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    Ron Clarke, the great Australian distance runner will be making his last bid for a gold medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: QUESTION: "Ron, do you regard your appearance here at the Commonwealth Games as your last major race?"

    CLARKE: "Yes--I think the ones , the races in Stockholm and Oslo will be just as hard to win as the British Commonwealth Games because of the opposition from the world. And if you think that the Commonwealth Games are a major sporting event, yes it would be my last major race. Certainly I won't be running in Munich."

    QUESTION: "How's your training gone so far for the games?"

    CLARKE: "Well, I think that everybody when they reach an event like this feels a little dissatisfied with the way they've prepared, but it's too late by the time you get here. I would have preferred to have trained in a different way and I know I'm not as fit as I should be but I'm as fit as circumstances allow and I can only just hope."

    QUESTION: "And you're concentrating on the ten thousand metres this time?"

    CLARKE: "Yes. I won't be running the five thousand metres, mainly because of what I've just been saying. I'm not fit enough to run a very fast five thousands metres and you have to run a very fast one to win it."

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    Background: Ron Clarke, the great Australian distance runner will be making his last bid for a gold medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Interviewed at the Games Village today (Tuesday), 35-year-old Clarke said he'd be concentrating on the ten thousand metres event and would not be running int he five thousand metres.

    Clarke, who has broken nearly a score of world records, has never yet struck gold at Olympic or Commonwealth Games level. Because of his failure to win major competitive races, Clarke has earned the reputation of an athlete who can only run against the clock.

    In the ten thousand metres he'll be challenging the title holder, Kenya's Naftali Temu, who beat him in the 1966 Games in Jamaica.

    It was also Temu who beat him in the Mexico Olympics of 1968. After the race, the Australian collapsed suffering from the heat and altitude.

    Clarke announced recently that after a visit to Oslo next month he'll be retiring from athletics. So the event at Edinburgh will be his last major race.

    He was asked about his prospects....

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