Friday, October 16, 2015

V 5 N. 93 October, 1965

If you are old enough to have opened the sports section Saturdaymorning October 12, you read of the heroics of the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax who shut out the Twins on four hits in the fifth game of the World Series.

Seventh Game 1965 World Series
You can see the complete seventh game all 2hours and 33 minutes of it narrated by Vin Scully.  Koufax was pitching his third game in the seven game series with only two days rest and and ailing shoulder.  This especially for those Dodger fans now in mourning due to last night's elimination of their team from the playoffs. ed.

But likely you did not read about Ludvik Danek breaking his own discus world record. The giant Czech took advantage of mild weather and an aiding wind in Sokolovo, Czechoslovakia to throw 213-11½, surpassing the mark he set last year by 2'2”. 
Danek Throwing

It is the 32nd and final world record set in this year of amazing achievements.
While Danek clearly dominates his event, the high jump has undergone a dramatic change. Valeriy Brumel's rule in the high jump has ended, at least for the near future, as reported in this issue of Track and Field News .

 China's Ni Chih Chin jumped 7-3¾ on September 29 and followed that with either a 7-4 or 7-4¼ in an unspecified meet. Brumel will be unable to respond to this challenge because on October 7 he fractured his ankle in a motorcycle accident. It will be at least a year until he is able compete. The king is dead (at least temporarily). Long live the king.

Brumel nearly had his lower right leg amputated just above the foot.  He never fully recovered, tried a long painful comeback as seen in the above video.  The injury was to his lead leg not the take off leg, and it is clear that he has a lot of pain while doing his approach.

A bit more on his life which ended at age 60 a few years ago.  Found on Wikipedia.
Brumel was born in a far eastern Siberian village to a family of geologists exploring the region.[3] They later moved to Lugansk and taught at a local university. Brumel took up the high jump at 12 in Lugansk, coached by P. S. Shtein. Aged 16 he cleared 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) using the then dominant straight-leg straddle technique. He improved his skills under the coaching of V. M. Dyachkov in Moscow. In 1960 he broke the USSR record, 2.17 metres (7 ft 1 in), and was selected to the Olympic team. At the 1960 Summer Olympics, he cleared the same height as the winner Robert Shavlakadze, but made more attempts and thus was awarded a silver medal.[2] In 1961–1963 he broke the world record in the high jump six times, improving it from 2.23 metres (7 ft 4 in) to 2.28 metres (7 ft 6 in).[4] He also won the high jump at the 1961 and 1963 Universiade, 1962 European Championships, the 1964 Summer Olympics and the USSR Championships of 1961–1963.[1][5]
After going undefeated during the 1965 season, Brumel suffered a multiple fracture in his right foot in a motorcycle accident, and faced an amputation. He was operated on successfully by professor Gavriil Ilizarov with a new leg-lengthening procedure using his external fixator. Yet even after 29 surgeries he could not fully recover. He retired in 1970 after jumping 2.06 metres (6 ft 9 in) at local competitions.[1][5]
In retirement Brumel turned to acting and writing. He starred in the films Sport, Sport, Sport (1970) and The Right to Jump (1971) and wrote numerous novels and plays, including the novel Don't Change Yourself (1979), which was translated into seven languages, and the libretto to Rauf Hajiyev's operetta Golden Caravel (Золотая каравелла).[1][5]

Personal life[edit]

Brumel had two brothers, Oleg (1944–2005) and Igor, a Russian politician born in 1952 in Rostov.[6] Brumel was married three times. His first wife, rhythmic gymnast Svetlana Lazareva, left him with a son in 1965, when Brumel was recovering from his motorcycle accident. In 1973 Brumel married Yelena Petushkova, an equestrian and 1972 Olympic champion in dressage. The couple divorced 18 months later citing irreconcilable differences. They had a daughter, Vlada Petushkova, born in 1974, who was raised by her mother.[7] In 1992 Brumel married Svetlana Belousova, who later founded and managed the Valeriy Brumel Fund. They had a son Viktor.[5][8]

An injury to Poland's triple jump record holder, Jozef Schmidt, is responsible for the Soviet Union besting West Germany in the European Cup, 86-85. Schmidt took the lead in the first round with a leap of 53-10 but on his second attempt pulled up lame, unable to compete further. Aleksandr Zolotaryev of the Soviet Union then matched Schmidt's mark. East Germany's Hans-Joachim Ruckborn topped them both in the third round with a PR of 54-2. Second place went to Zolotaryev on the basis of a better second jump as Schmidt had only the one jump. Thus the Russians gained the point they needed for the championship.

Little reported on cross county in this issue. Be looking for the November report.

Were you to turn to the final page of this issue, you would see a full page ad for “The Wonder Shoe of Tokyo”.
Tokyo 64
135 grams
 That would be Adidas, of course, the shoe that won 33 gold, 34 silver and 32 bronze medals in the recent Olympics. Adidas may be purchased through Carlsen Import Shoe on Franklin in New York City, Van Dervoort's Hardware on Washington in East Lansing or......wait for it.....Clifford Severn Sporting Goods on Magnolia in North Hollywood. Some things never change.

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