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Pan African Games – Durham, North Carolina, 1971: John Akii-Bua crashes


At the Duke University Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, 34,000 (total capacity of two days total capacity) who participated in the USA-Pan Africa meeting and meeting with the world) was the largest who has ever participated in the meeting of the South East Region of the United States. The 16-17 July 1971 meeting was the first international competition in the field. A unique African team, with other nations (a total of 14 countries) and an American team, was a unique and unprecedented event. The audience became the audience of the biggest and most seductive track in 1971. The selected 38 African athletes included Charles Asati, Mohamed Gamoudi, Kipchoge Keino and Amos Biwott Olympic legends.

John Akii-Bua

At 400 meters of obstacles, the results are: John Akii-Bua, Uganda (49.0); Melvin Bassett, a local resident in Durham (50.7); William Koskei, Kenya (51.2); William "Bill" Koskei, who had previously been a Ugandan immigrant, and who won the millennium in Uganda in the 1970 Commonwealth Games, Kenya, shortly after Idi Amin's terrible 1971 he was busted. A defective Akii-Bua, who was fourth in the same Commonwealth site, was now in Durham in the African 400m race. Akii-Bua, who sliced ​​a full second of the African record and created the most dynamic time of the year, was also shocked by Rondeau for nearly two seconds. All this in the summer high temperature (the bottom thirties of the 80s), high humidity and the newly refurbished track. After the Africans won five gold medals at the 1968 Mexican Olympics, rumors and suspicions emerged that Africans favored the high altitude conditions they were supposed to be accustomed to. But the low-altitude Durham meeting has demonstrated that weather conditions are not the main factors against African athletes' victories over other nations.

Finally, 20-year-old Uganda, John Akii-Bua, only African to set up a major record after the 400-meter hurdle and after the 400-meter hurdle he even considered North Carolina's Central University where perhaps the famous Black American Athletic Trainer, Leroy T. Walker, Wade Stadium. Akii was an anomaly in short-term runners between the medium and long-term African athletes. Akii-Buwa (19459004), a Ugandan police officer, set up the second African gold medal for African men, the African record of 49.0, which is the world's best ever this year. officials in the US and AFP can predict that he will be a strong competitor of the gold medal next year. "[AssociatedPress:1971]

But serious remarks about the Akii-Bua victory in this technique were rarely encountered on the international level rarely by Africans and the media focused primarily on Africa's medium- and long-term courage. and the production of Akii-Bua seems to be less significant, the major lack of the American champion Ralph Mann (another Olympic match), who would have challenged Akii-Bua, Mann competed in Europe

Kipchoge Keino and other achievements

Media Acknowledgments ignored Akii-Bua Kenyan winners and legends by Kipchoge Keino, Robert Ouko and Ben Jipcho, and the Ethiopian long distance Miruts Yifteren who won at 10000 meters, but left the 5,000 meters in his last lap, while driving , thinking it was the last round. The 10000m reduced 5 & 28 "Yifter 28: 53.1 , Florida Track Club Frank Shorter (28: 53.9), Minnesota Gary Bjorklund (30: 05.3) and Ethiopia Wahib Nasrech (30:

Kipchoge Keino of 1500m, the world record trying to crush (800 m Kenya courier, Naftali Bon as a running rabbit), almost one quarter moved from the most challenging pursuers, 3: 37.5, ahead of runner-up and Benjamin Wabura Jipcho (3: 43.9) , who just won the 3000 meter threshold just one hour earlier, third, the 1500m American Army Jim Crawford (3: 48.0) was Sports International's fourth with John Baker (3: 55.2), the 3000 m backrest record in Africa Jipcho 8: 45.2 wins, twenty yards from Oregon Track Club Mike Manley (8: 48.3), Sid Sid (9: 00.2) third place and Muhammad Yohanes (9: 06.2) in Ethiopia . At 800 meters Kenyan Robert Ouko won 1: 46.7 meters in front of US Marines before Juris Luzins; the US Army's Ken Swenson (USA record holder) in third place. Ouko was enrolled in the Central University of North Carolina, and legendary African-American Leroy T.Walker was the first to become a US men's Olympic team coach and president of the United States Olympic Committee. Walker died in Durham, April 2012, at the age of 93. At the 1972 Olympic Games, Robert Ouko was fourth in the 800 meters and could be part of the 4×400 meter Kenyan Olympic gold medal team. Julius Sang, Kenya's Gold Winning Team also participated in the NCCU at Ouko.

Some other prominent wins in the US by John Smith (Southern California Striders), both 200m (20.7) and 400m (45.7 ); Rayleane Boyle (23.1) in Australia is 200 meters in second place and African legend Alice Annum (23.2) in Ghana.

Overall, the US men's team beat the guest troops to 111-78, and women in the US won most of the time.

Works Referenced

Associated Press. "Pan African Games Close", "The Robesonian" (July 18, 1971)

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