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    BRITISH RUNNERS SET A WORLD RECORD OF 7 MINUTES 14.6 SECONDS FOR THE FOUR TIMES 880 YARDS RELAY IN AN INVITATION EVENT AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE STADIUM SOUTH-EAST OF LONDON TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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    BRITISH RUNNERS SET A WORLD RECORD OF 7 MINUTES 14.6 SECONDS FOR THE FOUR TIMES 880 YARDS RELAY IN AN INVITATION EVENT AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE STADIUM SOUTH-EAST OF LONDON TODAY (WEDNESDAY). THE EVENING MEETING - A MATCH BETWEEN OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITIES' JOINT TEAM AND THE JOINT TEAM OF CORNELL AND PENNSYLVANIA UNIVERSITIES --
    ATTRACTED MANY GREAT ATHLETIC NAMES INCLUDING RON CLARKE, THE WORLD'S GREATEST DISTANCE RUNNER, FOR THE INVITATION EVENT. CLARKE, AN AUSTRALIAN NOW BEGINNING A THREE WEEK EUROPEAN TOUR, WAS EXPECTED TO WIN THE 5,000 METRE EVENT, POSSIBLY IN A WORLD RECORD TIME. BUT CLARKE WAS BEATEN INTO FOURTH PLACE BY THE YOUNG JAPANESE RUNNER, KEISUKE SAWAKI.

    THE BRITISH SQUAD OF GRAHAME GRANT, MIKE VARAH, CHRIS CARTER AND JOHN BOULTER, CLIPPED 2.8 SECONDS OFF THE WORLD MARK OF 7 MINUTES 17.4 SECONDS, SET BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA TEAM IN MAY THIS YEAR. THEY ALSO BROKE THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE FOUR TIMES 800 METRES, WHICH STOOD AT 7 MINUTES 15.8 SECONDS, SET BY A BELGIAN TEAM IN 1956.

    THE SPLIT TIMES OF THE BRITISH RUNNERS WERE GRANT 1 MINUTE 49.7 SECONDS, VARAH 1 MINUTE 48.7 SECONDS, CARTER 1 MINUTE 48.0 SECONDS AND BOULTER 1 MINUTE 48.2 SECONDS.

    THE SOVIET TEAM WERE SECOND, CLOCKING 7 MINUTES 16.0 SECONDS, ALSO BREAKING THE WORLD RECORD. THIRD WERE THE WEST GERMANS IN 7 MINUTE 19.4 SECONDS. THE IRISH TEAM WERE PLACED FOURTH, THE CZECHS FIFTH, AND THE BELGIANS SIXTH.

    KEISUKE SAWAKI OF JAPAN WAS THE SURPRISE WINNER OF THE 5,000 METRES EVENT -- AN INVITATION RACE IN WHICH THE AUSTRALIAN RON CLARKE WAS COMPETING. HIS TIME OF 13 MINUTES 36.2 SECONDS WAS A NEW UNITED KINGDOM RECORD, A NEW JAPANESE RECORD AND A PERSONAL BEST FOR 22-YEAR-OLD PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER. HE DESCRIBED HIS VICTORY AS A MIRACLE. HE SAID HE FELT VERY TIRED WHEN THE BELL SOUNDED FOR THE LAST LAP AND DID NOT THINK HE HAD THE SPEED TO OUT-DISTANCE SUCH STALWARTS AS CLARKE AND MOHAMED GAMMOUDI OF TUNISIA. GAMMOUDI WAS SECOND WITH A TIME OF 13 MINUTES 36.4 SECONDS. MESCER OF HUNGARY WAS THIRD IN 13 MINUTES 36.6 SECONDS. CLARKE CLOCKED UP 13 MINUTES 37 SECONDS FOURTH, AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN ALTMANN SET A NEW SOUTH AFRICAN RECORD WITH HIS TIME OF 13 MINUTES 39 SECONDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA64WXFZ7HDSLI6I8TYVUL7SMLJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA64WXFZ7HDSLI6I8TYVUL7SMLJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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