On the night of August 25th in Stockholm he faces steeplechase world record holder Gaston Roelants at 5000 meters. Roelants is ready, as measured by his 28:10.6 10,000, the fastest by anyone not named Ron Clarke. Rain has softened the track to the point that experienced observers give Keino no chance of breaking Clarke's 13:25.8 WR. But Keino is going to take a shot anyway. He and Roelants run together through 3000 meters, reached in 8:05.0, before the Belgian drops off the pace. Running by himself on a soggy track, Keino soldiers on to a 13:29.8 victory with Roelants 16 seconds back. Speculation abounds about how fast Keino might have run on a dry, fast track.
Once again the Portuguese Tables are consulted with the conclusion that this is the sport's fourth greatest performance, topped only by Randy Matson's 70-7 shot put, Clarke's 26:39.4 10,000 and Bob Hayes' collection of 9.1 100 yard dashes.
The promoters have invited the top milers on the continent. They are all there except for vacationing world record holder Michel Jazy. European 1500 record holder Jurgen May is there as are Alan Simpson, the British mile record holder, and Olympic 1500 meter silver medalist Josef Odlozil.
Derek Ibbotson and Wilson Kiprugut, the designated pace setters, take the field though laps of 56.4 and 1:58.3. Whether it is the slowing of the pace on the second lap or Keino's pre-race strategy is unknown, but the gallant Kenyan throws down the challenge at the start of the third lap. He runs 59.9 then finishes in 56.0 to win handily in 3:54.2, the third fastest time (Jazy 3:53.6, Snell 3:54.1) ever. Odlozil is second in 3:55.6, ahead of Simpson, 3:55.7, and May, 3:56.0.
|Ibbotson and Keino|
On September 8 in Houstka, East Germany, Odlozil gets his own record, running 2000 meters in 5:01.2, shaving four tenths off Jazy's mark set three years earlier.
See video below. Especially if you speak Hungarian.
Although Richmond Flowers won both hurdles and the 100 at the Jaycee Junior Championship, the fans went away talking about a high jumper from Oregon. “He used a standard approach but went over the bar head first and landed on his back.” He cleared 6-7 to win. His name is Dick Fosbury.....The favorite sport of Americans according to a Louis Harris survey: baseball 38%, football 25%, basketball 9%, bowling 7%, golf 4%, skiing 2%, tennis 1%, none 1%, all others (including track and field) 12%. That's it folks, track is less popular than “none”......The careers of Peter Snell and Herb Elliot overlapped briefly, pitting them against each other three times in 1960. None of the races was close. On (before the Rome Olympics) Snell won an 800 in Melbourne in 1:51.3 with Elliot sixth in 1:53.5. They met on successive days, September 22 & 23 in Dublin when both were Olympic champions. Fittingly, Snell won the 880 in 1:47.9 with Elliot fourth in 1:48.4. Elliot won the mile the following day in 3:57.0 with Snell fifth in 4:01.5......The times they are a-changin'. The NCAA just announced that the cross country national championship will be held at the University of Kansas on . Why is this significant? Because ever since the first national championship in 1938, all of the meets have been held on the Michigan State course. The other significant change is the lengthening of the distance from four to six miles......Our last gleaned tidbit might earn you a free pitcher of beer at the Dew Drop Inn night if you play your cards right. Jesse Owens didn't have a first name, just initials. He was christened J.C. As the story goes, a teacher misunderstood his pronunciation of Jesse and he was too shy to correct her.
|Jesse Owens Birthplace Road Side Plaque|
in Lawrence Co. Alabama
Jesse Owens birthplace in far northern Alabama, near the town of Oakville.
Brief Bio on Josef Odlozil from from Odlozil Memorial Track Meet page
|John Davies , Josef Odlozil, Peter Snell|