Brazil staged one of its biggest-ever international track-and-field competitions in Rio de Janeiro recently. The?
GV EXT Stadium
GV Athletics' track and field
SCU Athletes from Brazil, Denmark and Czechoslovakia seated
LV Women's 100-metre race, won by Kroniger (W.G.)
SV Kroniger relaxes after race
SV Terje Thorslund (Norway) wins javelin event
CU Throw being measured
SV Baumgartner (W. Germany) in long jump (2nd place)
SV Stekic (Yugoslavia) wins long jump
CU Jump being measured
SV Stekic receives Gold Medal
SV Toering (Denmark) clears 2.15 metres to win men's high jump
CU Board indicates 2.15 metres
SV Simeoni (Italy) wins women's high jump
GV Crowd; Danek (Czechoslovakia) throws discus
LV Measuring distance
LV & SV Crowd applauds as Danek receives Gold Medal and waves to crowd (2 shots)
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Background: Brazil staged one of its biggest-ever international track-and-field competitions in Rio de Janeiro recently. The seventeen-nation meet lasted from October 25 to 27. It was held to inaugurate a new modern Olympic stadium which forms part of the world-famous Maracana sports complex.
Brazil opened the 17-nation competition with an unusual blaze of publicity, possibly to compensate for the cancellation of Sao Paulo as the venue of next year's Pan American games. The Sao Paulo region has been hit by a contagious meningitis epidemic.
Although no world record-breaking performances were put up in Rio de Janeiro, the events were all hotly contested with some good results. Brazilian athletes won four Gold Medals in the face of stiff competition from US and European sportsmen and women.
The Brazilian military Government is laying great emphasis on team and individual sports in an attempt to regain some of Brazil's diminished international sporting prestige. Brazil did poorly in the Munich Olympics and the country suffered a hard blow when its crack football team only managed to come fourth in the World Cup competition.
SYNOPSIS: The women's 100-metre dash was won by Annegret Kroniger of West Germany against strong competition. Brazilian girls did very well in other events, and in the 200-metres dash Annegret Kroniger found herself outpaced by Brazil's Silvina das Gracas Pereira who covered the distance in 24.6 seconds. Brazilian girls also won the discus and shot-put events.
The Javelin competition was won by the Norwegian athlete Terje Thorslund with a throw of 78.74 metres. Thorslund is ranked number three in Europe. In the Rio games he beat European Champion Hannu Sittonen into second place. Neither man was anywhere near his European peak.
The men's long jump attracted much attention. West Germany's Hans Baumgartner who came second in the Olympics came second again in the Rio games. He was beaten by Yugoslav jumper Menad Stekic who cleared 8.24 metres. This was a personal best for him.
Stekic, although ranked second in Europe, had previously only managed to clear 8.05 metres. he well deserved his triumph.
European high jump Champion Jesper Toering of Denmark cleared the bar at 2.15 metres, just one centimetre short of his European record. Sara Simeoni of Italy jumped 1.85 metres to win the Women's Gold Medal.
Olympic Champion Ludwig Danek of Czechoslovakia threw the discus 60.52 metres to take the Gold Medal for this event. His throw was more than four metres short of his 64.78 metre Olympic record. The success of the Rio Games will encourage the Brazilian Government to continue its long-term sports promotion campaign.