The middle distance events in the star-studded international athletics match at Bislett Stadium, Oslo, turned into a triumph for African competitors on Thursday (July 5th).
GV Competitors in 800 metres rounding bend into final straight with Mike Boit of Kenya in lead and winning, followed by Tadesse (Ethiopia)
GV 1,500 metres: Bayi (Tanzania) leading and winning from Hansen (Denmark)
TV 3,000 metres: Jipcho sprinting away from Mohammed (Ethiopia) to win
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Background: The middle distance events in the star-studded international athletics match at Bislett Stadium, Oslo, turned into a triumph for African competitors on Thursday (July 5th).
In the 800 metres, Kenya's Mike Boit burst the tape in I minute 46.1 seconds -- a full second ahead of Ethiopia's Mulgueta Tadesse in second place.
Dave Wottle of the United States, the winner of the 800 metres in the Munich Olympics, was among the six foreign competitors in the 1,500 metres,. But again he was unable to break the African dominance., Tanzania's Filbert Bayi was first home in 3 minutes 37.5 seconds.
In the 3,000 metres, Kenya's Ben Jipcho just raced home ahead of Johans Mohammed of Ethiopia. The winner's time was 7 minutes 44.4 seconds.
SYNOPSIS: African runners dominated the middle distance events at a star-studded international meeting in Oslo on Thursday. In the eight-hundred metres, Kenya's Mike Boit -- bronze medallist at the Munich Olympics -- scored a convincing victory in one minute forty-six point one seconds. Ethiopia's Mulugueta Tadesse was second.
A strong field for the fifteen-hundred metres included Dave Wottle of the United States, Munich Gold medallist in the eight-hundred metres. But Filbert Bayi of Tanzania raced into the lead from the start and he held on to win triumphantly in three minutes thirty-seven point five seconds. Tom Hansen of Denmark just failed to catch him. Klaus Peter Justus of East Germany was third and Dave Wottle was forced into fourth place.
Finally, the finish of the three-thousand metres -- with Kenya's Ben Jipcho, silver medallist in the Olympics steeplechase, sprinting away to win from Johans Mohammed of Ethiopia. The winner's time was seven minutes forty-four point four seconds. Arne Kvalheim of Norway was third.