Athletics.....and the KB International Games at the Olympic Park in Melbourne on Thursday (12 January),?
Athletics.....and the KB International Games at the Olympic Park in Melbourne on Thursday (12 January), produced a crop of exciting performances, as well as one or two disappointing ones. Olympic 200 metres champion Don Quarrie from Jamaica completed a fine sprint double; Australia's John Higham outsprinted John Walker, New Zealand's Olympic 1500 metres gold medallist, to win the 800 metres, but the legendary Finn, Lasse Viran, four times an Olympic gold medallist, flopped disappointingly in the two miles.
SYNOPSIS: The 100 metres, seen here in slow motion, emphasised the class of Don Quarrie. The Jamaican in lane five, is strong, very powerfully built, and he rocketed away from the blocks to win in 10.48 seconds. Australian Paul Narraccott from Queensland came through to take second place with the Panamanian Guy Abrahams third.
Quarrie's time in the 200 metres was 20 point five.
The 800 metres saw John Walker in action. Walker, in the all-black strip, is world record holder for the mile, but with his powerful finish, he is always a danger in the 800.
Coming off the final bend Walker tried to burst through on the outside, but there was no stopping Higham. He timed his sprint to perfection, to win in a time of one minute 47.1 seconds. Walker's time was one minute 47.2 seconds.
In the international two miles, all eyes were on number five, Lasse Viren. The Finn made track history in the Montreal Olympics by successfully defending the 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles he had won in Munich in 1972.
There were no medals for Viran this time. He beat only one of the 12 runners, and finished 180 metres behind eventual winner, Ireland's Eamon Coghlan.