Athletics -- and the opening day of the inaugural World Cup Athletics Competition in Dusseldorf, West Germany, on Friday (2 September) was dominated by the East Germans and Americans before some 32,000 spectators in Dusseldorf's Rheinstadium.
Athletics -- and the opening day of the inaugural World Cup Athletics Competition in Dusseldorf, West Germany, on Friday (2 September) was dominated by the East Germans and Americans before some 32,000 spectators in Dusseldorf's Rheinstadium. In the women's competition, East Germany had 40 points and a clear and expected lead of six points over the mixed European team and of eight points over the Soviet Union. The American men's athletes finished the day with 47 points -- a lead of one over East Germany and seven ahead of West Germany. In a remarkable individual performance the Cuban Alberto Juantorena won the 800 metres narrowly from Kenya's Mike Boit.
SYNOPSIS: The runners are away in the 400 metres hurdles, which was to prove a triumph for Ed Moses of the United States, in one of the outside lanes.
Moses, in the blue vest, led into the straight. He drew away to win in 47 point 58 seconds from East Germany's Volker Beck in lane seven.
The time clocked by Moses was the second fastest in history.
In the second track event, the women's 200 metres race, Poland's Olympic champion Irena Szewinska was the star attraction. When they came off the final bend, Baerbel Eckert, of East Germany, in lane three, led slightly from Miss Szewinska, running beside her in lane 3. But there was no catching the Polish girl, who won in 22 point 71 seconds.
Miss Eckert was second with Tatania Prorotchenko of the Soviet Union third.
East Germany's Rosemarie Ackermann took the women's high jump at one metre 98, then failed to beat her world record of two metres.
At the halfway mark in the men's 800 metres, Sri Ram Singh of India led from world record holder Alberto Juantorena of Cuba and Kenya's Mike Boit.
Down the straight, Boit's fierce challenge had the great Cuban glancing over his shoulder. But he lengthened his amazing stride, gained slightly on the now-wilting Boit and won by one metre.
Juantorena said afterwards that Boit had given him the hardest race of his life.