Earl Bell of the United States won the pole vault at 18 feet one-half inch and Ray Flynn of Ireland won the 3000-meter run in a slow 8 minutes 6.28 seconds tonight at the Ottawa International Indoor Games, the first event of the North American indoor track season.

Bell, a bronze medalist in the 1984 Olympics, had to sit and watch through most of the pole vault event while Billy Olson -- who set the world mark at 19-0 1/4 here two years ago and then raised it the following week in Toronto -- tried three times at 18-4 1/2. But Olson missed three times and Bell backed into first place.

Flynn took the lead with two laps to go from Dave Reid of Toronto and stretched his winning margin to about 20 meters on the final lap.

Canadians Marita Payne, Brit McRoberts and Christine Slythe each won their events over international fields before a crowd of 5,400 in the 9,900-seat Civic Centre.

None of them were close to records and blamed this on the early scheduling of the meet as Payne took the 400 meters in 56.99 seconds, McRoberts the 1500 in 4:24.57 and Slythe the 800 in 2:06.8.