Athletics; middle-distance star, Steve Ovett of Great Britain, found that exhibitionism cost him his first ever 5000 metres victory when he ran at an international meeting in London on Friday (8 August).
Just after start of 5000 metres with Micky Morton (No. 17) leading and Steve Ovett (No. 11) in red vest lying fourth
GV Coming into straight for the bell. Leading field is No. 10 Bill McChesney, of the United States, followed by No. 13 John Treacy of Ireland, and then Ovett (Ovett challenges going into last lap) Race continue up to beginning of final straight
Ovett takes the lead and acknowledges crowd on bend with a wave and leads Treacy by a yard as they run up straight
GV Ovett begins to ease as he raises arms in victory a only yards from the tape but Treacy edges past to win narrowly Continues past the post with Ovett being congratulated
GV of Crowd
GV Treacy stepping onto winners podium with Ovett applauding in background
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Background: Athletics; middle-distance star, Steve Ovett of Great Britain, found that exhibitionism cost him his first ever 5000 metres victory when he ran at an international meeting in London on Friday (8 August). The Olympic 800 metres champion only had to maintain his final burst to claim victory in the longer event. But he began his victory celebrations before crossing the line and paid the price.
SYNOPSIS: There was a packed field for the 5000 metres at the Coca-Cola International Meeting at London's Crystal Palace. Included in the line-up was American Bill McChesney, Irishman John Treacy and fellow Briton Brendan Foster.
McChesney lead the field from Treacy and Ovett as the front group ran into the straight with a lap to go. Those three athletes had managed to create a considerable gap between themselves and the rest of the field. It looked like one of the three must win. After the bell, Ovett, making a rare appearance in a 5000 metres race, looked in good shape and moved past Treacy to be poised for an attack on McChesney's lead. But as the tempo built up, the placing remained unchanged until the final bend.
When the leading bunch approached the final straight, Ovett swept past McChesney and, as has become his habit, waved arrogantly to his fans. He though, along with the crowd, he had the race won.
But as Ovett approached the tape he slowed down, again raising his arms in a victory salute. When he did Treacy squeezed past to take the race by the narrowest of margins.
Although the Irishman won the event, both he and Ovet recorded the same time, 13 minutes 27 point 9 seconds.