Tanzanian middle distance cunner Filbert Bayi gave the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, a real last day climax on Saturday (2 February).
Tanzanian middle distance cunner Filbert Bayi gave the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, a real last day climax on Saturday (2 February). He broke the world 1,500 metres record with an amazing exhibition of front running.
Bayi mover saw another competitor until he turned round to watch New Zealand John Walker's attempt to overtake him in the home straight. Wolker, who also broke the world record, was roared on by his 35,000 home crowd.
It seemed impossible that Bayi, who had earlier opened up a huge lead would have anything left - but he responded with a faster burst to win in 3 minutes 32 seconds -- a second inside American Jim Ryun's 1967 record.
Australia collected more gold medals than any other country at the Games. They won both 4 by 100 metres relays on the last day. In he men's race Ghana took the silver model and Nigeria the bronze. Jamaica, who had World record holder Don Quarrie running for them, were the favourites but they came fourth.
England's 18-year old javelin thrower, Charles Clover, also had a grand day. He beat his experienced teammate, Dick Travis, to the gold with an under-21-world-record throw of 84.92 metres (278 feet 7 1/4 inches). John Myake of kenya won the bronze medal.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the head of the Commonwealth, and other members of the Royal family watched the last day's events and the carnival style final ceremonies involving athletes from every participating country.