One more roadblock remains for Renaldo Nehemiah, the world record holder in the men's 110-meter high hurdles, and other professional football players to regain their amateur track and field status, The Athletics Congress said.
Ollan Cassell, executive director of TAC, the governing body for the sport in the United States, said that a three-man panel of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world sanctioning group for track and field, has concluded that football does not aid a track and field athlete. If the IAAF Council agrees at its meetings in Athens, July 12-14, Nehemiah and other pro football players can compete in track and field events, but not the Olympics . . .
Zola Budd had the fastest women's 3,000-meter time in the world this year but star middle-distance runners Steve Cram and Steve Ovett suffered surprising losses in a meet in Gateshead, England.
Budd, 19, running barefoot as usual, was timed in 8:44.55 in a meet against France and Czechoslovakia.
Jarmila Kratochvilova, the world record holder in the women's 400 and 800 meters, won the 200 in 22.73 and the 400 in 51.88, victories that helped Czechoslovakia win the women's competition with 118 points, followed by Britain with 110 and France with 84.
In the men's division, France earned 155 1/2 points to Britain's 148 1/2 and Czechoslovakia's 118.
Little-known Scot Tom McKean sped past Olympic silver medalist Cram in the home stretch and won the men's 800 meters in a personal best of 1:47.25. Ovett, the world record holder at 1,500 meters, misjudged a slow-paced race over that distance and was beaten by compatriot Chris McGeorge in 3:50.50 . . .
In Bremen, West Germany, Billy Olson and Joe Dial each vaulted 17 feet 4 1/2 inches to lead the United States over West Germany in an international meet.