East German athletes took three of the six gold medals on the second day of the European games in Prague on Wednesday (20 August).
GV PAN Men's 100 metre final (four shots)
GV PAN Women's 100 metres final (three shots)
SV PAN Women's shot putt wining throw (three shots)
GV PAN Last stages of 20 kilometre walk (four shots)
Mennea was out to avenge his 1974 defeat by Russian Valery Borzov. Eastern European runners provided the strongest competition. But the Italian was determined to win. He said after the race that by the half-way mark he know he would win. And in spite of the rain which made running difficult he finished in 10.27 seconds, with East Germany's Eugen Ray second, and Vladimir Ignatenko of the Soviet Union taking the bronze.
In the Women's 100 metre final the East Europeans again dominated, taking five out of the first six places. This time it was Marlies Gohr of East Germany who took the gold in the European Championship record time of 11.13 seconds. Sweden's Linda Haglund was second with Ludmila Maslokova of the Soviet Union third
And it was another European record for East Germany in the women's shot putt when Ilona Slupianek threw the shot 21.41 metres - more than half a metre further than silver medallist ..... Helena Fibingerova of Czechoslovakia. Margritte Droese of East Germany won the bronze.
The gold in the 20 kilometre walk also went to East Germany, but not to the man who won the race. Karl-Heinz Stadtmuller forged ahead of the strong competition in a field which included some of the world's fastest walkers over this distance. But after the finish officials disqualified Stadtmuller for infringing the highly-technical rules of race walking. So the gold medal went instead to his team-mate Ronald Wieser who finished in a time of one hour 23 minutes 11.5 seconds.
"The European 100 metres final. Three Russians in the final. Away they go and Wells got a beauty, he got a really good start, but also going well is Mennea and Eugen Ray and Wells going on the far side and its going to be very close indeed. But Mennea wins, Eugen Ray, and in the photograph Ignatenko on the far side. Mennea the fastest man all the way through."
"Marlies Gohr, the would record holder in three, Maslokova of the Soviet Union in four, Hamann of East Germany in five, Lannaman in six, Chantal Rega of France in seven, Storozkova of the Soviet Union in eight. The 100 metres final for women. And what a flier for the East German girl, Hamann got a terrific start and Lannaman got a disastrous one. Hamann in the middle, Maslakova coming with her but Marlies Gohr pulls away and Gohr's going to get there, from this side it looked like Maslakova got second but no doubt about the winner, Marlies Gohr the world record holder from East Germany."
"Ilona Slupianek leads in this shot competition, Helena Fibingerova, her challenge has gone. This, the sixth round and only Margitte Droese of East Germany left to challenge. She really is very ... Oh and that's a long, long putt and that's extended her lead, extended the European Championship record.
"This very consistent East German who came here to find that there were six Russians ahead of him on the world ranking over this distance, but he's being cheered in. As expected the East German's are having a very good day in these twelfth European Track and Field Championships. Stadtmuller, the man with the recognised form, has overtaken the very good Russians, all of whom have been walking very fast. As matter of interest they've been out in the dark for quite a long part of the evening and it raised one or two question marks in the observers as to whether they might take a little run as well as a walk.
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Background: East German athletes took three of the six gold medals on the second day of the European games in Prague on Wednesday (20 August). The women's long jump was won by Russian Vilma Bardauskiene. For the western European teams, Michael Wessing of West Germany won the gold for the javelin, while Italian Pietro Mennea took the gold in the men's 100 metres.