It was a record-breaking athletics meeting at Crystal Palace in England on Friday (September 10) with Britain's David Bedford breaking the United Kingdom 3,000 metres steeplechase record, and Christos Papanicolaou of Greece taking the U.
It was a record-breaking athletics meeting at Crystal Palace in England on Friday (September 10) with Britain's David Bedford breaking the United Kingdom 3,000 metres steeplechase record, and Christos Papanicolaou of Greece taking the U.K. All-Comers record for the pole vault. This film covers those two events, and includes Kip Keino of Kenya using his finishing speed over a full mils to win the 5,000 metres.
SYNOPSIS: Athletics....and a record breaking meeting at Crystal Palace in England on Friday. In the 5,000 metres Kenya's Kip Keino, the Olympic 1500 metres champion, made no secret of his intention from the very start. He was content to hang on to the field for two laps, then moved into second place behind Alvarez Salgado of Spain and stayed there until final 150 metres.
Using his brilliant finishing speed over the last mile, he stayed with the Spaniard until the final minute and overtook him to win by 25 metres and over two and a half seconds. His time 13 minutes 25.8 seconds -- the second fastest time for the event in the world this year. Salgado was second and Ian Stewart of Britain third.
The first record of the meeting came in the pole-vault -- wit Christos Papanicolaou of Greece, the world and European records holder, vaulting 17 foot 4 3/4 inches (5.30 metres) to win the United Kingdom all-Comers record.
The 3,000 metres steeplechase provided the second record of the one-day international meeting...and it was won by a 21-year-old athlete who promised, even before the race had started, to break the two-year-old United Kingdom National record of 8 minutes 30.8 seconds held by Gerry Stevens. Britain's Dave Bedford, holder of the European and United Kingdom National records for the 5,000 metres, kept his promise to win this steeplechase -- AND break the recorded, which he did by streaking home in 8 minutes 28.6 seconds -- 2.2 seconds faster than the previous best. Holden and Bryn-Jones, both of Britain, were second and third.