The crowd capacity of 34,000 (all two days was 52,000) at the stadium Wals Wade Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, attending meetings of the US athletics Pan Africa (something called the United States against the world). then the biggest in history, who attends track meeting in the southern (south-eastern) region of the US. 16-17 July 1971 meeting was the first international competition area. The only African team along with other countries (14 countries) against the US team was a unique and unprecedented event. Viewers have become the largest and most cheerful audience of tracks in 1971. Selected 38 African athletes are legendary Olympic Charles Osaka, Mohammed Gamudi, Kipchoge Movie and Amos Bivota.
At a distance of 400 meters distance results were: John Akiya-Bua, Uganda (49.0); Melvin Bassett, a local resident of Durham (50.7); William comma, Kenya (51.2); Ron Rondo, Miami, Florida (52.9).
William "Bill" comma, which as an expat previously competed for Uganda and in the intermediate bar & # 39; Jeroham won a silver medal for Uganda to 1970 Commonwealth Games year, which took place in Edinburgh, returned to Kenya soon after the rapid coup Ida Amin 1971. The victim Akii-Bua, who took fourth place at the same site of the Commonwealth, now in Durham appeared 400 megamatychnym athlete in Africa. Akii-Bois, cut a full second off the record of Africa, and setting a world leading time of the year, is also surprisingly interrupted runner pan almost two seconds! All this in high summer temperatures (from 80 to lower the 90 F), high humidity and the newly insurgent track. After the Africans won five gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1968 in Mexico, with the & # 39 rumors and suspicions that Africans pryvileyavalisya altitude conditions to which they allegedly used to. But Durham meeting low-altitude proved that the conditions of African athletes were the main factors that sought to participants from other countries.
In the end, 20-year-old Uganda John Akii-Bua was the only Africans who set digit record of the meeting and after winning the 400m thought even enter the Central University of North Carolina, where possible, to work with well-known American coach in athletics Leroux T. Walker, as well as to improve their athletic ambitions Wallace Wade stadium. Akioz was an anomaly in the fact that he was on the short distance runners among the predominantly African athletes with medium and long run. He received recognition.
"Akii-Buwa (sic), a police officer from Uganda, Africa has established a record 49.0 in winning a second gold medal in men of African. His time was also the best in the world this year, and after watching his impeccable obstacles, American and African tracks They predicted that he will be a strong contender for the gold medal in Munich next year "(Associated Press: 1971).
But such sensitive comments about the victory Akii-Bua in this technical event that is rarely associated with Africans on an international scale, were rare, and the media mainly focused on Africa's prowess at medium and long distances. Closing his eyes and speech Akii-Bois are less significant, is the noticeable lack of competition in the US champion Ralph Mann (another prospect Olympic medals), which could challenge the Akia-Bois. Mann competed in Europe.
Kipchoge Keane and other results
Media awarded Akii-Bois, praising the winners and Kenyan legend Kipchoge Cinema, Robert Uco and Ben Zhypcha; and Ethiopian women's long range Miruts Yifter, who won the 10,000 meters, but dropped out of the 5000 m at the end of the penultimate lap while leading, thinking it was the last lap. 10,000 meters reduced decrease 5 & # 39; 2 "Yifter finished in 28: 53.1, followed by Frank Shorter (28: 53.9) to the Florida Track Club, became the third Hera B & # 39; orklund (30: 05.3) from Minnesota, and the fourth became attracted Nasreh Ethiopia (30: 34.3).
At a distance of 1500 m Cinema Kenyan Kipchoge, trying to break the world record (with the help of Kenyan 800m runner Naftali Bono, who works as a hare), he moved almost a quarter of the circle of leading complex pursuers, winning in 3: 37.5, ahead of the winner and countryman Benjamin Vaburu Zhypcha (3: 43.9), who won the 3,000-meter-long treatment for an hour before! Third in the 1500 m was the US Army, Jim Crawford (3: 48.0), fourth was John Baker (3: 55.2) with the "Sport Internationale." African record holder in the thesis protection in the 3000 meters Zhypcho won in 8: 45.2, twenty meters ahead of Mike Manley on track club "Oregon" (8: 48.3), Sid Sinka (9: 00.2) of Ohio, the third and Muhammad Johannes (9: 06.2) from Ethiopia.
800 meters Kenyan Robert Uco won 1: 46.7, a meter ahead of Juris Luzin US Marines; along with Ken Suensan (US champion), the US Army took the third place. Uco entered the Central University of North Carolina, he coached the legendary African American LeRoy T. Walker, who became the first black, who coached the US Olympic men's Olympic team and served as president of the United States Olympic Committee. Walker died in Durham, in April 2012, at the age of 93 years. At the Olympic Games in 1972, Robert Uco was the fourth in the 800m and will be part of the Olympic gold medal in the 4×400 m Kenya. Julius Sang, who is also part of the team gold in Kenya, was also recorded in NCCU with Ouko
Some other notable winners meeting contained the American John Smith (south of California), who triumphed in the 200 meters (20.7) and 400 meters (45.7); Reylin Boyle (23.1) from Australia, 200 m ahead of the winner and the African legend Galicia Anise (23.2).
In general, the US men's team beat the visiting team to 111-78, and women in the United States mostly won easily.
Associated Press. "Panaafrykanskiya game close," in "Rabezonyane" (18 July 1971).