Lasse Viren of Finland stamped his greatness on the 21st Olympics on Friday with a stirring 5,00 metres victory to go down in history as the only runner ever to repeat the 5,000-10,000 double.
MEN'S 5,000 METRE FINALS
GV START OF RACE
MS PENULTIMATE LAP WITH VIRENS LEADING, SPRINT FINISH AT END VIRENS TAKES THE GOLD, DICK QUAX SECOND HILDERBRAND THIRD
MS VIREN AT END OF RACE
END OF WOMENS 1,500 FINALS
GV SLOW MOTION REPLAY WITH KAZANKINA FIRST, HOFFMEISTER SECOND AND KLAPEZYNSKI THIRD
END OF MENS 1500 SEMI FINAL
GV RUNNERS ON FINAL LAP, WALKER MOVES TO FRONT, WALKER WINS
START AND END OF MENS 5,000 FINALS, SLOW MOTION REPLAY OF WOMENS 1,500; END OF MENS 1,500 SEMI FINALS
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Background: Lasse Viren of Finland stamped his greatness on the 21st Olympics on Friday with a stirring 5,00 metres victory to go down in history as the only runner ever to repeat the 5,000-10,000 double.
Viren shook off three challenges in the final lap to retain his title with a time of 13 minutes 24.76 seconds and score his second gold medal in four days.
In the Women's 1,500 metre finals, world record holder Tatiana Kazankina of the Soviet Union made a late surge down the home straight to win the 1,500 metre race and complete the double with the 800 gold medal she won earlier.
In the men's 1,500 metre semi-finals, New Zealander John Walker had no problem in reaching the finals after wining his semi in three minutes 39.65 seconds.
SYNOPSIS: This is the one he's been working for the final itself, and the tactics will be interesting.
A lot of support for Viren in the crowd, three medals and seven laps left to compete.
Stuart goes, Viren attacks from the front, he really holds his pace and Dickson is the danger man. What a last lap in prospect.
The bell... and the black shadow of Rod Dixon looming over the rest in third place. The Olympic champion leads. Stewart in second place for Britain, Foster is third for Britain, Dixon waiting to attack on the outside for New Zealand, Foster can't get out, Dixon goes wide, Foster goes past Stewart... two hundred and fifty yards left. And Dixon looks comfortable, Hilderbrand of Germany going on the outside, the world's number three all-time, but the champion is not going to let the title go easily, and its quax now as Stewart fades Foster may not even get a medal, Viren on the kerb, and here comes Quax and Dixon the two black shadows of New Zealand. And Viren defends the title wonderfully well, and they are not going to beat him. Lasse Viren the greatest distance runner in the world proves it beyond doubt. Quax was second, Hilderbrand third and Dixon four.
This really is a marvellous run on the outside, a beautiful p???ce of tactical running. The burst is sheer perfection snd the action, that leg action from this very slight woman quite magnificent. Slopes over the track, so fluent as the two bigger East Germans start to paddle. Hoffmeister in second place, Klapezynski can't make any impression either so the gold for Russia Kazankina's second gold of the game. Hoffmeister takes the silver, and Klapezynski of East Germany the bronze.
There goes Walker, and Ovett tries to go with him. Hill the leader Wess inghage second Walker third Crouch four Ovett still loping up on the outside following Walker and Moorcraft beginning to make a move as well but only four should qualify and Hill has gone down. Hill went crashing to the track, the Canadian and the judges are going to look at that. Ovett now in fourth place, Walker coming up into fifth, Walker coming up for New Zealand Wessinghage West Germany second, Crouch of Australia third, Ovett comes for Great Britain Zemen's there and this is a real spring finish-- its still Walker leading, Crouch second, Walker comes through as Ovett fades Walker.. Crouch.. Moorcroft comes through as well three thirty nine point six and Steve Ovett caught for speed at the finish.