Valerie Brisco-Hooks, winner of three U.S. Olympic gold medals, lost in the 200 meters and world 1,500-meter champion Steve Cram of Britain stumbled and finished last in the mile in an international track and field meet at the Crystal Palace today.
Brisco-Hooks, who won the women's 200 and 400 meters at Los Angeles and was a member of the U.S. gold medal team in the 1,600-meter relay, finished second to Grace Jackson of Jamaica. Jackson had finished fifth in the 200-meter Olympic final.
Jackson, her left thigh heavily strapped, caught the Olympic champion with 80 meters to go and Brisco-Hooks failed to respond as Jackson won in 22.84 seconds.
Brisco-Hooks finished second in 22.97, with Randy Givens of the United States third in 23.17.
Brisco-Hooks came back to win the 100 meters, overtaking American Jeanette Bolden to win in 11.25. Bolden finished second in 11.29, and Britain's Heather Oakes third in 11.58.
There was drama in the mile, billed as a battle between Cram, the silver medalist over 1,500 meters at Los Angeles, and Said Aouita, the Moroccan who won the gold at 5,000 meters.
Cram followed Aouita for three laps, with Briton Rob Harrison the pacesetter. But the pace was slow, and the 15 runners in the race began to bunch together.
A collision occurred as Cram, in sixth place, caught the foot of Graham Williamson of Scotland, and then collided with Mike Boit of Kenya. He fell and was left more than 50 meters behind the leaders.
Aouita raced to the front with 200 meters to go, followed by John Walker, the 1976 Olympic 1,500 champion from New Zealand. Walker tried to surge on the final turn, but Aouita pulled away to win in 3:55.34.
Walker, former world record holder for the mile, finished second in 3:55.97, and Omer Khalifa of Sudan was third in 3:56.55.
Later Cram said meet coordinator David Bedford pressured him into running the race, billed as the highlight of the meet.
"Mr. Bedford never once asked me in which race I wanted to run. He just dealt with people he thought were representing me," Cram said. "I have resigned from the International Athletes Club as a result, although that is no big deal. But there are too many people becoming involved in athletics who are just looking for a piece of the action. They do not necessarily want the money; they just want to be involved. Things have to change."
America's Ruth Wysocki won the women's mile in 4:21.78, ahead of British runners Christina Boxer and Christine Benning.
In the men's 100 meters, Mel Lattany of the United States finished seventh and later complained the runners should have been recalled because of a jump start. Cuba's Osvaldo Lara won in 10.28 seconds, with Britain's Mike McFarlane second in 10.34 and Ernest Obeng of Ghana third in 10.38.
Alberto Juantorena of Cuba, winner of two gold medals in the 1976 Olympics, finished last in the 800 meters, the last race of his career. Gary Cook of Britain won in 1:47.18; Juantorena finished in 1:50.45.