Explosive Houston McTear, a Florida schoolboy who has been causing as sensation in the athletics world recently, scored an impressive sprint double victory in the Los Angels Invitation Indoor track meeting on Friday night (16 January).
GV Stadium in Los Angeles.
LV Starter with runners on line, race starts and finishes. (winner McTear).
CU Official with clipboard and other officials comparing times. (2 shots)
LV Start of another race and McTear wins again.
SV Crowd applauding. (2 shots)
SV McTear signing autograph and leaves stadium.
LV Ripley runs up to pole vault and clears seventeen feet.
GV Crowd showing excitement.
CU Official raises bar to 18 '1 1/2"
LV Ripley tries jump but fails.
CU Signboard "Isakov" and 18' 1 1/2"
LV Isakov runs up but fails to clear bar.
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Background: Explosive Houston McTear, a Florida schoolboy who has been causing as sensation in the athletics world recently, scored an impressive sprint double victory in the Los Angels Invitation Indoor track meeting on Friday night (16 January).
McTear easily defeated Valery Borzov, the Soviet Union double gold medal winner at the Munich Olympics, in the 50-yard dash in a time of 5.1 seconds. A quarter of an hour later he captured the six yard dash in six seconds flat.
After four false starts in the fifty yard race, McTear was still able to get out fast and was only one-tenth of a second off the world indoor best mark of five seconds held by Kirk Clayton, Herb Washington and Mel pender.
A sell-out crowd of more than 13,000 people watched Yuriy Isakov win the pole vault championship. He and the former San Jose state star, Dan Ripley, both cleared 17 feet 6 inches, but Isakov won on fewer misses.
This meeting produced a world record in the pole vaulting a year ago, and it was nearly broken this time. There athletes came close to leaping over the pole when it was 18 feet 2 inches high.
The meeting gave the audience a good idea of some of the talent which will be competing at the Montreal Olympic Games later this Year.
SYNOPSIS: A crowded Los Angeles stadium saw much of the athletic talent for the Montreal Olympics on Friday night. One who is regarded as one of the most promising sprinters in history is Houston McTear, seen here winning the fifty yard dash.
He beat the Soviet Union's double gold medal winner from the Munich Olympics, Valery Borzov, in that race, and went on to win the sixty yard sprint, quarter of an hour later.
McTear is an eighteen year old senior in a Florida High School. Immediately after the races he left the stadium to call his father who was in hospital.
Last year this competition produced a world record in pole vaulting and this year it was almost broken again. Three competitors almost cleared the bar when it stood at eighteen feet two inches. One of them was Dan Ripley, the former San Jose state star.
Ripley cleared seventeen feet six inches and the bar was raised to eighteen feet one and a half inches. But he failed at that.
The eventual winner was Yuriy Isakov who took the title because he had fewer misses than Ripley.