At the Memorial Ivo Van Damme athletics meeting in Brussels, Belgium, record-chasing British middle-distance runner Steve Ovett came within one tenth of a second of the 1,500 metre world record of Britain's Sebastian Coe on Tuesday (4 September) night.
At the Memorial Ivo Van Damme athletics meeting in Brussels, Belgium, record-chasing British middle-distance runner Steve Ovett came within one tenth of a second of the 1,500 metre world record of Britain's Sebastian Coe on Tuesday (4 September) night. In the Dubai Golden 10,000 Metres, billed as another world record attempt, Britain's Brendan Foster was convincingly beaten by his arch-rival Mike McLeod in twenty-seven minutes, thirty-nine point eight seconds, more than seventeen seconds behind Kenya's Henry Rono's World record.
SYNOPSIS: Close to forty thousand sports fans watched the start of the supposedly big event of the night, the 10,000 metres race.
Britain's Brendan Foster, after losing what he felt was too many races, was hoping for a fast first half. But there was too much bunching and switching of positions. Dave Black of Britain was overtaken By Belgian Leon Schots.
Britain's Mike McLeod took the lead from Schots and with no challenge from Foster, went on to win. Foster followed second and Schots third.
It was the fifteen hundred metres that proved to be the event of the evening. Britain's Steve Ovett, with record holder Sebastian Coe sitting the race out with an injury and a cold, stayed back in third place behind two local peace-setters.
When Ovett passed the eight hundred metres mark he was a fifth of a second faster than Coe's record time. The crowd responded with roars.
By the twelve hundred metres mark Ovett had slipped a second behind Coe's pace.
Then in the final three hundred metres, Ovett poured it on to wipe away almost all the deficit. He crossed the finish line in three minutes, thirty-two point two seconds, missing the world record by a mere tenth of a second. British runner John Robson came second and France's Alex Gonzales, third ... After two near misses -- this one and the world mile record in London, U.K. last Friday (31 August), Ovett has developed a full appetite for racing as the European athletics season draws to a close.