John Akii-Bua, Judith Ayaa, Steve Prefontaine: US-USSR-World All-Stars Track-Field Meet at Berkeley

The US-USSR-World All-Stars Track and Field Meet happened on Saturday, July third 1971, in Berkeley at the Edwards Stadium of University of California.

Very recently, on May thirtieth 1971, John Akii-Bua had commendably decreased the 400 meters-hurdles African report to 49.7 seconds in Kampala, and thereby gained a fairly widespread degree of attention. But there was a few skepticism about the timing and the song situations, for the reason that the event changed into contested on a fairly unknown and unrecognized African music. Nevertheless, in Berkeley, 21 yr-vintage policeman Akii become considered a first-rate contender for the gold medal. The different favorites were Wes Williams who became appeared as USA’s top contenders, and Russia’s Vyacheslav Skomorokhov. Williams had on the recent country wide AAU championships finished second in the four hundred and forty yards-hurdles (that’s four yards longer than the metric lap) in an outstanding 49.Three; even as Skomorokhov who completed 5th in the foregone 1968 Olympics had a 49.1 private first-class inside the intermediate hurdles.

Eventually, Akii-Bua of Uganda, representing the World, gained (50.1), 2nd was University of Washington’s Jim Seymour (USA) in 50.Five, Roger Johnson (World) become 0.33 (50.9), Vyacheslav Skomorokhov (USSR) changed into fourth (50.Nine), 5th became Wes Williams (51.0) of USA, followed by Yuriy Zorin (USSR) in fifty three.3.

Akii-Bua’s feedback are stated (AP 1971: 19).

“I were working towards hurdles with each… Right… And left leg. I think those who hurdle with best one leg are not versatile enough… I have no set plan to run such a lot of steps in between the hurdles. I simply go over them when I get there.”

In the men’s 4x400m relay the united states group (Edesel Garrison, Frederick Newhouse, Tommie Turner, Darwin Bond) triumphed (3:02.Nine); the World’s group (Alfred Daley, John Akii-Bua, Laighton Priestley, Garth Case) was second (three:08.Four); at the same time as the USA team (Boris Savchuk, Yuriy Zorin, Dimitriy Stuklaov, Semyon Kocher) become last.

Judith Ayaa of Uganda, representing the World, participated within the women’s 4x400m relay. This time, the U.S. Crew gained (3:36.0). The Soviet runners had been Lyudmila Findgenova, Lyudmila Aksenova, Natalya Chistyakova, and Nadyezhda Kolesnikova. Second an in 3:38.1 become america crew (Esther Stroy, Gwen Norman, Cheryl Toussaint, and Jarvis Scott). Finishing third in 3:forty four.1 become the World all-Stars group of Ayaa, Penny Werther, Allison Ross-Edwards, and Yvonne Sanders.

Major highlights on the international track meet covered the putting of a new world file inside the excessive bounce (7 feet, 6.25 inches) by means of University of Wisconsin’s Pat Matzdorf (USA); and a brand new country wide file inside the 5000m (thirteen:30.Four) by means of USA’s Steve Prefontaine (University of Oregon).