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HAL VS. SAM
A POLITICIAN WHO KNOWS HIS PLACE
LIKE SAVE THE WHALES
Fifty-two women distance runners from 19 countries, including Mary Decker of the U.S. and Grete Waitz of Norway, filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court last week to force Olympic officials to add the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs to the track and field program at the 1984 Summer Games. The runners, who were joined in bringing the action by a nonprofit, Oregon-based group called the International Runners Committee, charged the Olympic brass with sex discrimination in excluding the two events from the program for women while including both events for men.
Women have never gotten a fair shake at the Olympics. In ancient Greece women risked being put to death for merely watching the Games, and it wasn't until the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam that they were granted a "distance" running event—the 800 meters. Because the competitors hadn't trained properly for the event, one woman collapsed during the race and several others fainted after crossing the finish line, and the 800 was dropped from the Olympic program, not to be restored until 1960. A women's 1,500 wasn't added until 1972, and the 3,000 and marathon, both of which were run at the World Championships last week in Helsinki, will make their Olympic debuts in L.A. But there is still no true, on-the-track distance race for women at the international championship level. "The 3,000 isn't one," complained Waitz, the marathon champion at Helsinki. "It's just another race for milers." And Decker, who won the 1,500 and 3,000 at Helsinki, said, "Right now we have nothing between 3,000 meters and the marathon. That's a huge gap."
The suit charges that the International Olympic Committee and the International Amateur Athletics Federation ruled out 5,000 and 10,000 competition for women because the events weren't "glamorous" enough, a marketing consideration that wasn't taken into account in putting those events on the men's program. But some longtime track and field observers wonder whether 1984 might be too soon for quality Olympic competition in the proposed events. "There were more than three minutes between the first and 50th fastest women's 10,000 times last year," says British track statistician Richard Hymans. "Three minutes. That's as good an argument as any against it." By comparison, barely 55 seconds separated the 50 fastest male 10,000-meter runners in '82. But as IRC Executive Director Jacqueline Hansen, a former marathon world-record holder, says, "Races create runners." In other words, add women's 5,000 and 10,000 events to the Olympic program, and both glamour and quality performances will soon enough follow.
Hansen predicts that the lawsuit will succeed. "We're like Save the Whales," she says. "Really, who can be against us?" And, indeed, Hansen's side will sooner or later prevail—if not in '84, almost certainly in '88. As Decker says, "There's no reason we shouldn't have the chance to run the same distances as the men."