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    ST. DENIS, FRANCE/ERFURT, EAST GERMANY

    Athletes from the Soviet Union and East Germany, who will miss this year's Olympic Games because of the Soviet-led boycott, have broken two world and one European records.

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    FRANCE:
    1. GVs Sergei Bubka (USSR) beating his own world record in pole vault. (5 SHOTS) 0.30
    EAST GERMANY
    2. GVs Gesine Walther, Sabine Busch, Dagmar Ruebsam and Marita Koch running in 4 x 400 metres women's relay race and setting new world record. (9 SHOTS) 1.57
    3. GV Thomas Schoenlebe running in men's 4 x 400 metre relay. Team broke European record. (4 SHOTS) 2.30
    InitialsSG/JRS

    SPORT: ATHLETICS
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    Background: ST. DENIS, FRANCE/ERFURT, EAST GERMANY

    Athletes from the Soviet Union and East Germany, who will miss this year's Olympic Games because of the Soviet-led boycott, have broken two world and one European records. Soviet pole vaulter Sergei Bubka jumped 5.88 metres (19 feet, 3 1/2 inches) at an international track meeting in St. Denis, France on June 2, having set the existing record of 5.85 metres (19 feet 2 1/4 inches) in Czechoslovakia on May 26. Bubka said he was not yet at the top of his form, and had been surprised by his recent achievement. Asked about the Soviet boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics, he said "I don't get involved in politics and it is a political decision".

    East German athletes showed off their abilities in the national championships at Erfurt on June 3. The women's 4 x 400 metres relay team smashed its previous world record by more than 3 seconds. The team, comprising Marita Koch, Sabine Busch, Dagmar Ruebsam and Gesine Walther, won the race in 3 minutes, 15.92 seconds. Marita Moch, a triple gold medallist at the 1983 world championships, anchored the team to its memorable victory. The East German men's team, anchored by 18-year-old Thomas Schoenlebe, broke Britain's 12-year-old European record in the 4 x 400 metre relay, recording a time of 3 minutes, 0.07 seconds. The world record is 2 minutes, 56.16 seconds set by the Unites States at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

    Source: REUTERS - JEAN-JACQUES FERON (FRANCE)/DDRF

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ISQMH0LDBFODH8I5S69VOEU1
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ISQMH0LDBFODH8I5S69VOEU1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
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