John Aki-Bua, Judith Ayaa, Steve Prefontaine. USA-USSR-World All-Star Sport in Berkeley

John Aki-Bua, Judith Ayaa, Steve Prefontaine. USA-USSR-World All-Star Sport in Berkeley

The USA-USSR-World All-Star Sport came about on Saturday, July 3, 1971 at UC Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium.

Extra lately, on Might 30, 1971, John Aki-Bua laudably lowered the African 400m hurdles document to 49.7 seconds in Kampala and in doing so attracted fairly a little bit of consideration. However there was some skepticism concerning the timing and observe situations, on condition that the occasion was contested on a considerably unknown and unrecognized African observe. Nonetheless, 21-year-old policeman Aki was thought of the primary contender for the gold medal in Berkeley. The opposite two favorites had been Wes Williams, who was thought of the highest contender for the US, and Russia’s Vyacheslav Skomorokhov. Williams completed second within the 440-yard hurdles (which is 4 yards longer than the metric circle) on the current AAU Nationwide Championships in a formidable 49.3; In the meantime, Skomorokhov, who completed fifth on the 1968 Olympics, had a private finest within the center hurdles with 49.1 factors.

In the long run, Akii-Bua of Uganda, representing the World, gained (50.1), Jim Seymour of the College of Washington (USA) was second with 50.5, Roger Johnson (World) was third (50.9), and Vyacheslav Skomorokhov (USSR) was fourth (50.9). ). fifth is Wes Williams (51.0), adopted by Yuri Zorin (USSR) with 53.3.

Akii-Bua’s remarks are talked about (AP 1971: 19).

“I practiced hurdles with each… my proper and my left foot. I believe those that solely hurdle with one leg aren’t versatile sufficient… I haven’t got any particular plans to run that many steps. between obstacles. I simply go over them after I get there.”

Within the males’s 4x400m relay, the USA staff gained (Edsel Garrison, Frederick Newhouse, Tommy Turner, Darwin Bond) (3:02.9); The world staff (Alfred Daly, John Aki-Bua, Leighton Priestley, Garth Case) was second (3:08.4); The USSR staff (Boris Savchuk, Yuri Zorin, Dimitri Stuklaov, Semyon Kocher) was the final.

Judith Aya, consultant of Uganda, representing the world, participated within the ladies’s 4×400 m relay race. This time the USSR staff gained (3:36.0). The Soviet runners had been Lyudmila Fingenova, Lyudmila Aksenova, Natalya Chistyakova and Nadiezhda Kolesnikova. Second in 3:38.1 was Staff USA (Esther Stroy, Gwen Norman, Cheryl Toussaint and Jarvis Scott). The World All-Star staff of Ayaa, Penny Werther, Alison Ross-Edwards and Yvonne Sanders completed third in 3:44.1.

Highlights of the worldwide observe meet included College of Wisconsin’s Pat Matzdorf (USA) setting a brand new world document within the excessive leap (7 toes, 6.25 inches); and a brand new nationwide document within the 5000m (13:30.4) by Steve Prefontaine (College of Oregon) USA.

The USA gained the entire factors, the USSR was the second, and the world all-star staff was the third.

Works Cited

AP (July 14, 1971) “For the American-Russian duel. US runners weren’t prepared”, within the movie “Odessa American”.

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