At the end of the first day of their International track and field meeting the Soviet Union led Great Britain and Northern Ireland in both the men's and women's matches.
At the end of the first day of their International track and field meeting the Soviet Union led Great Britain and Northern Ireland in both the men's and women's matches. In the men's event's they led by 55 points to 38, and in the women's by 38 to 28.
The men's ten thousand metres was won by Gennadiy Khlystov in a new United Kingdom all-comers record time of 28 minutes forty-nine-point-four seconds. The Russians scored maximum points in this event when Nikolay Dutov grabbed second place from Britain's Bruce Tulloh.
World record holder Tamara Press on the USSR won the women's discuss event but she was two feet seven inches inside her record of 195 feet ten inches. The Russians again scored maximum points in the men's fifteen hundred metres Olyeg Raiko won in three minutes, thirty eight-point-seven seconds, point three of a second in front of team-mate Mart Vilt. Alan Simpson of Great Britain was third.
Star of the women's events was Tatyana Shchelkanova, who not only beat world champion, Mary Rand, but exceeded the world mark although her jump of twenty-two feet three-and-a-half inches was not allowed as it wind assisted.