A patchwork U.S. team, with Clarence Daniel setting a track record in the 400 meters, beat England in an indoor meet at Cosgrove, England. The Americans put together strong performances in the sprints and field events to win, 83-67, and take a 3-2 edge in the five-year-old series.
Daniel, substituting for late scratch Walter McCoy, won the opening event in 46.52 seconds, fastest ever at Cosford RAF Base.
The U.S. team had been expected to fare poorly, with most of its stars staying home after a long winter season and then, just before the meet, sprinter Antonio McKay and triple jumper Charlie Simpkins also withdrawing.
The 5,000 fans who packed the old air force hangar cheered loudest for Sebastian Coe, who reversed a loss to David Lewis in the British nationals last month by beating Lewis in the 3,000 meters, in 7:54.32. In the 1,000, England's David Sharpe charged from 15 meters behind in the last half-lap to outlean American Ray Brown at the wire in 2:20.36 . . .
In an international meet in Tokyo, Canada's Mark McKoy raced to his second world indoor best in a week, breaking the 60-meter hurdles mark with a clocking of 7.47 seconds. U.S. winners included Emmit King, 60-meter dash in 6.56; Jim Dohring, shot put at 61 feet 4 3/4, and Dave Volts, pole vault at 18-0 1/2.