Eight nations took part in an international track and field meeting in Tokyo on Saturday (20 September).
GV PAN Over stadium in Tokyo
GV Start of women's 1500 metres, crowd, finish (3 shots)
GV Men's 200 metres
GV Men's 3000 metres steeplechase final stretch
GV Men's 400 metres hurdle (3 shots)
Ed Moses, of the United States, was expected to take part in the four hundred metres hurdles, but he withdrew at the lat minute. Moses has held the world record for the event since 1977.
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Background: Eight nations took part in an international track and field meeting in Tokyo on Saturday (20 September). The meeting held special interest for the Americans. It was their first chance to compete against Russian athletes since the Moscow Olympics boycotted by the U.S. government. Both the United States and the Soviet Union fielded strong teams in what developed into a gathering of the world's top athletes. Six world record holders and 12 Olympic gold medallists participated in the one day event.
SYNOPSIS: The competition took place at the National Stadium, site of the 1964 Olympic Games. Britain, Finland, Italy, West Germany, the Soviet Union, the U.S., Poland and Japan all sent teams to compete in a total of 29 events. The first was the Womens' 15-hundred metres. Italy's Gabriella Dorio, number 407, beat Soviet world record holder, Tatjana Kazankina, number 609, by point-nine of a second. Poland's Anna Buckis, number 508, finished third.
Italy struck again in the Mens' two-hundred metres, with world record holder Pietro Mennea, number 405, pipping the United States' Fred Taylor, number 708, by point-64 of a second. Great Britain's Drew MacMaster, number 304, finished third in a close race.
Italy's run of success faltered slightly in the Mens' three-thousand metre steeplechase. Number 411, Giuseppi Gergi of Italy, was beaten by Poland's Bronislaw Malinowski, number 512. Malinowski finished with a time of eight minutes, 28-point-five seconds. Japan's Masanari Shintaku, number 815, came third.
West German athlete, Harald Schmidt, number 211, defeated a member of the strong Soviet team in the four hundred metres hurdle. The Soviet Union's Vasili Archipenko, number 817, was beaten by Schmidt who finished with a time of 48 point-five-eight seconds. Japan's Takashi Nagao, number 817, took third place.