• Short Summary

    ATHLETES FROM KENYA, BRITAIN, UGANDA AND TANZANIA SHOWED THEIR TOP FORM AT THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MEETING IN THE KENYA ARMY STADIUM IN NAIROBI YESTERDAY (JUNE 8).

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    KENYA STADIUM; THREE-MILE; NAFTALI TEMU WINS; START OF SIX-MILE; KEINO WINS.




    Initials RM/GS/V/MR/EEH


    SPORT: ATHLETICS

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ATHLETES FROM KENYA, BRITAIN, UGANDA AND TANZANIA SHOWED THEIR TOP FORM AT THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MEETING IN THE KENYA ARMY STADIUM IN NAIROBI YESTERDAY (JUNE 8). AND AS THERE WAS NO TEAM PRIZE, THE ATHLETES HAD ONE THOUGHT IN MIND -- TO GAIN THE STANDARDS NECESSARY TO EARN PLACES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE TEAMS FOR THE OLYMPICS GAMES IN MEXICO CITY, IN OCTOBER.

    AFRICAN ATHLETES DOMINATED THE MEETING. THE AFRICANS WHO AT ONE STAGE LOOKED LIKE UNLIKELY COMPETITORS IN THE MEXICO OLYMPICS, SET HIGH STANDARDS FOR THE OPPOSITION. KENYAN KIPCHOGE KEINO, WHO IS RECOGNISED AS ONE OF FINEST ATHLETES IN THE WORLD, AND AT PRESENT HOLDS THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE 3000 METRES, IS THOUGHT TO BE SURE OF AT LEAST A SILVER MEDAL IN MEXICO. YESTERDAY HE STRENGTHENED HIS CLAIMS WITH A WIN IN THE ONE MILE AND ANOTHER VICTORY IN THE SIX MILE.

    ALTHOUGH THEY SHOWED THE EFFECTS OF NAIROBI'S MILE-HIGH ALTITUDE, THE BRITISH ATHLETES HAD SEVERAL SUCCESSES, SHEILA SHERWOOD CAME HOME FIRST IN THE 100 YARDS, AFTER SIX FALSE STARTS AND THE DISQUALIFICATION OF ONE COMPETITOR. SEVERAL OTHER BRITISH ATHLETES WERE NOT SO FORTUNATE HOWEVER, AND WERE OBVIOUSLY WORRIED BY THE ALTITUDE, WHICH IS SIMILAR TO THAT OF MEXICO CITY.

    NAFTALI TEMU, WHO WAS EXPECTED TO WIN THE SIX MILE EVENT, HAD HIS ONLY IN THE THREE MILE, FINISHING IN THE TIME OF 13 MINUTES, 53.8 SECONDS.

    THE DAY'S ENDURANCE TEST WAS THE SIX MILE, WHERE KEINO SHOWED HIS CHAMPION FORM. THE KENYAN LED FOR MOST OF THE RACE AND IN THE 13TH LAP HE LAPPED THE FIELD. BUT IT WAS IN THE FINAL PACE THAT THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER STEPPED OUT TO BE FIRST THROUGH THE TAPES, HIS TIME WAS 29 MINUTES, 30.5 SECONDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA94IQ1DIVYTBUC061QJ6F6JCZW
    Media URN:
    VLVA94IQ1DIVYTBUC061QJ6F6JCZW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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