THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, August 13, 1975
Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, August 13, 1975
GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) -
h = John Walker of New Zealand,
achieving a milestone many
thought unreachable, shattered
the world record for the mile
Y yesterday with a time of 3 min-
utes, 49.4 seconds to become
the first man to ever run the
distance in under 3:50.0
Wa 1 k e r bettered Filbert
Bayi's record of 3:51.0 by 1.6
s e c o n d s. The performance
came in the Goteborg Games,
an international track and field
meet at Slottskogsvallen Sta-
Walker, a 23-year-old from
the New Zealand country-
side, finished more than five
seconds ahead of runnerup
Ken Hall of Australia in shat-
tering track's most revered.
mark before a crowd esti-
mated at 9,000.'
Hall was clocked in 3:55.2,
followed by Graeme Crouch of
Australia in 3:56.4 and Gunnar
Ekman of Sweden in 4:01.5 in
the race which was run under
ideal conditions. The tempera-
ture was 77 degrees when the
race began at 7:50 p.m. local
"I feel extremely happy,"
.. Walker said after breaking the
record. "I still can't believe
that I've broken the record.'
"I didn't believe I had a
chance to better Filbert
Bayi's record," he said. "I
have been thinking it over
and over the last few days
..how to run, how to beat
it. Now, afterwards, I feel
I couldn't have run a more
Walker, ranked the world's
top miler last year and consid-
ered a co-favorite with Bayi
for the 1,500-meter run in the
A+n.O0 1976 Olympics, came from
almost nowhere last year to
ayi's world produce the second fastest 1,500
meters in history. Be showed
n. Walker's the same kick yesterday and
burned the praised a Swede, Goran Save-
mark, who set the pace before
"He kept exactly the speed I
wanted the first 800 meters,"
Walker said of Savemark.
Savemark led for the first
two laps. Walker, timed in
56.3 seconds for 440 yards and
1:55.5 for 880 yards, started
his attack in the third lap
when he surged into the lead,
followed by Hall and Crouch.
He increased his lead steadily
and on the fourth lap he ex-
ploded in a powerful finish
which his conipetitors couldn't
match. Walker's time at the
end of 1,200 meters 1,312
yards was 2:53.5 and he ran
the last lap in less than 56 sec-
Walker's lap times, until
the final one, ,were below
those Bayi recorded during
his world - record perform-
ance in Kingston, Jamaica,
this past May 17. In that race,
Bayi led all the way.
Walker felt that an 800-meter
race he ran in Helsinki last
week and a few 200-meter races
last Monday had helped him
improve his speed.
"I guess the sprinter races
together with a few days rest
was the right medicine to break
a world record," he said, add-
ing that he thought the tracks
at the Swedish stadium were
wide enough to allow the good
speed necessary for a world
Walker, at 6 feet 1% and
185 pounds, is one of the big-
gest milers ever to compete
successfully in the event. His
ranking by Track and Field
News as last year's top miler
preceded Mayi's record per-
formance, but Walker main-
tained he was the best.
Bayi's time had broken-by
one-tenth of a second - the
record of 3:51.1 which had been
held for eight years by Jim
Ryun of the United States.
Walker, who also runs com-
petitively at two and three
miles, had a previous best mile
time of 3:52.2, which he ran
this past July 1, also in Swe-
Roger Bannister, England, 3:".4,
May 6, 1954.
John Landy, Australia, 3:53.0,
June 21, 1954.
Derek Ibbotson, England, 3:57.2,
JJuly 19, 1957.
Herb Elliott, Australa, 3:54.5,
Aug. 6, 1958.
Peter Snel, New Zealand, 3:54.4,
Jan. 27, 1962.
Snell, 3:54.1, Nov. 17, 1964.
Michel Jazy, France, 3:53.6, June
Jim Ityun, United states, 3:51.3,
July 17, 1965.
Ryun, 3:51.1, June 23, 1967.
Fiue t Bayi, Tazania, 3:51.0, May
John walker, New Zealand, 3:49.4,
Aug. 12, 1975.
John Walker of New Zealand broke Filbert Be
record in the mile yesterday in Goteborg, Swedei
time after 1312 yards was 2:53.5, before Walker
last lap to the tap in less than 56 seconds.
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
Craine fourth- at NAAU
HOUSTON (P)-Michigan diver Don Craine of
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, finished fourth in
the men's one-meter springboard diving yes-
terday in the National Amateur Athletic Union
national diving championships.
The event was defended by Ohio State's Tim
Moore with 529.95 points who bested second
place finisher Lt. Phil Boggs and third place
finisher Dr. Jim Henry, both of Air Force,
Jets cut Taylor
NEW YORK (P)-Among veterans cut yester-,
day from NFL teams was former Wolverine
linebacker Mike Taylor. Taylor, who played on
Michigan's '69, '70, and '71 teams, was cut by
the New York Jets along with veterans Ralph
Baker and Mary Owens.
Meanwhile the Detroit Lions cut guard Jim-
mie Davis, tight end T.C. Blair, punter John
Patterson, linebacker John Krause, and wide
receiver Mike Murphy.
M-EMU doubleheader set
In a gesture of neighborhood cooperation,
Michigan's and Eastern Michigan's athletic de-
partments have undertaken a venture of pro-
moting two football doubleheaders for the 1975
The plan calls for both Michigan and EMU to
sell tickets to the day-night doubleheaders on
September 27 and October 25.
The Wolverines play afternoon games both
days beginning at 1:30 at Michigan Stadium
while the Hurons play evening contests at 7:30
p.m. at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti on the
On September 27 Michigan hosts Baylor while
EMU entertains McNeese State, while on Oc-
tober S Michigan plays Indiana for homecoming
before Eastern battles Western Illinois.
Michigan golf coach Bill Newcomb has made
moves to bolster Michigan's golf team with
the addition of three outstanding golfers for
Enrolling at Michigan this fall will be Rod
Pafford of Bay City, Randy McClellan of Ann
Arbor, and Frank Sims of Lakeville, Con-
McClellan is a transfer from New Mexico
State Junior College where he was the number
one golfer for the last two years. Pafford won
the 1973 Class A high school medalist honors
while Sims, a non-tendered student-athlete was
considered one of the top players in New Eng-
Purdue, MSU find coaches
Michigan State found a new track coach and
Purdue lost an old and hired a new wrestling
coach in Big Ten coaching changes announced
James Bibbs, assistant track coach for the
Spartans for seven years was named acting
head coach replacing Francis Dittrich, head
coach for 14 years.
Meanwhile over in West Lafayette head wres-
tling coach Don Corrigan resigned and was
replaced by Mark Sothman.
for, touring cagers
The Michigan basketball team goes for its sixth straight
victory over the Egyptian National team tonight in Alex-
The Wolverines won their fourth and fifth in a row over
the weekend with an 87-55 triumph in Mahala and a 77-70
win in Tanta. Guard Steve Grote led Michigan scorers in.
the Mahala game with 18 points as five Wolverines scored
in double figures.
Dave Baxter was the scoring leader for the Maize and
Blue in the Tanta contest with 14.
The team is on a 15-day goodwill tour of Egypt spon-
sored by the State Department and the People to People
Sports Committee. The cagers are expected to return home
" Major League Standings
East EW L Pet. G
LPt.GB Pittsburgh 67 50 .572 --
Philadelphia 64 53 .5413
Boston 70 45 .609 - St. Louis 61 55 .52 5%
Baitiniore 63 525.539 7 New York 00 5611hO631
New York 59 55 .51 1056 Chicagok a5 i6 5913%
Milwaukee 55 63 .41 16% Montreal 40 66 .412 173%
Cleveland 52 6i .410 17
Detroit 46t.72. 389 2M>,West
West Ciieinnati 78 39 .167 -
Oakland 70 45 .609 - Los Angeleso 63 55 .534 15!'
Kansas City 6 51 .609 - San Francisco 58 59 .496 20
ca6 . 1 San Diego 5364 .432
Thiao 57 10.498141 Alanta 52 .16 .4412615
Minnesota 53 61 .445 19 Houston 45 76 .369 35
California 5166.436 20 Yesterday's Results
Yesterday's Results Atlanta 3, Pittsburgh 2
Texas 4, Detroit 3 New York 9, San Diego 4
Kansas City 4, Baltimore 2 Los Angeles 7, Philadelphia 6
CievelandS; Chicago3 cincinnati 12, Chicago 3
Milwaukee 7, Minnesota 4 St. Louis 5, Houston 4
osto at California, inc.SaFrancisco5,Montrea2
New York at Oakland, inc. SaFrnic5,M tel2
Today's Games Today's Games
Kansas City (Pattin 8-7) at Bai- Pittsburgh (Ellis 7-7) at Atlantw
timore (Palmer 17-7), 7:30 p.m. (D as Canton 0-5), 7:35 p.n)
Texas (Jenkins 14-12) at Detroit Los Angeles (Hooton -9) at P,:51
(Colman -14, 8 ~m.delphia (Carlton 11-8), 7:45 p.M.
(Coleman d-14), C p.m. San Francisco (Montefusco 10-6
Cem - od4-) at Chicago at Montreal (Warthen 5-4), 8:05
Miwaukee (Haushan 3-4) at Sa D iego (Spilineg 4.10) at Nr9
Minnesota (Golts 9-10), 0 p.m'. York (Tate 4-10), 8:05 p.m.
New York (Gera 4-4) at Oakland ton (Niekro 4-4), 8:35 p.m.
(Bahnsen 7-10, It p.M. Only games scheduled