On Sunday (12 March) in the second and final day of the European Indoor Athletic Championships in Milan, Italy, the East Germans and the Soviet Union finished top of the medals table with four golds each.
On Sunday (12 March) in the second and final day of the European Indoor Athletic Championships in Milan, Italy, the East Germans and the Soviet Union finished top of the medals table with four golds each. As expected Eastern Europe dominated the field events but were less successful on the track where the Finns took two gold medals.
SYNOPSIS: The first of the track medals to go to the Finns was in the men's 800 metres. Markku Taskinen battle through a jostling field and held off a late challenge from East germany's Olaf Beyer and France's Roger Milhau. His time of one minute 47.4 seconds was the fastest in the world this year.
In the 60 metres hurdles, the defending champion was the East German Thomas Munkelt and he easily retained the title clocking 7.65 seconds.
In the men's 1,500 metres, Antti Loikkanen took Finland's second gold of the day when he ran a superb tactical race shoulder to shoulder with West Germany's Thomas Wessinghage.
The title holder in this event, Jurgen Straub was the only one of East Germany's three defending champions who failed to keep his title. He finished third. Only a stride separated Loikkanen from Wessinghage. The Finn clocked the second fastest indoor time ever of three minutes 38.16 seconds, less than four-tenths of a second outside the world record.
In the final track event Marlies Oelsner of East Germany won the women's 60 metres sprint in the world record time of 7.12 seconds. Oelsner, already world record holder for the 100 metres outdoor, sliced four hundredths of a second off the previous record.