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Page 16-Friday, July 25, 1980-The Michigan Daily
'NO HURRY' TO REPLACE SPORTS INFO HEAD
Will Perry named assistant AD

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By DREW SHARP
Will Perry, Michigan's sports information director
since 1968, was promoted yesterday to the position of
assistant athletic director.
The announcement was made by Athletic Director
Don Canham following the approval of the Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Athletics.
PERRY, A 1955 graduate of Michigan, will retain
his sports information post for an indefinite period
until a replacement is found. Perry succeeds Charles
Harris, who vacated the post in 1978 to take the
athletic directorship at the University of Pen-
nsylvania.
"These new responsibilities represent a change of
pace for me," said Perry. "I will-still be involved in
some aspects of sports information work, but
primarily my duties will be to assist Canham in the
operations of the department."
Canham felt that Perry's appointment was essen-

tial for the management of Michigan's athletic
department. .
"PERRY, FOR SEVERAL years, has been in-
volved in many areas of the Athletic Department,"
said Canham. "And I feel he must now devote more
time to the management phase of our department.
"Priorities change over the years, and while
Michigan pioneered many promotional and
marketing activities presently used by schools across
the nation, I think innovative management of athletic
departments has never been more important than it
is today. Michigan is going to need new ideas and ap-
proaches to financing sports over the next decade.
Perry's appointment is one step in that direction."
Speculation around the Athletic Department now
centers around the identity of Perry's replacement.
"I DON'T KNOW who is being considered," said
assistant sports information director Bruce Madej,
"although I doubt that I am one of the people being
considered. With Will gone, my responsibilities will
increase, but as far as a replacement is concerned, I

feel a person outside of Michigan will be chosen for
the head job."
Perry, however, insisted that. he is not
relinquishing all his ties with the sports information
department.
"I will no longer be taking a major role in publicity
matters," said Perry. "But I will still be here to
assist the replacement when that time comes. As of
right now, I'm not sure of what new set-up the sports
information department will take, but we are in no
hurry to finda replacement for my position."
"PERRY WAS ASSISTANT business editor and
assistant sports editor of the Grand Rapids Press
prior to his appointment to the SID post. His depar-
tment has won several national awards for its foot-
ball programs and press guides. He has been par-
ticularly active as a liaison between the media and
the Michigan football team.
"I'm really looking forward to this new oppor-
tunity," continued Perry. "It's going to be hard work,
but fun to chart new courses in a different area."

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Coe, Ovett make semis

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Viren advances in 10, 000
after leader collapses

MOSCOW (AP) - Sebastian Coe and
Steve Ovett, Britain's two celebrated
distance runners, breezed into the
semi-finals of the men's 800-meter
event today in the Moscow Olympics,
but Finland's Lasse Viren had to
struggle into the 10,000-meter final.
It was the first time in two years that
the two star Britons had run in the same
event, but they weren't in the same
opening round heat.
The taciturn Ovett, running in the fir-
st of six heats, was an easy winner in
one minute, 49.4 seconds. The outgoing
Coe, running in heat four - some 15
minutes later-- won his heat in 1:48.5
Neither approached Coe's world
record of 1:42.4.
Olympic
Roundup
Neither tried. It was not necessary.
Each was the class of his heat, and each
ran well within himself.
Neither was the weather conducive to
running hard. The temperature was 86
degrees at jam-packed, 103,000-seat
Lenin Stadium for the opening day of
the 1980 Olympic track and field com-
petition.
And a strong sun baked the running
surface.
Coe and Ovett have built a dislike for
each other over the years and have
carefully avoided running against each
other since the 1978 European cham-
pionships at Prague, Czechoslovakia.
There, Ovett finished second and Coe
third in the 800, behind Olaf Beyer of
East Germany. They also ran against
each other years ago in a cross-country
race when they were schoolboys.
Beyer also advanced to Friday's
Olympic semifinals, coasting to victory
in his heat in 1:48.9.

Swimming
MOSCOW (AP) - Vladimir Salnikov
kept up his domination of the pool today
as he won his third gold medal of these
Games - the most for any individual
thus far - and set an Olympics record
in the 400-meter freestyle.
Salnikov led a one-two-three Soviet
sweep of the 400 with a time of three
minutes, 51.31 seconds. Soviet swim-
mer Andrei Krylov won the silver in
3:53.24 and Ivar Stolkin took the bronze
in 3:53.95.

Salnikov bested the Olympic record
set by Brian Goodell of the United
States of 3:51.93 set in 1976 and was well
ahead of the best American time this
year in the 400, Mike Bruner's 3:52.24.
The Olympic swimming events have
been mostly an Eastern bloc water
show with the United States swimmers
out because of the boycott. The East
German women returned to winning
form today, but the Australians won the
men's 4x100 medley relay in 3:45.70 af-
ter finishing just behind the Soviets in
the preliminaries.

Viren, seeking an unprecedented
third consecutive Olympic long-,
distance double, was running fifth in his
heat, the first of three in the 10,000, and
wAs in jeopardy of not advancing to the
final of the race he has won in each of
the past two Olympics.
The first four finishers in each heat
plus the three fastest among the losers
were to qualify. With two more heats to
go, Viren was uncertain of his position.
But Ireland's John Treacy, who
began staggering at the start of the gun
lap, finally collapsed with about X00
meters remaining.
As the stricken Treacy lay on the
track, the tired Viren swept past him
and finished fourth, insuring his place
in the final. Treacy was not seriously
injured. He was treated for dehydration
and heat exhaustion at the track infir-
mary and was taken back to the Olym-
pic Village.
The bearded, 31-year-old Viren, win-
ner of the 5,000 and 10,000-meter gold
medals in 1972 and 1976, is running the
10,000 and marathon this year because
of a scheduling conflict between the
5,000 and the marathon.
Medal Standings
Gold Silver Bronze Total
Soviet Union....... 27 17 9 53
E. Germany ....... 9 17 11 37
Bulgaria .......... 3 2 7 12
Hungary .......... 3 5 2 10
Poland ............ 0 4 3 7
Sweden ............ 2 0 4 6
Romania .......... 1 2 3 6
Australia .. 1 0 4 5
Great Britain ... 1 2 1 4
Italy . ........ 2 0 1 3
France ............ 1 2 0 3
North Korea ....... 0 1 1 2
Cuba ......... 1 0 0 1
Greece. .. 1 0 0 1
Switzerland ....... 1 5 0 1
Mexico ..... --. 1 0 1
Coecoslavakia . 0 1 1
Jamaica .... 0 0 1 1
Finland .......,... 0 0 1 1
Spain......... 0 0 1
Brazil......... . 0 0 1 1
Oenmark.......... 1 1
Lebanon........ 0 0 1 1

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IT'S NOT JUST FOR WOMEN anymore-indeed, men can earn themselves
perfect tens, as Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin proved yesterday on
the vault during team competition at the Moscow Olympics. Dityatin's routine
marked the first time a male gymnast had ever achieved a perfect score
in Olympic competition.

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