• Short Summary

    The first ever athletics match between the United States and the Pan Africa team got off to a good start in Durham, North Carolina, on Friday (16 July) when the biggest crowd ever to watch an athletics match in the southern states of America saw some outstanding running.

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    The first ever athletics match between the United States and the Pan Africa team got off to a good start in Durham, North Carolina, on Friday (16 July) when the biggest crowd ever to watch an athletics match in the southern states of America saw some outstanding running. Unbeaten 19-year-old Steve Prefontaine won the men's 5,000 metres for America in the slow time of 13 minutes 57.6 seconds. But with one lap to go. Ethiopian Mirus Ifter was leading prefontaine, who has the best time in the world this year, by ten yards. Unfortunately Ifter stopped when the gun went to announce the final lap, thinking it was the end of the race.

    The Pan Africa team is a selection of the best athletes from 14 black African states, selected by the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa.

    SYNOPSIS: In Durham, South Carolina, the first ever athletics match between the United States and the Pan Africa team got off to a good star last Friday. The largest crowd eve to watch an athletics match in the southern states of America turned out - 18,000 people.

    The most exciting event of the day was the men's 5,000 metres. In the race is the 19-year-old unbeaten American, Steve Pre ontaine. He's No. 28. - 6 FEET. The race had its dramas. An Ethiopian runner Paul Mose. slipped and fell on the robberies track. But he scrambled to his fee carried on and in the end finished second. - 6 FEET. Another drama when, with two laps to go, another Ethiopian runner, Mirus Ifter, leaped into a ten yard lead over Prefontaine. But he thought he had only one lap to go, not two. He stopped thinking his race was over Steve Prefontaine went on to win. His time - comparatively slow at 13 minutes, 57.6 seconds.

    The 800 metres - and the first victory for Africa's men's team - Robert Ouko from Kenya wins in 1 minute 46.7 seconds.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA87WJ1YCLUQQ95LVG77HZ9I7K1
    Media URN:
    VLVA87WJ1YCLUQQ95LVG77HZ9I7K1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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