Gordon Pirie, 28-year-old British veteran of the Athletic track, scored a magnificent come-back August 3 at the Great Britain v.
MLV Follow of Clark in lead, Ibbotson second and Pirie last (6th lap) Ibbotson overtakes at end of scene
MV Ibbotson in lead.
LV Ibbotson in lead with Pirie hugging close. - Pirie takes lead.
MLV Pirie in lead and finish.
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Background: Gordon Pirie, 28-year-old British veteran of the Athletic track, scored a magnificent come-back August 3 at the Great Britain v. West Germany Athletics meeting, White City Stadium, London, -- with a last-minute burst to win the two-mile invitation race in 8 min 39 secs. World's fastest time this year.
Second, in 8 mins. 41.6 secs. came Derek Ibbotson (27) another British veteran middle distance runner after leading until the last stretch to lose position to Pirie. Peter Clarke, also of Britain, who struggled home third made the fast two miles possible. He took over at the end of the first mile and pulled Ibbotson and Pirie through 31 1/2 furious laps.
Pirie, who lives in Norway and works for an Oslo bank, was running his first race in England this year. After the White City performance both he and Ibbotson stand a good chance of being chosen to run for Britain in the coming matches against Poland and Russia.
The two-mile battle provided the 32,000 Bank Holiday crowd with the days' most exciting event.
Overall, West Germany beat Great Britain by 117 points to 95. By the end of the two-day programme, they had won 14 of the 20 events.