In Brussels, 45,000 spectators, the biggest crowd seen at the Heysel Stadium for 30 years, attended the second annual International athletics meeting held in memory of Ivo Van Damme, the Belgian Athlete who won the silver medals at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, and who died in a motor accident in France shortly afterwards.
LV Men's 100 metre heat won by Hasely Crawford of Trinidad from Silvio Leonard of Cuba. (3 SHOTS)
CU PAN Alberto Juantorena of Cuba starts in men's 400 metres race.
LV & GV Crowd watch as runners come round final bend and Juantorena wins easily. (2 SHOTS)
CU Juantorena acknowledges applause.
SV & CU Crowd applaud as Ivo Van Damme's father embraces Juantorena. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU Crowd watch and applaud during men's 5,000 metre race. (2 SHOTS)
CU Rodney Dixon (New Zealand) wins 5,000 metres.
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Background: In Brussels, 45,000 spectators, the biggest crowd seen at the Heysel Stadium for 30 years, attended the second annual International athletics meeting held in memory of Ivo Van Damme, the Belgian Athlete who won the silver medals at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, and who died in a motor accident in France shortly afterwards.
SYNOPSIS: This year's meeting did not produce any new world records, but there were some fine performances, like Hasely Crawford of Trinidad in the men's 100 metres. His time, 10.35 seconds, Silvio Leonard of Cuba was second and his team mate, Osvaldo Lara was third.
The Cubans attended the meeting in force, with the main attraction of the day, Alberto Juantorena the double Olympic gold medallist, in the 400 metres. Earlier in the week he had finished a disappointing sixth in the 800 metres event in Zurich, Switzerland, and did not compete over that distance in Brussels. The only challenge to Juantorena came from a local athlete, Fons Brydenbach, who was in the lead after 250 metres, but was forced to retire because of a pulled muscle, leaving Juantorena well clear.
Juantorena's time was 45.30 seconds. Then in a gesture which began at the first memorial meeting, he presented his winner's medal to the father of Ivo Van Damme. Last year it was John Walker of New Zealand who gave his medal after winning the 1,500 metres. Then, it was a spontaneous gesture in honour of the dead athlete. This year, it was the great Cuban athlete who chose to continue the tradition.
In the 5,000 metres, New Zealand's Rodney Dixon fought out a duel with Marty Liqouri of the United States and the Belgian Willi Polleunis. On the final straight, it was the New Zealander who pulled clear to win in 13 minutes, 21.8 seconds.