Athletics, and the Jubilee Games in Britain saw a major upset on Sunday (26 June) when New Zealand's world record holder for the mile, John Walker, was beaten into fourth place.
Athletics, and the Jubilee Games in Britain saw a major upset on Sunday (26 June) when New Zealand's world record holder for the mile, John Walker, was beaten into fourth place. The winner at London's Crystal Palace was Britain's Steve Ovett who set a new British record. There was a fine win in the 800 metres by Cuba's double Olympic champion Alberto Juantorena who'd taken the 400 metres the day before. And Jamaican sprint star Don Quarrie took the 200 metres from fellow Olympic gold medallist Haseley Crawford of Trinidad.
SYNOPSIS: Quarrie, the 200 metres gold medallist in Montreal had already beaten Crawford in the hundred metres the night before, but only by a hundredth of a second. This race was also a close one.
At the finish Crawford was third b??ind Clancy Eduards of the United States. Quarrie's winning time -- 20.69 seconds.
The 800 metres although it had Cuba's Juantorena, was a disappointment for the crowd. They'd hoped to see him in a battle with Kenya's Mike Boit which, but for the black African boycott last summer, would have been one of the highlights of the Montreal Olympics. Boit raced in a separate event - the organisers thought it would be unfair to put the two together because of Juantorena's efforts in the 400 metres the night before.
The Cuban looked in powerful form as he stormed towards victory. His time - 1 minute 45.5 seconds was nearly two-tenths of a second faster than Boit's in the other event.
In the mile, New Zealand's John Walker, world record holder and Olympic 1500 metres champion, was clear favourite, and he looked fresh enough at the start.
The final lap, with Walker seemingly on his way to yet another victory. His blazing strength over the last 400 metres has been enough to crush the opposition on countless occasion. But this time the spark was missing. First Ovett of Britain, then Kenya's Wilson Waigwa and Finland's promising youngster Ari Paunonen went storming past. And that was the line-up at the finish. The winning time -- three minutes 54.69 seconds -- a new U.K. record.