At the first World Athletics Cup competition in Dusseldorf, brilliant individual performances by Cuba's Alberto Juantorena and Ethiopia's Miruts Yifter, capped the highly successful three-day event.
At the first World Athletics Cup competition in Dusseldorf, brilliant individual performances by Cuba's Alberto Juantorena and Ethiopia's Miruts Yifter, capped the highly successful three-day event. On Sunday (4 September) a crowd of 52,000 turned out to watch the cup being presented to the East German men's and European women's teams chosen from athletes outside the Soviet Union and East Germany.
SYNOPSIS: Star attraction on the last day was the second running of the men's 400 metre race. The event was re-run after the Cuban Olympic champion Alberto Juantorena complained in the original event that he didn't hear the sound of the starting gun. A combination of a faulty loudspeaker and a whirring film camera nearby left Juantorena undecided as to whether the race had begun or not. In the end his late start caused him to come in second. But Saturday's (3 September) debacle gave way to a brilliant performance by the Cuban champion in this second running. In an exciting finish Juantorena just managed to hold off his East German rival Volker Beck and he crossed the line in 45.36 seconds.
The East German men showed why thy dominated the games in this running of the 100 metre hurdles.
East Germany's Thomas Munkelt put in a fast winning time of 13 points 41 seconds.
But in the women's four by 100 metres relay, the East Germans narrowly failed to reach the peaks they achieved in the European Cup at Helsinki, and the combined European team made up of the West Germans Elvira Possekel and Annegat Richter and Sonia Lennaman and Andrea Lynch of Britain, beat them by just point 05 seconds.
The very narrow win by the European girls delighted the crowd.
Miruts Yifter, the Ethiopian winner of the world cup 10,000 metres on Friday (2 September) came back and completed and amazing double by convincingly winning the men's 5,000 metres.
In a race where all strengths are put to the test, Yifter shot away in the final 300 metres to complete the last lap in a withering 53.8 seconds and the race in 13 minutes, 13 point eight seconds. The American Marty Liquori, who had been 20 metres off the back of the fourth man wound for a furious finish to come in second.