A somewhat more detailed description of that 5,000 is told by our friend John Cobley of racingpast.ca Racing Past is probably the best blog on history of distance running out there. Be sure and spend some time on that site.
Ron Larrieu, Bob Schul, Orentas, and Pytor Bolotnikov
I talked to Bob last year approaching the 50th anniversary of his great 5,000 win in Tokyo. He related that this race in Kiev was one of his finest moments in track and field, because of his injury and his fighting through the pain of the muscle tear to go down to the wire with Bolotnikov. However he was equally moved after the race because of the warm reception he was given by the Ukranian fans in the crowd. After the race he thought they were exceedingly kind by their applause for his effort despite the obvious injury. An anonymous person came to help him get back to a bench in the infield and then helped him with getting off his shoes and finding his sweats. It's one of those kindnesses we have from a complete stranger and don't know how to thank them afterward. Bob said he hoped if that person was still alive and happens to see this report that a big thank you goes out to him.
One other thing that Bob also related in that conversation last year was his desire that the IOC would help former Olympians to re-unite at future games sites. He's not suggesting that plane tickets and seating be given freely, but that if former Olympians decide to attend a later games that there be some sort of reserved seating alloted to them where they can encounter their former adversaries.. gb
Lindgren runs faster than he did in winning last year's 10,000 but is left a half lap behind by Dutov and Ivanov. No what ifs there. Mills doesn't run. Put the Olympic champ into the equation and you have a meet changer. Let's be ultra conservative and say he gets second. That changes the event score from a USSR 8-3 advantage to 7-4 and ties the meet at 115.
|Marian Dudziak, Jim Hines, Adolph Plummer, and possibly Marian Foik|
Andrezj Badenski delights the crowd by winning the 400 in 45.6, the fastest time in the world this year.