GV PAN British runner, Steve Ovett, running in second place during 1500 metre race at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.
GV PAN Ovett still second ahead of three other runners.
GV PAN Ovett moves into lead, and draws away from field.
GV Ovett crosses line to win.
CU Ovett walks through crowd after race.
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Background: Athletics ... and British middle distance runner Steve Ovett has fuelled expectations for next week's Olympic Games by equalling the world 1500 metres record of his compatriot, Sebastian Coe. Ovett clocked three minutes, thirty-two point one seconds at Oslo's Bislett Stadium, where he broke Coe's world mile record last month. The clash between Ovett and Coe in the Olympic 1500 metres is being bruited as the possible classic of the track events at the Games.
SYNOPSIS: Ovett proved he has timed his Olympic preparations well. It's this distance which he had already been tipped to win in Moscow. Relishing the conditions which dried quickly after a wet start, he looked to be running within himself. Midway through the race, the American Steve Scott had set a cracking pace after a fast first lap of fifty eight point two seconds. Ovett was content to sit in behind him in second place.
Ovett said after the race that, by this stage, he was concerned that the pace was too slow, and was not thinking of a world record at all. He was just out to beat the strong field, which included Olympic champion John Waller of New Zealand and Thomas Wessinghage from West Germany.
A lap to go, with Scott still leading from Ovett. But, with the crowd roaring encouragement, he pushed past the American going into the final bend. Wessinghage tried to stay with him, but Walker seemed beaten. Down the final straight, Ovett looked superb. Wessinghage fought strongly, but just couldn't catch the Englishman.
Ovett's winning time by the electric clock was three minutes thirty-two point zero nine-one hundredth of a second faster than the world record. But, under international athletics rule, the time had to be rounded off. Ovett shared his triumph with the delighted crowd, knowing that he goes to Moscow having given Coe plenty to ponder.