East German athletes have dominated the European Cup titles and won representation at the World Cup events.
East German athletes have dominated the European Cup titles and won representation at the World Cup events. When the European titles had ended in Helsinki on Sunday (14 August) the East Germans had won 19 of the 35 events. They go into the finals with the West German men and the Soviet women for the World Cup in Duesseldorf next month.
SYNOPSIS: Even by their own high standards the East Germans were outstanding. The 110 metres hurdle for men was just one of their victories. There were challenges from Poland's Jan Pusty and Russia's Eduard Perevertsev but Thomas Munkelt finished the course in 13.37 seconds.... a world best for 1977.
Here, Finland's Antti Kalliomaki tries but fails in his assault on the pole vault title.
It went to Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz of Poland.
World champion womens high jumper, Rosemarie Ackermann, just failed to clear 1.99 metres. The East German girl cleared 1.97 though, improving her world record.
The controversial 800 metres was won by West Germany's Willi Wuhlbeck. A protest was put in by British team officials who claimed Wuhlbeck had impeded their runner, Sebastian Coe who was placed fourth. Coe had spike marks on one of his legs but the protest was rejected.
The East German men gave everything they had to beat off a West German challenge for the European title, and they finished with 123 points; to West Germany's 110.
The Russian men have slipped in their track supremacy, and filled third place with 99 points. The Soviet Union was second in the women's section, ahead of Britain. In this event, the 3000 metres steeplechase, West Germany's Michael Karst held on to the lead. The East Germans will be tough opposition in the World Cup, particularly their women's team who achieved only six points below the maximum.