Ron Clarke, the great Australian distance runner will be making his last bid for a gold medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
Ron Clarke, the great Australian distance runner will be making his last bid for a gold medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Interviewed at the Games Village today (Tuesday), 35-year-old Clarke said he'd be concentrating on the ten thousand metres event and would not be running int he five thousand metres.
Clarke, who has broken nearly a score of world records, has never yet struck gold at Olympic or Commonwealth Games level. Because of his failure to win major competitive races, Clarke has earned the reputation of an athlete who can only run against the clock.
In the ten thousand metres he'll be challenging the title holder, Kenya's Naftali Temu, who beat him in the 1966 Games in Jamaica.
It was also Temu who beat him in the Mexico Olympics of 1968. After the race, the Australian collapsed suffering from the heat and altitude.
Clarke announced recently that after a visit to Oslo next month he'll be retiring from athletics. So the event at Edinburgh will be his last major race.
He was asked about his prospects....