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    A disappointing prelude to next year's Olympic Gamest. That was the verdict, Oct 11, as?

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    A disappointing prelude to next year's Olympic Gamest. That was the verdict, Oct 11, as the two-day international athletic meeting ended in Rome. Most events were completed well inside required minimum olympic standards, but competition lacked any real bite.

    Heavy rain thinned out the previous day's crowd, but more hardy spectators saw the small British team - especially the women - do well against competitors from 17 other countries.

    Held in the GBP10-million Olympic stadium, the meeting was virtually a "trial run" for next year's sports marathon.

    In the men's 200-metres, honours went to A. Seye (France) in 20.9 secs. Second came M. Foik (Poland), 21.1 sec. and third, Britain's D.H. Jones, 21.1 sec.

    Mary Bignal, one of Britain's top women athletes won the 80 hurdles metre, in 11 sec - thus scoring a fine double with her victory in the 100-metres the day before. Only two seconds behind in the '30' was Carol Quinton, another British competitor.

    Britain's Dorothy Hyman, came first in the women's 200-metre in a good time of 24.1 secs.

    In the 800-metre race for men, Brian ???ewson of Great Britain was only a second behind S. Lewandowski (Poland) who won in 1 min 48.2 sec. D. Waern (Sweden) came a close third in 1 min. 48.6 sec. Four separate 800-metre races were run under a new system of running the first 130 metres in lanes.

    Italy triumphed in the Javelin event with a throw of 264 ft 2 ins bt Carlo Lievore.

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