New Zealand's Dick Quax set a new world record of 13 minutes 12.9 seconds for the 5,000 metres event at the Stockholm International athletics meeting of Tuesday (5 June).
GV EXTERIOR Start of 5,000 metres men's race
SVs Board showing five laps to go as Dick Quax of New Zealand (No 18) is passed by Karl Fleschen of West Germany
GV Quax repasses Fleschen
GV Quax rounds final bend and crosses finish line ahead of Fleschen and is surrounded by newsmen
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Background: New Zealand's Dick Quax set a new world record of 13 minutes 12.9 seconds for the 5,000 metres event at the Stockholm International athletics meeting of Tuesday (5 June).
SYNOPSIS: Another New Zealand runner Rod Dixon, set the early pace on a cool breezy evening before dropping out with cramp after 3,000 metres. He was closely followed by Quax for much of the race until he dropped out.
The race then developed into a duel between Quax and West German Karl Fleschen who took over the lead in the final kilometres.
Quax repassed the West German runner later in the race, but he and Fleschen continued their close duel until virtually the last lap. The New Zealander was runner-up to Lasse Viren of Finland in the Olympic 5,000 metres last year.
At the end, Quax powered away from Fleschen and finished more than 10 metres (yards) In front of the West German. His new time of 13 minutes 12.9 seconds cut one-tenth of a second off the old record which was set by Belgian Emiel Puttemans in Brussels nearly five years ago.