The stars of Kenya's Olympic athletics team took part in a sports meeting in Nairobi during the weekend.
GV ZOOM IN..hammer thrower in action
SV European shot putt coach talking to competitors (2 shots)
SV Girl putting shot
CU Bruce Tulloh speaking...
FIRST WORDS: "Bruce, you've been watching........"
LAST WORDS: ".... eight-hundred Metres".
GV Start of relay
CU Spectators (2 shots)
GV No 4, Ben Jipcho crossing line to win
CU Gipcho speaking
FIRST WORDS: "Do you think you will be able........"
LAST WORDS: "....I think so".
GV Start of 800 metres
GV Kipkurgat leading first time round
CU Kip Keino ringing lap bell
GV Kipkurgat coming in to win
GV Start of 400 metres man - featuring Koshei
GV Koshei winning
CU Koskei walking
INTERVIEWER: "Bruce, you have been watching the Kenya athletes for some time now - what would you say their chances are for Munich?"
TULLOH: "Very, very strong. I think as far as ability goes they are on a par with anybody else in the world. The question is whether they can get enough good-class competition between now and Munich as the standard is going to be very high. I think the way things are going today, the chances are very good indeed."
INTERVIEWER: "What events do you think they're likely to really shire at?"
TULLOH: "Well, as I say the standard is very high. Anyone who gets in the first eight in the final has done very well. It looks as though Kenya will have finalists in every event from 400 metres upwards. Best chances must be in the Steeplechase, 1500 and 5000 undoubtedly. And, of course, the eight hundred metres."
INTERVIEWER: "Do you think you will be able to improve on your time in Japan when you run in the Olympic Games in Munich?"
JIPCHO: "Oh yes.... I think I would lower it up to something like 8-twenty three, twenty-four depending on how fit I would be."
INTERVIEWER: "So, in fact, a world record is a possibility at Munich?"
JIPCHO: "I think so".
FIRST WORDS: "Bruce, you've been watching........"
LAST WORDS: ".....eight hundred metres".
FIRST WORDS: "Do you think......"
LAST WORDS: ".....I think so"
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Background: The stars of Kenya's Olympic athletics team took part in a sports meeting in Nairobi during the weekend. For the people of Kenya it was an opportunity to assess the ability of their team -- which scored impressively in the 1968 Olympics at Mexico City. There - with a team of only 18 - the Kenyans won three gold medals, four silvers and one bronze.
For the past few months, Kenyan athletes have been helped in their training by the former English international athlete, Bruce Tulloh.
This film, shot by Visnews cameraman Mohamed Amin, features some of athletes on whom Kenya is pinning its hopes. These include Ben Jipcho - tipped as successor to Kenya's greatest athlete, Kipchoge Keino. Jipcho won two medals at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games in 1970 - a gold for the 5-thousand metres and a silver in the 3-thousand metres steeplechase. In Japan this year, Jipcho set a new all-African record in the 3-thousand metres steeplechase of 8 minutes 28 seconds.
Kenya is a new force in world athletics. Ten years ago its athletes were virtually unknown. Now, with the successes in the 1968 Olympic and 1970 Commonwealth Games in mind, sportsmen the world over will be taking a special interest in their performance.
SYNOPSIS: In Kenya - a sports meeting at Nairobi with a big bearing on the 1972 Munich Olympics. The meeting brought together many of Kenya's leading sportsmen - a major force in world athletics since their success in the Mexican Olympics and the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. The Kenyans train under the care of former English champion, Bruce Tulloh.
The relay at Nairobi had particular significance. Taking part was the man many Kenyans are picking to replace the country's greatest athlete, Kipchoge Keino. The new star is Ben Jipcho - winner of a gold and a silver medal at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games in 1970. Jipcho carried the winning ???aton across the line. his special distances are the five thousand metres and the three thousand metres steeplechase. Only a few weeks ago, Jipcho set up a new African all-comers record for the three thousand metres steeplechase while in Japan. His time - eight minutes, twenty-weight seconds.
Another of Kenya's Olympic hopes was in the eight hundred metres. Kipkurgat has already qualified for Olympic selection but that didn't detract from the interest the race created as it brought about his clash with another 800-metre specialist, Mike Boit.
Sidelined by illness - but assisting as a track judge, the great Kip Keino. He was the first African to break the four-minute mile.
The end of the eight hundred metrae and a win for Kipkurgat in a time of I minute 48 seconds. Not a fast time... but Kipkurgat did not seem fully extended.
All eyes were on William Koskei in the four hundred metres event. He is best Known as a hurdler over this distance - but at Nairobi was trying to qualify for the flat distance. He did so - completing the race in 46 seconds. As a silver medallist at the Edinourgh Commonwealth Games, Koskei rates high among Kenya's Olympic hopes at Munich.