Two women emerged as stars of the Sunkist Invitational Athletics meeting held in Los Angeles, USA on January 21.
GV PAN Ladies 46-metre dash won by Evelyn Ashford
SV Evelyn Ashford speaking (SOT)
GV Ladies 3.2 kilometres race (PAN TO CROWD) won by Mary Decker Tabb (3 shots)
SCU Mary Decker Tabb speaking (SOT)
GV Men's 46-metre dash
SCU Winner Houston McTear speaking (SOT)
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT: SEQUENCE 2: EVELYN ASHFORD: "And I leaned too soon before the tape I felt, I thought (indistinct) was in front of me the whole way, so I guess I panicked and leaned too soon and that night of helped, I don't know."
SEQUENCE 4: MARY DECKER TABB: "And since I haven't raced since last July I think this is a good -- it's good to get me started, it's an O_K time, it's not a great time in my eyes and I think it's a good preparation for the rest of the season."
SEQUENCE 5: HOUSTON McTEAR: "That was great. Got a great start, not too pleased with my finish but I said 'be satisfied'."
REPORTER: "But you'll take it, right?"
McTEAR: "Yes, I'll take it."
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Background: Two women emerged as stars of the Sunkist Invitational Athletics meeting held in Los Angeles, USA on January 21. Evelyn Ashford won both women's sprints, including a world indoor-best time of five-point-77 seconds for the 46-metre (50-yard) dash. She also clocked a winning time of six-point-70 seconds in the 55-metre (60 yard) event. After her world indoor record, Miss Ashford said she thought she may have panicked and leaned to the finish tape too soon, then reflected the early lean may have helped establish the record time. Mary Decker Tabb added the three-point-two kilometre (two mile) race to her collection of six world indoor best times. She covered the distance in nine-minutes, 31-point-seven seconds, shaving nearly six seconds off the previous record. Mrs. Tabb's comments, "it's not a great time, but a good preparation for the rest of the season."
Another highlight of the meeting was Houston McTear's victory in the 46-metre (50 yard) dash. Once rated the fastest sprinter in the world -- although out of the limelight in recent years -- he won the event in five-minutes, 28-seconds. McTear said he got a good start in the race, was not too pleased with his finish, but was satisfied with the result.