Athletes of 18 nations, who were invited by Sao Paulo's sports journal "Gazeta Esportiva" to take part in the annual New Year's Eve round the houses race, competed at a track meeting in the City Stadium, Jan 1.
SV Eugene Allonsius (Belgium) warms up
SV Jean Veillant (France)
SCU Hans Grodotzki (Germany)
SCU Douglas Kyle (Canada)
CU Gordon Pirie (GB)
SV PAN..Runner competing in 10,000 metres race
SV Grodotzki wins
SV Grodotzki waves
SV 3,000 metres steeplechase in progress
Tjornebo (Sweden) wins from Papavassiliou (Greece) and Rios (Argentina)
LV Start of 5,000 metres race
SV PAN.. race in progress, Pirie (GB) leads
SV Oliveira (Portugal) wins from Veillant(France) and Azevedo (Brazil)
SV Pirie (GB) finishes last
SV Winners on rostrum
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Background: Athletes of 18 nations, who were invited by Sao Paulo's sports journal "Gazeta Esportiva" to take part in the annual New Year's Eve round the houses race, competed at a track meeting in the City Stadium, Jan 1.
In easy style, German Olympic silver medallist Hans Grodotzki won the 10,000 metres in 31min 21.8secs. Second was Canadian Douglas Kyle, 31min 27.9secs; and third Joao Alves dos Santos of Brazil, 23 seconds behind. Oswaldo Suarez, the Argentinian who holds the South American record over the distance. did not run because of an injury sustained during the New Year race, which he won for the third successive year.
A 3,000 metres steeplechase was won by Gunnar Tjornebo of Sweden in 8min. 56.2secs, after a close fight with Georges Papavassiliou who clocked 9min 1.5 secs. Third was Argentinian Alberto Rios, 9 seconds behind.
The climax of the meeting came with a brilliant 5,000 metres run by Manuel Oliveira of Portugal in 14min 38secs. Close second was Frenchman Jean Vaillant, with 14min 40.8secs. Antonio Azevedo of Brazil finished third. He clocked 14min 42.5secs - a new Brazilian record. Gordon Pirie of Britain had a promising start but fell in the last few laps.