The event is decided in the fourth round. It may be a miserable rainy day for the rest of the field, but as far as Romuald Klim is concerned, the sun is shining and the birds are singing. He spins a throw of 228-9½ that no one can match the rest of the day. Connolly can produce only a 212-4 and two fouls, including a disheartening fall on his last throw, what is to be the last attempt of his storied career.
|Uwe had a less than stellar film career after Tokyo|
Also modeled window dressing?
|Hayes Jones, Pontiac MI HS and Eastern Michingan University|
|approaching last hurdle|
|just over last hurdle|
|Just after crossing the finish line|
|Hayes Jones at a recent reunion|
|Blaine Lindgren and his U. of Utah coaches|
Marv Hess and Gordon Mortenson
|Anatoly Mikhailov 3rd|
|Eddy Ottov and Marcel Duriez|
In the fourthround, Davies briefly ties T-O at 25-6¼ before the Russian reclaims second position a moment later with a jump of 25-7. Boston increases his lead ever so slightly with a leap of 25-10¼. Davies has added himself to the equation but no one else is over 25. Two jumps are left for each competitor.
On the first day Bill Easton sat in front of me on the first day, Oct 14th, and every time the runners came by he jumped up and blocked my view.
I remember that on October 18th, I was sitting next to an older couple who turned out to be Willard and Katharin Schul. It was cold and raining. I told the shivering lady sitting next to me that she should return to her hotel. She said she couldn't because her son was running in the last race of the day.
Jazy has been on Clarke's shoulder the whole way. Norpoth is comfortable in third, followed by Baillie. Dellinger and Schul let a little ground open, but are still very much in it. Keino, who yesterday ran a heat of the 1500, has let a five meter gap open behind the Americans.
Jazy's lead is shrinking but so is the distance to the finish line. Schul catches Norpoth on the final turn but still has five meters to make up on Jazy in the final straight. As they enter the homestretch Schul sees Jazy's shoulders tighten. He says later, “I smiled inwardly. I knew I had him.” Indeed he does. Fifty meters from the tape he passes the courageous Frenchman and pulls away dramatically. When he hits the tape he is the first American to win an Olympic 5000. Jazy pays the price for his early sprint, tying up badly, and is passed first by Norpoth and, in the last stride, Dellinger.
|Jazy about to realize his bronze is gone|
|The victor consoling the vanquished|
|Faces of pure joy|
Schul's last lap is 54.8, impressive in and of itself, but incredible considering he didn't step on the accelerator until the backstretch. His final 300 is covered in an amazing 38.7 seconds. Adding to the US euphoria is Dellinger's bronze medal. In his third Olympics the Oregon runner enjoys the finest moment of his great career.
|Bob Schul 1955|
There will be celebrating when the news hits West Milton, Ohio for hometown favorite Bob Schul is the Olympic champion, the first American to medal at 5000 meters in 32 years and the first ever to win the gold medal.
The following exerpt is from Bob Schul's unpublished second book on his life after he stepped off the track after the 5,000 victory. These are his words, and we are proud he has chosen to share them with us and our readers.
|Norpoth with his coach and guru Dr Ernst Van Aaken|