• Short Summary

    Only days after the end of the Olympic Games in Munich, where he won two gold medals, Lasse Viren, of Finland, has broken the world record of the five thousand meters.

  • Description

    Only days after the end of the Olympic Games in Munich, where he won two gold medals, Lasse Viren, of Finland, has broken the world record of the five thousand meters.

    Watched on Thursday (14 Sept.) by a crowd of 40,000, Viren, running in world record trails at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, completed the distance in 13 minutes 16-point-four seconds, knocking 0.2 seconds off the previous world best time set up by Ron Clarke in 1966.

    Dave Bedford of Great Britain, at one time a favourite for the Olympic gold medals won by Viren, led the field for two-thirds of the race. But Bedford, who throughout his care has favoured running from the front, had no answer when Viren darted past him. Bedford finished second with a time of 13 minutes 30 seconds with Juha Vaitainen of Finland third.

    Lasse Viren now holds the world record for both the 10,000 and 5,000 meters and has confirmed his position as one of history's great distance runners.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1T7UZL24TMSX5TAI7131UA4B9
    Media URN:
    VLVA1T7UZL24TMSX5TAI7131UA4B9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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