Italy's Pietro Mennea broke the World University Athletics Games 100 metres record with an impressive late burst on Friday (19 September), second day of the Games.
Italy's Pietro Mennea broke the World University Athletics Games 100 metres record with an impressive late burst on Friday (19 September), second day of the Games. It was one of four records to fall in an entertaining day before a packed crowd.
Gregory Gibulsky of Poland broke the Games long jump record with a leap of 8.27 metres (26 ft. II ins.). Pirjo Haggman of Finland took the women's 400 metres in 51.8 second and Rumania's Gheroghe Megenkea won the men's javelin with a throw of 81.3 metres (266 feet).
Meannea's win particularly excited the Rome crowd. The European 200-metres champion was favourite for the 100 meters when American world record holder Reggie Jones failed to arrive for the games. The Italian Started badly as he's done before, but came back over the last 50 yards to overhaul black American Charles Hopkins and win in 10.28 second.
In the other big events of the day Roger Jenkins, brother of European record holder David Jenkins, was overtaken near the tape by Poland's Gersy Pietrzyk in the men's 400 metres; and Russian girl Ludmila Maslakova led from the start in the women's 100 metres. The favourite, Mona-Lisa Pursiainen of Finland was never able to catch her.