Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho suffered his first defeat as a professional athlete in the last day of an International Track Association (ITA) meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday (7 April).
GV & CU Jipcho
SV Jipcho running PAN TO feet
GV Jipcho and other runners towards camera
GV Jipcho past finishing post
CU Seagren pole vaults
CU Scoreboard 15.30
LV & CU Seagren
GV Competitors at start of mile (2 shots)
SV Competitors round bend with Jipcho in leading group
SV Jipcho leading followed at short distance by Fisher and Keino (2 shots)
CU Jipcho followed closely by Fisher and Keino (2 shots)
SV Jipcho leading with Fisher at shoulder. Fisher overtakes, wins, Jipcho second, Benson third (3 shots)
SV Fisher after finish, waving to crowd in lap of honour (2 shots)
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Background: Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho suffered his first defeat as a professional athlete in the last day of an International Track Association (ITA) meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday (7 April).
Jipcho -- who had won twelve successive races since turning professional -- was a clear first from Chuck La Benz of the United States in Sunday's 5,000 metres. Jipcho also won the 1,500 metres the day before, but from the start of the mile race Australia's Chris Fisher was always within striking distance.
Strong winds kept the pace down and in the last straight Fisher, who had come up to Jipcho's shoulder, had just the faster finish. Fisher won in 4 minutes 4.3 seconds, Jipcho was four tenths of a second behind and Tony Benson of the United States came through to take third place from Kenya's tired Kip Keino who was in disappointing form.
World mile record holder Jim Ryun ran at the meeting, but he did not compete in the mile.
The 20,000 crowd particularly enjoyed the pole vault where the top Americans were in good, but not record breaking, form. Olympic silver medalist Bob Seagren was first with a vault of 17 feet 8 1/2 inches.
The two day I.T.A. professional track meeting was the first to be held outside the United States.
SYNOPSIS: Kenyan Ben Jipcho -- who had never lost since turning professional -- was well clear at the end of the five thousand metres in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday.
Jipcho finished strongly to beat America's Chuck La Benz by six seconds for his second win in the first International Track Association meeting to be held outside the United States.
The twenty thousand spectators at the final day of the two day meeting particularly enjoyed the pole vault.
American Olympic silver medalist Bob Seargren's seventeen foot eight inch vault won the event.
Jipcho, who also won the fifteen hundred metres the day before, went for a clean sweep of the distance races by entering the mile. World record holder Jim Ryun of the United States ran at the meeting, but not in the mile.
There was still some top professional opposition. Jipcho went out in front but Australian Chris Fisher and Kenya's first great runner Keip Keino were not far behind.
A strong wind kept the pace down as Fisher and Keino gradually cut back Jipcho's lead.
At the last bend Fisher had come up to Jipcho's shoulder. Keino began to flag. He had a disappointing meeting. Fisher overtook; Jipcho responded but some of his strength had ben sapped by the earlier races. The Australian finished faster, to win in four minutes four point three seconds. America's Tony Benson took third place form Keino.
Fisher was understanding delighted at breaking Jipcho's run of twelve consecutive wins.