Athletics, and Kenya's great distance runner, Henry Rono, thrashed a class field to win a five thousand metres race at the KB International meeting in sydney.
GV Henry Rono of Kenya leading during 5000 Metres race during last lap -- lapping other runners (3 shots)
CU Rono running and lapping other runners
TV Rono in last 50 metres, and racing on to finish
CU Rono at end of race
TRAVEL SHOT during 800 Metres with Darvall of Belgium with Maina of kenya (2 shots)
GV Maina takes the lead on final lap and crossing line to win, followed by Darvall
SV Maina being congratulated and waving to crowd
COLLINS: "Rono, absolutely supreme. McLeod has passed Kip Rono once again, and it's going to be a battle for the minor placings between these two. Here comes Henry Rono, Passing the post once again...and getting the bell lap. And the bell, would you believe, has broken... The bell broke as Henry went past. Now comes Mike McLeod, Kip rono. But the Kenyans, with their tactics, have worked this one tonight. They've got no problems whatsoever. Rod Dixon just passing the post now for his final lap. But this night belongs to Henry rono. And have a look at that man. He's lapping man after man as he goes down the back. this is not a man -- this is a running machine. Have a look at that stride, coming to the end of five thousand metres. He's got three quarters of a lap to go. That long stride...lapping runner after runner now. He's got a lead of about a hundred metres now from McLeod and Kip Rono.
....But there he is. The crowd rise. He's coming into the last fifty metres. Henry Rono, a magnificent performance. A standing ovation for the Kenyan champion. Look at him come to the post now, still running as strongly as ever, saluters this huge crowd. henry rono, five thousand metres champion...."
ROBERTS: "....Darvall....now Maina on the outside of him. Neck and neck at the moment. The pace hasn't been put down yet. It'll start any moment now...."
WILKINSON: "Jondeur, the Belgian...
ROBERTS: "Now here's Maina, coming home and he's looking for his thirty-ninth victory in a row, his thirty-ninth to equal the record set by herb Elliott. And it's Maina out in front going away from Jondeur, who's run a good race. Third is Chum Darvall, then came (indistinct), Mike Donnelly, Petter (indistinct). And that's the eight hundred metres, and a great win."
WILKINSON: "James Maina of Kenya, coming out here and taking his thirty-ninth consecutive international victory."
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Background: Athletics, and Kenya's great distance runner, Henry Rono, thrashed a class field to win a five thousand metres race at the KB International meeting in sydney. Rono's run on Monday (4 February) was a New South Wales record of thirteen minutes and thirty five seconds. Rono's world record for the distance is thirteen minutes eight point four seconds. His compatriot, James Maina, won the eight hundred metres event, his thirty-ninth win in a row. Commentators are Bill Collins, Sandy Robetts, and Gary Wilkinson for Charnel ATN-7.