INTRODUCTION: The 1081 athletics season closed at Crystal Palace in London on Friday night (11 September) with some good wins for British and Britain-based athletes.
GV PAN Men's 100 metres in progress 0.14
GV PAN Competitors walk to starting line for 2-mile race and race starts 0.32
GV PAN Competitors ending first lap 0.39
GV Information board 0.42
GV PAN Final lap 1.24
GV PAN Ovett leading on final bend, pulling away to win race 1.40
SV Competitors at finish after race 1.51
GV PAN Ovett acknowledges crowd applause during lap of honour 2.00
Background: LONDON, U.K.
INTRODUCTION: The 1081 athletics season closed at Crystal Palace in London on Friday night (11 September) with some good wins for British and Britain-based athletes. Steve Ovett came from defeat in the mile in Rome to win the two-mile in London from the Irishman, Eamon Coghlan. In the sprints, Ernest Obeng, a Ghanaian living in London, won the men's 100 metres event.
SYNOPSIS: Obeng achieved what he missed by a hundredth of a second in Rome a few days earlier. He beat Alan Wells of Britain, with time to spare.
In the two miles, those expecting another record attempt from Steve Ovett were disappointed for the race was never run in those terms.
At the end of the first lap Steve Cram was in the lead followed by fellow-Briton John Doherty.
As the final lap began, the lead was taken by Eamon Coghlan of Ireland but by now Steve Ovett had begun to close the gap.
On the final bend, Ovett pulled away to take the race from the Irishman in a time of eight minutes twenty-five point five two seconds. It was well outside his world best but it was enough to make up for his defeat by South African-born Sydney Maree in Rome.
Source: REG SMITH