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    There were some surprise results on the first day of the East and Central African Athletics Championships, held in Zanzibar's Amman Stadium on Friday (28 May).

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    There were some surprise results on the first day of the East and Central African Athletics Championships, held in Zanzibar's Amman Stadium on Friday (28 May).

    Kenya - which has dominated the medium and long-distance running events in the past, failed to maintain the good start in the men's 800- metres.

    The biggest upset came in the women's 1500 metres race, which Kenya has won for the last six years in a row. Ann Kiprop, who won the event for Kenya last year, was placed fourth this year, while her team-mate, Magdalene Lagat was placed sixth. The race was won by Tanzania's Teresa Chalamila in 4 minutes 27.7 seconds. The first two laps were led by the Kenyans at a world-record pace, but in the later stages of the race they were overtaken by chalamila and Mwinga Mwanjila of Tanzania and Tsice Mefia of Ethiopia.

    In the men's 800 metres Dan Omwanza of Kenya won in 1 minute 45.9 seconds, the best time he has recorded in his career. Second was Omar, Khalifa of Sudan, in 1 minute 46.2 seconds, with Mulungeta Tadesse of Ethiopia third in 1 minute 46.4 seconds. All three bettered the Olympic qualifying time of 1 minute 47.4 seconds.

    The men's 10,000 metres was taken by Mirus Yifter of Ethiopia in 28 minutes 26.4 seconds. His team-mate, Mohamed Kadir, was second in 28 minutes 30.9 seconds. Yifter is Ethiopia's main hope for an Olympic gold medal this year. He stayed with the pack until the last lap of the race, when he surged to the front with a powerful finish.

    Al the races were run on a new artificial track which had only been opened the day before the Championships started, and some of the times were thought to be a little disappointing on this new surface.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1J9MCQTN2LNK5S21TKC0TFQA0
    Media URN:
    VLVA1J9MCQTN2LNK5S21TKC0TFQA0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
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    N/A

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