The Maple Leaf indoor athletics meeting in Toronto, Canada, on Friday (14 February) produced a string of world-class performances.
TV competitors lines up for Women's 50 yards hurdles (2 shots)
TV PAN race in progress
CU winner Annelie Ehrhardt (East Germany)
TV PAN Danny Smith (USA) winning Men's 50 yards hurdle race
LV judges and crowd (2 shots)
LV PAN Jip Jipcho (Ethiopia) losing lead with only 3 laps to go in Men's 3 mile race
TV PAN Jipcho continues in second place, lapping other runners
TV PAN (Same shot) at start of final lap, Jipcho takes lead and wins easily, and runs round track acknowledging applause
"Ehrhardt breaking out first and Wolvelaere is coming up to be second. And that's the way they finished; it looks like Van Wolvelaere got second. But Annelie Ehrhardt an easy winner."
Annelie Ehrhardt has just set a world record in the women's invitation fifty yard hurdles".
In the men's event, an American kept up the standard.
"Smith - looks like he's got it. He has. Danny Smith has equalled a world record in the time of five and eight-tenths seconds".
But the real excitement came in the men's three mile race. The favoured Ethiopian, Mirutus Yihfter, surprisingly lost his head just 3 laps from the finish of the gruelling event. But with the crowd of over sixteen thousand people roaring the competitors on, the result remained very much in the balance. Then, with less than two laps to go, the pace quickened and the Ethiopian's class was really tested.
"Herold's opening out now. This range, tall runner opening out. But the tiny Ethiopian hasn't been dropped at this stage. He's still in touch."
Into the final lap, and Herold is being threatened by the game Yihfter. After appearing to have lost the initiative, he suddenly accelerated and hit the front.
"The little Ethiopian ranging this back bend, showing magnificent form. And striding away to take this race with ease. A great effort by Yihfter of Ethiopia. The world record is thirteen minutes, five and two-tenths seconds. He mad it around thirteen minutes, seven and nine-tenths."
COMMENTATOR: Fergie Oliver
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Background: The Maple Leaf indoor athletics meeting in Toronto, Canada, on Friday (14 February) produced a string of world-class performances.
In the women's 50 yards hurdles final, East Germany's Annelie Ehrhardt broke the world indoor record she had set in a heat less than an hour before.
The 24-year-old Miss Ehrhardt was clocked at 6.2 seconds, which was a tenth of a second faster than her heat time.
The old mark, set at these games in 1972 by Pam Johnson of the United States, at 6.4 seconds, had been equalled by several women.
In the men's 50 yards hurdles final, Danny Smith of the United States equalled the world indoor record with a time of 5.8 seconds. Five other men hold that time.
The crowd of over 16,000 people was brought to its feet a little later by a thrilling men's three mile event - even though it did not produce a world record.
The favourite, Mirutus Yihfter of Ethiopia, put up a superb performance of paced, distance running to run out a comfortable winner.