The Soviet Union on Friday (5 July) took a commanding lead over the United States on the first day of their twelfth annual track and field meeting in Durham, North Carolina.
SV & GV'S Athletes parade before crowd at opening ceremony. (4 shots)
GV Doves released.
MV Ground staff mop up rainwater.
SV'S AND GV'S 1500 metres race and finish, Ponomarev wins. (4 shots)
MV AND SV Women 1500 metres.
GV Bond wins 400 metres for U.S.A. (2 shots)
SV Start and finish of women's 400 metres won by Sapenter of U.S.A. (2 shots)
SV'S Montage of women high-jumpers in action won by Huntley of U.S.A. (8 shots)
GV AND MV Crowd watch hop-step-and-jump. (2 shots)
Initials VS 18.06 VS 18.16
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Background: The Soviet Union on Friday (5 July) took a commanding lead over the United States on the first day of their twelfth annual track and field meeting in Durham, North Carolina.
At the end of the day, the Soviets led by 90 points to 75.
Times were slow in the track events after a two-hour downpour. But despite the rain, 27,000 spectators turned out for the meeting at Duke University's Wallace Wade stadium.
The United States dominated the men's track events, while the Soviet women over-shadowed their American counterparts.
In the men's 1500 metres race, Tom Buyers of the U.S.A. claimed he was fouled near the finishing line. But the judges rejected his plea and reaffirmed the victory by Vladimir Ponomarev.
Soviet women have won the 1500 metres since the event was introduced for women in 1969. Tatyana Kazankina won the race for the Soviets this year with a time of four minutes fourteen point four seconds.
The Americans made an almost clean sweep of the middle-distance runs. Darwin Bond of Kingsport, Tennessee won the men's 400 metres, and Debra Sapenter of Virginia took the women's event.
The women's high-jump --- dominated by the Soviets for years --- produced an upset this year. Joni Huntley of Oregon out-jumped her nearest rival by three inches.
The Russians maintained their lead the following day and won the annual competition by 192 points to 184. The American men led the Soviets by 117 to 102, while the Russian women maintained a wider margin, 90 points to 67, against the Americans.
Next year's competition will be held in the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: The weather was damp and overcast in Durham, North Carolina on Friday -- the opening day of the twelfth annual track and field meeting between the United States and the Soviet Union. Two hours of rain drenched the Wallace Wade stadium at Duke University. But a crowd of twenty seven thousand turned up for the meeting. Times were generally slow because of the rain. Vladimir Ponomarev won the men's fifteen hundred metres well outside the record.
Tatyana Kazankina of the Soviet Union was victorious in the women's fifteen hundred metres. The Soviets have won the event since it was introduced five years ago.
Darwin Bond of Kingsport, Tennessee won the men's four hundred metres. Debra Sapentor of Virginia took the women's four hundred metres, giving the Americans an almost clean sweep in the middle-distance events.
The women's high-jump produced an upset this year. The event has been dominated by the Soviets for years -- at the Olympics and elsewhere. But Joni Huntley of Oregon took the event, out-jumping her nearest rival by three inches.
The Soviet team led at the end of the first day. They went on to win the competition by a safe margin the following day.