SPLIT, YUGOSLAVIA, AUG. 29 -- Britain maintained its supremacy in the men's events at the European Track and Field Championships today as Kriss Akabusi won the 400-meter hurdles and Tom McKean took the 800 meters.
Akabusi captured the hurdles in 47.92 seconds, a British record. McKean won the 800 in 1 minute 44.76 seconds, lifting Britain's total to four golds in the men's events after three days of competition.
Akabusi, who is 32, led from start to finish in the hurdles, chased by two Swedes who had to settle for silver and bronze. Sven Nylander was second and Niklas Wallenlind came in third.
Yvonne Murray won the women's 3,000 in 8:43.06, giving the British team a total of five golds.
But the East German women took three golds today for a team total of seven.
Grit Breuer, 18, set a world junior record as she won the women's 400 in 49.50. She improved on her best by one-tenth of a second.
Veteran Sigrun Wodars won the 800 in 1:55.87, and Ilke Wyludda, at 21 another newcomer, took the discus at 224 feet 8 inches.
Ulf Timmermann got the East German men's first gold with a 69-11 1/2 effort in the shot put.
The other women's gold went to Anna Rita Sidoti of Italy in the women's 10-kilometer walk.
Christian Plaziat won the decathlon with 8,574 points, a French national record. Dezso Szabo of Hungary was second with 8,436 and Christian Schenk of East Germany third with 8,433.
In the 800, McKean began kicking 300 meters from the finish and only teammate David Sharpe stayed close, placing second in 1:45.59. Piotr Piekarski of Poland was third.
"I was very concentrated, and after the first half of the race I knew the gold was mine," McKean said.
Timmermann was in command from the start of the shot put. Teammate Sven Oliver Buder was second and Vlacheslav Lykho of the Soviet Union third.
And Breuer led from the start in the 400. She shows every sign of becoming the heir to Marita Koch, world record holder in the event.
"Marita's time is my goal," Breuer said. "But 47.60 is far ahead and I'll have to work hard to get it. I have done the first part of my schedule by coming here and winning the gold, and bettering my personal best."
Teammate Petra Schersing was second. Maria Jose Perec of France spoiled an East German medal sweep by coming in third in 50.84.
Wodars also led a one-two placing, with Christine Wachtel taking the silver in 1:56.11. Lilia Nurutdinova of the Soviet Union was third.
Murray took the lead on the backstretch and came home comfortably, edging Yelena Romanova of the Soviet Union and Roberta Brunet of Italy.
"I'm sorry for crying after the finish," Murray said. "But I'm so excited and happy. Winning is really nice."