Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Pacific Conference Games end Americans dominated things TORONTO (CP) United States athletes took home the bulk of medals in the two-day Pacific Conference Games that concluded Thursday night. The darling of the meet was Mary Decker, a lithe it-year- old from Garden Grove, Calif., who did exactly what the crowd of had come to see her do, show a kick that carried her to victory in the women's 800- metre final. The gold medal was one of 10 picked up by the Americans Thursday and brought them a Games' total of 20, far out- stripping runner-up Australia. Eleven Games records and two Canadian Open standards were eclipsed on the final night. "I just ran.the way our coach tells said the youngest competitor at the Games who stands a shade over five feet tall. RIVAL TRIPPED Her major rival here, Wendy Kpenig, 17, also an American, tripped about 220 yards from the tape and finished a dis- appointing last. The U.S. gold medal harvest was supplemented by four sil- vers and six bronze. 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Many in the crowd were awe- struck by the way the little dy- namo handled the field. "Those two (Decker and Koe- nig) have the two fastest times in the world today, so they cer- tainly weren't in over their Johnson said. "And they had to beat world class competition to get here." Maurice Peoples of the U.S. shaved .9 seconds off the 400- metres mark with a time of 45.5 seconds; Mac Wilkins of the U.S. heaved the discus 200 feet 11% inches, surpassing the old mark of 183 8% set by Van- couver's George Puce. Other U.S. record breakers included Maren Seidler in the GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ALBERTA SECURITIES COMMISSION NOTICE iffective July 9th, 1973 NEW ADDRESS 2nd Floor, 9945-108 Street Edmonton, Alberta. T5K 1G8 Telephone (403) 426-0710 women's shot put 51-2% (51-2V2) beating the old mark by one- quarter of an inch; Tom Hill who did the 110-metre hurdles in 13.7 seconds Kathy Schmidt who set a Canadian Open mark along with a games' record with a throw of 190' IVs'.' (in the women's javelin 178' and the men's metre relay time of Other record-setting Games' performances went to New Zea- land's Rod Dixon with a metre time of Denise Robertson of Australia 'in the 200-metres with 23.6 sec- onds and a Canadian Open standard in the metre Steeplechase where Aus- tralian Kerry O'Brien turned a time of LAYOFF HURT O'Brien, who also holds the Games record of con- cluded a long layoff had ham- pered the running of many of the Australians and New Zea- landers who hadn't raced com- petitively since March. "I was very pleased with the outcome of the the 27- year-old soft drink salesman said, "but the track is so hard it's tough on the runner's feet." Other event winners Thursday were Herb Washington, U.S., 100 metres Peter Farmer, Australia, hammer throw, 213' lotto Sato, Ja- pan, metres Australia, women's 400 metres (45.3) and Vic Dias of the U.S., pole vault (16' Miss Hanna, a 22-year-old To- rontonian who turned to track just three years ago because she was bored, said rain that almost washed out the event earlier in the evening, affected her approach to the bar. GRASS SOGGY "I started on the grass and it was so soggy from the rain I kept Miss Hanna said. Her Games' high of was almost three inches short of her personal best, but padded the Games' mark, set by Van- couver's Debbie Brill, by an inch. Toronto's Dan Shaunessy, who is comfing off a recent two- year retirement from com- petition, surprised the metre field by cbasuig Sato to the wire. ANDY CAPP Friday, 1973 THE LETHMIDGE HERALD 19 FREE DELIVERY! 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