A new world record for the men's 4 x 800 metres relay has been set by a British team competing at Crystal Palace in London.
GV Scoreboard at stadium.
GV Rob Harrison of 'B' team leading the field in the firstleg of the 4 x 800 metres relay. He is followed by Peter Elliot of the 'A' team.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Sebastian Coe, of 'B' team, waiting for team mate Steve Cram to hand him the baton, crowd applauds, Coe tackles final lap, crowd applauds and rises to feet, Coe crosses finishing line. (5 SHOTS)
SV Spectators in stand.
GV Winning team acknowledge applause and are presented with awards PANS TO scoreboard. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: A new world record for the men's 4 x 800 metres relay has been set by a British team competing at Crystal Palace in London. The team, which included triple world record holder Sebastian Coe, took more than four seconds off the previous record, held by a Soviet squad, to set a new time of 7.03.89. Three British teams were competing in the special event but the eventual winners had an inauspicious start. On the first leg, Peter Elliot, fell well behind Rob Harrison of the 'B' team. Then, with the 12,000 spectators breaking into enthusiastic applause, the 'A' team started to move ahead. Despite a strong headwind, their third runner, Steve Cram, put his team within striking distance of the world record. Coe's first lap of 49 seconds then left little doubt as to the final outcome. Back in top form, Coe recorded the fastest individual time for the distance in the world this year - 1.44.01 - and brought his team home in the new record time.