The Helsinki World Games got off to a cracking start yesterday (Wednesday) with several international athletic stars in good form.
GV Athletics track
GV Start of 800 metres event
GV Race in progress
GV Runners along back straight
GV No. 13, Ouko, winning
GV Start of 5,000 metres and runners along straight
BV Keino moves forward
GV Race in progress and crowd watch (3 shots)
GV Keino (No. 11) leads with two laps to go
GV Wadoux (No. 119) wins from Keino
SV Keino & Wadoux shaking hands
GV Results board
GV Presentation ceremony (5 shots)
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Background: The Helsinki World Games got off to a cracking start yesterday (Wednesday) with several international athletic stars in good form. Our coverage centres on two track events--the 800 metres and the 5,000 metres--which resulted in mixed fortunes for two Kenyan runners. In the first event, Robert Ouko clocked 1 minute 48 seconds to beat Tom von Ruden of the U.S.A. and Markku Aalto of Finland.
Upset of the day was the defeat of Kip Keino, Kenya's Olympic champion, in the 5,000 metres. Despite promising a determined bid to beat the world record, Keino was finally unequal to the task--or to the pace set by European 1,500 metres record-holder Jean Wadoux of France. Wadoux finally won in 13 minutes 30.4 seconds, with Keino runner-up 0.4 of a second behind.
SYNOPSIS: The Helsinki World Games opened in the Finnish capital on Wednesday. The two-day event brought a host of international athletes to the city's Olympic Stadium. Here, the line-up for the eight-hundred metres event.
The international field comprised top runners from Europe, America and Africa--including Kenya's Robert Ouko, the British Commonwealth champion over this distance.
And it was Ouko who added this event to his Commonwealth Championship. He broke the tape in one-minute forty-eight seconds. Second was Tom von Ruden of the U.S. and third Finland's Markku Aalto.
The start of the rive-thousand metres. This event promised a major confrontation between Kenya's Olympic champion Kip Keino and the European fifteen-hundred metres record holder Jean Wadoux of France.
Keino, starting to move up, had promised a serious assault on the world record held by Australia's Ron Clarke. But he had the wet conditions to contend with.
Keino leading with two laps to go. But at the tape it was Frenchman Jean Wadoux who stormed to victory in thirteen minutes thirty and two-fifths seconds. Keino was runner-up, a further two-fifths of a second behind. And Dan Korica of Yugoslavia was third. No records fe 1 this time, but it was a race to whet the appetites of sports fans in Halsinki.