Athletes form the Soviet Union, the Democratic Republican of Germany and Finland gathered at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium on Saturday (15 September) for a two-day track and field meeting.
GV PAN Start and finish of 1500 mtrs as crowds look on (6 shots)
GV PAN Start and finish of 400 mtrs. (3 shots)
GV Scoreboard and start and finish of 10,000 mtrs. (5 shots)
Initials APSM/2313 APSM/2332
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Background: Athletes form the Soviet Union, the Democratic Republican of Germany and Finland gathered at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium on Saturday (15 September) for a two-day track and field meeting.
Held in wintry conditions, the events were dominated by Soviet Union competitors. Under the three-way scoring system used, the Soviet Union beat Finland 221/187 and East Germany 210/199. The East Germans defeated the Finnish team 227.17/181.83.
This film features the Man's 400 metres, 1500 metres and 10,000 metres events.
On Sunday (16 September) in the unofficial Women's meeting, Mona Lisa Pursainen of Finland squalled the world record for the women's 400 metres when she clocked 51.0 seconds on hand timings. The electronic timing was 51.27 seconds, the latest in a series of notable discrepancies between the two systems.
SYNOPSIS: Athletes from the Soviet Union, the Democratic Republic of Germany, and Finland came together at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium on Saturday for a two-day track and field meeting. In this event, the Men's 1500 metres, the Soviet runner Vladimir Pantelej overtook the early leader, his compatriot Jarovenke, to win in three-minutes-forty-three-point-three-seven seconds.
In the Men's 400 Metres, Finland's Ossi Karttunen won in forty-six-point-four-one seconds, ahead of Andreas Scheibe of East Germany and the Soviet Union's Juri Judin. The events were generally dominated by Soviet Union competitors, who eventually won the competition despite some clear defeats.
The Helsinki meeting was held in wintry conditions. The Men's 10,000 Metres was a race of mixed fortunes, with the lead changing six times. Eventually Lasse Viren of Finland, who led at the half-way mark, took the lead again in the lat one-thousand metres to win. His time -- twenty-eight minutes-forty-eight-point-one-seven seconds.
Under the three-way scoring system used at the meeting, the Soviet system used at the meeting, the Soviet Union vet Finland and East Germany. The East Germans defeated the Finnish team.