The formidable track and field team of the German Democratic Republic totally dominated an international meeting in Celje, Northern Yugoslavia on May 5.
TOP VIEW PAN AND GVs Start and finish of 100 metres hurdles for women won by Cornelia Riefsthal of GDR. Spectators applaud and she shakes hand with trainer (3 shots)
TOP VIEW PAN AND GV GDR long-jumper Helga Radtke (No. 387) takes leap watched by trainers (2 shots)
GV PAN GDR shot-putter Ilona Briesenick in action (No. 380)
GV PAN AND GV GDR shot-putter Ines Mueller (No. 382) throws as trainers look on (2 shots)
GV PAN Javelin thrower in action
TOP VIEW PAN AND GVs Riefsthal wins second running of women's 100 metres hurdles as crowd look; walks off (3 shots)
TOP VIEW PAN Frank Emmelman of GDR (No. 350) wins men's 100 metres dash in 10.39
GV PAN Ulf Timmermann of GDR (No. 356) putts shot
GV PAN Winner of men's shot Udo Beyer of East Germany (No. 368) putts shot
GV PAN Ulf Timmerman throws again
GV PAN Petra Felke in women's javelin
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Background: The formidable track and field team of the German Democratic Republic totally dominated an international meeting in Celje, Northern Yugoslavia on May 5. The GDR team had been training in Yugoslavian seaside towns for several weeks in preparation for this summer's Olympics in Los Angeles, and showed why they will be probably the top athletic nation at the Games with a string of impressive performances. Petra Felke, only eighth in the world championships last year, threw the javelin a massive 74.72 metres, just 4 cms short of the world record. Ilona Briesenick muscled the shot to 21.49 metres with her compatriot Ines Mueller a good second with 21.32 metres. In the men's event, Olympic champion Udo Beyer emphasised that he will not give up his title easily by posting 21.66 metres. In the ladies long jump Helga Radtke leapt 6.65 metres to hold off the challenge of Marion Weser by eight centimetres. On the track, Cornelia Riefstahl twice dipped under the 13 second mark over the 100 metres hurdles, easily winning the two events held over this distance with a swift 12.65 seconds clocking her best time. Former European junior 100 metres champion Frank Emmelman, sure to be one of the leading challengers to the top American sprint starts in Los Angeles, was timed at 10.39 in registering a comfortable sprint victory.