At Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, coloured and white athletes trained together on Thursday for South Africa's first multi-racial international athletics meeting, which began on Friday evening.
GTV Stadium at Green Point, Cape Town
GV Athletes training
SCU Edouard Rasoanano (800 and 1500m.) past camera (coloured man)
SV V.H. Andriantsoavina (also coloured) 400 metres hurdles
SV Miss E. Dyrzla of Argentine (100 m. Hurdles)
SV Three athletes form Netherlands running around track
SCU Miss J.D.Stelt of Netherlands training
SCU Jean de Dieu Rafanomezan (coloured, 10,000 metres) jogging
CU G. Roelants of Belgium tieing running shoes
CU Jasper Torring of Denmark jumping hurdles
LV J. Kinnunen of Finland running with colleague
GV PAN OVER stadium being prepared for games
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Background: At Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, coloured and white athletes trained together on Thursday for South Africa's first multi-racial international athletics meeting, which began on Friday evening. This is official film of the training session, from the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
More than 140 white South Africans qualified for the meeting, with 13 coloured South Africans. More than 50 athletes are attending from abroad, invited on an individual basis from 18 countries.
The International Athletics Association does not allow South Africa to take part in full international matches or area Games, because South Africa does not select its team on a multi-racial basis.
But the Green meeting can be held because those taking part are competing as individual,s and not as members of their national teams.
SYNOPSIS: At Green Point stadium in Cape Town on Thursday, coloured and white athletes trained together before South Africa's first multi-racial international athletics meeting, which began on Friday evening.
South Africa last experienced Olympic competition eleven years age, but the country has since been outlawed by the Olympic movement because its nationals teams are not selected on a multiracial basis.
The International Amateur Athletic association still does not allow South Africa to take part in full international matches or area Games. But South Africa was able to invite more than fifty athletes from 19 countries to the Green Point multi-racial meeting on an individual basis, provided they were not representing their countries in national teams.
Many South Africans will be seeing topflight Europeans in action for the first time, men like Gaston Roelants of Belgium. Roelants, the world record holder over 20,000 meters, has already won the 5000 meters event.
Another world record-holder on view is Jorma Kinnunen of Finland, who has won the Javelin event with a throw of 255 ft. 1/2 inch (77.48 metres). About 1,000 coloured athletics fans watched the events on the first day of the meeting, occupying stands set apart for them. They saw white competitors win all 14 of the evens, six of the winners coming from abroad. Britain had three winners, Howard Payne in the hammer, Alan Lerwill in the long jump., and Andy Carter in the 800 metres.