In Zurich, Switzerland, a young United States runner Rainaldo Nehemiah set a junior world record of 13.23 seconds in the men's 110 metres hurdles event at an international track and field meeting.
SV PAN Mens's 800 metres race n Zurich Switzerland; last lap and being won by No. 180 James Robinson of United States; second, Mike Boit of Kenya; and third Tom McLean of United States, SV Robinson (3 shots)
GV PAN: Men's 110 metres hurdles being won by Nos. 173 Rainaldo Nehemiah of United States, Charles Foster of United States second; and Ed Moses of United States third (3 shots)
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Background: In Zurich, Switzerland, a young United States runner Rainaldo Nehemiah set a junior world record of 13.23 seconds in the men's 110 metres hurdles event at an international track and field meeting. But it was not a happy occasion for the Olympic champion in the men's 800 metres Alberto Juantorena of Cuba, who faded as was well beaten in his event.
SYNOPSIS: By the last lap of the 800 metres Juantorena was still leading, but was being challenged. He has led throughout the first lap, and stepped up his pace on the second. The eventual winner James Robinson of the United States bided his time back in the bunch, leaving the hard work to the arch rivala Juantorena and the Kenyan Mike Boit, in the dark singlet. Until the last few metres, Robinson was content to hold back, saving his strength.
A hundred metres from the tape, the Olympic champion Juantorena tired visibly, and Robinson made his burst to squeeze ahead of Boit.
Robinson finished in 1 minute 45.92 seconds.
In drizzle and on a wet track another Cuban struck trouble. World record-holder in the 110 metres hurdles, Alejandro Casanas in lane 3 slipped and dropped back. the 19-year old, Rainaldo Neheniah from the United States, number 173 went on to win and set a new junior world record for the distance of 13.23 seconds.