On this day – 26th September 1958

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England versus Finland at White City, London

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First Day

England took on Finland in an International Match at the White City Stadium in London.

200 Metres

After a false start by Hellsten, the only recall of the meeting, Segal came through in great style to win in an excellent 21.5 against a slight headwind.

1. D. Segal (England) – 21.5
2. V. Hellsten (Finland) – 21.8
3. P. Rekola (Finland) – 22.1
4. J. Scott-Oldfield (England) – 22.3

800 Metres

Rawson piled on the pace in the 800 metres with 350 yards to go he got right away to win easily. It was good to see young Cox fighting so hard over the last 220 to just snatch second place from the two Finns.

1. M. Rawson (England) – 1:50.8
2. T. Cox (England) – 1:52.2
3. T. Kontio (Finland) – 1:52.6
4. E. Hopeasaari (Finland) – 1:52.8

1500 Metres

The visitors really gave England a shock in the 1500m, after Hewson and Ibbotson had interchanged leading positions earlier on and then given way to the Finns, they looked sitting ducks for the British pair, but proved too fast and too strong for a none too fit Hewson and a still below par Ibbotson down the long finishing straight.

1. O. Vuorisalo (Finland) – 3:44.2
2. B. Hewson (England) – 3:44.6
3. O. Salonen (Finland) – 3:45.4
4. D. Ibbotson (England) – 3:46.6

5000 Metres

Eldon tried his usual forcing tactics in the 5000 metres but when the Finns took over and forced the pace they soon opened up a slight gap which Stan could not close despite a determined last lap effort.

1. J. Kakko (Finland) – 14:07.3
2. R. Hoykinpuro (Finland) – 14:08.4
3. S. Eldon (England) – 14:10.0
4. M. Bullivant (England) – 14:17.8

3000m Steeplechase

Eric Shirley had recovered some of his old form, but not enough to hold Karvonen, who shot off about half way to quickly open up a gap which was never closed, though Shirley did close the gap considerably when Rinteenpaa was trying hard to catch him and at same time shake off Herriott’s attentions on the last lap. The latter did well in his first international and his time was easily a best by a British junior.

1. P. Karvonen (Finland) – 8:55.0
2. E. Shirley (England) – 8:57.4
3. O. Rinteenpaa (Finland) – 8:59.6
4. M. Herriott (England) – 9:00.4

400m Hurdles

Mildh proved just too good for Tom Farrell in the 400m hurdles.

1. O. Mildh (Finland) – 52.4
2. T. Farrell (England) – 53.0
3. J. Metcalf (England) – 54.4
4. J. Rintamaki (Finland) – 56.3

In the field events, Geoff Elliott had to give best to Sutinen in the Pole Vault after a close contest. England were outclassed in the triple jump and discus and well though Smith threw in the javelin the Finns were right on top in one of their traditional events. The decathlon too was proving a good thing for the Finns, but in the sprint relay England reclaimed some of the honours.

Triple Jump
1. K. Rahkamo (Finland) – 50’5″
2. H. Rantala (Finland) – 49’7.5″
3. G. Britton (England) – 46’9.25″
4. D. Field (England) – 46’7.75

Pole Vault
1. M. Sutinen (Finland) – 14’0″
2. G. Elliott (England) – 13’6″
3. P. Jonasson (Finland) – 13’0″
4. S. Porter (England) – 12’6″

Discus
1. P. Repo (Finland) – 169’8″
2. C. Lindroos (Finland) – 167’5.5″
3. E. Cleaver (England) – 154’2″
4. E. Swindale (England) – 153’4.5″

Javelin
1. M. Paananen (Finland) – 243’11.5″
2. V. Laine (Finland) – 242’8″
3. C. Smith (England) – 234’4″
4. P. Cullen (England) – 211’0.5″

4×100 Metres Relay
1. England (P.Radford, R.Sandstrom, D.Segal, A.Breacker) – 41.0
2. Finland (P.Rekola, V.Hellsten, B.Strand, P.Makila) – 41.7

Decathlon (End of First Day)
1. M. Kahma (Finland) – 3440 pts
2. M. Mannisto (Finland) – 3142 pts
3. C. Andrews (England) – 2992 pts
4. K. Parker (England) – 2982 pts

End of Day One Scores
England 48 Finland 69

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