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Previously unknown and unpublished, this Super 8mm film is of Super Steve Prefontaine's first ever International competition and first ever 5000m. This is from the 1969 USA vs. USSR at the British Commonwealth AAU Track Meet at Los Angeles Coliseum. Approximately seven minutes long, the reel contains 30-35 seconds of Steve's performance, starting about a minute into the race. He is shown twice coming around the last turn into the home straight, down the home straight past the camera and away again, and once making the far turn. Steve went out hard early and led most of the race. Later into the race, he falls behind American Gerry Lindgren and two Russians. Pre finished 5th, but the race portions where he is leading are magnificent; a rare, live window into vintage early Pre. He is also shown at the end as the Americans take a victory lap, and Pre 'skips' along the home stretch right past our camera. Furthermore, to define how early this is, his name is misspelled on the scoreboard as "Trefontaine." Quality of the film is excellent.Film shows many historic performances including Martin Liquori's come-from-behind win in the 1500m, and the U.S. Women's first victory over the USSR in the 4x800m relay in 11 years. From the collection of Eustace Coombs - Kansas State University Track Photographer.
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