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Thursday, July 29, 1976


Page Eleven

Guy Drut wins 110 hurdles

By The Associated Press
MONTREAL-French hero Guy Drut
won in the men's 110-meter hurdles and
Esther Roth, the only returning member
of Israel's Olympic track and field team
from the Munich massacre began her
quest for gold during* several record-
shattering performances yesterday.
T h e 26-year-old Drut, -considered
France's best athlete, ended the United
States' domination of nine straight vic-
tories in the hurdles. Charging into the
lead with two hurdles remaining, Drut
passed four-time Olympian Willie Daven-
port of Baton Rouge, La., then flashed
over the finish line in 13.30 seconds. It
was the first time that the United States
had not won the event's Olympic gold
since 1928.
American Games champion from Cuba,
took the silver medal in 13.33. The 33-
year-old Davenport, the 1968 Olympic
champion, hung on to edge bald Charles
Foster of Durham, N.C., for the bronze
in 13.38.
Davenport's medal was the only one
the Americans earned in five final events

Wednesday, but the showing was not un-
expected. The United States, which now
has won two golds, three silvers, and
six bronze in five days of track and field
competition, did not have exceptionally
strong contenders in any of the other
Mrs. Roth, who watched in horror
four years ago as her teammates and
coaches were wiped out in the gruesome
Arab terrorist attack at Munich, twice
broke the Israeli national record in the
women's 100 hurdles. In her opening heat
she was timed in 13.06, bettering her
previous mark of 1309. Later, in heat No.
2 she clooked 13.04.
In addition to Drut, Wednesday's gold
medalist included:
* Sweden's Anders Garderud in the
3,000 steeplechase, in a world-record
* East Germany's Rosemarie Acker-
man in the women's high jump with an
Olympic-record 6-feet4,
*East Germany's Barbell Eckert in
the women's 200 in an Olympic-record
22.37, and,

* Russia's Yuriy Syedykh in the men's
hammer throw, with an Olympic-record,
American women also set two U.S.
marks during the record-smashing day.
State bettered the mark in the women's
400 with a time of 50.62 in a semifinal
heat. Her performance came only a
short time after her teammate, Shiela
Ingram of Washington, D. C., had lower-
ed the record to 50.90.
Only two days ago, Miss Ingram also
had cracked the U.S. record in the 400
with a time of 51.31, only to see Debra
Sapenter of Prairie View, Tex., drop it
to 51.23. Miss Sapenter joined her team-
mates in Thursday's 400 semifinals with
a time of 51.34.
However their performances all were
overshadowed by Poland's Irina Szewin-
ska, a six-time Olympic medalist. Mrs.
Szewinska, the world record holder at
49.75, smashed the Olympic record in
the 400 with a time of 50.40.
The other American women's record
went to middle-distance star Francie
Larrieu Lutz of Long Beach, Calif. She

lowered the women's 1,500 record to
4:07.21 while finishing sixth and qualify-
ing for a berth in Thursday's semifinals
THE PREVIOUS record was 4:07.3 by
Cindy Poor of San Jose, Calif., set last
month at the U. S. trials in Eugene, Ore.
Miss Poor, however, failed to qualify
for the Olympic semifinal, running
4:08.39 The third American in the
women's 1,500, Jan Merrill of Waterford,
Conn., advanced with Ms. Lutz, with a
qualifying time of 4:10.90.
Another qualifier was Russia's Tan-
tanya Kazankina, the Olympic 800 cham-
Another Olympic record fell in the
men's 5,000 heats when Britain's Bren-
dan Foster led a charge of eight runners
across the finish line under the Games'
mark in 13:20.34. The previous mark
was 13:26.4 by 1972 Olympic champion
Lasse Viren of Finland.
Viren, also winner of the 10,000 both in
1972 and this year, easily qualified for
Friday's final in the 5,000. No one ever
has won both races twice in a row. No
one ever has even won the 5,000 twice.

'Games have no soul,' says
high-ranking IOC official

By The Associated Press
MONTREAL - Montreal has
put an iron collar on the Olym-
pics, says the director of the
International Olympic Commit-
tee, and the Games have no
soul any more.
Monique Berlioux did some
blunt talking yesterday in a
television interview, criticizing
the Montreal organizing com-
mittee and saying the Olympic
spirit has gone out the win-
dow. "These Games have no
soul and the Olympic spirit is
completely lacking," she said.
Mrs. Berlioux, a former
swimmer who competed for
France in the 1948 London
Games, is a salaried official
of the IOC and probably re-
flects the views of many of
the 77 members. These are
growing fears among them
that the Games will never be
what they once were.
The grim memories of Mu-

nich in 1972, when Arab gueril-
las stormed the Israeli quarters
in Olympic Village and 11 Is-
raeli athletes died, haunt Mon-
treal at every corner.
Armed soldiers and security
police stand every few yards
inside the boundary of the Vil-
lage. Athletes are searched and
have their bags opened every
time they go in and out.
"The athletes are penned up
in an iron collar and one
doesn't feel the kind of holiday
spirit that should prevail at
such games," Mrs. Berlioux
said. "I preferred the Mexico.
Games in 1968 and the Munich
Games in 1972, because there
you could feel the Olympic
"In the world of sports you
need a bit of anarchy, a bit
of freedom."
Mrs. Berlious criticized the
organization of the Games. She
said COJO, the organizing
committee, had done a good


job preparing the sites, but
"There is no spirit of gaiety
and to be blunt, I think that
the organization of the Games
was perhaps not on a par with
the building of the sites."
Members of the IOC have
complained that there arehnot
enough Olympic flags flying in
the city. Everywhere there are
Canadian flags and the pictures-
que flag of Montreal - a quar-
tered design with the English
rose, the Scottish thistle, the
Irish shamrock and the French
fleur de lys - but scarcely a
sign of the Olympic flag with
the five interlocking rings sym-
bolizing the five continents.
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