• Short Summary

    CONFUSION REIGNED AT THE UNIVERSITY CITY MAIN STADIUM IN MEXICO CITY ON SUNDAY WHEN THE PRE-OLYMPIC GAMES, INTENDED AS A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR THE FULL OLYMPIAD NEXT YEAR, GOT UNDER WAY.

  • Description

    CONFUSION REIGNED AT THE UNIVERSITY CITY MAIN STADIUM IN MEXICO CITY ON SUNDAY WHEN THE PRE-OLYMPIC GAMES, INTENDED AS A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR THE FULL OLYMPIAD NEXT YEAR, GOT UNDER WAY. THE FULL PROGRAMMED OF THE TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS OPENING THE FORTNIGHT LONG INTERNATIONAL SPORTS COMPETITION WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC AND PRESS UNTIL MINUTES BEFORE THE FIRST RACE. ORGANISERS BLAMED LATE ENTRIES FOR THE DELAY. ANNOUNCERS BROADCAST THE RESULTS OF EACH EVENT IN SPANISH OVER THE STADIUM'S SPECIALLY INSTALLED LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM, BUT WHEN THE DELAYED OFFICIAL RESULTS WERE MIMEOGRAPHED AND ISSUED LATER, PLACINGS AND TIMINGS OFTEN VARIED. AT THE END OF THE MEN'S 100 METRE FINAL THE WINNER'S TIME WAS GIVEN AS 10.1 SECONDS. THE OFFICIAL TIME WAS GIVEN AS 10.2 SECONDS.

    IN SPITE OF THE CONFUSION THE MEN'S 100 METRES PROVED A GOOD WIN FOR THE POWERFUL IVORY COAST ATHLETE, GAOUSSOU DIABATE KONE, THE ITALIAN P. GIANNATTASIO OF ITALY CAME SECOND IN THE SAME TIME; AND JOHN CARLOS OF AMERICA CAME THIRD IN 10.3 SECONDS AFTER STUMBLING AT THE START.

    THE SOVIET UNION SHOWED ITS STRENGTH IN FIELD EVENTS ON THE OPENING DAY BY TAKING TWO GOLD MEDALS - IN THE JAVELIN AND THE TRIPPLE JUMP.

    JANIS LUSIS WON THE JAVELIN WITH A THROW OF 279 FEET 6 INCHES. THOSE COMPETITORS IN THE FIELD EVENTS ARE LIKELY TO BE HELPED RATHER THAN HINDERED BY THE THIN AIR BECAUSE PEOPLE AND IMPLEMENTS FACE LITTLE RESISTANCE. THE ATHLETES ARE UNDER THE EYES OF NUMEROUS DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS CAREFULLY CHECKING THE EFFECTS OF THE 7,478 FEET (2,279 METRES) ALTITUDE. PERFORMANCES, PARTICULARLY DISTANCE EVENTS, ARE EXPECTED TO BE RATHER SLOW.

    ONE EVENT WHICH PRODUCED NO CONFUSION WAS THE 10,000 METRES. IT PROVED A CLEAR WIN FOR THE LITTLE TUNISIAN, MOHAMMED GAMMOUDI. THE FIRST THREE PLACES WERE ALL TAKEN BY WORLD RENOWNED RUNNERS.

    GASTON ROELANTS OF BELGIUM, WHO TODAY WON THE 3,000 METRES STEEPLECHASE LED BY 30 YARDS UNTIL JURGEN HAASE OF EAST GERMANY CAUGHT UP WITH TWO LAPS TO GO. THEN, WITH HALF A LAP LEFT, GAMMOUDI RACED BY AND WITHSTOOD HAASE'S CLOSING DRIVE BY FIVE FEET.

    GAMMOUDI'S TIME FOR THE RACE WAS GIVEN AS 30 MINUTES 28.5 SECONDS. THE WORLD RECORD TIME, HELD BY AUSTRALIAN RON CLARKE, IS 26 MINUTES 47 SECONDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAED2GUZQXZCW7BGZ5AZP19L8H7
    Media URN:
    VLVAED2GUZQXZCW7BGZ5AZP19L8H7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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