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Page Eleven

5000-meters record falls

By The Associated Press
STOCKHOLM - Duncan McDonald set
an American record in the 5,000 meters
and Bronislaw Malinowski missed the
world 3,000-meter steeplechase mark by
a mere 4.2 seconds to highlight the final
lay of the international track and field
meet at Stockholm's Olympic Stadium
last night.
McDonald, 27, of Hawaii, clocked 13
minutes, 19.40 seconds after a fantastic
last kilometer to wipe out the late Steve
Prefontaine's previous mark by 4.4
Prefontaine, who died in a car accident
in 1975, set his record of 13:22.8 in 1972.
McDONALD was the pace-setter during
the first two kilometers of the 5,000, and
after the three kilometer mark, he and
Dixon broke away from the pack.
Dixon took the lead at the bell looking
the stronger of the two, but the American

cane back with a strong kick in the last
150 meters to win by a few strides.
The last kilometer was one of history's
fastest in a 5,000-meter run. Both men
were well under the pace of Belgium's
Emiel Puttemans who set the world
record of 13:13.0 in 1972.
McDonald, who competes for the mid-
Pacific road runners, had a previous
personal best of 13:29.6 when he finished
second in the U. S. Olympic trials in
Eugene, Ore.
"I felt very good in the last kilometer
but I never thought I went that fast," he
said. "I think I could have ran under
13.15 with a better pace early in the
It was the first time McDonald ran
in Stockholm. He was here three years
ago but was not allowed to start in a
1,500-meter race then because his per-

sonal best time was off the qualification
OTHER AMERICAN winners included
Olympic champion Mac Wilkins in the
discus and veteran Willie Davenport,-
who tied with world record holder Guy
Drut of France in the 110-meter hurdles.
Wilkins tossed the disc 216 feet in his
sixth and last attempt to pass his old
rival and former world record holder
John Powell of San Jose, Calif., who
had a toss of 214-9.
Wilkins holds the world mark of 232-6,
set earlier this year.
Davenport, 33, competing for the Baton
Rouge, La., Track Club, and the French
Olympic gold medalist both were timed
in 13.57.
GUYANA'S James Gilkes, who tried in
vain to enter the 100 meters as an in-
dividual after his nation joined the

African pullout of the Olympics, won his
second race in two days, the 200 meters
in 20.9. Ile also took the 1IS0-meter dash
Olympic pole vault champion Tadeusz
Slusarski of Poland cleared 17-8 to win
over American Ilan Ripley and Wojciech "
Bucuarski of Poland, both also at 17-8%.
Irena Szewinska of Poland, the greatest
female athlete in Olympic track history
and winner of the 400 in Montreal, won
the 200 meters in 22.6. Olympic 100
meters winner Annegret Richter of West
Germany was five-tenths of a second
Olympic javelin queen Ruth Fuchs of
Fast Germany won her specialty with
a toss of 202-11 and countrywoman Anita
Weiss ran a fast 800 meters in 1:57.3,
only 2.4 seconds off Russian Tatayana
Kazankina's world mark.

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By The Associated Press
Tarkanian taking off?
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Two Las Vegas newspapers said yester-
day Jerry Tarkanian, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas basket-
ball coach, may be ready to take the head coaching job with the
National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Lakers.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal said the Lakers have mailed
Tarkanian a contract calling for $350,000 over a five-year period
and that Tarkanian is expected to sign. Meanwhile, the Las
Vegas Sun said Tarkanian has not made up his mind whether
to accept the offer.
Tarkanian, whose teams have amassed a 73-13 in his three
years at UNLV, has said he will have no comment and, if any
announcement is made, it will come from Lakers' owner Jack
Kent Cooke.
English Channel, ha!
COPENHAGEN - An American woman, Lynne Cox, 19, of Los
Alamitos, Calif., swam the Sound between Denmark and Sweden
in record time Monday night.
Tage Wilands, a spokesman of the Danish Swimming Union,
said today that her time of 5:09.44 for the 17,974 meter swim was
the fastest ever.
The swim was across the Oeresund from Skovshoved, Denmark
to Landskrona, on the west coast of Sweden.
Trainer John Sonnichsen said Miss Cox was not tired when
she went ashore and went for an extra swim, along the Swedish
coast. She had trained for a month in Danish waters.
Sonnichsen said the Oeresund swim was so successful that they
were now planning for Miss Cox
to swim from Gothgenburg, on
F~the west coast of Sweden to
1 1111 E IEA~t I Oslo, the capital of Norway,

AP Photo
TWO OF THE ALL-TIME GREATS, Hank Aaron, left, and Willie Mays get together before the
Baseball Hall of Fame game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets Monday,
Aaron, 43, broke Babe Ruth's career home-run record of 715 before he went from the Atlanta
Braves to the Brewers. Mays was well known for outstanding all-around play with the San Fran-
cisco Giants. He is now a batting coach with the Mets.
Baseball's anti-trust shelter
ettinpressure in Congress
WASHINGTON (M - F o u r tack on b a s e b a 11 yesterday are begging for major league
members of the Select House by recommending legislation to baseball."
Co m m it t e e on Professional strip away the game's antitrust
Sports made a first frontal at- exemption. Long acknowledged that one

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The bill's chief sponsor, Rep.
Gillis W. Long, D-La., said he
was proposing the new law be-
cause baseball has shown no
evidence of fulfilling what he
called the "fundamental respon-
sibility to tle American fans."
To the contrary, he said, base-
ball's protection has resulted in
unfair treatment of players and
"in a refusal to fill the void in
American cities where the fans

of those cities is New Orleans,
located 12 miles from his con-
gressional district.
Co-sponsoring the measure are
Reps. Joseph Fisher, D-Va., and
Gilbert Gude, R-Md., whose
districts are near Washington's
empty RFK Stadium, which lost
baseball in 1971, and Edward J.
l)erwinski, R-1ll.
Chairman B. F. Sisk, D-Calif.,
said the committee could not
hold hearings on specific legis-
lation bitt said the second phase
of the panel's deliburations, in
mid-September, wuuld center on
baseball's exemptioin from the
;antitrust Iws.
Under Long's proposal, base-
blsll would become "commerce".
tinder the Imuw attd would be rmg-
ulated like other bsinesses as
are fo tball, basketball and
Long said he would not for-
mally introduce the proposed
lrugislatitsn immediately.

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