This Day in Track & Field, August 31, 2010, by Walt Murphy, note by Larry Eder

This Day in Track & Field, by Walt Murphy, copyright 2010 by Walt Murphy News Services. Used with permission.

August 31

1909--Running on a 368m track in a Stockholm velodrome, Sweden's Thure Johansson improved the marathon best to 2:40:34.2.

1924--Paavo Nurmi ran 30:06.2 in Kuopia, Finland, to regain the World Record for 10,000-meters from fellow Finn WIllie Ritola(30:23.2)

1961--Russia's Valeriy Brumel set his 3rd World Record of the season in the high jump by at the clearing 7-4  1/2(2.25m) World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria.

1968--Competing on the track at Echo Summit (South Lake Tahoe,CA) that would be used for the U.S. Olympic Trials, Vince Matthews bettered the existing World Record for 400-meters with his time of 44.4. However, his mark couldn't be officially recognized since he was wearing Puma's illegal "Brush Spikes", which featured many more than the allowable number of spikes allowed on a shoe. John Carlos(200) and Lee Evans(400) would lose records for the same reason at the Trials.
1978--Italy's Sara Simeoni cleared 6-7(2.01m) at the European Championships in Prague to equal her own World Record in the high jump.
1980--19-year old Carl Lewis won the 100(10.43) and 200(20.72) at the Pan-American Junior Championships in Sudbury, Ontario(Aug.29-31). Finishing 2nd in both races was Calvin Smith (10.51, 20.94), who went on to become a 2-time World Champion in the 200 and a World Record holder in the 100. Smith and Lewis ran legs 3-4 on the winning 4x100 relay(39.61). Lance Deal, destined to become America's #1 hammer thrower, won the discus with a throw of 184-4.  Another double winner was Brazil's Joaquim Cruz, who won the 800(1:47.85) and 1500(3:49.96). Cruz would win the 800 at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. 2nd in the 800 was John Marshall, later a 1984 Olympian.  Finishing 1-2 in the women's 800 were future stars Joetta Clark(2:05.65) and Kim Gallagher(2:06.52. And who knew then that the winner of the women's long jump would become one of the greatest athletes in history? Jackie Joyner, who had just completed her senior year at East St.Louis H.S. in Illinois, finished first with a jump of 20-3  1/4..
1983--The incomparable Edwin Moses celebrated his 28th birthday in style, running 47.02 in Koblenz, Germany, to set his 4th (and final) world record in the 400-meter hurdles. Moses, currently the Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy(, set his first WR(47.64) at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, his 2nd(47.45) at the 1977 U.S. Championships in Los Angeles, and his 3rd(47.13) in Milan, Italy, in 1980. His reign as world record holder lasted for 16 years until Kevin Young took over when he ran 46.78 at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.;
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1984--Rome--France's Thierry Vigneron jumped 19-4  3/4(5.91m) in Rome to break Sergei Bubka's World Record of 19-4  1/4(5.90m) , but lost the win and the record to Bubka, who missed once at  19-4  3/4, then passed to 19-5 3/4(5.94m) , clearing on his first attempt.
--18-year old Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya(12:52.79) was the upset winner in a thrilling 5000-meters at the World Championships in Paris(St.Denis). Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj(12:52.83) and Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele(12:53.12) had already won the 1500 and 10,000, respectively, and were hoping to come away with a 2nd gold  medal in the 500    
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Other events in history(
1897 - Thomas Edison patented his movie camera (Kinetograph)
1950 - Brooklyn Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves
                    (The greatest player NOT in the Hall of Fame!--WM)
1951 - 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf
1959 - L.A. Dodger Sandy Koufax strikes out 18 against the San Francisco Giants to tie
                         Bob Feller's Major League record.
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