Britain's Derek Ibbotson, the world mile record-holder finished last of the 37 entrants in a 5 1/2 mile cross-country race in Brussels, on Sunday (Nov 17).
Presentation of the teams participating to the Criterium of the Aces.
The start is given to 37 participants.
After 1800 meters Basil Heathly (England), No 6, jumps the obstacles, followed by No 8, Geneve Raymond (France)
After the 3rd lap, Heathly is still leading and has a slight advantage over Ameur (France) No 9.
To the general consternation, the favorite, Derek Ibbotson is nowhere in the race.
After 6 kilometers, the Yougoslav, Mihalic, No 19, took the lead, followed by No 6, the British Heathley and No 1, the Fin, Heinaaho.
In the last lap, Mihalic flees irresistably away and arrives alone with a very nice advantage over the other contestants.
Close up of the winner.
Start of the popular cross.
1800 racers are at the start of this important international cross-country, among which athletes of Luxemburg, France, Holland and Germany.
The lap is 7 kilometers 400 meters long.
After 3 kilometers, one athlete has the lead, No 1963, the Belgian military, Vanden Borre.
Several shots of the group in the fields, after 4 kilometers.
In the last lap, the Luxemburger, No 2 Gliedner, has taken the lead and wins with a 10 meters advantage over the secons, the Belgian military, Vanden Borre.
Close up of the winner with his second.
Several other shots of the arrivals.
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Background: Britain's Derek Ibbotson, the world mile record-holder finished last of the 37 entrants in a 5 1/2 mile cross-country race in Brussels, on Sunday (Nov 17).
Held at the Evere military airfield, the race - known as the Criterium of the Aces was won by Franio Mihalic of Yugoslavia, in 30 minutes 5 secs.
Frans Herman of Belgium was second and Basil Heatley of Britain, third. Belgium's 'A' team took the team prize with Britain second.
After Heatley, British finishers were; Hugh Foord (8th), and Arthur Chorlton (19th).
The ground was very heavy and the race was run in thick fog. Ibbotson stayed with the leaders for the first mile but soon fell back. Heatley was in front until the fourth lap when Mihalic took a big lead which he held until the end.