Tanzanian Filbert Bayi on Thursday (28 June) became the third fastest man over 1500 metres, when he clocked three minutes 34.6 seconds at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki during the second day of the World Games.
GV Stadium and crowd (2 shots)
LV PAN Start of 1500-metre race
SV Race in progress crowd watch last laps (3 shots)
LV PAN Race from final bend to finish Bayi (Tanzania) wins from Wottle (USA) and Jipcho (Kenya)
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TV & PAN Start and entire race of 110 metres hurdles (men) won by Milburn (USA) from Wodzynski (Poland) and Siebeck (DDR)
TV PAN ROUND Start of men's 400-metres (2 shots)
TV PAN Race for final bend, Newhouse (USA) wins from Kukkoaho (Finland) and Musjoki (Kenya)
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Background: Tanzanian Filbert Bayi on Thursday (28 June) became the third fastest man over 1500 metres, when he clocked three minutes 34.6 seconds at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki during the second day of the World Games.
Bayi finished well clear of the American Dave Wottle, the Olympic 800 metres champion, and Kenyan Ben Jipcho, who on the previous night had trimmed 5.8 seconds off his own world steeplechase record.
The Tanzanian, who failed to get past the first round of the 1500 metres at the Munich Olympics, led right from the start and never looked like being beaten.
The race was rated as one of the best 1500 metres ever run -- the last man in the field of 12 clocked a very respectable 3.38.4.
Bayi beat the African record of 3.34.9 set by Kenya's Kipchofe Keino five years ago. Only Jim Ryun of the United States and Frenchman Jean Wadoux have ever run a 1500 metres faster.
In the 110 metres hurdles, American Olympic champion Rod Milburn, won in a time 13.3 seconds. And the 400 metres was one by another American, Fred Newhouse, in 45.4 seconds.