Polish sprinter Irena Szewinaks won her second gold medal of the European Games in Rome on Friday (6 September) when she surged forward to win the final of the women's 200 metres.
Polish sprinter Irena Szewinaks won her second gold medal of the European Games in Rome on Friday (6 September) when she surged forward to win the final of the women's 200 metres. Mrs. Szewinska made up a three metre (yard) deficit on Olympic champion Renate Stecher to underline her 100 metres win over the same runner earlier in the championships.
Another sprinter, Pietro Mennea had the home crowd rearing in the men's 200 metres final. The Italian won his country's first gold at the titles. Monnea edged home ahead of West German Manfred Ommer who fell to the track just after crossing the line.
Among other finals decided were the shot put, won by East Germany's Hartmut Breisenick with a put of 20.50 metres (67 feet 3 inches) from West Germany's Ralf Reichenbach.
The pole vault was won by Vladimir Kishkun of the Soviet Union who cleared 5.35 metres (17 feet 6 3/4 inches). Second was Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz of Poland.
SYNOPSIS: With a big crop of European Games finals scheduled, the Olympic Stadium in Rome was packed ??? Friday. Among the events decided was the men's pole vault won by Vladimir Kishkun of the Seviet Union who cleared five-point-thirty-five metres. Second place went to Poland's Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz.
In the shot put, Britain took the Brenze medal through Geoff Capes.
Ralf Reichenbach won the silver for West Germany, but the winning threw of 20.50 metres by East Germany's Harmut Breisenick was too good and he took the gold.
The final of the men's 200 metres proved the highlight for the home crowd. They reared as local here pietre Mennea edged home ahead of West German Manfred Ommer who fell to the track just as he crossed the line. The Italian's win gave his country their first gold medal.
The final of the women's 200 metres proved another upset. Favorite was Ronate Strecher who won the Olympic gold medal for the event. But Poland's Irena Szewinska came from three metres behind to snatch the gold medal. It was the same story in the final of the 100 metres earlier in the week and gave Mrs. Szewinska her second gold of the championships.