There was room for 34,000 people (two days total 52000) at Duke University's Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, to attend the US Pan African track and field meet (sometimes started as a meeting for US and World). then the largest ever to travel to the runway in the southeastern (southeastern) United States. The first international competition in the field was the July 16-17, 1971 meeting. It was an unprecedented event for a united African group with other nations (14 countries in total) compared to the US group. It was the most spectacular and crowded track in 1971. The 38 African athletes selected included Olympic legends Charles Asati, Mohamed Gamoudi, Kipchoge Keino and Amos Biwott.
In the 400-meter hurdles were: John Akii-Bua, Uganda (49.0); Melvin Bassett, a local resident of Durham (50.7); William Koskei, Kenya (51.2); Ron Rondeau, Miami, FL (52.9).
William "Bill" Koskei, who had previously competed in Uganda and won a silver medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Uganda, returned to Kenya soon after Idi Amin's January 1971 coup. A wounded Akii-Bua, who finished fourth at the Commonwealth headquarters, is now proving to be Durham's best 400mh athlete in Africa. Cutting the African record by a split second by setting Akii-Bua and the world’s leading time in the world, he also surprisingly beat runner Rondeau by almost two seconds! And all of this at high summer temperatures (down from the upper 90s in the Fahrenheit of the 80s), high humidity and a recently restored track. After the Africans won five gold medals at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, rumors and suspicions revealed that the Africans were allegedly accustomed to high altitude conditions. The Durham encounter in a low-altitude environment showed that weather was not a major factor in African athletes' victories against other nations.
In the end, Uganda's only African American, 20-year-old John Akii-Bua, set an important record in the meet and after a 400-meter victory, he believed he was enrolled at Central University in North Carolina. Leroy T.Walker has worked with renowned American athletics coach and Wallace Wade Stadium also working on his athletic intentions. Akii was an anomaly because he was a short distance runner in the meet with a number of African American athletes. He got the recognition.
"Akii-Buwa (sic) Ugandan police set an African record of 49.0 in winning the second gold medal in African men. Its time has also been the best mark in the world this year, and after seeing its difficult form, the American and African track officials in Munich next year. they announced that he would be a strong competitor for the gold medal ”(Associated Press: 1971).
But Akii-Bua's shocking comments on this technical event that had nothing to do with Africans on an international scale were scarce, and the media was primarily concerned with African ability in the middle and long distances. Looking at it and seeing Akii-Bua's performance has not been so remarkable, as he competed with American champion Ralph Mann (another Olympic medal prospect) with Akii-Bua. Mann was competing in Europe.
Kipchoge Keino and Other Results
Media allegations forgot about Akii-Bua. Kenyan victors and Kipchoge Keino, Robert Ouko and Ben Jipcho were praised; and won at 10,000 meters in the Ethiopian long-haul Miruts Yifter, but thought it was his last lap at 5000 m. He fell just under 5 "2" in the Yifter 28: 53.1, followed by Florida Track Club's Frank Shorter (28: 53.9), third-ranked Gary Bjorklund (30: 05.3). the fourth was Wahib Nasrech of Ethiopia (30: 34.3).
At 1500 meters, Kenya's Kipchoge Keino, trying to break the world record (with the help of the 800-meter runner Naftali Bon) raced as a rabbit driver, nearly a quarter-mile away in search of the biggest challenges, earning 3: 37.5. , ahead of the race and ahead of fellow countryman Benjamin Wabura Jipcho (3: 43.9) won the 3000m hurdles an hour earlier! In the third 1500m was Jim Crawford of the US Army (3: 48.0), and fourth was John Baker of International Sports (3: 55.2). Jipcho won the Africa 3000 meters in 8:45.2 with Mike Manley of Oregon Track Club (8: 48.3), Ohio's Sid Sink (9: 00.2) and Ethiopia's Muhammad Yohanes (9:06). , 2). .
In the 800 meters, Kenyan Robert Ouko won 1: 46.7, along with Juris Luzins of the US Navy; third place was Ken Swenson (US record holder). Ouko would enroll at Central University of North Carolina. Leroy T.Walker will coach the legendary African American. He has coached as a United States Olympic track team coach and chair of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Walker died in Durham, April 2012, at the age of 93. In the 1972 Olympics, Robert Ouko was fourth in the 800m and won the 4x400m Kenyan gold medal in the team. Julius Sang, who joined the Kenyan gold team, also enrolled at NCCU with Ouko
The most notable winners in the meet were US John Smith (Southern California Striders), at 200m (20.7) and 400m (45.7) levels; Rayleane Boyle (23.1) in the 200m race in Australia and ahead of African legend Alice Annum of Ghana (23.2).
Overall, the US men’s team beat the visiting team 111-78, and the US women won the easy way.
The aforementioned works
Associated Press "Pan African Games Close," in "The Robesonian" (July 18, 1971).