France won its first Olympic men's athletic title in twenty years when Guy Drut won the gold in the 110 meter hurdles.
France won its first Olympic men's athletic title in twenty years when Guy Drut won the gold in the 110 meter hurdles. The race was extremely close, but the 26-year-old Frenchman ducked his head across the line just a fraction of a second before Alejandro Casanas of Cuba. Willie Davenport of the United States took the bronze.
Soviet hammer throwers made a clean sweep Wednesday -- both the silver and gold medallists breaking the previous Olympic record. The champion throwers were Yuri Sedyh and former record holder Alexei Spiridonov. Defending champion Bondarchuk, who won the bronze, had an anxious moment during the event when one of his throws went wild and bounced on to the athletics track.
Sweden's Anders Garderud had a lucky break in the 3,000 meters steeplechase when East Germany's Frank Baumgartl fell at the final barrier. He luckily managed to pick himself to finish third - behind Garderud, who set a new world record, and Poland's Bronislaw Malinowski. Here are some highlights of the events:
SYNOPSIS: And they're away first time. Owens of the U.S.A. has a very good start there, on the other side of Drut, and the two Americans together... now Willie Davenport coming through, ...and here comes Guy Drut for France, beating the Americans, and Drut wins it, with in second place Cuba's Alejandro Casanas, and on the far side Willie Davenport may well have got a medal for the U.S. after all - a bronze, not the expected gold.
The hammer throw in progress: this in Alexei Spiridonov, of Russia. He is a former record holder and expects to do well here...and he sets a new Olympic record: his throw lands at 76m. 08.
And it's Sedyh, the Russian who hits the world ranking list. Look at him reach out, exemplifying that long arm position, and then lie back and pull with legs and trunk as well, arch his back and really launch it -- and look now, as it goes away beyond that red line, and a new Olympic record has been set once again. 77 meters 52.
Now it's the turn of defending champion Anatoly Bondarchuk, also of the Soviet Union. But the throw went wild -- Bondarchuk shouts and waves his arms...and the throw really has gone straight on through, slicing its way past the 5,000 meter boys who are warming up on the athletics track. He is roaring to the athletes to tell them to get clear. It bounces just short of the men there...and Bondarchuk's throw has cost him the gold.
One track to go in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase. And it's these four men who have the medal positions to sort out, the Fin Kantanen dropping a little bit as the three in front move away. And now the bell as they enter on the last lap. And Malinowsk, just slightly leading there, Baumgartl goes over easily, Sweden's Garderud is there, and Kanta en gaining new life as the bell goes and closes up on the Swedish world record holder. It's all set for a real battle now.
Now Garderud is taking Malinowski on the outside. The tall elegant Swede has got the speed - and could this be the break-through, or will he still find someone to beat him... Malinowski is behind, Kantanen's way behind now, and it's Baumgartl, Malinowski versus the world record holder, Garderud. There's a water jump now: could be vital.
A good one by Garderud: he took it a yard there, and the East German is three yards clear...
Garderud, the world record holder, still not sure of his first major championship. As they come into the last, Baumgartle and Garderud... and Baumgartl falls, while Garderud clears the last hurdle and Garderud wins his first-ever major title. as a senior. Gold for Sweden. Malinowski second, and Baumgartl of East Germany, having fallen, picks himself up and gets the bronze. Baumgartl's speed on the flat was looking ominous. But Garderud really measures the hurdle perfectly, and Baumgartl misses out, and that could have cost him the gold.