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vietnesiay, August 'u, 1 t abt--
Soviets stil upset about Olympics

C O L L E G E P A R K,
Md. - The translation was
so m e t i m e s burdensome
and sometimes unnecessary. It
was obvious, however, that the
Russians were upset about the
recent Olympic Games in Mon-
treal.
At a news conference called
yesterday to promote the 14th
dual track meet between Soviet
and United States athletes,
little time was spent discuss-
ing the upcoming clash at the
University of Maryland.
Soon after making some
introductory remarks about
the hospitality, peace and
friendship surrounding the
two-day meet starting Fri-
day, the leader of the Rus-
sian delegation launched his
attack.
Nikolai Riashentcev charged
that calculated actions were
taken in Montreal against ath-
letes from Russia and other
Eastern European nations.
And the rumor which had
sprinter Valery Borzov defect-
ing was described by Risashent-
cev - through an interpreter

-as an "outrageous and dirty
accusation."
The head of the delegation
also complained about unruly
spectators at Soviet soccer and
volleyball games, and then
promised there would be "no
harrassment against any team"
at the 1980 Olympic Games in
Moscow.
Asked about the defection
of 17-year-old Russian diver
Sergei Nemtsanov, Riashent-
cev called it a kidnapping by
those who exerted "criminal
influence on the psychology of
an under-age boy."
Riashentcev contended none'
of the specific negatives about
the Olympics had been reported
to the Soviet public and he vow-
ed that the Russians would not
allow such things to happen in
Moscow.
Many of the athletes who
competed in the Olympics at
Montreal, supplemented by
added starters on both squads,
are scheduled to perform in 35
events during the two - day
meet.

Boroz was asked if, in light
of his third-place finish in
Montreal, he viewed the USSR-
USA meet at the start of a
campaign to reclaim his posi-
tion as the No. 1 sprinter in
the world.
After the interpreter relay-
ed a seemingly long version
of the question and Borzov
replied, with several side

comments from others in the
party, the answer came back:
"He will try to do his best."
Although he made use of the
interpreter during the formal
question and answer session,
Borzov apparently understands
English quite well.
Later, when asked to de-
scribe the leg injury which
bothered him in Montreal, a

women interpreter was having
difficulty relaying his thoughts.
Asked if it were a hamstring
injury, Borzov nodded and
toickly added in perfect En-
glish: "Everybody has it."
Then, when a newsman noted
that the name on his tag was
not his, florzov snmiled as he
took it off and said: "This is
not mine."

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By The Associated Press
P H 1 . A D E L P H I A -
Four days after the final Olym-
pic race, Steve Williams, the
world record holder in the 100
meters, will finally get his
chance to prove he's the best.
Williams, who owns the
record at 9.9 seconds, missed
the Olympics because of a leg
injury. So did another Ameri-
can, Houston McTear, also
sidelined with a leg problem.
But, the two will be in the
field for the 100 meters to-
day in the Bicentennial Meet
of Champions, although the
Olympic gold medalist, Hase-
ly Crawford of Trinidad, is
skipping the meet.
"How did I react to the ath-
letic death of Steve Williams?"
Williams reflected. "It was a
nightmare," he said of his in-
jury which occurred at the
U. S. Olympic Trials at Eu-
gene, Ore.
Now Williams is out to prove
he is still, the world's fastest
human.
"Hasely Crawford never beat
me in his life, even on my
worst days," he said. "He's the
world's fastest human? Well,
we'll see if he defends it as of-
ten as he should."
Don Quarrie of Jamaica, who
won a silver in the 100 and a
gold in the 200, will also be in
the field.
The 100 and 200 meters will
also feature U. S. Olympians
Steve Riddick, Mark Lutz and

Dwayne Evans, bronze medal-
ist in the 200, and Guyana's
James Gilkes, who tried to re-
enter the Olympics after his
country joined the boycott by
African nations.
New Zealand's John Walker,
the 1.500-meter gold medalist in
Montreal, will test his world
record 3:49.4 on Franklin
F i e 1 d ' s all-weather track
against a field that includes
four sub-3:54 milers.
Filbert Bayi of Tanzania, who
briefly held the record of 3:51.1
before being dethroned by
Walker, won't be among them.
The Tanzanian government re-
fuses to allow Bayi to race
against Walker because of
New Zealand's sports relations
with South Africa: The status of
Mike Boit 3:54.9 of Kenya
also is uncertain.
Lasse Viren, the first to win
gold medals in the 10,000 and
5,000 meters in successive
Olympics, will be up against
Dick Quax of New Zealand in
the 3,000 meters.
The favorites in the inter-
mediate hurdles will be Amer-
ica's 400 gold and silver medal-
ists, Ed Moses and Mike Shine.
Olympic bronze medalist Her-
man Frazier heads the field in
the 400 meters.
B r o n z e medalist Dwight
Stones, who owns the world
high jump record of 7-71/4, will
face fellow American Olympian
Bill Jankunis, who has clear-
ed 7-5 3/4.

'Superman' Jenner signs up
America's Bruce Jenner, the Olympic decathlon champ, stands under a statue of Atlas in New
York's Rockefeller Center as he signs an autograph. Jenner has already hired an agent and is
considering several show business opportunities, including starring roles in movie productions
of "Superman," "Tarzan" and remakes of Errol Flynn films. His agent says the handsome Jen-
ner has "the face of Robert Redford and the body of Tarzan."
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