• Short Summary

    JURGEN MAY OF EAST GERMANY LAST WEEK RAN THE WORLD'S THIRD FASTEST MILE DURING AN INTERNATIONAL ATHLETICS MEETING IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.

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    JURGEN MAY OF EAST GERMANY LAST WEEK RAN THE WORLD'S THIRD FASTEST MILE DURING AN INTERNATIONAL ATHLETICS MEETING IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. THE EAST GERMAN RUNNER RAN THE MILE IN 3 MINS 54.1 SECS - HALF-A-SECOND SLOWER THAN THE WORLD RECORD HELD BY MICHAEL JAZY OF FRANCE. A CROWD OF ABOUT TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE PACKED THE WESTERN SPRINGS STADIUM IN AUCKLAND TO WATCH THE EVENT.

    IT WAS THE SECOND TIME IN FIVE DAYS THAT MAY HAD BEATEN THE WORLD 3,000 AND 5,000 METRES RECORD HOLDER, KIPCHOGE KEINO OF KENYA. KEINO WAS SECOND IN THE EVENT WITH A TIME OF 3 MINUTES 54.4 SECONDS. NEW ZEALAND'S OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALLISTS, JOHN DAVIES, FINISHED THIRD IN 3 MINUTES 59.1 SECONDS.

    KEINO WENT STRAIGHT INTO THE LEAD AND HELD ON UNTIL HE WAS A MERE 50 YARDS (36 METRES) FROM THE TAPE. THEN MAY, EXTENDING HIS STRIDE, RACED PAST THE TIRED KENYAN AND WON BY A YARD (1.914 METRES).

    KEINO SEEMED TO BE HEADING FOR A WORLD RECORD WHEN HE COMPLETED THE THREE-QUARTER STAGE IN 2 MINUTES 55.5 SECONDS - BUT HIS EFFORT TO FIGHT OFF THE CHALLENGE OF MAY PROVED TOO MUCH.

    AFTERWARDS MAY SAID THAT 100 YARDS (90 METRES) FROM THE TAPE HE FILT KEINO HAD BEATEN HIM. BUT HE ADDED: "IN THE FINAL STRAIGHT I RAN HARDER THAN I HAVE EVER DONE IN MY LIFE BEFORE."
    KEINO ALSO HAD A WORD TO SAY. "JUST YOU WAIT," SAID THE KENYA CHAMPION, "I'M GOING TO GET THAT MILE RECORD. I AM GOING BACK TO KENYA TO LEARN HOW TO RUN A FAST LAST LAP - AND I INTEND TO RUN A NUMBER OF HALF AND QUARTER-MILES TO GET MORE SPEED."
    IT WAS THE 22ND SUB-FOUR MINUTE MILE RUN IN NEW ZEALAND. FIVE DAYS EARLIER MAY HAD RUN THE SECOND FASTEST MILE EVER RECORDED WHEN HE BEAT KEINO IN 3 MINUTES 53.8 SECONDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAGTOM43E2R8D0R6KS12XVGS6Z
    Media URN:
    VLVAGTOM43E2R8D0R6KS12XVGS6Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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