The World Track and Field Games went into their second day in the Final capital, Helsinki, on Wednesday (23 June).
The World Track and Field Games went into their second day in the Final capital, Helsinki, on Wednesday (23 June). The games are the last major international event before next month's Olympics in Montreal.
SYNOPSIS: The Finnish home crowd were looking for good results from two of their runners in the 10,000 metres. Lasse Virea is the Olympic champion for the distance and got off to good start with his fellow countryman Pekka Paivarinta.
A few days before the race, Viren was reported to be suffering from a heavy cold and out of form, but there seemed to be no sign of it no he pulled ahead. His pace was too hot for the others and he went on to win in 27 minutes, 42.95 seconds - the fastest time in the world this year. Paivarinta was second and Italy's Franco Fava was third. If Viren can repeat his performance in Montreal he may add this year's Olympic 10,000 metres title to the one he took four years ago.
Viren was not the only Finn to make the home crowd happy. In the javelin, Seppo Hovinen, threw 93.54 metres, which is another world's best this year.
Things didn't go so sell ??? New Zealand's Rod Dixon, who fell at the start of the 1500 metres race. But nothing could stop his countryman, John Walker, who holds the world mile record and old not have to stretch himself as he outclassed the field in the cool Helsinki conditions. He won in 3 minutes 36.07 seconds, with Finland's A ???tti Loikkinen more than two seconds behind. Despite his fall, Rod Dixon still finished in 3 minutes 52.07.