Dragan Zdravkovic of Yugoslavia upset world record-holder Sebastian Coe...

LONDON -- Dragan Zdravkovic of Yugoslavia upset world record-holder Sebastian Coe in the 1,500 meters Friday with a time of 3 minutes, 35.28 seconds in an international track and field meet at the Crystal Palace.

Suffering from an injured Lnkle, Coe failed to respond when Zdravkovic cut into a 5-meter lead and passed him on the back straight to win by 0.75 of a second. Wilson Waigwa of Kenya was third in 3:36.62.


It was Coe's second consecutive defeat, having lost in Paris three weeks ago to Spain's Jose Luis Gonzalez. Before that he had not lost a 1,500 race in seven years.

In the 1,000 meters, Coe's British rival, Steve Ovett, clocked 2:17.26 to edge countrymen Peter Elliott and Robert Harrison.

Ovett, who like Coe is training for the World Championships in Finland next month, almost pulled out of the race when he witnessed a car accident involving some friends while traveling to the stadium.

In other events, Americans fared well. Tonie Campbell and Sam Turner thrilled a sellout crowd of over 16,000 with a sizzling men's 110-meter hurdles race, as Turner's 13.54 time won by 0.01. Another U.S. runner, Marcus Allen, clocked 13.94 for third.


American Ron Brown zipped a 10.48 to edge Britain's Olympic champion Allan Wells in the 100 meters, while Rod Richardson, also from the U.S., was third in 10.53.

The other American winners were Mike Franks (45.25 in the 400), Dan Ripley (18 feet, inch in the pole vault), Mel Lattany (20.51 in the 200), and James Howard (7-5 in the men's high jump).

Poland's Wladyslaw Kozakewicz and Felix Boehni of Switzerland also cleared 18- in the pole vault but lost out by failing more jumps.

Britain's Keith Connor, who studies at SMU, produced a mark of 56-0 in the triple jump to edge American Al Joyner's 54-6 .

Kenyan Sammy Koskei outdueled England's Garry Cook and Steve Cram over 800 meters, with a time of 1:45.09. Belgian Rik Tommelein won the men's 400-hurdles in 50.56, while a fling of 230-11 was enough for former world champion Sofia Sakorafa of Greece to take the women's javelin throw.

John Walker of New Zealand ran a 5:00.79 to take the men's 2,000, while Merlene Ottey flew the flag for Jamaica with a 22.58 in the women's 200. Her cousin, Milt Ottey, recorded a 7-4 in the high jump to give Canada a third place.


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