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    37-year-old father of five, Miruts Yifter of Ethiopia has won the 10,000 metres at the Moscow Olympics.

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    GV & SV Women's 800 metres in progress in Lenin Stadium, Moscow. Olizarenko (USSR), wearing number 281, leads throughout final lap and wins from Mineyeva (USSR) (278) (6 shots)

    GV Men's 110 metres hurdles in progress. Won by Munkelt (GDR), in blue vest in lane 3, from Casanas (Cuba) (lane 6) followed by Puchkov (USSR) in lane 4 (2 shots)

    GV & SV Closing stages of men's 10,000 metres. Miruts Yifter (Ethiopia) (191) wins from Kaarlo Maaninka (Finland) (208) and Muhammad Kedir (Ethiopia) (Yifter in third place at beginning of shot) (6 shots)

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    Background: 37-year-old father of five, Miruts Yifter of Ethiopia has won the 10,000 metres at the Moscow Olympics. The end of the first week of competition was also marked by an extremely close finish in the men's 110 metres hurdles and a new world record in the women's 800 metres.

    SYNOPSIS: Three Soviet women dominated the 800 metres. The first lap was fast but during the second Nadezdha Olizarenko wearing number 281 stepped up the pace even further. She always seemed likely to break her own world record of one minute 54 point 92 seconds (1:54:92).

    Olizarenko's winning time was one minute 53 point four two second (1:53:42). Olga Mineyeva finished second and Tatyana Providokhina was third -- completing a clean sweep for the Soviet Union.

    In the men's 110 metres hurdles, Thomas Munkelt of East Germany in the third lane from the right won narrowly from Alejandro Casanas of Cuba in lane six, with Puchkov of the Soviet Union in third.

    The 10,000 metres produced an enthralling battle between two Finns and three Ethiopians. Lasse Viren of Finland, number 223, was still in with a chance of his third successive gold medal in this event as the last lap began. But Miruts Yifter of Ethiopia produced a characteristic burst of pace to take the title with Maaninka of Finland and Kedir of Ethiopia taking the minor places.

    The winning time was 27 minutes 42 point seven seconds (27:42:7) well outside the Olympic and World records. But Yifter, who missed the Montreal Olympics because of the African boycott, completed the final 300 metres in an astonishing 40 seconds.

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