Kenya's great runner, Kipchoge Keino, scorched to victory in the Commonwealth Games 1,500 metres event today (Wednesday) despite the fact that he's received letters threatening his life.
SV 1,500 metres race in progress - runners coming round with Keino in lead, two laps to go
SV Pull Back same two runners in lead approach straight
SV ZOOM IN CV Keino crosses finishing line
SV ZOOM OUT Keino waves, crowd applauds
GV Crowd applaud
SV Queen presents medal to Keino
SV Crowd applauds
CU Mr Gethi
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 8: QUESTION: "Mr Gethi, we know there have been letters. Could you tell us how many there were? One, or two or more to Keino?"
GETHI: "There has been more than one".
QUESTION: "Do you think it affected Keino's performance this afternoon
GETHI: "No. I don't think so."
QUESTION: "Has he been worried about this at all, himself?"
GETHI: "No. He's not worried."
QUESTION: "Have any other members of your team received letters or telephone calls of a similar nature?"
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Background: Kenya's great runner, Kipchoge Keino, scorched to victory in the Commonwealth Games 1,500 metres event today (Wednesday) despite the fact that he's received letters threatening his life.
Winning his country's first Gold Medal at Edinburgh, keino set a new games record time of three minutes, 36.6 seconds
Keino, the reigning 1,500 metres Olympic champion and winner of the mile and three mile Gold Medals in Jamaica four years ago, totally dominated the race. He received the Gold Medal from Britain's Queen Elizabeth.
The only serious challenger was New Zealand's Dick Quax who had beaten the Kenyan over a mile in Auckland a year ago. But Keino took early charge and set such a scorching pace that all but Quax in the 12-man field were left struggling well behind.
The New Zealander stayed at Keino's elbow until the final bend when the 30-year old police inspector accelerated away for a tremendous finish which Quax couldn't match.
After the race, Keino said in an interview that he thought this would be his last Commonwealth Games. He expected to concentrate on the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in future, but didn't say whether he'd be competing in the 1972 Munich Olympics. He said at that time that he knew nothing about the threats against his life.
But at a press conference later, the Kenyan team manager Benjamin Gethi, admitted that the threats had been received.