At the British Games in Edinburgh on Saturday (16 June), Austrian hurdler Maria Sykora improved her own best performance in the 400 metres hurdles to win in 58.5 seconds, trimming one tenth of a second off the time she set in England three weeks ago.
MV Meadowbank Stadium
GVs & SVs of men's 2 mile race, Spaniard leading but race finally won by Morrison (8) (5 shots)
SCU & SV Morrison at end of race (2 shots)
GV Ladies 400 metres hurdles won by Sykora (7 shots)
Initials ES. 4.19 ES. 4.33
THIS FILM IS RESTRICTED TO SCHEDULED NEWS BULLETINS ONLY.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: At the British Games in Edinburgh on Saturday (16 June), Austrian hurdler Maria Sykora improved her own best performance in the 400 metres hurdles to win in 58.5 seconds, trimming one tenth of a second off the time she set in England three weeks ago.
Saturday was the first time that the Ladies 400 metres hurdles has been featured in the British Games. In second place was British record-holder Christine Howell who finished with a time of 60,6 seconds.
The Burmah-Castrol Invitation Two Miles was won by a Briton, Norman Morrson, in the Comparatively slow time of 8 minutes 44.6 seconds. The Spaniard Carlos Garcia led the field for much of the race but he eventually finished unplaced. Chris Stewart and Alan Rushmer, also of Britain, finished second and third respectively.
South Africa was for the first time presented by an inter-racial team. Danie Malan, currently the second fastest 800 metres runner in the world with I minute 44 seconds, won the event on Saturday. Malan, from Stellenbosch University, turned on a brilliant finishing speed to win in I minute 46.8 seconds, only three tenths of a second outside John Boulter's British All-Comers Record.
SYNOPSIS: Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh -- scene on Saturday of the British Games.
In the Burmah-Castrol Invitation Two Miles, as the runners entered the last lap, the lead was held by the Spaniard Carlos Garcia. But the slower pace of the early laps meant that the runners were tightly bunched for the finish. Briton's Chris Stewart and Norman Morrison moved up to challenge and eventually overhaul the Spaniard. But clearly Morrison had the necessary speed and was able to hold off Stewart's challenge. Alan Rushmer took third place. The Spaniard was unplaced.
The slow pace at the beginning had enabled Morrison to make good use of his fast finish. His time was comparatively slow at 8 minutes 44.6 seconds. Stewart's time was two tenths of a second slower.
The Ladies 400 metres hurdles was featured for the first time in the British Games. British hurdler Judy Vernon, in the outside lane, took an early lead. Her race is more one of power than speed. She takes 15 paces between each of the ten hurdles -- the same as most men. But Judy Vernon's strength was not enough to carry her past Maria Sykora the Austrian, running in the inside lane. Miss Sykora had established a new world best performance for this event in England three weeks ago. Round the final bend the race was clearly the Austrian's. Judy Vernon had faded and the next girl was Chris Howell some fifteen yards back. Maria Sykora won, bettering her own world best time by one tenth of a second. She finished in 58.8 seconds, followed by Christine Howell in 60.6 seconds, with Christine's elder sister third in a time of 61.3 seconds.