Crystal Palace in London on Saturday (6 September) was the scene for the British Amateur Athletics Association's centenary championships.
GV New Zealand runner John Walker leading in Centenary Mile at Crystal Palace in London with Steve Ovett of UK tucked in behind
GV Ovett drops back to fourth place then moves back to second place
GV Walker continues to lead with Ovett second as runners end third lap
GV Start of fourth lap as runner No. 5 challenges for second place
GV Ovett takes lead and fights off Walker at final bend but Ovett wins
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Background: Crystal Palace in London on Saturday (6 September) was the scene for the British Amateur Athletics Association's centenary championships. And the moment which stirred the crowd most was the victory of British athlete Steve Uvett over former Olympic 15-hundred metre champion John Walker of New Zealand in the Centenary Mile.
SYNOPSIS: Walker, who led for most of the race, provided Ovett with his only genuine challenge. After the event, the New Zealander criticised the tactics of the rest of the field for not stepping up the pace.
Weather for the meeting was good .. far better than that for the first championships in 1880 when it rained so hard that drips fell from the moustache of mile winner Walter George. Ovett also encountered more opposition that George whose reputation was such that not a single opponent dared line up against him.
At the beginning of the fourth and final lap, Walker was still loading, with Ovett tucked in behind.
Coming around the final bend, Ovett took the lead .. and the race, winning easily in the time of four minutes four point four seconds. This was more than fifteen seconds outside his world record. A century ago, George is time was four minutes twenty-eight seconds, and he was in a race all of his own.