In the fastest women's 800 meter race ever run, Tatiana Kazankina of the Soviet Union won an Olympic gold medal, and set a new world record.
In the fastest women's 800 meter race ever run, Tatiana Kazankina of the Soviet Union won an Olympic gold medal, and set a new world record. She won the race with a time of 1 minute 5???? 94 seconds, more than a second faster than the old record. Second in the race was Nikolina Chtereva of Bulgaria, and the bronze medal was taken by Elfi Zinn of East Germany.
Following about 20 minutes of confusion, Tadeusz Slusarski of Poland has won he men's pole vaulting with a vault of 5.50 meters. (18ft. 1 1/2 in.) David Roberts of the USA had originally been credited with the win, after it was registered that he had cleared 5.6 meters. However, it was later determined that he had come down on the wrong side for the bar, so the win went to Slusarski. Roberts ended up third, with Antti Kalliomaki of Finland taking the Silver medal.
We now take a look at excepts from the pole vaulting and women's 800 meter events.
SYNOPSIS: Baird is the smallest world class vaulter. He has cleared over 18 ft. 1 in. But not this time.
The women's 800 meter finals. The first 300 meters are run in lanes, then they break.
Chtereva, the european girls champion has got off very fast. She is the main threat to the Russian and the East Germans. Suman of Rumania is on the inside. She qualified in the first rounds as one of the fastest runners. She won the European cup race in Nice last year.
Chtereva is right up now on Doris Gluth of East Germany, and Anita Weiss is running quite well. And they're almost to the 300 meter mark. Weiss moving fast pats Chtereva. As they come towards the bell, Styrkina of Russia is coming up.
As they approach the bell, they are setting a fast pace, a world record pace. It is a very fast race. Elfi Zinn is in second place, but dropping back. She is now fighting for third with Anita Weiss of East Germany. Kazakina from Russia is right at the back, with 200 meters left. Its Styrkina still in front. Second is Anita Weiss, third is third is Chtereva, fourth is Zinn. And the Russian Kazantina is coming from behind. She's timed her run beautifully. Kazankina of Russia comes through to take the gold, second is Chtereva of Bulgaria, and third is zinn of East Germany. And in a world record time.
Although Kalliomaka of Finland cleared the bar in this attempt, he actually touched it. Another man living dangerously.
And Slusarsky of Poland also touches as he goes over, yet the bar stays up. What an extraordinary competition.
And now Roberts of the U.S.A. brushes the bar with his thigh, but the too clears it.