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.Tiily 'fi, t.076 The Arizona Republic Quax near world record for 5,000 meter race Associated Press STOCKHOLM — Dick Qtia't missed' the world 5.1100-meter mark by only one- ten 1 h of 'A second and John Walker was t\vo seconds off the 1,500-meter record in n strong display of running by the two New Zealander? at an international pre- Olympic track meet Monday. Quax, 27. was timed in !3:13.1 in a race which produced five national records. Walker. 24, the mile king who shattered the world 2.000-meter mark in Oslo last Wednesday, earlier had recorded the world's best time this year in the metric mile. 3:34.2. Both times bettered the previous track records at Stockholm's Olympic Stadium. Emiel Puttemans of Belgium holds the world 5,000-meter mark of 13:13.0, set four years ago. Filbert Bayi of Tanzania set the 1,500-meter standard of 3:32.2 two years ago. Quax took the lead at the 1,500 meter mark and never lost it, despite a fantastic kick which started with 300 meters to go -by West German sensation Klaus- Peter Hildenbrand. Hildenbrand was more than 150 meters behind the one lap left and almost caught the New Zealander at the finish. The West German, who earlier had a previous best in the distance at 13:29.6, was timed in 13:13.8—only seven seconds behind Quax—for a national record. Rod Dixon, another New Zealander, finished third in 13:17.4 despite suffering from a bad cold. Dixon had won his last four races at the gruelling distance. Fourth place went to Sweden's 3,000- meter steeplechase record holder Anders Garderud in 13:17.6, another national mark. Poland's Bronislaw Malinowski clocked 13:17.8 for fifth, also producing a national record. The fifth national mark was set by Swiss runner Markus Riff el, who came in seventh in 13:32.8; Quax said he probably would have beaten Puttemans' record if he had known his splits. "I didn't hear the intermediate times on the loudspeaker during the race," he said. "I felt I was running a fast race, but if I had known I was so close I would have wiped out the record." The New Zealander, whose time makes him one of the top favorites for the Olympic Gold in Montreal later this month, said he didn't worry about Hildenbrand. "No, I knew where he was. I had the race under control from when I took over the lead. But I never thought he would be so strong at the end." The popular Walker, cheered on throughout the 1,500-meter race by more than 14,000 fans, said he could have run faster and probably shattered Bayi's mark. "But I didn't have the incentive," said the 6-foot-l, 185-pounder who became the first runner to break the 3:50 mark in the mile when he ran 3:49.4 In Goteborg, Sweden, last year. He was second behind West German Harald Hudak during the first two laps. He then took the lead with 500 meters left as the pacesetter retired, giving the black-shirted New Zealander a 10-meter lead, But on the last lap Walker's pace slowed 1 down and when he crossed the tape West German Thomas Wessinghage was only a few strides behind. Wes- singhage clocked 3:36.1 for a national record and countryman Paul-Heinz Wellman came in third, only one-tenth of a second behind. In the abscence of Garderud, Finland's Tapio Kantanen took the 3,000- meter steeplechase in a fast 8:18.0. Runner-up was Sweden's Dan Glans, one second behind, and third West German Olympic hope Michael Karst, 8:19.4. Swede stuns Aussie in net tourney Associated Press BAASTAD, Sweden — Douglas Palm, an unheralded Swede, edged third- seeded Mark Edmomlson of Australia, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, in a tough three-set match Monday for first major upset at the $100,000 Swedish Open tennis championships. After dropping the first set, Palm came back to nip the Australian Open champion oni two tiebreakers. Top-seeded Corrado Barazzutti of Italy fought off a strong challenge from Rolf Thung in the first set, then took command and posted a 7-5, 61 victory over the unseed L ed Dutchman in their first-round match. In another first-round match, second-seeded* Wojtek Fibak of Poland dropped only one game in a one-sided match against Bo Svensson of Sweden. The 23-year-old Pole, who scored a string of successes in early spring on slow surfaces, won, 6-0, 61, in just 35 minutes. Fourth-seeded 1 Ray Moore of South Africa also had an easy way into the second round, beating Angel Gimenez of Spain, 6-3, 6-1. Billy Martin of Palos Verdes, Calif., beat Antonio Munoz of Spain, 6-4, 60. Kate the great likes pressure Associated Press LOS ANGELES - Kat Schmidt has heard all the talk about her being the only legitimate American woman candidate for a gold medal in the Olympic track and field competition and she's not concerned. "Well, I guess that's realistic," she says. "Maybe it'll make me throw a little harder." The 6-foot-l, 173 - pound javelin ace came within 27 Inches of the world record with a throw of 218 feet, 3 inches this year, and realizes things will be just as tough at Montreal as they were in 1972 Games at Munich, where she won a bronze medal. "I used to think you had to throw very hard on the first throw, to get one out there and take the lead," she said. "But I'm not sure that doesn't have a problem built into it." She's concerned that if her first throw is far, "it might get the others feeling really confident that they can throw far, too. "Actually, I'm thinking of throwing real easily on my first throw this time. You know, concentrate on my form and not wony too much about the distance. I just want to be loose, flexible." She's aware that world record holder Ruth Fuchs of East Germany has thrown 213-8 this year on a return to the form which won her the gold medal in 1972. "And I hear someone from East Germany named Sabrine Sebrowsky has done 214-0, so she's someone to watch." Actually, Kate likes to ignore her competition 1 . "I just hope the stadium announcer speaks only French in Montreal," she said. "I think concentration) is my biggest asset and when I hear how far the others are throwing, I start to wonder if I can best their throws and it breaks my concentration. If he (the announcer) starts saying everything that happens, it might unnerve me." The former UCLA student who now lives with her parents in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles, plans to enter Long Beach Slate University after the Olympics. Now she's just training for the Games. "Yeah, I feel I'm ready, but I worked out my training schedule so I'd be doing my hardest training right now," she said, weary after a weightlifting session. "I'm lifting, running and throwing and I'll be ready when the Games roll around," she said. 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