish, crossed just ahead of Burke, and then went sprawling on the track.
The official time of the race was 3:46.32 for Chekhemani and 3:46.33 for Burke. Gary Lough of Great Britain closed ground to finish third and earn a bronze medal. Carroll finished seventh.
In the women's 1,500-meter race, Lynne Robinson of Great Britain was a clear winner over Juli Speights of the United States, with a time of 4:12.03. Robinson took the lead on the last lap of what had been a closely contested contest. She had enough to hold off Speights, who was gaining but could not get to the winner.
The United States also made a clean sweep of both the men's and women's relays.
Kennedy Manyisa of Kenya set a Games record for the men's marathon, taking 21 seconds off the previous standard. Manyisa's time was 2 hours, 12 minutes and 19 seconds. Second place finisher, Wan Ki Kim of Korea, finished more than three seconds behind Manyisa.
Noriko Kawaguchi of Japan won the women's marathon in 2:37:47. Franca Fiacconi of Italy finished in second place, 57 seconds behind Kawaguchi.
The men's soccer championship went to the Czech Republic, which defeated Korea, 2-1.
Korea scored first in the 23rd minute on a goal by Do Hoon Kim, but the Czechs reciprocated 13 minutes later when Josef Jinoch put the ball past Woon Jae Lee. The score remained knotted at one at halftime.
The game was about to change when, in the 54th minute, Petr Gottwald was inserted into the game for the Czechs. Two minutes later, he scored what would prove to be the winning goal.
Czech goaltender Jiri Rektorik was credited with stopping 11 shots on goal by the Koreans.
Korean coach Jong Duk Jung expressed his displeasure with the referee. He said, through an interpreter, 'He was kind of biased. We should have had two penalty kicks during the game (today). One he gave to the opposite team, one he pretended he didn't know anything about.'
Germany defeated Great Britain, 2-1, in a preliminary game to earn the bronze medal.
On Saturday evening, the U.S. basketball team withstood a surprisingly tough Canadian team to win the gold medal. The U.S. rebounded from a 52-40 halftime deficit to win, 95-90. China defeated Italy for the bronze medal.
Among the more surprising developments was the emergence of China as a power in tennis. They swept gold medals in both the women's singles and doubles, and might have done likewise in the men's singles had Jiu Hua Zhang not become ill just hours before his semifinal match with eventual gold medal winner Han Cheol Shin of Korea.
The Chinese have also made their presence felt in basketball, their women winning the gold, and their men the bronze.
Cuba, despite its failing economy, still managed to make a strong showing. Its burgeoning swimming program produced three gold medals and one bronze. The men's fencing team won gold in both the team epee and foil competition. And the baseball team withstood two defections to go undefeated en route to a gold medal.
The list of countries also took on a new look, due to changes in Eastern Europe. The former Soviet republic of the Ukraine was a more potent force than Russia. Estonia, Kazakhstan and Lithuania also earned medals.
These Games appear to be a harbinger of a changing world sporting order that may reach fruition in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, a festival likely to feature the reappearance of many of the competitors here.