East Europeans have dominated international athletics in both field and track efents in recent years.?
East Europeans have dominated international athletics in both field and track efents in recent years. Perhaps the two strongest teams among the East Europeans are the Soviet Union and East Germany. The two countries met on Sunday (5 June) in the Soviet town of Sochi.
SYNOPSIS: In the women's 100 metre event, it was two Russians who battled for the first place. Ludmila Maslakova and Vera Anisimova were both given the same time of 11.53 seconds but it was Anisimova who was given the race. The Soviet men also dominated their 100 metre race -- won by Alexander Anikim in 10.58 seconds. Vladimir Ignatenko was second.
There was a change of fortunes in the 3-thousand metres steeplechase. The Soviet Union's Vladimir Filonov held the front for some time. But then Karst Michael of East Germany -- number three -- came through and eventually won the race in eight minutes 31.0 seconds. Filonov was second and another East German, Lehner Josef, was third.
The East German women's team got their chance in the 800 metres. This time it was two East Germans who fought for the first place. It was Ursula Hook who eventually took the honours.
The Soviet teams were already leading in overall points and the 400 metres women's hurdles event helped widen the gap. The Soviet team won the first three places to take the match by 216 points to 150.