The second day of the World Games at Helsinki on Thursday (29 June) provided several surprises for the experts as record holders and Olympic champions failed to win some of the major events.
GV Names of participants in 200 metres race on scoreboard.
CU Starter firing pistol and competitors away from start in 200 metres, rounding bend with James Gilkes of Guyana (No.1) in lead and winning, followed by Don Quarrie of Jamaica. (No.2)
LV Results board showing winners and times.
LV Gilkes receiving trophy.
GV Philippe Hovion of France (No.4) pole vaulting. (4th 5.20 metres)
GV Antti Kalliomaeki of Finland (No.1) clearing 5 metres 50cm to win pole vault.
TV Start of 10,000 metres race.
CU Lap board reading 20.
GV Competitors down straight with Martti Vainio of Finland (No.16) leading. Competitors round bend.
SV Newsmen watching as Craig Virgin of USA (No.12) overtaken by Vainio with tow laps to go.
GV Crowds cheering.
GV Leaders lapping rear-of-field as Virgin and Jos Hermens of Holland (no.3) run neck and neck. Virgin crosses finishing line first, followed by Hermens.
GV Start and finish of men's 110 metres hurdles with Arto Bryggare of Finland (No.1) winning from Sam Turner of USA (No.2).
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Background: The second day of the World Games at Helsinki on Thursday (29 June) provided several surprises for the experts as record holders and Olympic champions failed to win some of the major events.
SYNOPSIS: The first upset of the day came in the men's 200 metres. Don Quarrie of Jamaica, the Olympic champion was expected to take the title, but he was pushed into second place by James Gilkes of Guyana.
Just nine hundredths of one second separated the first two places, but for Gilkes it was enough.
The pole vault was one event hampered by the gushing wind. Philippe Hovion of France came fourth.
The event was won by Antti Kalli??? of Finland with a fine jump of five and a half metres.
Twenty-four of the world's top athletes took part in the main event of the day, the men's 10,000 metres. A battle-royal between the Finnish Olympic champion Lasse Viren, and henry Rono of Kenya had been predicted but Rono withdrew in favour of a shorter distance event, and Viren failed to find form.
But there was a consolation for the crowd as another home athlete, Martti Vainio led the field for much of the distance, holding off a strong challenge by Craig virgin of the United States.
But in the final laps it was Virgin who came through strongly with Jos hermens of Holland on his heels, to take the title, by just one tenth of a second.
In the 110 metres hurdles, victory went to another Finn, Arto Bryggare who beat Sam Turner of the United States.