Athletics -- and in the World Games in Helsinki, Finland, Kenya's Mike Boit his usual sparkling form when he took the men's 800 metres while Cuban Silvio Leonard came home first in the 100 metres, and New Zealander Dick Quax won the men's 5,000.
Athletics -- and in the World Games in Helsinki, Finland, Kenya's Mike Boit his usual sparkling form when he took the men's 800 metres while Cuban Silvio Leonard came home first in the 100 metres, and New Zealander Dick Quax won the men's 5,000. The results were not unexpected by the crowd in the Olympic stadium in the Finnish capital for the winners are all masters in their own events. But the times were perhaps better than anticipated.
SYNOPSIS: The two-day Eleventh World Games Track and Field meeting began on Wednesday (29 June) with the traditional opening ceremony -- a parade of athletes marching onto the field to the accompaniment of a fanfare.
In the men's hundred-metres, Silvio Leonard of Cuba was expected to win anyway -- but he startled the crowd with a time of ten seconds flat.
His time was the best-ever recorded in Helsinki.
The promised match between Mike Boit of Kenya and Cuba's Alberto Juantorena in the 800 metres didn't materialise, with the Cuban saying he was too tired. So Boit was left with the easy task of taking the race in one minute 44.6 seconds from Seymour Newman of Jamaica, who nevertheless put up a sturdy challenge throughout to finish at one minute 45.2. Third - Tom McLean of the U.S.A. also in one minute 45.2.
In a quick 5,000 metres, burly New Zealander Dick Quax always appeared to have the power to overtake the leaders Ian Stewart of Britain, who overhauled the rest of the field about a thousand meters from the finishing line, was himself overtaken by Quax in the final stages to be forced into second place.
Quax taking the lead.
His time -- 13 minutes, 19.4 seconds -- the fastest time in the world to date this year. Stewart was second in 13 minute 23.3, third, only point three of a second behind, at 13 minutes 23.6.