Rome hosted its so-called Golden Gala International on tuesday (5 August) as United states, west German and Kenyan athletes showed what they might have won in Moscow, but it was two Italians who took the limelight.
GV 200 metres begins; at the Golden Gala International meeting, Rome, Italy. Included former Olympic champion Don Quarrie of Jamaica.
GV Race ends; first across line is P. Mennea of Italy, second Don Quarrie, third C. Wiley of the United States.
GV 400 metres begins and includes Harald Schmid of West Germany in lane
GV 400 metres runners into final straight in close race but first across line is Schmid followed by B. Konchella of Kenya and V. Markin of the Soviet Union. (3 SHOTS)
GV 110-metres hurdles; start.
GV Runner finishing the 110 metres hurdles. First G. Foster of the United States, second A. Campbell of the United States and third R. Milburn of USA.
GV 100 metres sprint dominated by Americans in the final.
GV 100 metres ends with Stanley Floyd the winner C.Lewis second and M. Lattany third all of USA.
GV Thierry Vigneron jumps 5.7 metres i the pole vault to beat Olympic champion Wladislaw Kozakiewicz of Poland.
About 30 Soviet athletes had been expected to attend the meeting, but in the even, the figure was considerable lower. Overall, the United States took first place in 4 of the 18 events, West Germany, Italy and Kenya each had 3, the Soviet Union won 2, and one each went to France. Canada and Sudan.
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Background: Rome hosted its so-called Golden Gala International on tuesday (5 August) as United states, west German and Kenyan athletes showed what they might have won in Moscow, but it was two Italians who took the limelight. Three Americans bettered Olympic times and two West Germans defeated gold medallists from the Soviet Union. The Italian who delighted the patriotic 54-thousand strong crowd were Sara Simeoni, who bettered her Moscow gold medal performance winning the women's high jump at a height of one-point-98 metres and an excellent repeat performance by Pietro Mennea in the men's 200 metres.
SYNOPSIS: This is how Mennea took on some of the world's best and humbled them. Among the young Italian's formidable adversaries were Jamaica's veteran Don Quarrie and from the United States, Cliff Wiley, the man the Americans had paraded as a top class medal hope in Moscow, had it not been for the boycott. But the winning result repeated Mennea's triumph at Moscow. His time of 20-point-01 seconds was the seventh fastest of all time -- almost point-four of a second ahead of Quarrie, and just under three-quarters of a second ahead of Wiley in third place.
There was no doubt that many in the crowd had come to see how the all-powerful Russians fared against some of the athletes from boycotting nations, and the men's 4-hundred metres was one of those events. In lane four is the West German star, Harald Schmid, and this middle-distance event was to be a telling tale of what may have happened in Moscow if all nations had competed. Schmidt won a close race in 45-point-17 seconds, with Kenya's Billy Konchella second and the 4-hundred metres Moscow gold medal winner, victor Markin third.
In the one hundred and ten metres hurdles, the stage was set for United states athletes to shine, and as expected, they did. Americans finished one, two, three. Greg Foster first, Another Campbell second and Rodney Milburn third.
With the absence of Soviet runners in the 100 metres sprint, the event turned into on American benefit. They ran first, second, and third, led by Stanley Floyd with a time of 10-point-2 seconds.
Eastern bloc athletes had mixed fortunes. One Moscow gold medallist to fail was Poland's Wladislaw Kozakiewicz, Upstaged by this man, France's Thierry Vigneron who cleared 5-point-7 metres.