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    At the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Henry Rono of Kenya has scored a double athletics victory by winning both the 3,000 metres steeplechase and the 5,000 metres event.

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    GV PAN: of Seymour Newman of Jamaica leading the 800 metres.

    SV PAN: Mike Boit of Kenya overtaking Newman and winning event. (2 shots)

    GV PAN: start of 200 metres, and Alan Wells of Scotland winning.

    SV ZOOM OUT TO GV PAN: Kenyan Henry Rono leading 5000 metres.

    SV: Rono getting bell for last lap

    SV PAN OF: runners fighting for second place.

    GV PAN: Rono building up clear lead (2 shots)

    GV PAN: competitors racing for second place.

    SV PAN: Rono coming in to win, with fellow Kenyan Michael Musyoki taking second place (3 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: DAVID COLEMAN: "Seymour Newman leads for Jamaica. In second place, the great Kenyan Mike Boit, Garry Cook of England running third. Grant comes up having to work hard to get there in fourth place, now goes third. Here's the bell and the time at the bell: 52.7. Newman leads for Jamaica. Grant tries to pass Boit and can't.

    Jamaica lead, Kenya second, is third place Wales, fourth is England, fifth moving up is Peter Lemashon of Kenya, and the two Australians at the back at the moment. Three hundred metres to go. And there goes Boit, with a run for his first gold medal. Boit hits the front now and makes his bid for gold. Two hundred and fifty metres left. Newman second, Grant of Wales third, fourth is G. Cook, fifth is Lemashon, sixth is the Ghanaian; the Australians have done nothing. One hundred and eighty metres left. It's the great Kenyan in front. Boit leads from Seymour Newman. In third place is Grant, in fourth Lemashon, Cook lost his place. Kenya lead. Jamaica second. Kenya third. And Boit surely this time won't miss out. And he's coming away, he's got it all right. And every middle-distance runner is the stadium standing up to cheer. A most popular win. Boit wins. In second place Newman.

    "Away they go. First time, and Wells got a good one, and Gilkes has gone well too, and so has Bradford, and Wells has run a tremendous bend, and it's Wells of Scotland, up the bend into the straight. Gilkes is there, Bradford's there, and the race is between the three. And Wells leads for Scotland. But here comes Gilkes on the near side. And Wells going for Gold. Gilkes in second place. Wells wins.

    "Rono looks back. There's no way they'll catch him. But what race for the place. So Rono on the way to his second gold in the Games. He's won the Steeplechase which he won without pressure. And now he gets the bell in the 5000. So who's going to be second. Musyoki there, Nyambui, Mcleod, Foster's getting with them. Foster's working hard to get another medal. He's about five yards behind Mick Mcleod. But Rono's ruined the race. It could have been a tremendous race if Rono hadn't been there. But watch him go, encouraged by that vast crowd in the back straight. We've now got bunch of five runners chasing the silver medal. They're all together. Foster's joined them and Muir's joined them. Two hundred metres to go for the leader. and Musyoki's made the break for home in second place, chased by Foster and McLeod and Nyambui. Muir's not in touch any longer. There's the race for the silver. The two Englishmen battling with Kenyan and the Tanzanian, but meanwhile the gold in the safekeeping of Henry Rono - the latest in the long list of great Kenyan runners. Rono comes out in front. It's going to be a second Kenyan, Musyoki, in second place and Foster has beaten McLeod for the bronze. Musyoki takes the silver. Foster gets the bronze."

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    Background: At the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Henry Rono of Kenya has scored a double athletics victory by winning both the 3,000 metres steeplechase and the 5,000 metres event. Observers had expected the 5,000 metre race on Thursday (10 August) to be a duel between Rono and the 10,000 meter champion, Brendan Foster of England. But after the half-way stage, the Kenyan astounded spectators by accelerating to a clear 70 metre lead over his rivals. Another Kenyan victory was Mike Boit's win in the 800 metres. The euphoria of the two African's performances contrasted sharply with the disappointment at the exit of Jamaican Sprinter Don Quarrie from the 200 metre final after suffering a painful muscle cramp. Quarrie had hoped to complete his third successive Commonwealth double after winning the 100 metres on Monday (7 August). Instead it was Allan Wells of Scotland who took the 200 metres gold. David Coleman of the BBC reports on all three of major athletics events, starting with the 800 metres.

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