STOCKHOLM, JUNE 30 -- Sweden's Patrik Sjoberg broke the world high jump record today, clearing 7 feet 11 1/4 inches on his third and final attempt at the DN Galan IAAF Mobil Grand Prix track and field meet.
Sjoberg, who improved on Soviet Igor Paklin's record by half an inch, barely missed on his first two attempts. The Swede, who holds the world indoor record, cleared 7-10 outdoors in Goteborg, Sweden, last Saturday.
Paklin set his record of 7-10 3/4 at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan, on Sept. 4, 1985.
"I don't know what I would have done had I failed on my final attempt today. The first two were awfully close," Sjoberg said.
The hometown favorite ran a lap of honor afterward and several hundred fans spilled onto the grounds, waving Swedish flags. Most of the 20,000 fans still were on hand for the high jump, the final event of the day.
It was the 67th world record set at Olympic Stadium, which is a record in itself.
Jan Zvara of Czechoslovakia finished second at 7-5 3/4. American Jerome Carter (of Bel Air, Md.), who cleared the same height, was third. Jake Jacoby, another American, was sixth at 7-4 1/4.
Francesco Panetta of Italy, running alone over the last 2 1/2 miles of the 10,000 meters, had the fastest time of the year in the event: 27 minutes 26.95 seconds. It set an Italian record; the old one was 27:31.5. Mark Nenow, the U.S. record-holder and third fastest all-time with 27:20.56, was the runner-up in his first race of the season in 27:48.94.
Abdi Bile of Somalia, a student at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., captured the 1,500 in 3:35.77.