Renaldo (Skeets) Nehemiah of the University of Maryland continued his domination of the indoor hurdles circuit today with a victory in the 60 meters of an international track and field meet.
Nehemian, who has set five indoor records this winter, was timed in 7.62 seconds, edging Carl Florant of Oakland, Calif., by six-hundreths of a second. Thomas Munkelt of East Germany was third, followed by Charles Foster, Dody Cooper and Kerry Bethel.
Nehemiah's time was at first announced as equaling another world record, according to records listed in the meet program. But, upon further investigation, it was discovered Andrei Prokofyev of the Soviet Union covered the distance in 7:54 in Minsk earlier this year.
Nehemiah, a sophomore at Maryland and acknowledged as the world's foremost hurdler, has not lost an indoor race in 13 months.
John Walker ran a steady race against another all-star field and handily won the mile in 3 minutes 56.8 seconds.
The race pitted Walker of New Zealand against Filbert Bayi of Tanzania. They would have met at the 1976 Olympic Games, but a boycott by most African countries forced Bayi to withdraw.
Bayi arrived late Saturday night, and a lack of rest was apparent as he finished last one-half lap behind Walker, the Olympic 1,500-meter champion.
Walker's chief competition came from Steve Lacy of the Wisconsin Track Club, who clocked 3:57.3.
Walker was well off the world mark of 3:54.9 but bettered the Canadian record of 3:58.0. Wilson Waigwa of Kenya was third in 3:59.3.
Walker said he was concerned at the start of the race when he saw Henry Rono of Kenya getting away. But Walker relaxed and steadied himself when he realized that Rono and Montreal runner Philippe Leheurte had been entered to set a fast pace. Both dropped out after 800 meters.
Walker, then running third, overtook Lacy as Bayi fell farther behind.