The “Ottey’s” and other Highlights

Milt Ottey of Canada equalled the ISTAF record in the men’s high jump with his winning height of 2.30m. His cousin Merlene, running for Jamaica and on course to become one of the most successful women sprinters in athletics history, impressed the 40,000 spectators with her victory in the 100m in 11.14. Ottey would win three world titles, three Olympic silvers and six Olympic bronze medals in her long career. Carl Lewis showed that he was right on track to become one of the sprint greats with his 100m win in 10.08, also an ISTAF record. One of Berlin’s home favourites, Willi Wülbeck, who would win the gold at the World Championships the following year, triumphed in the 800m.

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