In Salisbury, Rhodesia, on the 19th of June, black and white South African athletes competed against each other for the first time in a recognised athletics meeting.
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GV 400 metres - Marcello Fiasconaro falls to ground on approaching finish - coloured athlete Humphrey Khosi of Rhodesia wins race
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Background: In Salisbury, Rhodesia, on the 19th of June, black and white South African athletes competed against each other for the first time in a recognised athletics meeting.
The South Africans were able to compete across the colour line, and also against Rhodesian athletes, because Malawi was also sending a team. This made the occasion an 'international' meeting, which the South African Government approves as qualification for mixed competition.
But the South Africans had to compete as individuals, and not as a national team, because South Africa has been expelled by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (I.A.A.F.).
South Africa is to stage her own multiracial sports meeting in Pretoria in November. Rhodesia will almost certainly be sending athletes to the meeting, but they will have to compete as individuals to abide by I.A.A.F. rules.
It is by no means certain that individual Malawi athletes will travel to Pretoria to compete in November, although they competed as a team in Salisbury in June.
SYNOPSIS: Black and white South African athletes competed against each other for the first time in Salisbury, Rhodesia on the 19th. of June. The South Africans were able to complete against each other, and also against Rhodesian athletes, because Malawi was also sending a team. This made the occasion an 'international' meeting, which the South African Government approves as qualification for mixed competition. These two competitors consulting a programme are both from South Africa. At home they would be unable to compete against one another. South Africa's first multi-racial sports meeting will not take place until November, when a meeting is to be held in Pretoria.
But even on that occasion, foreign teams will not be allowed to take part, in accordance with the terms of the International Athletics Association's ban on competition with South Africa. It remains to be seen whether coloured athletes from outside South Africa will travel to compete in the meeting as individuals, as the South Africans did at this meeting in Salisbury.
In the 400 metres, cruel luck robbed one white South African of a victory when 21 year-old track wonder Marcello Fiasconaro fell when approaching the finish. Coloured South African Humphrey Khosi went on to win the race from a coloured Rhodesian, Artwell Mandaza. Fiasconaro had been certain of a Rhodesian all-comers record, until his unfortunate fall.
Rhodesia won the international against Malawi by 112 1/2 points to 59 1/2. It is still not known whether individual Malawi athletes will be able to take part in the South Africa's first multiracial meeting in Pretoria in November.